All set for 2019 SA Surfing Championships presented by Buffalo City

Surfers and officials from all corners of South Africa will gather in East London this week for 2019 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships, hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, writes Mark Hoffman.

The 54th edition of this annual surfing tournament will officially get under way at with an Opening Function at the East London Golf Club on Tuesday August 20 from 6.30pm.

The function will see surfers, officials, guests and VIPs enjoying a social occasion before competition gets under way in earnest at Nahoon Reef on Wednesday August 21. The Championships end with the presentation of all nine division Finals on Sunday August 25.

The Mercedes–Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from Over 30 to Over 60.

Over the 54 years that organised surf contests have taken place in South Africa the powerful right handed waves that occur at Nahoon Reef have been the venue for numerous iconic South African Surfing Championships.

Not only has Nahoon Reef hosted a number of National tournaments but it also takes its place in history as the host of the 1978 ISA World Surfing Championship.

East London is one of only two South African cities to host a World Surfing Championships since the first World Championship was held in the USA in the mid – sixties.

The annual South African Championships is one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World and Buffalo City has hosted more National Championships than any other in South Africa.

This is the third year in a row that Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality have partnered with Surfing South Africa to showcase South Africa’s surfing talent, crown nine new South African Champions and determine which team will win the coveted Presidents Cup, the Masters Cup and the Champions Trophy.

The support of these two iconic brands extends to the National Surfing Team which travels to the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan on September 2 in an attempt to qualify South African surfers for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

The partnership between Surfing South Africa, Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City, is aimed at highlighting East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships and other important initiatives.

This year over 120 surfers from six Districts and three provinces will be competing for individual South African titles, traditional trophies and medals. A group of surfers from the Surfing South Africa Rising Stars programme will also get to compete in the Championships.