2005 Wimpy Rossi Pro-Am Quick Facts

posted by Olivia Jones on 31st March 2005

WHAT: The 5A rated Wimpy Rossi Pro-Am is the third event on the hotly contested 2005 South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) circuit. Carrying the highest rating the tournament attracts nearly 150 entries annually from around South Africa.

Divisions include pro, boys, juniors, men, women, masters, drop knee, under 12 boys, under 16 girls and a development section to provide an affordable opportunity for young rising stars to showcase their talent. The tournament which is in its ninth year is hosted by the Southern KZN Bodyboarding Association.

WHEN: Friday 1 to Sunday 3 April, 2005

WHERE: Margate Main Beach, Kwa Zulu Natal South Coast

WHO: The top SABA seeds from each division will be traveling from around South Africa to take part.

Favourites for the Pro title include Vaughn Harris (Southern Cape), Wesley Fischer (Dbn), Sasha Specker (CT), Craig Jenkins (Dbn) and for the first time in the history of the event former US Champion Alistair Taylor will compete.

The Junior division will be hotly contested between big guns like Adam Morley (Southern Cape) as well as local bodyboarders Emile von Vollenhoven (Margate) and Grant Lee (Margate).

Former World Bodyboarding Champion Karla Costa-Taylor is expected to raise the bar in the Women’s division which includes SA stars like former SA Champion Debra Patterson (Durban North), 2004 SA Champ Robyn Sorensen (Berea) and 2004 national team member Inge Pieters (Margate) who will have the upper hand of local knowledge.

Defending Men’s division champion Wayne Beekman (Margate) will be back to defend his title.

All eyes will also be on the rapidly growing development division with nearly 20 up and coming riders competing.

FORMAT: A new format will be utilized to discourage conservative riding. Only the top 2 wave scores will count.

STATUS: The Wimpy/ Rossi Pro-Am carries a 5A rating and is sanctioned by the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA).

PRIZES: Cash and product prizes to the value of R30 000

SPONSORS: Wimpy Margate and Rossi custom-made bodyboards as well as Island Style & Ocean Sport

EVENT LIASON: Wayne Beekman, Chairman of the Southern Kwa Zulu Natal Bodyboarding Association (SKZNBA) is the contact for the 2004 Wimpy/ Rossi Pro-Am.
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 822 1825
Email: [email protected]

MEDIA: Olivia Jones is the communications manager for the event
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 537 8840
Email: [email protected]

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