Even though they have lost several experienced surfers from last year, the Billabong Madibaz squad are out to prove a point in the University Sport South Africa competition in Port Elizabeth this weekend.
Being held in Nelson Mandela Bay for the first time, the local varsity will be vying for top honours against Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Rhodes and Varsity College.
Madibaz Surfing Club chairman Lee Allers, who is part of the squad, said their goal was to regain the trophy they won in Victoria Bay in 2015.
Although they had lost four members from last year’s squad and had a number of new faces, he still felt they had a fantastic all-round unit capable of taking the honours.
“The team members are extremely excited and pumped up to do well,” he said. “We have surfers from all over the country in our squad so there is a lot of versatility.
“The weekly forecast shows light offshore conditions with swell periods ranging from eight to 15 seconds. The forecast will get more accurate closer to the event, but I feel we will be able to cope with any conditions.”
Madibaz surfing manager Melinda Goosen said surfers such as Jean du Plessis, Dane van Greunen, Keegan Wright and Britney Linder would be strong contenders for the individual titles.
She added they were delighted to have it in PE for the first time.
“We have received very good support from sponsors Billabong, SA Bottling and Northweek through products and infrastructure, which will help us to make the event a success.”