Taylor Wins Bodyboarding Pro-Am

by | Jul 2, 2007

Winners on the podium include Karla Costa Taylor, Inge Pieters (2nd), Liezl von Vollenhoven (3rd), and Sam Smith (4th). Picture: Geoff Brink. 
Karla Costa Taylor (Berea) stole the show on the Sunday at the Durban Beach Pro Am Bodyboarding event. The 2007 Durban Beach Festival was blessed once again with great Durban weather and a rising swell from a passing cold front.

The slight chill in the air was no deterrent to the sizzling action in the water, as the semi finalists and finalists took to the surf in a frantic bid to secure a lead in the South African Bodyboarding Association (SABA) ratings.
Carrying a 5A-rating, the event is the highest rated and most lucrative SABA contest on the 2007 calendar.
The final was completely dominated by two-times women’s world champion, Karla Taylor from Brazil, with her rapid fire combination manoeuvres.
Left to tussle it out for second to fourth were Inge Pieters from Margate, Liezl von Vollenhoven (Margate) and Sam Smith, who finished in that order.
A free development clinic was put on by Debis, and twenty thrilled children from Lamontville were given the opportunity to experience the joy of bodyboarding for the first time, with the help of the pro riders such as Sihle Xaba (Lamontville) coaching them.
The Durban Beach Pro Am was presented by Durban Beach Festival, SABC, Debis Fleet Management, HB Bodyboards, Bad Boy, Executive Surveillance, the Comfort Group, factory7.co.za, sixty40 bodyboarding magazine, ATD bodyboards and Wimpy.

2007 Durban Beach Pro Am Bodyboarding Final Results (Bay Beach) June 29 to July 1:

Women’s Final:
Karla Taylor (Berea)
Inge Pieters (Margate)
Liezl von Vollenhoven (Margate)
Sam Smith (Durban) 

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