Alex van Rijswijck and NMMU’s Britney Linder showed their ability to take the open titles in the annual Billabong Madibaz surfing contest at Pipe in Port Elizabeth over the weekend.
In a competition which was fiercely contested, Van Rijswijck took the men’s honours ahead of Robert Jacobs and Cyle Meyers, while Linder won the women’s title in a showdown with Madibaz team-mates Roxy Giles and Rebekah Anderson.
The competition drew a wide range of entries, with surfers from outlying areas such as Jeffreys Bay and Port Alfred entering the various categories.
Madibaz Sport surfing manager Melinda Goosen said they would not have been able to accommodate any more entrants “or else we would have finished at night”.
She said they had included a university men’s division for the first time to cater for a broader base of competitors.
“With our top university riders entering the open division, it paved the way for the other students to have a good competition in the university section.”
NMMU are focused on making the competition one of the top events in the region and plan to attract even more entrants from all over the Eastern Cape next year.
“We want to make it the top surfing contest on the province’s calendar,” said Goosen.
The main sponsor, Billabong, provided product prizes, while Red Bull and Bos kept surfers and spectators refreshed.
The results were:
U14 boys: 1. Kyle McGregor, 2. Andrew Laverge, 3. CJ Posthumus
U17 boys: 1. Joshe Faulkner, 2. Angelo Faulkner 3. Rewaldo Abersalie
Varsity men: 1. Lyell Watson, 2. Lee Allers, 3. Alex Milne
Open men: 1. Alex van Rijswijck, 2. Robert Jacobs, 3. Cyle Meyers
Junior girls: 1 Chelsea Clotz, 2 Tanith Moreton
Open women: 1. Britney Linder, 2. Roxy Giles, 3. Rebekah Anderson
Student awards: Rihan de Bruyn (most explosive), EJ Klopper (most improved), Chris Marx (frother of the day), James Cowley (kook of the day)
Most improved juniors: Tristen Botes, Marco Venter