Canoeing South Africa
03 May 2018
Written by: Ant Stott
National Waveski champs decided at Nahoon Reef
Nahoon Reef - East London once again delivered as one of the best surfing
venues the world has on offer as waveski riders where treated to decent but
challenging waves for the full three days of the South African Waveski
Day two was the toughest of the days with light onshore winds making the
surfing quite tricky. Westerly winds on day one and three allowed for great
competition conditions with the third day bringing the best conditions by
far for the finals.
Competition as usual was hot, this year even more so with positions in the
national waveski team on offer. The SA team will travel to Pantin, Spain in
September for the World Waveski Titles and SA is hoping to field a powerful
The open event is always the most sought after title at any contest. This
years finalists included 2017 winner Bruce Viane, 2016 and 2017 runner up
Duran Martin, 2009 world champion André Burger and canoe man Ant Stott.
Spectators on the shore where treated to some spectacular surfing and the
panel of five judges where faced with the tricky task scoring the riders waves
as accurately as possible.
In the end it was the KZN hotshot Duran Martin who took the win by less than
half a point from East London local Bruce Viaene. KZN’s Ant Stott took third
place with another East Londoner André Burger in 4th.
The age group categories where also hard fought boding well for a very
strong team performance in Spain later on this year.
In the junior division it was exciting to see the massive leap in performance
and skill by Marcus Esterhuyse to claim the title for 2018. Marcus the son
of well known waveski surfer Dian Esterhuyse is already showing potential
way above his young age.
The seniors was another extremely tough battle with Bruce Viaene taking the
hard earned title. Mike Wessels pushing the limits and Bruce all the way to
the final hooter with a very close 2nd.
In the masters, Western Province dominated with all four finalists. Schalk
Van Wyk rose to top to claim yet another national title ahead of Dian
Esterhuyse and Rory Taylor.
In the grand masters Tony Dubber, after years of top level performances,
finally claimed that big SA title that he has been chasing for so many
Jeremy Pienaar out surfed his competition in the veterans to claim the top
step on the podium.
All waveski surfers left the event with smiles on their faces after three
days of good waves, sun and good company.
A big thank you to all the event organizers, judges and event sponsors for
putting together an awesome event.
Sponsors who generously contributed where Viking Waveski’s, Bamboo
Warehouse, Macski Custom Waveski’s, Knysna Racing Paddles, The Green Box,
Surfears, Zigzag magazine, Nandos chicken and Debonairs Pizza.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS -
South African Waveski Championships 2018
1st Duran Martin (KZN)
2nd Bruce Viaene (Border)
3rd Ant Stott (KZN)
4th André Burger (Border)
1st Marcus Esterhuyse (WP)
2nd Francois Roesstorff (Border)
3rd Sharnan Flynn (Border)
1st Bruce Viaene (Border)
2nd Mike Wessels (WP)
3rd Ant Stott (KZN)
4th Rob Smith (Border)
1st Schalk Van Wyk (WP)
2nd Dian Esterhuyse (WP)
3rd Rory Taylor (WP)
4th Tim Reinhardt (WP)
1st Tony Dubber (Border)
2nd Johan Oelofse (Border)
3rd Craig Smith (KZN)
4th Eric Perrier (KZN/France)
1st Jeremy Pienaar (EP)
2nd Bruce Tavenor (EP)
3rd Gary Duminy (KZN)
4th Ken Clements (WP)
Provisional SA federation squad (subject to change):
Gerhardus Van Zyl
Schalk Van Wyk
Dian Esterhuyse (reserve)
Tag team squad:
Schalk Van Wyk
Gerhardus Van Zyl
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Bruce Viaene finished second
overall and first in the seniors category at the South African Waveski
Championships in East London recently.
Schalk van Wyk on his way to
winning the masters category at the South African Waveski Championships
in East London recently.
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