Canoeing South Africa
5 May 2016
Written by: Supplied
Jones crowned SA Waveski champ at SA Open
East London - A large swell and waves greeted the contested that arrived
in East London before the 2016 SA Waveski Open which was a contest with no
age group categories where both young and old were all grouped together to
compete for national honours over the weekend of 30 April and 1 May.
By the time the contest started on Saturday morning, although wave size had
dropped off substantially, the sea still looked big and angry.
Competition officials made a great call to run the first few rounds at the
more sheltered Yellow Sands.
The smaller wave still packed a bit of a punch allowing the country's top
waveski riders to showcase their moves. Hot favorite and Yellow Sands local
Andre Burger pulled off some impressive moves to justify his current world
no. 2 ranking. Schalk Van Wyk after snapping his waveski in two a few days
earlier in Jeffery's Bay also showed his worth on a borrowed ski.
It was really encouraging to see the younger generation making their mark in
the highly competitive open division. Duran Martin and Liam Smith from KZN
as well as Tiaan Podges and Brad Cawcutt from the Cape all showing fresh,
neat riding styles.
On day 2 the contest moved to the beautiful Queensberry Bay point break. The
huge swell was still rolling through and coupled with a bit of a chop on the
water the conditions where slightly challenging. With only a few rounds
remaining the contest was moved just a short walk away to the beach break of
In a somewhat unpredictable big and messy wave the four waveski riders
making it through to the final where Chris Jones (WP), Andre Burger
(Border), Duran Martin KZN and Ant Stott (KZN).
In the 20 minute final the experience of Chris Jones rose above the rest as
he selected the best possible waves and then surfed them near perfectly to
become the 2016 SA open waveski champion.
The 22 year old Duran Martin from Durban surfed with great promise to claim
2nd place. Andre Burger never quite managed to find the waves he needed to
showcase his great class and had to be content with 3rd. Ant Stott who is
normally far more at home in a racing canoe was delighted with his 4th place
A big thank you to the event organizers Brandon Flynn and Tony Dubber for
putting together a well-oiled event. Special thanks also to the sponsors;
Macski, Bamboo Warehouse, Reef, Blue Lagoon Hotel and Ninas for the generous
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SUMMARY OF RESULTS - SOUTH AFRICAN WAVESKI
1.Chris Jones WP - Macski
2.Duran Martin KZN - Macski
3.Andre Burger BORDER - Macski
4.Ant Stott KZN - Macski
5.Tony Dubber BORDER - self shaped
6.Rory Taylor WP - Macski
7.Tiaan Podges WP - Macski
8.Bradley Cawcutt WP - Macski
9.Tim Reinhardt WP - Macski
10.Liam Smith KZN - Macski
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It was Western Cape's Chris
Jones (Macski) who took his opportunity in some challenging conditions to
claim the South African Waveski title at the recent SA Waveski Open in
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