Nikita Robb, Sarah Maritz and Rozanne Hodge were honoured at the South African Surfing Awards, presented by Zigzag in association with Paarl Web on Saturday night.
“Women’s surfing is growing almost faster than men’s surfing is growing globally,” said Zigzag publisher Mike Frew told gsport.
“You see it in South Africa, in the Roxy Surf Clinics and some of those Learn to Surf schools that operate every weekend, and then there is the Billabong ‘Girls Get Out There’ surf series.
“All of these contribute to a huge amount of new surfers in the water, particularly girls. Sarah, Nikita and Rosanne represent the absolute elite out of all the girls surfing, they are the top three.
“With Rosanne now on the World Championship Tour, she’s pretty much reached the pinnacle in competitive surfing,” said Frew.
Having just returned from Australia, Nikita Robb was unable to attend the event, and Rosie Hodge, one of only 16 women world-wide qualified to compete on the ASP World Championship Tour, also missed the star-struck event due to her international commitments.
The Riverside Hotel Conference Room was packed to capacity with over 220 of the nation’s newsmakers in surfing, legends of the sport and media.
The glitzy function was the first of its kind held in South Africa to honour top local surfers performances over the last twelve months both locally and on the global stage.
Organisers were overwhelmed by the response they received as tickets to the prestigious function at the Riverside Hotel were sold out well over a month ago.
“From Zigzags side we are stoked to be able to host an inaugural event of this nature. It was awesome to have living legends present for the induction to the Surfing Hall of Fame,” said Frew.
Jordy Smith was chosen as the event’s winner of the Surfer of the Year title.
SA Surfing Awards presented by Zigzag Results:
2006 Pro Surf Tour winners:
2007 WCT qualifiers: