5A-Rated Bodyboarding Event

by | Jun 19, 2007

Two-times world bodyboarding champion Karla Costa Taylor shows what a Latin American action can do when combined with a little South African encouragement.
The popular Durban Beach Festival in association with SABC and MTN is hosting the highest-rated bodyboarding contest of 2007 from 29 June to 1 July at Bay Beach, and is bound to attract the cream of the SA bodyboarding.

SABA Chairman Alistair Taylor said, “Due to the Durban Beach Pro-Am carrying the highest rating and the most points, this event will be critical to anyone aiming to win or do well on the SABA circuit end of year ratings.”

The event also features a record amount of prize money for the women’s division, and with two times Women’s World Bodyboarding Champion, Karla Taylor (Durban) in the event, there should be some fierce competition.
Spectators can look forward to a spectacular showdown amongst the top women as the upcoming ladies will be going all out to attempt to topple Taylor’s domination of the SABA circuit thus far and grab the lion’s share of the cash.
The different divisions included in the Pro-Am are the Pro, Ladies, Factory7-Drop Knee, Juniors, Men, Masters and Boys events, and the total prize purse of R22 000 will be divided amongst the different divisions, with the Ladies division receiving R5000.
Two-times world bodyboarding champion Karla Costa Taylor shows what a Latin American action can do when combined with a little South African encouragement. 
But competitors have much more to gain than just prize money, as there will be valuable SABA points at stake, which count towards the crowning of the year-end tour champions.
“The timing of the event is perfect, as it will be held in the middle of winter at the Bay of Plenty, which typically picks up more swell than North Beach and New Pier,” said Karla Costa Taylor.
“We hope to see some epic and maybe even sizeable surf, for competitors to show off the aerial antics that bodyboarders are famous for,” said Taylor.
The Durban Beach Pro-Am is presented by Debis Fleet Management, HB Bodyboards and the Durban Beach Festival, in conjunction with Factory7, sixty40 bodyboard magazine, Bad Boy, ATD Bodyboards, Wimpy, Executive Surveillance CCTV and The Comfort Group.
Entry forms have been posted on the South African Boarding Association and the Sixy40 websites, and the closing date for entries is June 24.
The contest will also feature a free development clinic, hosted by Debis Fleet Management, on the final day of the contest. All equipment will be provided and participants will be taught by some of South Africa’s top bodyboarders including Sihle Xaba (Durban).
The final day of the contest will also feature live video streaming to the Sixty40 website to cater for bodyboarding enthusiasts that can’t make it down to the beach, or who are watching from overseas.
The city of Durban will be heating up this winter as the countdown towards Durban Beach Festival begins. The festival which has a brand new look and feel will be happening from June 29 to July 8.
Beachgoers can look forward to a visual feast of music concerts and fashion shows as well as a large array of sporting activities.
Since the programme is currently in the process of being finalised, watch the website for regular updates on the Durban Beach Festival website.

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