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Durban Surf Carnival offers SUP, longboard events

Sam Christianson of Durban © Nerve Events



Durban Surf Carnival

New Pier, Durban South Africa
6 - 8 June 2014

Durban Surf Carnival offers SUP, longboard events

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 June, 2014 - Durban’s New Pier Beach will host surfers from all around the country for the 12th annual Durban Surf Carnival presented by Jeep Apparel this weekend from June 6-8. This event, sanctioned by the Stand Up Paddleboard Association of South Africa (SUPSA) and KwaZulu Natal Longboard Surfing Association (KZNLSA) will host a number of surfing disciplines

Recently crowned SA Senior Longboard Champ Gregg “Rat” Mundy of Durban will be back in action. Mundy is competing in the Open Longboard and Forgotten Soul Retro Surfing divisions.  South African U16 Longboard Champion Sam Christianson of Durban will be competing amongst SA’s Top Open Longboarders.

This year will also include SUP Course Racing which is a new discipline to the event. Naish SUP is one of the leading SUP brands in the world and has been supporting the Durban Surf Carnival since its inception.

There will be two SUP racing events at the carnival, the first will be a distance race of 8-10km around a couple of cans (buoy markers) set out the back off Durban’s main beach front. The start and finish is set from the middle of the beach near New Pier (waves permitting), or alternatively from Vetchies Beach with the race estimated to last around 1 hour.  

The second race event will be a technical short-course of 2-3km where the paddlers will have to negotiate the surf-breakers going in and out several times around a set course from the beach to just behind the breaking waves. This race will consist of qualifying rounds leading up to a final - each race typically takes 10-15minutes.
Peter Petersen from Naish said, “SUP racing combines surfing skills with strength and stamina and is a great cross-training tool for a lot of surfers and SUP surfers. Hence we'll see a lot of the entrants in the surfing events also entering the SUP racing section”. He also added that this is a great opportunity to showcase their products and continue building their strong brand in the local market.
Should you wish to learn how to be the next “surfing sensation” the LEARN 2 SURF surfing school will be hosting free surfing clinics at the Durban Surf Carnival. LEARN 2 SURF have schools all over South Africa. Shaun Sellman from the Durban office said, “Our surf schools offer either group lessons or private coaching for you to learn to surf or improve your surfing skills and we also provide all the necessary equipment”.

Sellman and his team are looking forward to passing on their skills to all the visitors who attend this year’s Surf Carnival.  He also added that it is never too late to learn new skills in your life and encourages all age groups to learn how to surf.
The Durban Surf Carnival is free to the public to watch with a free SNAP SHOT Photographic Competition which is open to all to enter. SUPSA is endorsing both the surfing and racing portion of the SUP events with the results counting towards the 2014 overall national ranking and will be used as a selection tool for the ISA World Championships.

Steven Brown

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