Canoeing South Africa
14 August 2017
Written by: Ant Stott
Viaene claims SA Waveski title
Jeffery's Bay - Spectators and competitors were treated to a spectacle of
waveski surfing during the 2017 SA Waveski Championships in Jeffery's Bay
this past weekend with Bruce Viaene taking home the overall honours.
Waves where plentiful for the for the full three days of surfing as
contestants battled it out in the surf and the quality of surfing has
definitely jumped up a notch as the waveski riders set their eyes on next
year's world champs set in Panin, Spain.
The open event, where all age groups compete together, is always the most
hotly contested. In a breathtaking four-man final it was Bruce Viaene
(Border) who got the waves and pulled off the moves needed to claim the
gold. Neal Stephenson (WP) showed great class to take second place ahead of
Steph Le Roux 3rd (WP) and Gerhardus Van Zyl 4th (WP).
Earlier on in the contest competitors also had the chance to surf it out for
titles in their own age group divisions. With pride on the line surfers
pushed the limits of what’s possible on a waveski. The crowds where able to
witness radical aerial maneuvers as well as classy carving, cut backs and
huge sprays off the tops of the waves.
A big thanks to the competition organizers for putting together a slick
event as well as to the much appreciated sponsors MACSKI, Jeffereys Bay
Craft Brewery and Black Composites.
Summary of Results - SA Waveski Championships
1st Bruce Viaene (BDR)
2nd Neal Stephenson (WP)
3rd Steph Le Roux (WP)
1st Liam Kerr Smith (KZN)
2nd Marcus Esterhuyse (WP)
3rd Francois Roesstoff (BDR)
1st Bruce Viaene (BDR)
2nd Gerhardus Van Zyl
3rd Duran Martin (KZN
1st Ant Stott (KZN)
2nd Brandon Flynn (BDR)
3rd Rob Smith (BDR)
1st Percy Louw (WP)
2nd Rory Taylor (WP)
3rd Neal Stephenson (WP)
1st Steph Le Roux (WP)
2nd Chris Jones (WP)
3rd Jan Brand (BDR)
1st Charl du Plessis WP
2nd Danie Nel (WP)
3rd Darryl Moodie (KZN)
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SA Waveski Open Champion Bruce
Viaene on his way to taking the title in Jeffery's Bay this past
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