The 2007 Reef Wetsuits SA Grommet Games, presented by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and supported by funding from Sport and Recreation South Africa, was completed at the Pipe, Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth Sunday (April 8), and was by far the most successful in the sixteen year history of the tournament.
Over 150 girls and boys from seven provinces took part in the event, which is Surfing South Africa’s most significant and important entry level inter-provincial competition.
Reef Wetsuits, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Sport and Recreation South Africa all contributed to the success of the Games, one of the highlights of the annual Splash Festival held in the Friendly City every Easter.
Despite difficult conditions and inclement weather, the Grommet Games were completed without a hitch and the surfers, who came from the rural villages in KZN, from all parts of the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape, took the opportunity to compete as well as enjoy themselves.
The SA Grommet Games are all about transformation and development within the sport, and provinces are set strict criteria when it comes to selecting their teams for the tournament.
While the main focus of the event is on surfing, participation in events such as a paddle battle, flags and tag team competition is also encouraged, and the most participative and successful team wins the Best Team Trophy at the tournament.
This year the coveted Best Team trophy went to Border, who drew a large majority of their team members from the Cadema Surf Club in the Port Edward area.
In the individuals category Beulah Buitendag won the Under 16 Girls Final, and Gina Smith of Border taking honours in the Under 14 Girls Division, and Jordan Maree won the Under 12 Girls Division, while Jessica Allsop of KZN won the Girls Beach Flags.
Team honours for the Surfing Award, which is determined by an aggregate of scores, went to Western Province, with Boland second and Border third.
KZN were fourth, Eastern Province came fifth, Zululand were sixth and the Southern KZN team came seventh.
Western Province added another trophy to their impressive collection when they took the Tag Team title ahead of KZN with Southern KZN coming third and hosts EP ending fourth.
Full Results : 2007 Reef Wetsuits SA Grommet Surfing Games
1. Beulah Buitendag – Bol
2. Jesse Goodman – WP
3. Carla McKenzie – Bor
4. Marielle Dircks – WP
1. Gina Smith – Bor
2. Chelsea Reece – KZN
3. Mu’minah Connelley – EP
4. Amy Bosworth – WP
1. Paige Meecham – Bor
2. Brittany Maree – WP
3. Nicole Pallet – KZN
4. Tara Uren – EP
1. Western Province
5. Eastern Province
Best Team Spirit Award
1. Jessica Allsop – KZN
2. Anezka van Niekerk – EP