2005 Bayview Shootout
Big Wave Bodyboarding Contest
Boland Bodyboarding Association (BBA) Speciality Event
Bayview, Hermanus, South Africa
25 June to 3 July, 2005
30 bodyboarders, Nine days, Bolands Biggest Waves
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 1 June, 2005 : - - 30 bodyboarders, nine days, Bolands biggest waves, these are the ingredients required to stage the 2005 Bayview Shootout in Hermanus from 25 June to 3 July. The event which is into its fourth year utilises a window period to select the biggest and best surf on offer for South Africas top big wave bodyboarders.
Defending event champion and Bayview pioneer Johan Tjoekie de Goede (Boland) will be back to assert his dominance at his local spot. 2004s runner up Aadam Grant (Cape Town), third placed Marc Jucker (Port Elizabeth) as well as top scorers Hankus Loubser (Cape Town) and Henk Esterhuysen (Boland) have once again confirmed their entry into the event which is known for separating the mice from the men. Last years tournament boasted 20ft waves which escalated in size resulting in the NSRI escorting bodyboarders to safety in the afternoon.
There is a wide range of ages from the youngest competitor Justin Hoeben (Boland) who is 15 years old to the more experienced riders like event favourite from Pietermaritzburg, Alistair Taylor (32), who has been bodyboarding for 23 years. Taylors fearless reputation in waves of consequence is well known as the former US Champion has laid claim to catching one of the heaviest waves ever witnessed at the notorious Australian reef break Shark Island.
A strong contingent of top international riders namely Brandon Foster (California originally from Durban), Harry Dixon (Mona Vale, Australia) and Stef Skajarowski (Cornwall, UK) have also entered. Hermanus locals include Renier Hanekom and Paul Morkel.
The little known spot of Bayview is a ledging right hand breaking wave that grinds its way over razor sharp barnacles on a shallow reef only a few feet below the surface with the resulting wave being a fearful prospect to anyone brave enough to take on its raw power.
The criteria for the Bayview Shootout is not limited to the biggest wave ridden, but the biggest and best manoeuvres executed in the critical section of the biggest wave - the result will be breathtaking.
Sponsors include Reef, Maui and Sons, Pionier Custom Made Furniture, Science bodyboards, Island Style, Sindrome clothing, ABC printers and Logic Bodyboarding Magazine.
List of Big Wave Bodyboarders:
Andre Botha (Umhlanga, Durban)
Brandon Foster (California originally from Durban)
Alistair Taylor (Pietermaritzburg KZN)
Harry Dixon (Mona Vale , Australia)
Stef Skajarowski (Cornwall, UK)
Lourance Klose (Cape Town)
Johan de Goede (Boland)
Wayne Craig (Cape Town)
Ian Kruger (Cape Town)
Wayne Shaggy Gardner (East London)
Marc Jucker (Port Elizabeth)
Ryan Jucker (Port Elizabeth)
Ishmael Grant (Cape Town)
Aadam Grant (Seapoint, Cape Town)
Henk Esterhuysen (Boland)
Paul Morkel (Hermanus, Boland)
Lloyd Pereira (Cape Town)
John Cato Catlin (Cape Town)
Tomas Catlin (Cape Town)
Hankus Loubser (Cape Town)
Attie van Heerden (Cape Town)
David Richardson (Cape Town)
Justin Hoeben (Boland)
Martin Ras (Strand, Boland)
Stefan du Toit (Boland)
Jared Houston (Cape Town)
Adam Morley (Mossel Bay, Southern Cape)
Renier Hanekom (Hermanus)
Vaughn Harris (Tsitsikamma, Southern Cape)
Alternates (To Be Confirmed)
For background information about Bayview and the Big Wave contest, please visit the Boland Bodyboarding website
For more information please contact Riaan Du Preez on 082 777 3605
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