Richards Bay pro bodyboarder Mark McCarthy took top honours and the winners cheque of R20 000 at the Kumba Iron and Reef South Africa West Coast Classic held over the Easter Weekend.

The event is the first and the biggest in the national bodyboarding series and featured an amazing jetski tow session and a well established development programme. Mark took the title in a well fought battle with long time friend and experienced waterman Sacha “Spex” Specker at Farmer Burgers near Lamberts Bay. 

Competitors were treated to perfect 3 foot waves running on the Farmer Burgers reef as the sun started to rise on the final day. Light offshore winds and a perfect tide greeted the pro semi finalists as they paddled out. First up was Tristan Roberts VS Sacha Specker and right from the buzzer it was a backflip game. Spex managed to get a few spectacular barrels to move combinations which helped him edge the win out over Tristan. Michael Ostler and Mark McCarthy were next and it was combination rides and big rolls that were exchanged by both. A very close heat but McCarthy was able to take first place and advance to finals along with Spex.

The Pro finalist hit the water and the waves turned on again, wave for wave Spex and McCarthy went at each. Big backflips and combination rides by both riders had everyone on the beach shouting as well as guessing. Spex managed to get a set wave just before the buzzer that he landed a big clean invert on.

An elated Mark said: “Super thrilled to take my 3rd West Coast title, I was really pushing in the final riding against Sasha Specker who has been in great form thoughout the whole event"

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Mark McCarthy and Sacha Specker

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Mark McCarthy getting air in the tow session (Jeremy Johnson)