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Safari Surfboards team riders star at South African Surfing Championships

June 7th, 2010

SA Champs, Chris Knutsen + finalists 

DURBAN (Thursday 3 June 2010) – Safari Surfboards team riders starred in the 2010 South African Surfing Championships completed at St Mikes on the KZN South Coast on the weekend, winning four of the eight individual titles, finishing runner-up in two divisions and reaching the finals in another two.

Former ASP World Tour campaigner Greg Emslie, SA’s highest earning pro surfer with more than US $600 000 in prize-money, clinched his second SA Open Men’s Title and, along with runner-up and fellow East Londoner, Devyn Mattheys, helped the Border provincial surfing team to secure the prestigious Presidents Cup.

In the Open Women, reigning ISA World Masters Champion and Port Shepstone local Heather Clark showed she is well on the way to a full recovery after her horrific car accident last year by capturing her umpteenth national crown, while rising star Tanika Hoffman (Kommetjie) surfed her way into the final where she placed fourth overall.

Former ASP World Pro Am champion David Malherbe from Coffee Bay was another who contributed to Border’s team victory by winning the Kahunas (over 45) division where Durban’s Murray Niven came in third.

The peerless Chris Knutsen, a four-time SA Men’s Open champion in his heyday and the reigning ISA World Grand Kahunas (over 50) champion, maintained his unbeaten record since SA Masters events were introduced to the local surfing calendar back in 2007 by clinching his fourth consecutive national title. And for the second year in a row Grantley Read from Zululand finished runner-up in the Grand Kahunas.

“What a fantastic performance by all the Safari Surfboards team riders in the SA Champs,” said legendary surfboard shaper Spider Murphy. “Congratulations to all the guys and girls who participated in the event and particularly those who created history by winning national titles.”

“It’s a pleasure working with such talented surfers and really gratifying to contribute to their success at SA’s longest running event.”

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Photo: Julie de Vries

Issued on behalf of:

Lonnie Tiegs
Safari Surf Co
E:  lonnie@SafariSurfCo.com
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