After three days of competition in contestable 2-3 foot conditions at the Bay of Plenty involving over 100 surfers, ten individual champions were crowned on the final day of the 2014 Durban July Surfing Extravaganza.
The Durban July Surfing Extravaganza was sanctioned by Surfing South Africa as a 2A Rated Pro Surf Tour event, supported by the City of Durban and the South African Marine Safety Authority, presented by Phindani Nene of Durban Stars and hosted by the KZN Central Surfriders Association. The contest offered over R50,000 in prize money across the ten divisions.
The three day competition featured Men, Women, Pro Junior Boys and Girls and U18, U16 and U14 divisions for boys and girls and thanks to the generous prize money and the 2A PST ratings points on offer, surfers from all parts of the country made the trip to Surf City to take on the KZN locals in their own back yard.
The Men's Final was won by Beyrick de Vries of Umhlanga who is currently ranked 39th on the ASP Qualifying Series and 10th on the SSA Pro Surf Tour. De Vries narrowly defeated fellow Quiksilver team riders Dan Redman of Durban North and Davey Van Zyl of Glenashley into second and third place respectively while Garret Parkes of Australia placed fourth.
O'Neill team rider Heidi Palmboom of the Bluff won the Women's final from the legendary two time World Masters Champion Heather Clark of Port Shepstone with current National Team member Tanika Hoffman of Hout Bay in Cape Town taking third spot ahead of Jess Wilson of Durban North.
Honours and a maiden national Under 20 Boys Division title went the way of Bryce Burness of Berea. Bryce is the son of former National Team member and top South African pro surfer of the 1980's, Mike Burness and grandson of Peter Burness. Peter Burness, the doyen of professional surfing in South Africa for close on three decades and senior member of the ASP, coordinated and ran the famous Gunston 500 and other professional surfing events on Durban's beachfront.
Jarred Veldhuis of Kommetjie took second place in the Under 20 final with 2014 National Junior Team member and SAMSA supported surfer Ntando Msibi of Durban ending third ahead of Devin Whitehead of Morningside.
Nicole Pallet of La Lucia won the U20 Girls title in style beating another Rip Curl surfer, Teal Hogg of Umhlanga into second place. Fellow National Junior team member Chanelle Botha of Warner Beach was third and Jade Story of Mount Edgecombe came fourth.
The full results are available on
and photos are available in the gallery on the KZNSA facebook page.