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New Pier, Durban, Wednesday 15 November 2017 - Event organisers for the Cell C Goodwave surfing event have issued an amber alert for the event to run this upcoming weekend. It is a standby call and a heads up for all invited surfers. Organisers will make the final call tomorrow morning (Thurs 16 November) for a possible start for the event on Friday morning.

Cell C Goodwave official forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za has been monitoring the conditions.


"A cutoff low pressure cell detaches from the coast overnight Wednesday and forms into a strong system South East of Durban by Thursday morning," says Spike. "A two day groundswell arrives on Friday with good energy, lasting into Saturday morning when it's starting to wane.

“Conditions are promising for waves in the solid 2 metre (six foot) range, with the chance of a bit too much South in the direction the only possible factor against an otherwise perfect convergence of factors for the Goodwave."

According to the event organisers there is also an option to possibly run the event split over two days, being Friday and Saturday.

The Cell C Goodwave is a unique competition on the South African surfing calendar in that it has a one-year waiting period, it costs only R1 to enter, and first prize is R100k, the largest domestic prize in the country. The Cell C Goodwave has invited 32 surfers to compete in the tournament.

Should some of these surfers not make it to the New Pier in Durban on the day, their slots will be filled up with the alternate surfers. Should there still be open slots, the contest director will choose walk-up entries on the day.

It is imperative to have a full day of good waves (or two half days) at the New Pier to run the event to completion.

The competition will be hosted by California Dreaming restaurant on the beachfront. Oakley and Sun International are both supporting sponsors.

In addition, Cell C is also offering free Wi-Fi on the beach during the entire contest. Miss a 10-point ride, and watch the heat replays via the WSL app over the free Wi-Fi.

Invited surfers, in no order:

Brandon Jackson, Matt McGillivray, Dale Staples, Shane Sykes, Mikey February, Josh Redman, Damien Fahrenfort, Dan Redman, Mike Frew, Simon Nicholson, Gavin Roberts, Frankie Oberholzer, Matt Bromley, Davey Weare, Grant Baker, Chris Leppan, Sean Holmes, Ricky Basnett, Jason Ribbink, Beyrick de Vries, Gary van Wieringen, Dylan Lightfoot, Chad du Toit, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Noel Rahme, Shane Thorne, Paul Canning, Richard Kidd, Davey van Zyl, Robbie Schofield, Greg Emslie.

Alternate surfers, in no order:

Alan Johns, Josh Smit, Jordy Maree, Adin Jeenes, Simon Fish, Joshe Faulkner, Matt Pallet, Stever Sawyer, Dylan Stewart, Lee Bisset, Scott Venter, Billy Payne, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Payne, Sam Christianson, Derek Footit, Ben Dancaster, Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer, Antonio Bortoletto, Manfred Adrio, Wes O'Driscoll, Elton Cuthbert, Andrew Lange, Blane Wood, Chris Frolich, Wade Simkiss, Rene Terblanche, Frank Solomon, Mikhael 'MK' Vawda, Casey Grant, Andrew Banks.

The Cell C Goodwave is a World Surf League (WSL) Specialty rated event and entry is via invitation only.

The Cell C Goodwave - in loving memory of Lee Wolins.

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Pictured: Ricky Basnett in action at New Pier in Durban, the venue for the Cell C Goodwave event which has been given an Amber Alert for a possible start on Friday • Photo: (c) Pat Flanagan

About the World Surf League 
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world's best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men's and Women's Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport's rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world's best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

About Cell C

Cell C is a leading mobile operator in South Africa offering consumers a wide range of products and services. Offering some of the best value in the market, Cell C prides itself on innovation and value-for-money products and services. Cell C is currently the only mobile operator in South Africa to offer customers Free Facebook and basic Internet services through Facebook's Free Basics. It is also the only mobile operator in South Africa to offer customers Wi-Fi Calling services commercially. Supported by its highly advanced network covering 98% of the country’s population, Cell C offers 2G, 3G, LTE and LTE-Advanced services. Cell C is also the proud sponsor of the Cell C Sharks and Miss South Africa. 

The Cell C Goodwave is a South African Surfing Legends event.

The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

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