Tristan Roberts crowned 2013 Tand Champ

posted by Chris van der Westhuizen on 27th June 2013

16-year-old Tristan Roberts claimed first place in the third annual Tand Invitational after busting a radical air reverse out the bowl that earned him 10's across the scoreboard and drew wild applause from spectators on the beach.

The overall results were:
1st: Tristan Roberts (winning R20, 000)
2nd: Jared Houston
3rd: Andre-Hugo van Zyl
4th: Rupert Le Grange

Shaggy Choice Award (heaviest wipeout): Adam Morley

The contest was held on Wednesday, 26 June, in highly contestable conditions that challenged riders throughout the quarter, semi and final heats. Following the big and relatively bumpy swell in the morning (that claimed a couple of board leashes), the conditions soon cleaned out and by lunch-time Tand was producing some big hollow pits and ramps for our competitors.

Young Tristan Roberts was stoked on his victory, and thanked friends and family for supporting him.

"Winning this event is a life changing experience for sure! The level of riding was ridiculous and the supporters motivated us through every heat. This contest showed off the potential in bodyboarding and how each guy pushes another to their limit."

Highlights of the day included: massive barrel rides by Rupert le Grange; big ARS's by Josh Kleve; inverts by Andrew Raath; impressive backflips by Tristan Roberts; crazy combination manoeuvres by Michael Ostler; and swift forward spins in the pit by Jared Houston.

Houston congratulated Tristan Roberts on his victory, and assured the crowd they could expect big things from the Onrus grommet.

"Tristan has a very bright future in Bodyboarding. I think today was a coming of age for the 16 year old, he proved he has exactly what it takes to mix it up with world class riders in world class waves!"

Houston also expressed his gratitude towards event organisers, thanking them for the successful running of the event.

"The Tand invitational is one of, if not my favourite event of the year. The organisers really took the event to the next level this year and I am extremely proud to be a part of something of this magnitude on South African soil. Hats off to all involved, I can't wait to see whats in store for next year."

Stay tuned to the IBA YouTube channel ( for the Tand Invitational 2013 highlights clip.

The Tand Invitational 2013 was presented by Sixty40 Bodyboarding Magazine, Zion SA and the International Bodyboarding Association, in association with Red Bull, Kingdom Longboards, Bassett Stationers and Acorn Laser Engraving.



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