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Safari Surfboard Riders Bag Three Medals at ISA World Masters Champs

September 12th, 2010

Chris Knutsen on his way to a third successive gold medal at the ISA World Masters Championships in Panama. Photo: ISA / Demarsan 
Durban (Sunday 12 September 2010) – Surfers riding Safari Surfboards shaped by master-craftsman Spider Murphy bagged two Gold and one Bronze medal at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships which concluded in Panama on the weekend.

Chris Knutsen and Heather Clark successfully defended their Grand Kahunas (Over 50) and Women’s Masters (o/35) titles while David Malherbe placed third in the Kahunas division (o/45).

‘Knutto’, the only surfer in the 42 year history of SA surfing to have won the SA men’s title four times, went unbeaten throughout the 2010 ISA Masters and scored the only perfect 10 point ride of the entire event on his way to victory in the final. The 53 year-old from Durban added a third ISA World Masters gold medal to his tally following his triumph in the Grand Kahunas in Peru in 2008 and in the Kahunas in Puerto Rico in 2007.

“As always I felt comfortable and secure on my boards which went 110%,” said Knutsen of the Safari surfboards he used in Panama. “Spider is so good to work with, he’s always there to give advice and I used my ‘Podium Model’, the one I won the SA title on at St Mikes, and it took me to the podium again.”

‘Fergie’, SA’s ‘Queen of surfing’, completed an astonishing recovery from a life-threatening motor accident in October last year to add the 2010 gold medal to the one she earned in Peru in 2008, the first time the Women’s masters division was included in the event. A former ASP Women’s World Tour campaigner and still the only SA surfer ever to win the Hawaiian Triple Crown of Surfing, Heather has won every heat she has contested in two ISA Masters events.

“Spider always delivers the goods and my boards were brilliant,” said Clark. “I used all of them in the practice sessions but I was really nervous going into the event with the bigger surf so I used ‘Old Faithful’ and it worked unreal. Now I want one of those new Hydro X boards everyone is raving about!”

‘Herbie’, the ASP World Pro-Am champ back in 1990, the SA men’s champ in the mid ‘90’s and a multiple SA Masters champion, took the bronze medal in Panama, going one step better than his copper medal for fourth place in the Grand Masters in the inaugural event in Puerto Rico.

“My quiver of Safari boards were fantastic – I just wish I surfed as well in the final as my boards were going,’ commented Malherbe on his boards. “The wave was similar to Nahoon Reef, except the tidal difference was huge, about six metres between high and low, but Spider has been consistently delivering top-class boards for 30 or 40 years and mine went well in all conditions.”

The trio, who arrived back in South Africa late last week, have all been collaborating with Spider for many years while riding to victory on Safari Surfboards. Chris is currently riding Spider’s new Hydro X model which is receiving critical acclaim across South Africa and globally. A host of top-class performers are claiming it is 20% faster and more maneuverable than any surfboard previously ridden!

“Fantastic results for Chris, Heather and David,” said legendary surfboard shaper Spider Murphy, himself a former SA Masters champion. “They are all really experienced competitors and still love surfing so it’s a pleasure working with them to fine-tune their surfboards.”

Safari Surfboards was established in 1963 and is the exclusive provider of Spider Murphy’s shapes. Contact boards@safarisurf.com for more information.


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