The University of Cape Town edged their Billabong Madibaz rivals by just eight points when the University Sport South Africa surfing tournament was held in Port Elizabeth last weekend.
With the event being labelled a big success, Nelson Mandela University surfing manager Melinda Goosen said to lose by such a close margin was no disgrace for the hosts.
“In an event where points are earned in their thousands for individual performances, to lose by just eight points – 38 760 to 38 752 – is as close as it gets in surfing,” Goosen said.
The Madibaz men were first in their category and the women’s team finished third.
Goosen said the men had competed extremely well against strong competition.
“The guys did very well and at the start of day two we were the only university with seven guys through to round three.
“Our eighth surfer went into the repo round and eventually also qualified for the third round.”
She said first-year student Greg Cuthbert had shown his potential.
“He had a great tournament and to lose in the final against Shaun Joubert (Stellenbosch), who is a semi-pro surfer, was no shame at all.”
Madibaz also won the silver medal in the women’s section when Britney Linder finished second to Sam Sutton of Maties.
It was the first time the event was held in Port Elizabeth and Goosen said they were delighted with the way it had gone.
“All the universities complimented us and said we had set the bar for future years,” she said.
Contest director Shirley Fairall, of Port Elizabeth, agreed and said it had been “a fantastic competition”.
“We had a great bunch of well-mannered and well-behaved students and the judging panel did an excellent job,” she said.
The final overall positions were: 1 UCT 38 760, 2 Madibaz 38 752, 3 Stellenbosch 36 580, 4 Varsity College 28 880, 5 Rhodes 13 120