Four of South Africa’s top longboard surfers will compete in China
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 4 December, 2014 - Matthew Moir heads a quartet of South Africa’s top longboard surfers who will compete against the world’s best riders of traditional nine foot plus surfboards in the GoPro World Longboard Surfing Championships presented by Wanning that gets underway at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China tomorrow (Friday).
The event will crown the 2014 ASP Men’s and Women’s Longboard Champions and runs from 5 to 12 December featuring 36 surfers from a total of 12 countries in each event. There is a total of US $100 000 in prize-money on offer.
Moir, a former two-time ISA World Champion who has also won the Rabbit Kekai Classic in Costa Rica and eight South African Open Men’s titles, will revel in the long left breaking waves at Riyue Bay which are similar to his favourite home break of Elands Bay on the West Coast of South Africa.
The 37 year-old Capetonian is looking forward to meeting up with friends and former opponents in China after competed extensively on the ASP World Longboard Tour in the mid 2000’s, regularly placing in the top 10 at events. He suffering a stroke in 2009 and has cut back on his international travel since then.
Moir will be joined in the Men’s event by Grant Beck (Cape St Francis) who will be making his debut in the World Title event after reaching the finals of the SA Longboard Championships earlier this year.
The ASP Africa representatives in the Women’s event are reigning SA champion Hannah Bing from Cape Town and Margreet Wibbelink, the 2014 SA Women’s runner-up, from Jeffreys Bay. It will be Bing’s first World Championship event while Wibbelink competed in China last year when she reached Round 2 before being eliminated.
This year will see the fourth edition of the ASP World Longboard Championships on Hainan Island, and the event has been confirmed for the next three years. The defending champions are Piccolo Clemente (PER) in the Men and two-time winner Kelia Moniz (HAW) who has reached the final in the Women’s event for the past three years, all of them against Chelsea Williams (AUS).