SA Champs 2011 around the corner
The annual gathering of some 400plus Longboarders, friends and family will descend apron Durban’s beach front from 23thd May till 29th May for the 2011 South African Longboard Championships.
The prestige Championships which dates back to the 1960’s although faded away for many years before being re-introduced and held in Durban of 1988 23years ago and has run every year since , will this year once again be contested at the famed beach breaks of Durbans New Pier , with Ushaka as our backup venue. 2006 was the last time this event was held in Durban with KZN taking the Team Trophy that year , and they will be looking to take back the trophy having not won it since then , last years winners Western Province will be going all out to retain the trophy , Eastern Province having won it in 2008 in their back garden will no doubt give everyone a run for their Money , and the new kids on the block Southern Cape just seem to get stronger and gather momentum each year.
With the last two years seeing both the Open Men’s winner and runner-up being selected to represent South Africa at the ISA world games , aswell as getting the two invites to the Oxbow World Championships its all to play for . Last years winner Matt Mior and runner up Brad Weare will have to fight hard if they intend keeping their place at the top ,as all of SA’s top longboarders will be out gunning for the same two postions. Justin Bing , Mike Grendon , Dylan Macloed to name a few who are looking good to make a charge , then you cant forget the local crew with home town advantage in the likes of Brad Trickett and Junior star Scott Lefevre. Jason Ribbink former world number 2 hopefully can over come injuries he suffered a year ago at the South Coast Longboard event and get in the mix again , and who knows possibly even EX Champion Rat Mundy is rumored to make a return.
With ages spread from 12 years old up to 65 years old it’s a gathering of old and new , Youth and experience, High performance longboarding and old school head dips and drop knee cutties , Great stories and old friends , a huge family of people that all love doing the same thing …. It’s the life style we all love.
The count down has begun.
Take it easy all