Mossel Bay Tourism has welcomed the South African Masters Surfing Championship, which kicked off at The Point.
More than a hundred of the country’s best surfers – including world champion Greg Emslie and world and multiple-South African champion Chris Knutsen – have come to Mossel Bay to battle it out over the four days of the event.
The field includes 14 contestants in the senior men’s division and 7 in the senior women’s as well as 28 in the masters (over 35); 27 in the grand masters (over 40); 11 in the kahunas (over 45); and 14 in the grand kahunas (over 50).
Chairman of the Southern Cape Board Riders Association and host chairman of the event, Mike Sheppard – the owner of Mossel Bay’s Waves Surf Shop – welcomed all the participating provincial teams, the surfers themselves, and their families.
“Thank you for travelling all the way to Mossel Bay,” he said. “It looks like we’re in for some great weather this weekend, and the swell prediction certainly seems to be in our favour – although those of you who know Mossels will know this isn’t unusual, since it’s almost always firing on this part of the coast.”
Mossel Bay local Llewellyn Whittaker – who won the masters division when the championships last visited Mossel Bay in 2009 – is taking part again this year.
“I’m amped to retain my title, but I’m looking forward to some tough competition,” he said.
Mr. Whittaker is surfing in the Southern Cape team.
“We’ll be pushing hard to win the team trophy – and to bring it home for our sponsors, Tropitone, too.”