Second wave of titles for women surfers

13 September 2010

Second wave of titles for women surfersWave crest: UCT's Jessica Bezuidenhout, Carla Mackenzie, Sarah Nicholson, Kerri Hodgkinson and Jerri Anderson celebrate their win at the USSA surfing championships.

UCT women successfully defended their title at the 2010 University Sports South Africa (USSA) surfing championships, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) at Victoria Bay in George recently.

That was thanks in large part to the respective first and third spots for Sarah Nicholson and Kerri Hodgkinson, with rivals from Stellenbosch University and NMMU finishing in second and fourth place respectively. The result would have been especially pleasing to Nicholson, who finished third in 2009.

Alas, UCT men couldn't dethrone defending champions NMMU in the men's event, although top-eight finishes by Jochaid Salie and Philip Visagie were enough to earn UCT a second place.

Cold winds and rain made the event a nightmare for spectators, but provided good waves for the surfers, reports Nic Pringle of the UCT Surfing Club. "They were probably the best waves we've ever seen at the competition," says Pringle.

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