The event, scheduled to run from the 2nd to the 9th of August, will incorporate both the 50th SA Senior Surfing Championships as well as the 10th SA Masters Championships. The SA Seniors and Masters have been held as combined events previously. Citroën South Africa will be the headline sponsor of the event which will showcase the new Citroën C4 Cactus along with spectacular surfing action in the water from the county’s best surfers.

This will be the biggest surfing event Richards Bay has seen and will also be the first time that there will be an over 60’s Division. In another first, surfers will be able to represent their district teams in both the Open and their own age group division. To celebrate South African surfing’s 50th year of organised competition Surfing South Africa will present a once off celebration shield to the team with the highest combined points in all divisions. The President’s Cup will be won by the team achieving the highest points in the Open and U/20 divisions and the Masters Cup will be won by the team with the highest overall points in the Masters age groups (over 30 women and over 35 to over 60 men).

Event hosts uThungulu Surfriding have, with their organising committee, been working hard to facilitate the smooth running of the Champs. This task has been made easier with the invaluable partnerships secured with local business, tourism and local government in the form of support and sponsorship. Notably, the committee is proud to have The Zululand Observer as media partner, uMhlathuze Community Tourism Organisation and the City of uMhlathuze on board for this event.

The Champs will kick off with the opening function at the Zululand Multi-Sports club on 2 August and will end with all the finals and the closing event being held on 9 August, National Womens Day. To commemorate Womens Day, the last three finals of the event will be the Over 30 Womens Final, followed by the Under 20 Girls Final and the Open Womens final. A 26 minute Supersport production will be compiled for this prestigious event and professional photographers will be on hand to cover the action. Pictures by Dave Savides Zululand Observer.

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Celebrating the exciting announcement at Alkantstrand on Tuesday were event partners Sipho Mchunu – City of uMhlathuze Tourism Officer, Yolandé Veldsman – Zululand Observer Advertising Manager, Andrew Rowling - US Committee, Fred le Roux - US Vice Chairman, Danny Harilall – Citroën Richards Bay, Mandla Magagula – uCTO Treasurer, Shakier Hiraman – Beach Manager, John Cawood - US Media Liaison, Raif Hiraman - U20 competitor and (front) Anton Knoetze - US Chairman  - Photo courtesy of zululandobserver.co.za (Photo courtesy of Zululand Observer)