Cape Town Bodyboarder Worsley Scores Perfect Ten

posted by Olivia Jones on 9th July 2004

Vodacom Bodyboarding Classic
Bay of Plenty
Hosted by the City of Durban – South Africa’s Playground
July 8, 9 & 10, 2004

Daniel Worsley (CT) stole the show with his flawless ten point ride on day two of the Vodacom Bodyboarding Classic held at the Bay of Plenty in Durban. The 4A rated South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) sanctioned event is the richest in the country with a R22 000 prize purse. The winners of the juniors, boys, development, women, pro, drop knee and men’s divisions will be crowned tomorrow at 3.30pm.

Worsley’s performance set the standard in the junior quarterfinals when he executed two perfect Air-Roll-Spins which are known as the most technically difficult manoeuvres. Other heat winners who have secured their slots in the semi-finals include Rylin Richardson (Dbn), Donovan Bassett (CT) and Neil Smith (Margate). Experienced competitors Wayne Smith (Margate) and Rheinhard du Toit (Richards Bay) were amongst the surprise junior eliminations. Supremely talented Blessing Mnelentshe from Lamontville, who has only been bodyboarding for two years, continued to impress en route to the junior semi-final of the richest bodyboarding tournament in the country.

Drop knee quarterfinalist Brandon Foster (California) advanced despite only catching one wave; his score was an excellent 8 out of a possible ten points. Foster progressed to the semi-finals alongside national team rider Vaughn Harris (Tsitsikamma). South African Pro Champion Craig Maree (Dbn), stylish rider Simon Hagen (WP) and national team member Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti) blitzed their quarterfinal clashes to advance with ease.

The ladies semi-finals saw the shock elimination of top seed Inge Pieters who represented South Africa at the 2004 World Surfing Games held in Ecuador earlier in the year. Former national team members Olivia Donald (Dbn) and Kamala Botha (Umhlanga) excelled as did fierce competitor Debra Patterson (Dbn) and defending event champion Robyn Sorenson (Dbn). With a prize purse of R10 000 at stake the ladies finals on Saturday are guaranteed to be breathtaking.

Adam Morley’s (Mossel Bay) excellent Air-Roll-Spin secured him a place alongside Emile von Vollenhoven (Margate) as favourites for the boy’s division title after winning their semi-finals.

The standard of bodyboarding in the development semi-finals was exceptional with Grant Payne (Dbn) and Jonathon Gilks (Dbn) winning their respective showdowns. An encouraging amount of new faces like tiny ten year old Joey Gabriel (Dbn) showed potential in this rapidly growing division.

The three day contest has drawn nearly 120 entries from around South Africa. The riders will earn valuable points on the domestic bodyboarding circuit that counts towards crowning the SABA champions at the end of the year and helps to determine the national team members. An Expression Session will be held daily culminating in the final on Saturday. Top riders who have impressed in any division over the course of the event will be invited to compete.

2004 Vodacom Bodyboarding Classic Results
Day Two – Friday, 09 July 2004

Drop Knee Quarterfinals:

Heat one
  1. Simon Hagen (CT)
  2. Stefan Coetzee (Richards Bay)
  3. Sihle Xaba (Dbn)
  4. Jason Duvenage (Dbn)
Heat two
  1. Darren Halse (Amanzimtoti)
  2. Wesley Fischer (Dbn)
  3. Sasha Taljaard (Dbn)
  4. Craig Jenkins (Dbn)
Heat three
  1. Vaughn Harris (Tsitsikamma)
  2. Brandon Foster (California)
  3. Colin van Dongen (Margate)
  4. Carlin Govender (Dbn)
Heat four
  1. Craig Maree (Dbn)
  2. Sacha Specker (CT)
  3. Douglas Groves (Margate)
  4. John Cawood (Richards Bay)
Junior Quarterfinals:

Heat one
  1. Rylin Richardson (Dbn)
  2. Grant Lee (Margate)
  3. Rheinhard du Toit (Richards Bay)
  4. Joel Aaron (Dbn)
Heat two
  1. Donovan Bassett (CT)
  2. Blessing Mnelentshe (Lamontville)
  3. Wayne Smith (Margate)
  4. Paul Mitchell (Dbn)
Heat three
  1. Daniel Worsley (Tableview)
  2. Inacio Serrao (Toti)
  3. Michael Meyer (Mossel Bay)
  4. Wesley van Blerk (Dbn)
Heat four
  1. Neil Smith (Margate)
  2. JP Fourie (Richards Bay)
  3. Matthew Kay (Dbn)
  4. Matthew Botha (Mossel Bay)
Ladies Semi-finals

Heat one
  1. Debra Patterson (Dbn)
  2. Kamala Botha (Umhlanga)
  3. Inge Pieters (Margate)
  4. Zanie Cawood (Westville)
Heat two
  1. Robyn Sorenson (Dbn)
  2. Olivia Donald (Dbn)
  3. Agnetha Kruger (Dbn)
  4. Olivia Jones (Dbn)
Development Semi-finals:

Heat one
  1. Grant Payne (Dbn)
  2. Kevin Drew (Dbn)
  3. Justin Weber (Dbn)
  4. Joey Gabriel (Dbn)
Heat two
  1. Jonathon Gilks (Dbn)
  2. Ryan Janssens (Dbn)
  3. Adam Waites (Dbn)
  4. Henry Schoeman (Dbn)
Boys Semi-finals:

Heat one
  1. Adam Morley (Mossel Bay)
  2. Jared Enslin (Margate)
  3. Lochner Blanchenberg (CT)
  4. Michael Ostler (Dbn)
Heat two
  1. Emile von Vollenhoven (Margate)
  2. Andries Starke (CT)
  3. Terence Pieters (Margate)
  4. Justin Zietsman (Dbn)

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