Cell C Goodwave
Winds hamper amazing swell zooming in on Durban
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 August, 2017 - New Pier, Durban - The highly anticipated Cell C Goodwave surfing competition will remain on Standby over the coming weekend and into next week. Despite some exciting action on the swell charts, there are poor winds forecast, and the contest director has made the decision to remain on Standby.
"The swell models were looking very good for this upcoming storm, but unfortunately they have changed considerably, and the onshore winds will be up early for the days of good swell in Durban," said contest director Jason Ribbink. "We are not going to go on Amber Alert for this swell and will remain on Standby, but we will continue to monitor the swell models. There is another storm approaching for the back half of next week that we are looking at with interest at this stage."
Official Cell C Goodwave surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za concurs. "It is unfortunate that the onshore winds are going to be up so early," said Spike of the upcoming conditions. "Much like the last swell that we monitored for this contest, there are going to be some great individual waves over the weekend and into next week, but with poor wind conditions forecast. There won't be a long enough window of good surf to run the tournament."
The Cell C Goodwave is a unique competition on the South African surfing calendar in that it has a one-year waiting period, it costs only R1 to enter, and first prize is R100k, the largest domestic prize in the country. The Cell C Goodwave has invited 32 surfers to compete in the tournament. Should some of these surfers not make it to the New Pier in Durban on the day, their slots will be filled up with the alternate surfers. Should there still be open slots, the contest director will choose walk-up entries on the day.
The Cell C Goodwave is rated as a World Surf League Specialty event, and a live webcast will be hosted on the WSL website.
The contest will be utilising a 4-man heat system, with 2 going through each heat. There will also be jet-ski assist for the competitors. It is imperative to have a full day’s worth of good waves at the New Pier to run the event to completion.
California Dreaming, overlooking New Pier on the beachfront, will host the competition on the day. Oakley and Sun International are both supporting sponsors.
In addition, Cell C is also offering free Wi-Fi on the beach during the entire contest. Miss a 10-point ride, and watch the heat replays via the WSL app over the free Wi-Fi.
Invited surfers, in no order:
Brandon Jackson, Matt McGillivray, Dale Staples, Shane Sykes, Mikey February, Josh Redman, Damien Fahrenfort, Dan Redman, Mike Frew, Simon Nicholson, Gavin Roberts, Frankie Oberholzer, Matt Bromley, Davey Weare, Grant Baker, Chris Leppan, Sean Holmes, Ricky Basnett, Jason Ribbink, Beyrick de Vries, Gary van Wieringen, Dylan Lightfoot, Chad du Toit, Brendan O’Connor, Warwick Wright, Noel Rahme, Shane Thorne, Paul Canning, Richard Kidd, Davey van Zyl, Robbie Schofield, Greg Emslie.
Alternate surfers, in no order:
Secret International VIP, Alan Johns, Josh Smit, Jordy Maree, Adin Jeenes, Simon Fish, Joshe Faulkner, Matt Pallet, Stever Sawyer, Dylan Stewart, Lee Bisset, Scott Venter, Billy Payne, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Payne, Sam Christianson, Derek Footit, Ben Dancaster, Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer, Antonio Bortoletto, Manfred Adrio, Wes O'Driscoll, Elton Cuthbert, Andrew Lange, Blane Wood, Chris Frolich, Wade Simkiss, Rene Terblanche, Frank Solomon, Mikhael 'MK' Vawda, Casey Grant, Andrew Banks.
The Cell C Goodwave - in loving memory of Lee Wolins.