Out of Town Bodyboarder Wins Cape Classic

Source: www.sabaonline.co.za

posted by Olivia Jones on 24th March 2006

Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic
4A rated South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) rated event
Glen Beach, Cape Town - South Africa
March 18 & 19, 2006


Out of town bodyboarder Wesley Fisher (Durban) won the Pro division of the Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic held at Glen Beach in Cape Town on March 18 and 19. The 4A rated Cape Classic was the richest South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) event ever to be held in the Cape boasting prizes and cash totalling R70 000.

The final day of the competition yielded a slight drop in swell size with contestable one metre waves. As the day progressed the incoming tide made for challenging surf but this did not deter the field of South Africa’s top ranked bodyboarders from putting on a great show for the spectators lining the shore.

Victory did not come easily for Fisher who fought for the duration of the close final to snatch the lead away from Sacha Specker (Cape Town), Philip Rodrigues (Durban) and Jonny Maritz (Cape Town) who were breathing down his neck.

The biggest upset of the day occurred when super star Adam Morley (Mossel Bay) was eliminated in the semi-finals. Morley cemented himself in the history books on day one by achieving a perfect score of 20 out of a possible 20 points for two consecutive flawless performances. Morley was ousted by experienced locals Jared Houston and Josh Kleve.

As predicted, best friends Jared Houston and Josh Kleve (both CT) both featured in the Junior finals with Kleve winning the title from Chris Elliot (Port Elizabeth). 2005 SA Junior Champion Houston took third ahead of Mathew Webster (Boland).

Defending event champion Pamela Bowren (Cape Town) was untouchable and easily reclaimed her title in the Women’s final. Shane Kirsten (Boland) rode exceptionally well to finish in the runner up slot ahead of Lize-Mari Ras (Durban) and Lyndall Pells (Plettenberg Bay).

Fourteen year old Cape Town bodyboarder Aden Kleve forced his older peers to sit up and take notice of him when he placed third in a final filled with the “usual suspects”. Sacha Specker (CT) rode to a predictable victory ahead of DK master Sasha Taljaard (Durban) and former SA Champion Vaughn Harris (George) in fourth. All eyes will be on Kleve in this highly competitive division in future events.

Divisions included pro, boys, juniors, men, women, masters, drop knee, under 12 boys, under 16 girls and development. For a full set of results please see below the press release.

In addition to the generous prizes the top performers earned valuable SABA rating points which accumulate over the year to determine the ultimate SABA champion.

A host of generous sponsors made the prestigious event possible; these include Sport Unlimited, Reef Wetsuits, dEBIS Fleet Management, Arnette sunglasses, Mike Stewart Science Project and Spur. The Western Province Bodyboarding Association was also extremely grateful for the fun activities arranged by the Son Surf Christian surf organization which included soccer, volleyball and rugby.

SABA would like to thank Afrique de Sud Backpackers for organising special rates for competitors; they can be contacted on (021) 4399028.

To read more about the latest news and views in SA bodyboarding circles visit South Africa’s most informative bodyboarding website www.sixty40.co.za

Sport Unlimited Reef Spur dEBIS Cape Classic Results
18 & 19 March
Glen Beach – Cape Town

Pro
1st Wesley Fisher
2nd Sacha Specker
3rd Phillip Rodriguez
4th Jonny Maritz
5th Ian Kruger
5th Craig Jenkins
7th Rob Grey
7th Marc Jucker

Women
1st Pamela Bowren
2nd Shane Kirsten
3rd Lize-mari Ras
4th Lyndall Pells

Drop Knee
1st Sacha Specker
2nd Sasha Taljaard
3rd Aden Kleve
4th Vaughn Harris

Juniors
1st Josh Kleve
2nd Chris Elliot
3rd Jared Houston
4th Matthew Webster

Boys
1st Aden Kleve
2nd Janek Ferrandi
3rd Mark Webster
4th Jason Shelby

U12 Boys
1st Andre Blignaut
2nd Bas Koopmans
3rd Dylan Maeder
4th Stephan Mc Williams

U16 girls
1st Geline Derbyshire
2nd Hermin Greyling
3rd Kina Meyer
4th Janneke de Kock

Men
1st Sascha Taljaard
2nd Simon Wise
3rd Ralph Hoppe
4th Remi Geffroy

Masters
1st Mike van Huyssteen
2nd Riaan du Preez
3rd Sean Oberholzer
4th Marcel Habets

Development
1st Dylan Bik
2nd Matthew Cotton
3rd Sheldon Keyser
4th Francois Prinsloo

Big Air
Adam Morley

Boys Big Air Award:
Andre Blignaut

Issued on behalf of:

South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA)

Western Province Bodyboarding Association Contact:
Angus Houston (Chairman)
082 920 5311
Email: [email protected]

Issued by:

Olivia Jones Communications
082 537 8840
Email: [email protected]

Sponsors:

www.sportunlimited.co.za
www.reef.co.za
www.spur.co.za
www.debis.co.za

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