According to the event’s official swell forecaster Spike from, the storm comes in hard and fast and right up against the coast, bringing wild seas and stormy weather. By the time conditions are good, the swell is dropping off. 

“Although there is going to be a lot of swell on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, it's looking mixed up with wind chop and swell coming in together, in other words, the short, medium and longer period swell coming straight off the conveyor belt and into the coast. There will be waves that are big enough, and perhaps individually good rides, but it's not the perfect, lined up swell that the Goodwave thrives on."

"We want a swell that has travelled a little longer, and comes in as clean, pure groundswell lines, rather than a storm swell right on top of us," he said.

In the absence of a good swell approaching, here is the Cell C Goodwave teaser video to display exactly what sort of waves we are looking for the run this event.

The contest organisers, along with Spike, will continue to monitor the early season swells to find the best possible day to run this event. The tournament has a one-year waiting period that ends on 31 December 2017, so there is plenty of time and opportunity to get the right day to run it. Invited surfers are reminded to be on alert and watch the Cell C Goodwave website and Facebook page for updates.

Rated as a World Surf League Specialty Event, the contest costs one Rand to enter, and has a massive first prize of R100k, the largest domestic prize for the sport in South Africa. The contest also has jetski assist for all competitors.

The Cell C Goodwave is a South African Surfing Legends event, with Jason Ribbink the contest director.

California Dreaming, overlooking New Pier on the beachfront, will host the competition on the day. Oakley and Sun International are both supporting sponsors.

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

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The contest is also sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. It is an invite-only event.

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