2006 Wimpy/Rossi Pro-Am Defending Champion, Lize Mari Ras.

Bodyboarders from around South Africa are gearing up for the eleventh annual Margate Wimpy/Rossi Pro-Am Bodyboarding event which takes place at Margate Beach from April 27 to 29.

The 4A rated South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) contest has grown from strength to strength and looks set to be even bigger this year.

Entries for the prestigious event close on Monday, April 23; bodyboarders can enter online at the Sixty40 website.

The Wimpy/ Rossi Pro-Am event is known to attract scores of the country’s top bodyboarders with the occasional international rider entering as well. Over 130 entrants are expected to take part this year.

Margate Beach, on KwaZulu Natal’s south coast, has a reputation for attracting consistent, good quality waves.

Spectators can look forward to seeing some spectacular high risk manoeuvres in some nail biting match-ups, and there will be other beach activities, such as the Factory 7 trampoline competition and product give-aways.

Margate Beach Wimpy, Rossi Board Company and Factory7 will again join forces as the main sponsors for the event, providing lucrative cash prizes for the pro’s and drop knee divisions totalling R14, 400, and much-needed product prizes for other divisions.

The R2, 400 prize purse in the Drop Knee division has been sponsored by Factory 7 which has resulted in the renaming of this category which is now known as F7 DK.

The contest is expected to run over two days to allow for a one day window period further improving the likelihood of getting perfect surf.

The Wimpy/ Rossi Pro-Am briefing takes place on April 26 at 6.30pm in the Margate Hotel on Marine Drive.