Richards Bay will be hosts of this years South African Bodyboarding Championships which will run from 4 to 9 October.

Over a hundred bodyboarders, in seven provincial teams along with family and management will descend on Alkantstrand for the prestigious event which has been running since 1987. This will be the third time that Richards Bay has hosted the event the last time being in 2008 when local rider Mark McCarthy won his first national title. The 2008 event was run with great success and a favourable impact on local sports tourism market.

Former world tour campaigner McCarthy, who will be representing Team Northern KZN, will be hoping for another title in the elite Pro Division but will be coming up against some formidable competition in ISA World Champs Gold and Silver medallist and former SA Champ Tristan Roberts, the consistent and talented Iain Campbell from Central KZN and off course current SA champ Stephen du Preez, also from central KZN. There will also be stiff competition from Reinhard du Toit, a previous SA Champs finalist with local knowledge and many more of the countries top athletes.

The event will also see action in Juniors, Boys, Girls, Ladies, Masters, Grandmasters and Dropknee divisions and the Northern KZN Bodyboarding team hopes to fill all the team positions in the next few months with both experienced and up and coming riders from Ballito in the South to St Lucia in the North. With SA Champs being local the association is hoping for a packed first trial with rumours of old school competitors interested in competing.

Team positions will be determined by five trial contests to be held in Ballito and Richards Bay. The first trial will take place in Richards Bay on Sunday 22 February. Contestants will be required to pay an affiliation fee of R100 and then a entry fee per trial of R50. If all fees paid by the 22nd then you will get a free T-shirt. There will also be a free bodyboarding clinic arranged for the 1st trial. The trials are open to all and families and friends are urged to come along for support and to enjoy a day on the beach.

For more information contact Nick on 078 417 2790. Download an entry form from surfalliance.co.za or NorthCore Surf and Skate.

2015 Trial Dates

Trial 1 - Richards Bay - 22 February

Trial 2 - Ballito - 8 March

Trial 3 - Richards Bay - 22 March

Trial 4 - Ballito - 17 May

Trial 5 - Richards Bay - 31 May

Pic of Greg Vorster by Rudi Stadler

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