Hitting the wedge at West Beach

DOWN THE FACE: Rory Fellows-Smith shared third spot in the pro section of the West Beach Warfare bodyboarding competition last weekend Picture: JON HOUZET

THE annual West Beach Warfare bodyboarding competition tied in to the Royal St Andrews Hotel Easter Festival last weekend, and the level of competition was boosted by the participation of world fourth-ranked Iain Campbell.

Local bodyboarder and South African team coach Clinton Millard arranged the two-day competition and said conditions on the first day were a little tricky.

“Big swell came through and the tide was low so it caused the waves to break on the shore with not much of a section for the riders to ride,” Millard said.

“When the tide came in in the afternoon the waves turned better.  That’s why we ran the finals so late on the Sunday because the tide was better then.”

There was big money to be won in the pro section, and as expected, top prize of R10 000 went to Campbell.

In second place, Codi Butterworth took R2 160, and third place was shared by Rory Fellows-Smith and Teagan Coulonval, who split the R1 440 cash prize.

COMING OUT THE TUBE: Luke Goder in action in the junior section of the West Beach Warfare bodyboarding competition last weekend Picture: JON HOUZET

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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