Margate for December Surf Festival

by | Nov 22, 2006

The second leg of the four-event Billabong ‘Girls Get Out There’ Summer Surf Series, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 5 & 6 December, takes the country’s most lucrative all-girls surfing series to the holiday venue of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

The champions of the Bay of Plenty Girls Get Out There Surf Series, (left to right) Caryn MacNicol, Tarryn Chudleigh, Alice McGregor and Sarah Maritz.

This festival of female surfing comprises surf contests for every level of ability, from novices through U15’s to Pro Juniors (U20) and the SA’s top performers in the Open division, alongside free ‘learn to surf’ clinics and yoga sessions.

And with prize-money totalling R20 000 at stake, along with ratings points counting towards the ASP Africa Pro Surf Tour (PST) crowns for the Open and Pro Junior divisions, the surfing action will be red-hot too.

SA’s top girls will be gong all-out to dethrone Sarah Maritz from Warner Beach, who won the Open women’s division at the first GGOT in Durban in September, and pocket the winner’s share of the R12 500 on offer in the premier category.

Billabong team rider Tarryn Chudleigh (Scarborough, CT) will be bidding for a third successive Pro Junior title at Margate and comes into the event full of confidence after winning that division in Durban as well, while Alice McGregor (East London) and the Caryn MacNicol (Scottburgh) will be defending their respective U15 and Novices crowns from Durban.

The champions of the Bay of Plenty Girls Get Out There Surf Series, (left to right) Caryn MacNicol, Tarryn Chudleigh, Alice McGregor and Sarah Maritz.

The always popular free ‘Learn to Surf’ lessons, conducted by accredited surf coaches and with all equipment provided, give every girl the chance to experience the thrill of catching and riding her first wave. Due to demand anyone wanting to take advantage of this opportunity is urged to reserve their spot early.

Competitors and spectators alike are invited to join in the impromptu beach volleyball games and the scheduled yoga sessions and there will be heaps of other activities, competitions and give-aways during the two days, with all the action recorded by Silver Bullet Productions and broadcast on SuperSport soon after the event.

The Margate event will also introduce the opportunity to participate in an environmental initiative to inspire the youth to ‘Make Their Mark’, by adding creative energy and artistic skills to marine-themed canvases on easels positioned on the beach, using freely distributed brushes and paint.

The talented Adele Nortjie, a Billabong Team Rider, struts her stuff at the Bay of Plenty in September.

This collaboration between Billabong and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife will see regional marine ecologist Cloverley Lawrence attend the event to raise awareness of environmental issues, with the completed artworks auctioned and the proceeds donated to the Turtle Fund, where they will be used to purchase satellite tracking devices.

Participants applying themselves to creating the most beautiful artwork will be rewarded with Billabong products, and be given a hands-on marine excursion such as dolphin viewing.

“Girls Get Out There events are aimed at inspiring girls to enjoy the healthy, natural surfing lifestyle and give them confidence to be comfortable with themselves,” explains Billabong Girls marketing manager Jeannie Castle.

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“Girls are inundated with so many pressures to be beautiful and portray the typical babe in a bikini,” she adds, “I hope that this fun event will enable girls to have a jol, feel beautiful and by being true to themselves, live well! It’s about sand between their toes, salty sun bleached hair, surf, freedom and laughter.”

Every entrant gets a goodies bag with a free series T-shirt and many valuable youth orientated products. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Surfing South Africa website, and entries close on Monday 20 November, or when a specific competition division is fully subscribed.

The Billabong ‘Girls Get Out There’ Summer Surf Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa and proudly supported by Soft Lips, Liqui Fruit, First National Bank (FNB), Von Zipper, Kustom, Silver Bullet and Interstage and is presented by Nashua Mobile.

The series started in Durban in September, and after Margate, continues with a Fun Day in Jeffreys Bay on 17 December, before concluding in Cape Town on the weekend 3 & 4 February 2007.

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