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Safari Surfboard Riders Bag Three Medals at ISA World Masters Champs

September 12th, 2010 No comments

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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Greg Emslie rides to victory in the Cold Water Classic on a Safari Surfboard

July 30th, 2010 No comments

O’Neill Cold Water Classic South Africa 2010 champion Greg Emslie in action. Photo: Pierre Tostee 
Cape Town (Friday 30 July 2010) – Greg Emslie, South Africa’s highest earning professional surfer, rode to victory in yet another internationally rated event on a Safari Surfboard shaped by master craftsman Spider Murphy when he won the ASP 4-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Cape Town on Thursday.

The 33 year-old East Londoner was in scintillating form throughout the event, using the same board to overcome the near gale-force winds and heaving two metre surf on the Cape Peninsula in the earlier rounds and in the milder conditions and well-shaped one metre surf on the final day.

“I’ve been working with Spider for quite a few years now and we’ve probably been experimenting with more different shapes since I retired from the ASP World Tour last year. But I rode my standard shape, the one I’ve got my best results on, throughout this event” Emslie explained.

“Our relationship is more than just the surfboards though,” he continued. “Spider and I speak virtually daily and he’s so knowledgeable he gives me great advice about everything in surfing.”

Emslie was rightfully chuffed to have defeated current world No 1 Jordy Smith in Round 3, saying “I was stoked about that! Jordy has always been respectful of me and now he’s leading the rankings. I really hope he goes on to win the World Title, but I kept the pressure on him and went on to win the heat.”

Emslie really stepped up his performance on the final day, taking out the dangerous Shaun Cansdell (AUS) in the quarters, outpointing Antonio Bortoletto in the semis and then snatched the event title from Dion Atkinson (AUS) with an outstanding ride of 7.83 in the dying seconds of the final.

“The crowd were all supporting me in the final and I was thinking that after Jordy had won in Durban and J-Bay, we’ve got to keep all the trophies at home. So I’m stoked I managed to do that,” Emslie said of his victory.

The win earned Emslie 1 000 points on the ASP World Tour and the ASP Africa rankings and he pocketed US $12 000, taking his career prize-money earnings over the US $626 000 mark.

Despite a shock elimination in Round 3 in Cape Town, fellow Safari Surfboards team rider Royden Bryson has taken the lead in the five-event O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series. The winner of the second event in Scotland a couple of months back, Bryson is marginally ahead of the Aussie trio of Tasmania event winner Stu Kennedy (AUS), Cansdell and Atkinson in the chase for the US $50 000 CWC prize-pool.

“What a great result for Greg in Cape Town,” said legendary surfboard shaper Spider Murphy. “He’s a true professional and pleasure to work with.”

“This result shows that even though he has retired from the World Tour, Greg still has a lot to offer South African surfing and I’m looking forward to seeing him perform as part of the SA Team at the ISA World Surfing Games in Peru later this year.”

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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Safari Surfboards team riders star at South African Surfing Championships

June 7th, 2010 No comments

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.”

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

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Safari Surf Co
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Safari Surfboards congratulates ‘Lord’ Royden Bryson on winning Cold Water Classic in Scotland

April 19th, 2010 No comments

Royden Bryson in action on one of his Spider Murphy shaped boards from Safari Surfboards. Photo: Greg Ewing 

DURBAN (Monday 19 April 2010) – Durban based Safari Surfboards congratulates team rider  ‘Lord’ Royden Bryson on winning the 6-Star rated O’Neill Cold Water Classic at the renowned surf break of Thurso East in Scotland today (Monday).

Bryson, a former Dream Tour campaigner who finished runner-up in the Cold Water Classic in Cape Town last year, cut a swathe through the top seeds in the event before opting to use an patient strategy of waiting for the best waves to comprehensively defeat Yuri Sodre in the final, leaving the Brazilian needing a massive 8.90 at the final siren

The 27 year-old former East Londoner pocketed US $20 000 (approx. R150 000) and 3 000 precious ratings points by utilising all the practice he has gained in cold water and extreme weather since moving to Cape Town four years back to win the ‘Northernmost’ contest on the ASP World Tour which featured water temperatures of 4 degrees, sub-zero air temps and even a snow storm yesterday!

Bryson credited his surfboards shaped by the legendary Spider Murphy at Safari Surfboards as a major factor in his victory.

“I’m so stoked to have won this event and I’m very fortunate to have a shaper like Spider making my boards. All I’ve got to do is stand up and they go off!” Bryson said after being knighted with the unique Excaliber sword event trophy and being granted a small piece of land in Scotland over which he is now the ‘Lord’.

Murphy was equally complimentary about Bryson, saying that the victory was the result of Bryson’s hard work and professional approach to his career.

“Royden has shown that he is at home in any conditions. The 5’10” x 17 3/4 x 2 1/16 rounded pin he rode was ideal for his high-speed manoeuvres while the soft rails ensured that he didn’t bog anywhere on the face of the waves,” Murphy explained.

“Royden always comes and spends some time in the shaping bay when he’s in Durban and he’s really careful with his boards, keeping the one’s he likes best for contests unlike many other pros who ride their best boards until they are broken.”

“He’s been building up to this win for a while now and its going to be great for his confidence going forward.”

‘Lord’ Bryson is now joint top of the standings in the five-stop O’Neill Cold Water Classic Series with Stuart Kennedy (AUS), winner of the first event in Tasmania earlier this month. Both have a fifth place finish to add to their victories. The next event is in Cape Town at the end of July, followed by Canada and then Santa Cruz, California, where the series leader will be awarded a US $50 000 (approx. R375 000) prize-purse.

Safari Surfboards was established in 1963 and are the exclusive providers of Spider Murphy’s shapes. Contact boards@surfarisurf.com for more information.

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Lonnie Tiegs
Safari Surf Co
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