The Madibaz surfing squad will blend some new faces with dose of experience when they challenge for the University Sport South Africa title later this month.
The annual tournament will take place at Victoria Bay near George in the Southern Cape from July 11-14.
Madibaz Sport surfing manager Melinda Goosen said they were in a rebuilding phased, particularly among the men.
“We have, however, gained a fair deal of experience in the women’s team,” she said.
“One of the challenges is that our newer members might not have surfed a lot of competitive contests and they will need to be prepared for that, as well as the conditions at Vic Bay.
“But we do have Greg Cuthbert and Daniel Rumbelow who contested the semifinals and the final last year, so they will be able to pass on some tips to their teammates.
“In the women’s team Tahra Uren made the final last year and will be ready to fly the Madibaz flag alongside Casey Mcleavy and Ashleigh Vaughan.”
She said the camaraderie among the team members would be a plus for them.
“Besides that, the team have a healthy competitive spirit while the experience of those who have surfed at Vic Bay will be crucial.”
The Nelson Mandela University team have produced some excellent performances in recent years, only to be twice edged by University of Cape Town.
In 2017, Madibaz came second overall, narrowly losing out to UCT by eight points after the men won their section and the women came third.
Last year, the Port Elizabeth team were again edged by UCT in the overall standings, with the men finishing second in their section and the women winning their division.
Goosen said they would again be going all out for the team title.
“That is why an overall team effort is very important,” she said.
“A team consists of eight males and four females, so it is important for all surfers in the team to score points as this contributes not only to the individual sections but to the team title as well.