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Durban Surf Carnival returns to New Pier

Chris Bertish © Nerve Events

Durban Surf Carnival
Presented by Jeep Apparel

New Pier, Durban South Africa
7 - 9 June 2013

Stand Up Paddle & Longboarding feature prominently in annual event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 April, 2013 : - - The Durban Surf Carnival presented by Jeep Apparel will once again take place at the New Pier on Durban’s Golden Mile from the 7th to 9th June 2013. This popular multi disciplined surfing event in its 11th year will see South Africa’s top watermen battling it out for the various titles on offer..

The event will see the public and fellow surfers being treated to world class wave riding in the Longboarding, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) and Retro Surfing divisions.

The event will also host a Traditional Longboard Expression Session, this session will showcase the golden days of surfing and the public will be able to see how surfing has progressed over the decades with the myriad of old and new surfboards littering the beachfront.

The Event will include the KZN Longboard Championships which means the contestants will be surfing for more than the prizes but also the Provincial titles in the respective surfing divisions contested. This event is sanctioned by the Kwa Zulu Natal Longboard Surfing Association.

The Stand up Paddle event will once again be  the  South African SUP Surfing Championships . The SUPSA sanctioned event will see winners being crowned in the Open men and Women’s divisions as well as the Juniors and legends division (over 45). The winners of the Open men and Women’s divisions will be eligible for squad selection to represent South Africa at the 2014 ISA Stand Up Paddle World Championship.

This event will be judged on wave riding ability and has become a firm favourite with more than 60% of the competition coming up from the Western Cape. The quality of surfing in this division has grown tremendously and is very exciting to watch. The prizes are also huge in this division with two SUP boards up for grabs courtesy of Naish SUP and Coreban SUP.

For 2013 the event will also include the Forgotten Soul Retro Surfing Division, the rules for this division will require the surfer to ride a single-fin surfboard which generally fall into the sub 7’0” category. This event is sure to bring a lot of interest to the carnival as many surfers are still active today and will remember or would have grown up surfing this type of surfboard and the organisers expect this division to be hotly contested as the winner is in line for a new Forgotten Soul retro surfboard courtesy of Natural Curve surfboards

The Traditional Longboard Expression Session, will only be open to surfers who are part of the main event and have the necessary skill and showmanship to manoeuvres these boards as what can be described as classic surfing.
“For 2013 we promised the faithful that we would add even more spice to this years event and we hope that by adding the retro and traditional disciplines and the fitness aspect it will go down well with our surfers and the public alike, it is always a joy working on this event with great contestants and fantastic sponsors making our job fun, we are expecting a record breaking entry this year and its going to be three days of non stop surfing action ” commented Paul Godwin from Nerve Events.

The event will also host the SNAP Photographic Competition which is a favourite with all the avid surf photographers professional and amateur getting in on the action.
The Mad Dog Surf School Free Learn to Surf clinic run by Shaun Sellman offers a life-changing experience with free surfing lessons open to all members of the public. The lessons are designed that you will stand and surf before the weekend is over.

Another new edition to this years event will be the Club Zero fitness weekend. Club Zero will be running warm up and stretching sessions as well as some fun exercise programs on the beach during the Surf Carnival. We will also be available throughout the day to chat to you about any questions you might have on fitness and what best suits you. We will also be bring along our physios for you to enjoy. Look out for the tug o war competition and start getting your 3 man teams together. Great prizes up for grabs and give away's.

Main Sponsors of the event are the City of Durban - Durban “the warmest place to be, Jeep Apparel, The Independent on Saturday and Liquid Blast

Support sponsors are, Naish SUP, Natural Curve Surfboards, Coreban SUP, Thule, Nestle Pure Life Water, Container Conversions, Gunslinger Skateboards, Mad Dog Surf School, Maisch Fins, Nescafe, Thermo Plastic Concepts & Equipment (TCE), Pro Class/Larmont Surf Shop, Club Zero Fitness

Source: Nerve Events

Author: Paul Godwin

Tags: Durban Surf Carnival, South Africa, Longboarding

SUP: Surfersvillage


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