Close on 150 surfers ranging in age from 8 years to 60 years took to the water at the The Lizzard Hurricane KZN Champs, which washeld over two days at the magnificent Bronze Beach in Umhlanga.
The contest was hosted by Wave Wizards Surf Club and sanctioned by KZN Surfing. It was fun and well organized, waves were 2-3 foot and very contestable although tricky on the finals day with the South Westerly showing up.
Contest Directors and Judges did a sterling job with Live Heats and Priority Boards on Finals Day. They were treated to delicious food from Pick n Pay Umhlanga and Debonairs Pizza and refreshing Fuze Ice Tea and Bonaqua Water. The Coca Cola sound truck ensured surfers could hear their scores and spectators were treated to funky tunes and live commentary.
Prize giving was held at the prestigious new Ski Boat Club in Umhlanga where the 2017 champions were crowned and handed their trophies, medals and prizes.
In the Premier Open Ladies Division Heather Clark from Shelly Beach beat top La Lucia surfer Nicole Pallet by a narrow point ahead of Olivia Brand and Tammy Lee Smith.
Bryce Burness from the Berea in Durban was the outright winner in the Open Men with a clear 4 point lead over Brandon Jackson, Chad du Toit and Dan Redman.
Young Nate Colby (Durban North) won the prize for the highest wave score with a 9.5 out of a possible 10 ride. Surfer of the Contest went to the well deserving Tide Lee Ireland for consistent high quality surfing.
Anne Wright (Surfing SA Board Member and Contest Director) commented saying, "This contest just gets bigger and better every year. It is known as the 'fun' competition and surfers really look forward to taking part. It is especially special as kids u10 take part with their parents, which includes surfers over 50. Well done to the organizers for a very well run event."