Quick Facts: Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic

Source: www.sabaonline.co.za

posted by Olivia Jones on 18th March 2006

WHAT: The Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic is the richest South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) tournament ever held in the Cape. The Cape Classic is the second event on the 2006 SABA nationwide tour and the total value of the prizes is R70, 000.

Divisions include pro, boys, juniors, men, women, masters, drop knee, under 12 boys, under 16 girls and a development section which is designed to provide a golden opportunity for young stars to showcase their talent.

In addition to the generous prizes there will be valuable South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) rating points up for grabs which accumulate over the year to determine the ultimate SABA champion as well as influencing the national team selection.

WHEN: March 18 & 19, 2006

WHERE: Glen Beach, Cape Town – South Africa

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

The pro division title race is expected to be an all Cape Town affair closely fought between Ian Kruger who was the runner up 2005 SA Champion, Sacha Specker and Johnny Maritz; the latter pair have both laid claim to titles at previous SA Bodyboarding Championships. The premier pro division carries a R10 000 prize purse and a victory would secure a strong SABA ratings lead for 2006.

Junior super stars Jared Housten and Josh Kleve who are best friends yet the biggest rivals in the surf, are accustomed to bodyboarding in the chilly waters of the Cape and know the waves at Glen Beach like the back of their hands. Mark Watts (Durban) is one of the top ranked out of town riders who will be looking to cause some upsets in the Cape especially in light of the fact that Houston snatched the SA junior title from him last year.

The boys division is expected to be led by the “terrible twins” Aden Kleve and Johnno Mellish (both CT).

Defending event champion Pamela Bowren (Cape Town) will set the pace in the ladies heats, known for her prowess in bigger waves she has been marked as the one to beat but she knows not to underestimate Kwa Zulu Natal’s Lize-Mari Ras who won the first SABA event of 2006.

All eyes will once again be on Mike van Huyssteen (Gauteng) to take home his umpteenth master’s title; van Huyssteen will enjoy the support of his colleagues from dEBIS who are travelling to watch the event.

STATUS: The Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic carries a 4A rating and is sanctioned by the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA).

PRIZES: Cash and product prizes to the value of R70 000

DEVELOPMENT CLINIC: The Western Province Development Clinic is being held from 11h00 to 13h00 at Camps Bay Beach. The focused clinic will be held for 20 youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds in the Table View and Ocean View areas.

SPONSORS: Sport Unlimited, Reef, deBIS Fleet Management, Arnette sunglasses, Mike Stewart Science Project and Spur.

EVENT LIASON: Angus Houston, Chairman of the Western Province Bodyboarding Association is the contact for the 2006 Cape Bodyboarding Classic
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 920 5311
Email: angush@worldonline.co.za

MEDIA: Olivia Jones is the communications manager for the event
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 537 8840
Email: olivia@atomgate.com

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