The South Coast Surf Carnival, now into its fourth year, attracted thousands of beachgoers to the mid-south coast of KZN, as the surf conditions cleaned up considerably on Sunday in time for the finals, and the strong wind dropped off providing glassy contestable one-metre waves.
The ladies final saw the reigning SA Champion Lisa Smith (Sherwood) blitz her opposition with an outstanding 8.5-point ride on her second wave.
Smith finished with almost double the points of second placed Tasha Mentasti (Durban North) who is well known for her shortboard surfing.
Zanie Cawood (Durban) placed third ahead of perennial favourite Nikki Trickett (Berea).
"Wow, what a fantastic climax to a brilliant event,” said Paul Godwin of Nerve events who organised the South Coast Surf Carnival.
"Scottburgh was packed today with holidaymakers and locals who came down to enjoy the festivities and I would like to thank the public for their support and the carnival crew looks forward to seeing them all again in 2007,” said Godwin.
The kiteboarders were in their element on Saturday with a howling north-easterly wind providing idyllic conditions for them to showcase their sport at its best.
Linda Potts (Durban) took the ladies title, followed by Lauren Yunnie (Durban) and Kerry Quinn of Westville.
The Isolezwe Point Surf Academy Development Clinics proved to be a major hit with nearly 50 youngsters attending the free surfing lessons held by top coaches and qualified lifeguards.
The South Coast Surf Carnival presented by Jeep and The Mercury has grown to include free development surfing clinics and the family-orientated sport of kiteflying.
South Coast Surf Carnival Longboarding Results
1. Lisa Smith (Sherwood)
2. Tasha Mentasti (Durban North)
3. Zanie Cawood (Durban)
4. Nikki Trickett (Berea)
South Coast Surf Carnival Kitesurfing Results
1. Linda Potts (Durban)
2. Lauren Yunnie (Durban)
3. Kerry Quinn (Westville)