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New Pier, Durban – The prestigious Cell C Goodwave surf tournament will feature an increase in the first place prize for their 2018 event, with a massive R120k going to the winner of this invite-only contest. The event is presented by the South African Surfing Legends, and will take place at New Pier next year when conditions are suitable.

The increase in prize money will be broken down into

1st place R120k

2nd place R40k

3rd place R20k

4th place R10k

Lee Wolins prize for Surfer Of The Event - R10k

There will be one other fundamental change in the 2018 event in that there will be fewer surfers selected to compete. A smaller entry list means that the event can run to completion in less time, and thus a suitable competition window becomes easier to call. 

The event is a one-day event, with 4-man heats and a no-prisoners sudden death format of high performance surfing. It has a 1-year waiting period and will be run on the best surfing day of the year, with the call being made on the advice of surf forecasting guru Spike from

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New Pier from the inside looking out. © Van Lennep

The entry into the Cell C Goodwave is one Rand per surfer, and Jason Ribbink is the 2018 contest director.

Philanthropist, accomplished businessman and the founder of South African Rugby Legends Gavin Varejes is the driving force behind this contest. A former pro lifeguard and lifelong surf fan, Varejes made the decision to up the prize stakes after the 2017 event failed to run.

“South Africa has so many incredibly talented surfers, and New Pier is one of the best beachbreaks in the world, so it’s a great match-up,” said Varejes of the competition. “We are thrilled and thankful to have Cell C as our headline sponsor. It’s prestigious, it’s invite only, it’s for the surfers, and it has an impressive R120k first prize. Good luck to all those selected surfers who will be competing in the event next year.”

The event organisers will be making an announcement soon as to the reduced number of surfers invited, who they are, and who the alternate surfers are. For this list of surfers, there was a panel of 7 people who were involved in the selection, including active pro surfers, former pro surfers, and well as representatives from the surf industry and media. Dan Redman was one of the selectors.

"It's a combination of guys who I would not want to surf a heat against at good New Pier, as well as guys who have competed well in the local QS events this year," said Redman of his selection.

The selection criteria and process is at the discretion of the event organisers, and no correspondence will be entered into.


The 2018 Cell C Goodwave is officially listed as a World Surf League Specialty Event.

The Cell C Goodwave is supported by Oakley.

The Cell C Goodwave is powered by California Dreaming.

The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa.

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


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