Millard is up for the Challenge

BRINGING OUT THE BEST: South Africa’s national bodyboarding coach, Clinton Millard, left, is ready to take on the world at the world tour event that will take place at East Beach during the Amanzi Festival, just one of the many water-sports featuring world-class athletes that will take place from March 30 to April 8. With Millard are Sunshine Coast tourism manager Sandy Birch, centre, and festival organiser Sxeaks Nkwinti Picture: ROB KNOWLES

TEAM South Africa’s bodyboarding coach, Clinton Millard, is looking forward to welcoming a host of world-class bodyboarders to our shores, and to Port Alfred in particular, to compete in the Royal St Andrews Amanzi Challenge to take place from March 30 to April 8.

Millard was a surfer when he was at school but took a long break of 10 years due to studies and his involvement at MultiSecurity, which he now runs after taking over from his father, Mike, some years ago.

“I watched bodyboarding from the shoreline and saw the exciting manoeuvres and extreme moves possible on a bodyboard and realised this was something I wanted to do,” he said. “I think it is more exciting that surfing and gives spectators a real spectacle of the athleticism of the top competitors.”

Millard was appointed South African team coach in 2014 and travelled with his team to the World Championships in Chile in which the team performed particularly well with a first, second and third-place finish and firmly establishing SA as a powerful force in bodyboarding.

But Millard reasons that, without new blood entering the sport the current champions only have a limited time left. He has therefore initiated development classes to attract more locals to the sport.

“We will still be holding West Beach Warfare over the weekend of March 30 to April 1 and, the winners of that will have an opportunity to bodyboard against world champions and thereby gain experience,” he said.

“Our focus is not just on winning competitions. We also know that we need to develop our bodyboarders and, with so much potential in the area, development is a major focus.”

Spectators are most welcome to see the thrilling contorted manoeuvers of the sport and to take part in West Beach Warfare, and help to grow the sport in South Africa.