Matthew Lombard wins Pro Division

Sportsmanship, perseverance and ability were celebrated in style as Richards Bay played host to the final day and prize giving dinner of the Imperial Nissan Zululand SA Bodyboarding Championships on Friday 9 October.

Beach and surf images by Doug Williams (DougeFresh Pics) - Prizegiving images by Surf Alliance --- Scroll Down to Bottom ;)

After five days of intense competition at Alkantstrand Beach, Central KwaZulu-Natal were awarded with the prestigious Fishman Trophy for the top scoring province. The most successful team in South African Bodyboarding Champs history topped the table with 11 team members making the finals and two new national champions. Olivia Donald, who lives inland, is a mother of 3 as well as a doctor, took top position in the Ladies Division and Garryd Ensor-Smith won the Junior Division which was mostly dominated by CKZN riders.

Top dog in the elite Pro Division however was Matthew Lombard from Boland who silently cruised through the rounds and peaked in the final taking the win. An elated Mafoos was full of praise for the local organising committee and officials and for the amazing support from his team.

In the Boys Division is was local Alex Nutt who took the title of SA Champion as well as the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) Circuit title for finishing top in the combined ratings of the years national events. In the Grandmasters (40+) Division it was Leon Nel (WP) in first place over multiple SA Champ and current SABA Chairman Mike van Huystteen taking the title trophy as well as the SABA trophy.

A standout throughout the 29th annual championships was no doubt Dune Barker from Southern KZN. Barker came from behind in the Mens final to take the win over local rider Claudde Coetzer with an impressive invert. In the dropknee Divions, which he dominated all week, he took the title from another local in Rheinhard du Toit. In a brilliant display of form Dune walked away with his two SA Champion titles as well as the SABA titles in both those divisions.

In the Masters Division it was Ryno Turketti, who grew up in Richards Bay but now from Boland who lifted the trophy. Turketti is a long standing SA Champs competitor and was thrilled with the win having waited a long time for some silverware.

Northern KwaZulu-Natal as a host province were thrilled with their team ending in second place. After 23 years of competing at national level they were able to better their previous best position of third overall on the backs of some impressive individual performances which saw six of their team riders make the finals in various divisions. What makes this achievement all the more special is that they were not even able to field a team to compete at last years event. The locals also took the Team Spirit Award in an event where most of the provinces could have taken it. The passion, camaraderie and support seen down at the beach on each day was a highlight of the event.

Local riders making the finals were: Rheinhard du Toit with a 4th place in the Pro Division winning some cash as well as a second place in the Dropknee Division. He also took a special award for the wave of the contest for a semi-final dropknee barrel ride. Robyn Nutt took a second in the Ladies Division behind the experienced Olivia Donald (CKZN) and won the award for most improved rider. The Mens Division featured two local riders with Claudde Coetzer narrowly beaten into second place and Giovann Muller ending in 4th place. Top performance from a local perspective was that of Alex Nutt who won the title of SA Champion in the Boys Division. In addition to the above performances, local rider Deon Jansen was awarded the Ivan Friedmann Memorial Trophy for sportsmanship adding to an impressive list of local results.

The national organising body SABA, sponsors, officials and the competitors were full of praise for the local committee for being successful hosts of a memorable SA Championships.

For more information, articles, images and daily videos from the event head to www.surfalliance.co.za and the official event Facebook page /sachamps2015.

RESULTS

Pro Division

1. Matthew Lombard (BOL)

2. Michael Ostler (CKZN)

3. Rory Fellow-Smith (SKZN)

4. Rheinhard du Toit (NKZN)

5. Tiaan Hoeben (SC)

5. Garryd Ensor-Smith (CKZN)

7. Wilder Schulz (WP)

7. Corban Warrington (WP)

Boys

1. Alex Nutt (NKZN)

2. Liam Kavanagh (CKZN)

3. Michael Robers (BOL)

4. Quin van Heerden (WP)

Juniors

1. Garryd Ensor-Smith (CKZN)

2. Ethan Nel (WP)

3. Aedan O’Brien (WP)

4. Aaron Brandt (CKZN)

Ladies

1. Olivia Donald (CKZN)

2. Robyn Nutt (NKZN)

3. Chantal Cremer (BOL)

4. Skye Bothma (SKZN)

Grandmasters

1. Leon Nel (WP)

2. Michael van Huyssteen (CKZN)

3. Ian Stansfield (WP)

4. Len Bradford (BOL)

Dropknee

1. Dune Barker (SKZN)

2. Rheinhard du Toit (NKZN)

3. Michael Ostler (CKZN)

4. Chris Green (CKZN)

Men

1. Dune Barker (SKZN)

2. Claudde Coetzer (NKZN)

3. Bruce Donkin (CKZN)

4. Giovanni Muller (NKZN)

Masters

1. Ryno Turketti (BOL)

2. Jamie Rademeyer (SKZN)

3. Shaun Haage (CKZN)

4. Bevan Wilson (CKZN)

 

Top Judge: Francois Conradie

Wave of the Event: Rheinhard du Toit (NKZN)

Move of the Event: Storm Prestwich (SKZN)

Most improved rider: Robyn Nutt (NKZN)

Ivan Friedmann Memorial Award for sportsmanship: Deon Jansen (NKZN)

Team Spirit Award: Northern KZN

 

SABA Champions 2015 - Combined results of all national events

Pro: Tristan Roberts (BOL)

Juniors: Tristan Roberts (BOL)

Boys: Alex Nutt (NKZN)

Ladies: Skye Bothma (SKZN)

Mens: Dune Barker (SKZN)

Masters: Dave Camacho (SC)

Dropknee: Dune Barker (SKZN)

Grandmasters: Leon Nel (WP)

Top Judge: Riaan du Preez (BOL)

 

Team Results

1. Central KZN (Winning the Fishman Trophy)

2. Northern KZN

3. Western Province

4. Southern Cape

5. Southern KZN

6. Boland

7. Eastern Province

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