Defending Champs in Line to Defend SA Surf Titles

by | Jun 28, 2013

The Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships, a premier Surfing South Africa tournament at the New Pier in Durban, from 27-30 June, 2013. Photo: SuppliedThe Cool Shoe South African Surfing Championships got underway in overcast and rainy weather but great one metre waves at New Pier in Durban on Thursday, with SA’s top surfers representing eight provincial teams chasing individual and team glory in the 48th edition of the country’s premier national surfing event.

The 2012 SA champions started the defense of their respective titles by safely progressing directly to Round 3, with Nikita Robb (Border) winning her opening encounter in the Women’s division, and Heidi Palmboom (KZN Central) finished second in her first match-up.

Western Province, who won the team title in their home surf of Cape Town last year, had a steady start in their bid to win the retain the coveted President’s Cup with three of their 12-person team needing to contest Round 2 heats tomorrow after finishing third in Round 1. Host province KZN Central are determined to wrest the Cup away from their arch-rivals and only have one surfer in Round 2.

Nikita Robb was joined in Round 3 of the Women’s division by heat winners Tarryn Chudleigh and Tanika Hoffman from Western Province and the Queen of SA women’s surfing, Heather ‘Fergie’ Clark from Southern KZN.

Emma and Gina Smith from Eastern Province, Chanelle Botha (SKZN) and Roxy Giles from Southern Cape were the heat winners in Round 1 of the U20 Girls.

Friday’s action at the Cool Shoe SA Surfing champs will see Round 2 of the Women’s and U20 Girl’s divisions completed, followed by Round 3 of the Women and U20 Girls.

The Cool Shoe SA Surfing Championships runs until Sunday 30 June when the champions in both individual divisions and the team champions will be crowned at an awards ceremony on the beach around 12 noon.

All the results and the schedule for each day of the event can be found at


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