Despite strong south east winds, freezing water and a shark scare on Day one of the event, Long Beach Kommetjie produced the goods for both days of the Roxy Surf Jam over the weekend of September 3 and 4.
Competitors enjoyed clean three-foot lefts and rights while producing some top class surfing across all four divisions.
World ranked number eight, Rosanne Hodge of East London was the outstanding surfer in the event and showed her pedigree and talent, despite the cold water and windy conditions.
But it was Chantelle Rautenbach from Melkbosstrand who stole the show when she beat the favourite to win the premier Under 20 division.
Kommetjie ripper Holly Armstrong used her local knowledge of Long Beach came third and Heidi Palmboom of the Bluff was fourth.
Rautenbach has been training at the Sports Science Institute and it showed as she scored an eight and a nine point ride to completely dominate the final.
“I fell off on a few waves right in the beginning, but then I got that good left and scored my nine,” said stoked Roxy Team rider Chantelle afterwards.
“It was cold and windy out there, but it didn’t worry me ‘coz I’m from Melkbos. The girls from Melkbos are tough!”
Kommetjie local Lisa Mace won the U18 division with Amber Kilfoil of Durban a close second, while Morag Steele’s journey from Somerset West was worthwhile when she placed third and in the money.
Adele Nortje of Mossel Bay placed fourth.
Honours in the U16 final also went the way of in the form Chantelle Rautenbach who beat her arch rival and fellow national junior team member Tarryn Chudleigh of Kommetjie into second place.
Adele Nortjie made the trip from the Southern Cape worthwhile by placing third, and Caylin de Reuk of Melkbosstrand was fourth.
In the U14 final, the talented Athlone Park surfer Sarah Baum showed that she has the potential to become a great champion when she produced a convincing win against some stiff competition.
Despite the cold water and strong wind the young Durban surfer beat Bianca Buitendag of Victoria Bay and locals Tanika Hoffman and Holly Armstrong with ease.
“It was quite choppy out there at first, but it got a bit better later on in the heat,” said Sarah after the final.
“I caught a few lefts but my rights were better. I managed to get a few more turns in on them. It was so cold out there though. My hands went pink.”
The next event on the Roxy calendar is the Surfing South Africa sanctioned Roxy Wahine Cup, which takes place at Casino Beach in Durban on December 1-3.
It is the biggest stand-alone girls surfing event in the country and entry forms will be available from www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za in October.
1 Chantelle Rautebach (Melkbosstrand)
2. Rosy Hodge. (East London)
3. Holly Armstrong (Kommetjie)
4. Heidi Palmboom. (Bluff, KZN)
1 Lisa Mace (Kommetjie)
2 Amber Kilfoil (Durban)
3 Morag Steele (Somerset West)
4. Adele Nortjie (Mossel Bay)
1 Chantelle Rautenbach (Melkbosstrand)
2. Tarryn Chudleigh (Scarborough)
3. Adele Nortjie (Mossel Bay)
4 Caylin de Reuk (Melkbosstrand)
1. Sarah Baum (Athlone Park, Durban)
2. Bianca Buitendag ( Victoria Bay, George)
3. Tanika Hoffman (Kommetjie)
4. Holly Armstrong ( Kommetjie)
The Roxy Surf Jam contests will be covered by Boardriders TV, the innovative lifestyle boardsports TV program which is broadcast extensively on Supersport.
The Roxy Surf Jam Series presented by Peugeot and Samsung, is proudly supported by Saltwater Girl, Mentos and Roxy Eyewear.
The Roxy Surf Jams are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the governing body for the sport in South Africa while the U20 category is also accredited by ASP Africa.