Ugu groms enjoy surfing stoke – photo gallery

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Future stars had a blast during the Ugu Surfriders novice competition at Trafalgar on Saturday.

The event played an important role in further developing the sport and introducing youngsters to the stoke of surfing and was a big success as several groms took to the waves.

Five boards were broken in the tricky conditions, all in good fun, which was clear to see on the happy faces of the youngsters.

Emerging as the four age division winners were Mpilo Dlamini (Under-16), Ntando Ngcungama (Under-14), Okuhle Ngcungama (Under-12) and Kwanele Sashi (Under-10).

“The competition was a total success,” said contest director Claudia Attfield.

“Thank you to all the groms, their parents and coaches who came out for a fun day. A special mention goes to little Lizé Human, who was the only girl competing: you did an amazing job!

“Thanks to our judges who did an incredible job judging many, many, many waves caught: André [Attfield], Theo Peyios and Jordy Boshoff you guys rock!

“Thanks also to Maya [Attfield], who did the task of beach marshaling today and kept an eye on everything and who answered all the questions with patience and stoke.

“Thanks to the Spittal family for their constant and continued support and the man-power and willingness to carry stuff up and down the beach as well as setting up and taking down.”

Because of the huge success of the competition, Ugu Surfriders have decided to create a Novice Series, which will consist of the weekend’s contest and two more contests of this format to crown an ultimate novice winner towards the end of the year.

The next contest dates are yet to be confirmed.

“The aim of this kind of contest – and the new series – is to get more children to surf and enjoy the sport, to enjoy competitive surfing in a relaxed setting with surfers of more or less the same ability levels. The focus is on surfing and fun. We encourage more youngsters, especially girls, to join us for the next two events,” said Attfield.

Results:

U10:
1st – Kwanele Sashi
2nd – Travis Turrell
3rd – Lizé Human
4th – Matthew Stott (injury)

U12:
1st – Okuhle Ngcungama
2nd – Luke Adamson
3rd – Seth Gurr

U14:
1st – Ntando Ngcungama
2nd – Nangamso Nonqayi
3rd – Bayanda Ngeleka
4th – Mlondi Nqoko

U16:
1st – Mpilo Dlamini
2nd – Simphiwe Mkhungo
3rd – Zolani Ncwane
4th – Mfundo Mkhize

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