THE sun was shining brightly on Saturday morning and the breeze was slight and, although the waves were not at full potential, the conditions were ideal for the second of three legs in the King of the Kowie surfing competition, held at Port Alfred’s East Beach.
With about 30 surfers participating, Andrew Donaghy rode into first place once more, repeating his victory in the first leg of the competition.
“We had a lot more surfers here at this leg than previously,” said Kowie Boardriders’ Club (KBC) chairman Warwick Heny, who estimated about twice as many as the first leg on May 15. “The weather played its part and, although the surf was smallish, it was a good day of surfing, finishing after 3.30pm, with the sun low and the evening breeze getting chilly.”
Unlike other surf competitions, participants can compete in any category they qualify for based on age and experience, allowing surfers to continue surfing even if they have been eliminated from the heats of one particular category.
In the Open section, first place went to Donaghy with second place going to Cameron Reeder. Third spot went to Dane Cox and fourth position to Lungani Memani.
In the U20 section, first place went to Cameron Reeder, second to Jesse Christie, third to Andrew LaVerge, fourth went to Josh Christie and fifth position to James Cawood.
In the over-30s section, Ed Donaghy came in first position, Anton Wiersma in second, Richard Downey in third, and fourth place went to Scollie Cullen. Warwick Heny took first position in the over-40s category with David Macgregor in second position, third was Richard Heny and fourth place went to Noel Maddocks.
The over-50s section was won by Cliff Cawood with Mickey Witthuhn in second place and Jerome Boulle in third.
In the longboard competition, Richard Heny claimed first position with Dave Macgregor in second place, Kevin Christie in third and Cuan Macgregor in fourth. Ryan Owsley won the bodyboarders section, with Clinton Millard in second place.
As for the groms in the U15 competition, first place went to another of the Macgregor clan, Kye Macgregor, with Jesse Christie in second place, Andrew LaVerge in third place, James Cawood in fourth and Luke Swart in fifth.