Richards Bay’s Mark McCarthy is ready to take on all opposition and regain his SA Champ title when the Imperial Nissan Zululand SA Bodyboarding Championships kicks off on 5 October at Alkantstrand.

McCarthy, a 3 time SA Champion in the Pro Division, is also featured on the official contest marketing poster. Speaking about that image on the poster Mark said, “I am very happy about how the poster came out! The picture was shot by renowned photographer and good friend Sacha Specker on a trip to Puerto Escondido in Mexico. It is not always easy to line up with a water camera man but things worked out well for us that day.”

Speaking about the upcoming champs Mark had this to say: “My biggest threat would have to be Stephen du Preez (KZN Central), defending champ and in great form having just come back from Hawaii. Other threats to my title ambitions would be big names like Michael Ostler, winner of the Tand Invitational 2015 and Storm Prestwich from the KZN South Coast who is eager to win the coveted SA Championship Title again.”

Mark is also one of the members of the organising committee but says that its not hard being involved as both rider and organiser. “We have a strong committee who are really focused and supportive of each” said Mark.

“I truly think we (Northern KZN Bodyboarding) have a great chance of a winning a few divisions as the team has been hard at work. If all goes well we will have a shot at winning our first team event. The best we have finished in the past is fourth so our goal is to be in the top two.”

The talented McCarthy, who has been a previous World Title contender, concluded with a message for his team: “Big thanks to all my team members and for making the event possible. Thank you to our sponsors for seeing and believing in our vision! Big thanks to Imperial Nissan Zululand for being our naming sponsor. I would like to see the whole of Richards Bay down on the beach supporting the Bay Boys and making our goal a reality. Home town advantage is a huge thing for us. We believe in our abilities to go all the way.”

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognised governing body for all forms of surfriding in South Africa. Bodyboarding is one of these disciplines. The South African Bodyboarding Championships, first held in 1987, is a sanctioned National Championship.

Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Images by Sacha Specker