SCBA Trial #1 News13th March 2012 10:49
Herold's Bay set the stage on Sunday 11 March for the first Southern Cape Bodyboarding Association (SCBA) provincial trials of 2012.
Outstanding performances were seen in all divisions, with challenging conditions in 1.2 - 2 metre (4 to 6 foot) surf, fuelled by a howling South Easterly and Spring Tide.
The Mens division started out in epic surf, with Dave Camacho (Herold's Bay) taking a commanding win over Francois de Kock (Herold's Bay) and Michael Meyer (Mossel Bay). The highest scoring wave of the day went to Francois De Kock with a big ARS (Air Role Spin) scoring 9 out of a possible 10 points. Francois also went on to win the Dropknee division.
In the prestigious Pro division, local knowledge proved supreme, with Gavin Botha (Herold's Bay) taking the honours with an exceptional display of aerial acrobatics.
Niklas Martin (Plettenberg Bay) proved yet again in the Junior and Pro division why he is such a prodigious talent. He took honours in the Junior division with some exceptional surfing and also achieved the highest scoring heat of the day with two 8 out of 10 point rides.
With low tide towards the middle of the day, the Boys division was ran late in the afternoon. Johann Rademeyer (George) celebrated his birthday with the overall win, edging out AndrÃ© Coetsee (George) and Paul Rademeyer (George).
Nikki Gericke (Plettenberg Bay), also toughed out the conditions and took the Ladies division, while Herman Lochner (Herold's Bay) went on to take the Masters division.
The unluckiest rider of the day was Wesley Holm (Mossel Bay) who twice became a victim of the challenging conditions! In his first heat his leash snapped and in his second heat he lost one of his flippers even before his heat started. It unfortunately compromised both his heats, but reminded all competitors of the extreme nature of this sport.
The next SCBA provincial trial will take place on 15 April in Mossel Bay. Five trials will be held during the year from which the Southern Cape Bodyboarding team will be selected to participate in the South African Bodyboarding Championships at the end of the year. Anyone interested to participate in the future trials may contact Francois de Kock on 082 260 2887.