Guess where I am the next few days…. Thats right, SA Champs Surfing in Durban. Time for warm water, great winter weather and fire hot curry!
Thursday (June 27) will see the start of the 2013 Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships at in Durban and the 96 surfers from eight provincial teams will be hoping for typical New Pier surf and offshore conditions.
The four day tournament, which ends with the finals on Sunday June 30, will produce four South African champions and the top provincial team will take home the refurbished 43 year old Presidents Cup.
All four 2012 champions will be back to defend their titles. Casey Grant of Southern KZN is the Men’s title holder, Nikita Robb of Border won the Women’s crown in Cape Town last year while Heidi Palmboom of KZN Central and Mike February of Western Province won the U20 Girls and U20 Boys titles respectively last year.
The 2013 Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and hosts KZN Central will be hoping to win back the provincial title and claim the Presidents Cup which they last won in 2008.
The eight provinces represented at this year’s Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships are defending champions Western Province, hosts and 2012 runners up KZN Central, 2009 Champions Eastern Province, 2010 & 2011 Presidents Cup winners Border, Boland, Southern KZN, Southern Cape and Zululand.
Cool Shoe Corporation, a first time sponsor of South African surfing, will be holding a raffle during the event to raise funds for Umthombo, the Durban based organization that helps street children to a better life through surfing. Raffle tickets are R50 each and can be bought at the event. The prize is a special surfboard made by Mike Larmont. The draw will be conducted at the event Award Ceremony on Sunday and the funds raised will be handed to the CEO Of Umthombo at the ceremony.
The Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships will officially get under way with an Opening function for all the teams and officials at Fat Baz Sports Bar in Newport Avenue Glenashley at 7pm on Wednesday June 26.
The heats will start at 8am on Thursday and the Finals will be completed before midday on Sunday June 30. The Heats and provisional schedule for the Championships are available on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.