Photo Credit: Lens of Nahoon

The World Waveski Surfing Titles event in East London is well underway, and champions are emerging; many of them are South Africans!


East London, South Africa (04 July 2024) — The community of East London, also known as Buffalo City, has been hosting the World Waveski Surfing Titles this week, and Day 5 has been a great one for South Africa!

The fifth day of the World Waveski Surfing Titles, presented by Buffalo City Tourism, began with a crisp and clear winter morning. A smaller swell provided the ideal conditions for the Senior Rep Round and Masters Rep Round, setting the stage for a day of intense competition and thrilling finals at Nahoon Reef.

The day witnessed outstanding performances across various categories.

Junior Women’s Final:

  • Champion (Gold): Nicole Strydom (RSA)
  • Silver: Saskia Moniz (RSA)
  • Bronze: Courtney Schelhase (RSA)

Masters Women’s Final:

  • Champion (Gold): Lucy McQueen Jones (GBR)
  • Silver: Ainhoa Tolosa

Grand Masters Women’s Final:

  • Champion (Gold): Sandra Pienaar (RSA)
  • Silver: Tracy Sassen (RSA)
  • Bronze: Francoise Diribarne
  • 4th Place: Victoria Palmer

Grand Legends Women’s Final:

  • Champion (Gold): Shelly Palmer (USA)
  • Silver: Jackie Dillon (AUS)

Open Adaptive Men’s Final:

  • Champion (Gold): Eugene O’Neil (RSA)
  • Silver: Gauloume Colin (FRA)
  • Bronze: Eric Perrier (FRA)
  • 4th Place: Eugenio Fuenzalidas (CHI)

In the afternoon, the contest shifted focus to the exciting Tag Team event. Competitors showcased their skills in an entertaining display of waveski surfing along the small and playful Nahoon Reef. The results of the Open Tag Team Final were as follows:

Tag Team – Open Final:

1st Place: France (FR)

  • Cyril Samson
  • Enzo Monfort
  • Virgile Humbers
  • Nathan Le Bars

2nd Place: Pink Galahs (AUS)

  • Francisco Nascimento
  • Dale Randahl
  • Rees Duncan
  • Graham Lancaster

3rd Place: Protea’s (RSA)

  • Bruce Viaene
  • Pierre Slabber
  • Kai Williams
  • Michael Wessels

4th Place: Stitch (FR)

  • Clément Guilbert
  • Pablo Arrouays: 3.47 (4.97)
  • Arthur Seguin: 2.67 (1.37)
  • Matthieu Babarit: 2.30 (4.17)

The competition continues to captivate both participants and spectators with its vibrant atmosphere and high-calibre performances. Follow the live action and updates at www.sawaveski.co.za/live or visit Nahoon Reef to experience the excitement firsthand.

Sources: Supplied
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