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Durban – The event organisers of the 2018 Cell C Goodwave have announced the invited surfers for the upcoming tournament. The one year waiting period for this contest officially starts on 20 January 2018, and only one day of surfing is required to run the event to completion. The Cell C Goodwave enjoys support from Sun International, as well as Oakley, and the event will be hosted by California Dreaming.

The invitees, in no particular order:

  1. Brandon Jackson
  2. Matt McGillivray
  3. Dale Staples
  4. Shane Sykes
  5. Mikey February
  6. Josh Redman
  7. Jason Ribbink
  8. Dan Redman
  9. Ricky Basnett
  10. Beyrick De Vries
  11. Dylan Lightfoot
  12. Chad Du Toit
  13. Damien Fahrenfort
  14. Brendon Gibbens
  15. Sean Holmes
  16. Davey Van Zyl
  17. Greg Emslie
  18. Matt Bromley
  19. Eli Beukes
  20. Chris Leppan
  21. Twiggy Baker
  22. Casey Grant
  23. Paul Canning
  24. Slade Prestwich

Alternates, in no particular order:

Shaun Joubert, Richard Kidd, Shaun Payne, Frankie Oberholzer, Simon Fish, Jordy Maree, Steven Sawyer, Davey Weare, Chris Frolich, Blaine Wood, Allan Johns, Benji Brand, Gary Van Weirengen, Mike Frew, Simon Nicholson, Ford Van Jaarsveldt, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Robbie Schofield, Gavin Roberts.

For this list of surfers there was a panel of 7 people who were involved in the selection process, including active pro surfers, former pro surfers, as well as representatives from the surf industry and media. The selection criteria and process is at the discretion of the event organisers, and no correspondence will be entered into.

The event organiser will accept walk-ups on the day, should there be openings.

The event has a R1 entry fee, and this must be paid before surfing. No exceptions.

Prize money breakdown:

  • 1st place R120k
  • 2nd place R40k
  • 3rd place R20k
  • 4th place R10k
  • Lee Wolins Memorial Prize for Surfer Of The Event - R10k

Total prize pool – R200k


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