Surfers ride the crest at USSA championships

11 August 2014 | Story by Newsroom

UCT surfers left the competition in their wake at the annual USSA Surfing Tournament in the winter vacation, claiming top spot overall in the year's most significant university surfing contest.

Each year, the country's top surfer-students gather at Victoria Bay near George for three days of barrel riding, as part of University Sport South Africa's athletics competition.

UCT has a proud record to maintain '“ Ikey surfers have won the most trophies at this tournament '“ and the 2014 crew did not disappoint. Both the men's and women's teams placed second in their divisions, handing UCT the overall trophy.

Jessica Lee and Daniel Wilson both celebrated a podium spot, coming third and second in their respective divisions. Bjorn Larsen secured fourth in the men's section.

Nicole Eddy, another UCT surfer, reported waves of around two metres high for the first two days. "However, a large four-metre swell pushed through on the last day '“ just in time to for us see some serious action take place in the finals," said Eddy.

"UCT had a few dedicated groupies who drove up to watch and support, but soon fell straight in with the team, and a big thank you goes out to them for their massive support: you guys rock!" Eddy added.

Luke Colvin, Logan Eales, Kyle Hanekom, Bjorn Larsen, Michael MacDonald, Ivan Newmark, Aron Simmons, Daniel Wilson and Dex Zweistra made up the men's team, while Amy Bosworth, Nikita Kekana, Jessice Lee, Anna Notten and Nina Woerman surfed for the women's team.

Story by staff reporter. Image supplied.

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