The 2A rated O’Neill Scottburgh Pro has been given the green light status by event organizers and representatives from Surfing South Africa (SSA); the event will continue as planned this weekend on March 24 and 25 at Scottburgh Beach.
The O’Neill Scottburgh Pro provides men and women’s division surfers with the first opportunity to open their points for the 2007 SSA Pro Surf Tour (PST).
“What a week we have had! After the biggest swell ever to hit KZN, the ocean has recovered quickly and clean up operations have already started in Scottburgh.
“The Sharksboard are confident that the nets will be in place by Saturday so the contest is a go,” commented O’Neill spokesperson Mark Fessler.
The opening function for the event will take place at Phat Boyz in Scottburgh on Friday evening at 6.30pm.
The queen of South African surfing Heather Clark (Port Shepstone), reigning Pro Surf Tour (PST) champion Sarah Johnston-Maritz (Warner) and Lyle Bottcher (Durban North) who won the last PST event on the 2006 calendar and finished fifth on the 2006 PST are amongst the top rated surfers that have entered the event.
Spectacular surfing is anticipated when most of the country’s top surfers will be vying for a share of the R15, 000 prize purse as well as valuable points on the SSA PST.
In the Women’s division Johnston-Maritz has her sights set on overcoming international super star Clark who has returned home to compete on the domestic circuit following seven successful years on the elite ASP World Championship Tour.
Other seeded surfers include Stacey Guy (Melkbosstrand) and talented 14 year olds Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) and Heidi Palmboom (Bluff).
The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is organized by Nerve Events with support from Umdoni Coast & Country Tourism.