Cave Rock Gladiator Pit on Hold for Wednesday
posted by Olivia Jones on 19th April 2006
Cave Rock Gladiator Pit presented by Movement Bodyboarding Magazine and 662mob
Speciality South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) Tour Event
Cave Rock on the Bluff, Kwa Zulu Natal - South Africa
April 19 to 26, 2006
The Cave Rock Gladiator Pit presented by Movement Bodyboarding Magazine and 662mob has been placed on hold on the first day of the eight day long waiting period. The event only requires one day of large waves; the window period starts on Wednesday, April 19 and runs until April 26.
At the opening function held on Tuesday night Contest Director Alistair Taylor said, "If the conditions are not perfect, I am not going to cheapen the event by holding it in sub-standard waves – I would rather not run it at all and I will reimburse the riders' entry fees. All of us here are making history by taking part in an event that I hope to grow to an International Bodyboarding Association Super Tour contest in the next year or two."
Taylor remained true to his word when he made the decision to call the event off for the day due to the waves falling short of the criteria by a mere 1 - 2 ft. The 1.5-metre (4-5ft) waves were not deemed big enough for the event.
Open to only 32 of the most competent bodyboarders, the event carries the biggest prize purse out of any South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) event – a whopping R20, 000. In addition to the prize money there are exquisitely crafted samurai swords for the top three riders.
For the first time ever competitors were able to vote for the format and prize money breakdown that they wished to utilise. A unanimous decision was reached with the bodyboarders opting to utilise the "Shark Island" event format based on the big wave bodyboarding event held at the infamous break south of Sydney.
Each heat will consist of five or six riders over a 40 or 45 minute period. Each competitor will surf two rounds, with the top two waves from each heat being scored to give a four wave total tally, which will determine the final placings. Due to the fact that there are no eliminations the competitors are not only surfing against the riders in their heat, but against the entire field each time they enter the water.
"Due to the heats lasting for such a long time, competitors will feel more like they are in a free-surfing environment, rather than purely competition, which in turn will hopefully push the envelope of high performance riding," said Taylor.
A few last minute entries have been received; the revised list includes Doug Lindsay (Durban North), an old-school bodyboarder from the previous generation of top competitors. Lindsay thrives in big, heavy surf conditions.
A wildcard slot has been allocated to 17 year old Jake Rosenberg (Bluff), the youngster recently placed first in the U20 division of the KZN bodyboarding held at Umhlanga.
Cave Rock has a fierce reputation for being one of the most treacherous reef breaks around. The spot has claimed lives and has always been the training ground for South Africans wanting to go to Hawaii.
Movement Bodyboarding magazine is a new publication created by current world bodyboarding champion Ben Player from Sydney Australia; it is rapidly making waves in the bodyboarding world and is poised to hit South African Shores soon.
662Mob is bodyboarding/clothing line produced by Eddie Solomon, a big wave bodyboarder from California, who also runs possibly the biggest bodyboarding website in the world (www.bodyboarder.com)
For more information please call Alistair Taylor on 082 863 6665.
Following the Cave Rock Gladiator Pit the next event on the SABA calendar is the 5A rated Wimpy Rossi Pro-Am in Margate from April 28 to 30.
Cave Rock Gladiator Pit Contestant Profiles:
1. Alistair Taylor - 7 times SA champ, 4 times finalist at Pipeline in Hawaii, 4th in the world in 1998, 1st in sixty40 peer poll in Best Big Wave Rider category
2. Karla Taylor- 2 times women's world champ and current SA women's champ, and the only girl in the event
3. Eddie Solomon - big wave maniac from California, USA
4. Spencer Skipper- one of the best bodyboarders in the world and excellent performer in large, heavy surf, thanks to his upbringing in Hawaii, USA
5. Ross McBride- top international bodyboarder from California
6. Wayne du Preez - one of the top rated SABA men's division competitors and regular at the Bluff
7. Vaughn Harris - multiple SABA and current Pro Champion from Southern Cape
8. Rylin Richardson - underground big wave charger from the north coast of KZN
9. Adam Morley - freak talent from Mossel Bay, a big wave area in its own right
10. Ian Kruger- Cape Town, loves big heavy waves, has done well at pipe in Hawaii
11. Heavy Dave – Cape Town, underground big surf fanatic
12. Wesley Fischer – from Durban, one of the best bodyboarders in SA, recently selected for SA Bodyboarding Team to compete at ISA World Games and winner of the last SABA event in Cape Town
13. Mark Watts - newcomer to the pro ranks from KZN, has been one of the best junior riders in the country the last few years
14. Philip Rodrigues – Durban based, multiple SA champion and also top competitor on the world tour in previous years, has won a couple of international events
15. Hankus Loubscher - world traveller and big wave aficionado from Cape Town
16. Ian Metcalf - currently living in California, USA originally from Cape Town and also a very competent big wave surfer
17. Darren Halse - currently living in the UK, one of SA's top bodyboarders in years past, from Amanzimtoti
18. Rob Gray - underground big wave rider from north beach and regular when cave rock is happening
19. Karl Liebenberg - old school North Beach local and one of the best men's competitors on SABA
20. Jared Houston - one of the best junior riders in SA and quite capable of taking out the established pros
21. Jonathan Oliff - big wave addict from north beach Durban
22. Inacio Serrao – Warner Beach bodyboarder who has made numerous finals and semi-finals over the past three years in the boys, junior and drop knee divisions
23. Sacha Specker - one of the best pro riders in SA, recently qualified for the SA Bodyboarding Team to compete in the ISA Games in the US later this year- hails from Camps Bay, CT
24. Sean Oberholzer - Doctor from Cape Town, underground big wave guy
25. Jason Devanaugh - emerging talent from the junior division from North Beach in Durban
26. Matthew Botha – 17 year old Mossel Bay bodyboarder
27. Derek Footit - top pro bodyboarder from the south coast of KZN, not afraid of big barrelling right hand waves like Cave Rock
28. and 29. Twins Wayne and Neil Smith - top pro bodyboarder from the south coast of KZN
30. Wayne Beekman – from Margate, SABA men's division champ and competent big wave rider
31. Stuart Bradford - one of the best drop knee riders and north beach local
32. Doug Lindsay (Durban North), an old-school bodyboarder from the previous generation of top competitors; thrives in big, heavy surf conditions.
33. Wildcard - 17 year old Jake Rosenberg (Bluff), a young north beach local who recently placed first in the U20 division of the KZN bodyboarding held at Umhlanga.
CAVE ROCK GLADIATOR PIT HEAT DRAW:
Wayne du Preez
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