South African surfing history will be made during the first nine days of August this year when over 200 surfers from all corners of South Africa will gather in Richards Bay for the 2015 Citroën SA National Surfing Championships.
This year Surfing South Africa will celebrate the 50th edition of the South African Championships and the 10th edition of the South African Masters Championships and to celebrate the occasion these two contests will take place at the same time.
Alkantstrand in Richards Bay, which has never hosted a major national surfing contest before, has been chosen as the venue for the occasion.
Citroën South Africa will be the headline sponsor of the tournament which gets under way with an opening function on Sunday August 2nd and concludes with the 12 individual finals on Sunday August 9th.
Surfing South Africa President Mark Hoffman is looking forward to the championships. “This year Surfing South Africa will be celebrating its 50th South African Surfing Championships in combination with the 10th SA Masters Championships in Richards Bay, a venue where we have never hosted a National event before. This is indeed an historic and special occasion. I am also extremely excited to welcome Citroën South Africa as our major sponsor for the tournament. South Africa’s best surfers from all of our eight districts are expected to participate so I look forward to watching some brilliant surfing over the seven days of competition”.
Fittingly the new Citroën C4 Cactus will be showcased at the event along with spectacular surfing action from World Champions, South African Champions, national team members and provincial and district surfing stars.
Not only will the 50th Citroën National Surfing Championships be the biggest surfing event ever to take place in Richards Bay but the seven day long contest will also be the biggest surfing event on the Surfing South Africa calendar in 2015.
Surfers representing eight districts will contest 12 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 170 heats.
The 57 hours of competition will not only decide12 individual champions but will also decide which teams will win the Presidents Cup, the Masters Cup and the Celebration Shield.
The winning team in the Open and Under 20 Divisions will be awarded the 40 year old Presidents Cup while the team whose surfers score the highest points in the Over 30 Women and Over 35 to Over 60 Men’s Division will win the Masters Cup.
To commemorate the 50th year of organised surfing in South Africa, the team that scores the highest combined points overall will be presented with the Celebration Shield.
uThungulu Surfriders are the hosts of this year’s championships and have been preparing for the event for over two years.
Under the guidance of Chairman Anton Knoetze, the uThungulu Surfriders organising committee has been working hard to facilitate the smooth running of the Championships.
This has been made easier with the invaluable partnerships secured with local business, tourism and local government in the form of support and sponsorship.
The uThungulu Surfriders and Surfing South Africa are proud to have The Zululand Observer as media partner as well as uMhlathuze Community Tourism Organisation and the City of uMhlathuze as partners for this event.
A stoked Anton Knoetze cannot wait for August to arrive.
“Initially I thought it was never going to happen. A fantasy, a bridge too far………’
We have been waiting and working quietly for the last 25 years to hold a National event here at Alkantstrand and now we have hit the JACKPOT! We will host the Masters, and the 50th South African Open champs, all at once in Richards Bay” he said, adding.
“We are extremely proud to be the hosts of the 2015 Citroën SA 50th National Surfing Championships. I would like to thank Citroën SA for their sponsorship and Surfing South Africa for entrusting us with this huge responsibility. My thanks to the dreamers, Malcolm, Freddie and Kenneth and a special thanks to May and Ben for their continued support.”
The tournament will get under way with the official opening function at the Zululand Multi-Sports club on the evening of Sunday August 2nd and will end with all the finals on Sunday August 9th. As August 9th is National Women’s Day, the last three finals of the event will feature the Over 30 Women followed by the Under 20 Girls and the Open Women.
All the heats, contest schedule and formats, photos of the surf, teams and participants in the 2016 Citroën SA National Championships will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za after July 15th.