Cool Shoe South African Masters Surfing Championships

A premier Surfing South Africa tournament

Nahoon Reef, East London
15 – 17 May, 2014

The 2014 Cool Shoe South African Masters Surfing Championships was completed at Nahoon Reef in East London on Saturday with the Border team dominating proceedings in their home surf, clinching their eighth successive Provincial team title along with four of the seven individual titles on offer. For the first time in history all the finals at the event were streamed live via streamit360.tv an internet TV platform that allowed the public to watch the action as it was taking place at Nahoon Reef. An edited version of the final day of competition will be available on www.streamit360.tv in due course. 

Competing in excellent one to two metre waves with stiff offshore winds, Border had representatives in the final of every division and accumulated 39 764 points to retain the Masters Cup. Zululand surprised their counterparts by finishing runners-up in the team standings ahead of Eastern Province, Western Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape and Southern KwaZulu-Natal. Devyn Mattheys (Border) excelled in the final of the Senior Men (Over 30 years), selecting the best waves on offer and posting a heat total of 15.50 out of 20 and leaving teammate Tyrell Johnson needing a near-perfect 9.0 point ride for victory. Alan Johns (Zululand) picked up third place with Kelvin Zehmke (Eastern Province) in fourth.
 
Reigning World Masters Champion and defending SA Masters champ Greg Emslie (Border) was in a class of his own in the Masters (O35) final, finishing nearly five points ahead of runner-up Clinton Fraser (Eastern Province). Stuart Fowles (Border) and Andrew Banks (Zululand) claimed third and fourth respectively.
 
Gary van Wieringen (Southern KZN) fought a see-saw battle with Wayne Monk (Border) in the Grandmasters (O40) before securing the crown teammate Kevin O’Brien and Vince King (Zululand) collecting the minor positions.
 
The Kahunas (O45) division saw Gareth Sepp capture another title for hosts Border as he comprehensively outscored Rob Moore-Boyle (KZN Central), David Malherbe (Border) and Mark Wooten (KZN Central), who finished in that order.
 
An overwhelmed Fred le Roux claimed the Grandkahunas (O50) title for Zululand with a dominant display. Nick Pike (Border) grabbed second place and Arthur Cowan (KZN Central) narrowly outpointing Andre Venter ( eastern Province) for third.
 
In the Veterans (O55) division Border’s Brian Heathcote produced the upset of the day when he finished just 0.50 of a point ahead of four-time World Veterans Champion Chris Knutsen (KZN Central) with Gordon Harmer (Border) in third and 2013 SA Veterans champion Hans Kamhoot (Western Province), finishing fourth. Heathcote’s victory is his first ever since he began competing as a 12 year old some 45 years ago.
 
The peerless Heather Clark (Southern KZN), a two-time Women’s World Masters Champion and multiple South African titlist, showed her ongoing dominance by recording a heat total of 16.50 points, the highest in any of the finals, to take the Women’s title. Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape ) was runner up with Carolyn Dent (Western Province) third, Nicky Hare (Border) fourth and Michelle Holmes (Eastern Province ) fifth
 
The 2015 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships will be run in Richards Bay and will be the first national event hosted by Zululand Surfing Association.
 
Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships
Nahoon Reef, East London
Results
 
Provincial Team rankings
1. Border - 39 764 points – Masters Cup
2. Zululand – 29 812 points
3. Eastern Province – 27 956 points
4. Western Province – 26 252 points
5. KwaZulu-Natal Central – 17 932 points
6. Southern Cape – 11 780 points
7. Southern KwaZulu-Natal – 8 872 points
 
Senior Men (Over 30)
1. Devyn Mattheys (Border)
2. Tyrell Johnson (Border)
3. Alan Johns (Zululand)
4. Kelvin Zehmke (Eastern Province)
 
Masters (O35)
1. Greg Emslie (Border)
2. Clinton Fraser (Eastern Province)
3. Stuart Fowles (Border)
4. Andrew Banks (Zululand)
 
Grandmasters (O40)
1. Gary van Wieringen (Southern KZN)
2. Wayne Monk (Border)
3. Kevin O’Brien (Border)
4. Vince King (Zululand)
 
Kahunas (O45)
1. Gareth Sepp (Border)
2. Rob Moore-Boyle (KZN Central)
3. David Malherbe (Border)
4. Mark Wooten (KZN Central)
 
Grandkahunas (O50)
1. Fred Le Roux (Zululand)
2. Nick Pike (Border)
3. Arthur Cowan (KZN Central)
4. Andre Venter (Eastern Province)
 
Veterans (O55)
1. Brian Heathcote (Border)
2. Chris Knutsen (KZN Central)
3. Gordon Harmer (Border)
4. Hans Kamhoot (Western Province)
 
Women (O30)
1. Heather Clark (Southern KZN)
2. Tasha Mentasti (Southern Cape)
3. Carolyn Dent (Western Province)
4. Nicky Hare (Border)
5. Michelle Holmes (Eastern Province)
 
Results from all heats in the Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships will be available after 8pm tonight on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.
 
About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.
The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.
SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour, coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.
 
About Cool Shoe Corporation
 
“The essence of Cool Shoe is based on our love of the ocean, fashion and extreme sports.”
 
Straight out of America’s surf skate and snow heartland, the COOL SHOE CORPORATION has been walking, running, hiking and trekking the planet since 1980. COOL SHOE made it big when an American company reached an agreement with a French company to develop the product in Europe. In 1984 a French firm decided to innovate and revolutionize “flip flops” resulting in the concept of a rocking chair “Cool Original” flip flop with its rounded and large shape. Then, and now, our product designers remain true to the original concept that made the brand famous: Creative originality and quality. Cool Shoe is sponsoring the SA Surfing Champs because it’s the cool thing to do, helping surfing grow whilst creating brand awareness. Cool Shoe products are available at selected stores in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Jeffreys Bay and Durban. For more information go to www.cool-shoe.com or contact Georgia Carpenter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pictured: Greg Emslie (Border) on his way to clinching the Masters title in the 2014 Cool Shoe SA Masters Surfing Championships at Nahoon Reef in East London. (Photo courtesy of Graeme Field)

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