Arecord 170 of the KZN'stop rankingwave-riders - ranging from Under-10 to over 55 from Ugu, eThekwini, iLembe and King Cetshwayo - competed for individual and team honours overtwo days at Bronze Beach in Umhlanga.
Surfers had their work cut out for them on Day One as they were met by testing northeast conditions. Competitors were made to work hard and those who advanced to Day Two were rewarded with gentle south-westerly winds and contestable conditions. Wave size ranged from 2ft to the occasional 4ft set.
Umhlanga's Chris Knutsen who is 4 x World Master Champ took an easy win in the Masters 55+ followed by Ballito's Robin Lavery and Barry Campbell. Reg Horne came 4th. Karl Steen also won the U18 boys convincingly ahead of Saxton Randall, Jared Hook and Olifa Mwaza.
Commentator, and former Championship Tour campaigner, Greg Swartsaid 'The provincial championships was a smashing success with surfers once again raising the bar. The standard of surfing was excellent. There's been a definite growth in surfing, especially amongst the Under-12 boys and girls from last year. It was a great event all-round. A lot of factors came together - the weather on the final day, the organisation and the intensity that everybody brought to the contest."