The Madibaz surfing team will be aiming to go one better than last year’s position of runners-up when the University Sport South Africa tournament takes place at Victoria Bay near George, starting tomorrow.
In 2017, the Nelson Mandela University surfers were edged in the final standings by University of Cape Town by the narrow margin of eight points.
Madibaz Surfing manager Melinda Goosen said today that, following a weekend camp at Vic Bay last month, there was a sense of confidence in the squad.
“We have had good results at Vic Bay in previous years and we hope to build on that,” she said.
She added that they had a number of talented and experienced surfers in their squad, including Greg Cuthbert, Tristan Pringle, Britney Linder and Tahra Uren.
Besides the individual performances, she said the team effort was as important, with an overall score reflecting a combination of men’s and women’s scores.
“Male teams consist of eight surfers and the women of four. This year we have a full team for both men and women and we have set our sights on the overall title.”
She felt their greatest strength would be the unity in the squad. “Although it is still an individual event, the spirit and support within the team are great.
“Even surfing against each other in the heats, the guys and the girls tend to support each other very well.”
The USSA week, which is supported by Billabong, Red Bull and Surfing SA, will finish on Saturday.