Port Alfred gears up for star studded surfing lineup

City Surf Series Port Alfred preview

Port Alfred gears up for star-studded surfing lineup

The South African surfing bus has left Nelson Mandela Bay and has checked in to Port Alfred for the Royal St. Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic presented by Quiksilver, taking place from April 6-8.

This is a new addition to the calendar and hopefully the first of many Town Classics to come. The idea is to build on the success of the City Surf Series (CSS) by taking events to towns around South Africa that have beautiful waves and towns to showcase. This is, therefore, the inaugural Town Classic event in what organisers hope will become a strong brand in itself that falls under the CSS stable. The Tourism generated for the towns is fantastic and organisers look forward to adding many more in 2019.

Gearing up for the international Royal St Andrews Hotel PA Classic to be held at East Beach, Port Alfred, this weekend. Pic: Mauneen Charter

The Royal St. Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic, presented by Quicksilver is a World Surfing League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated event, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) and offers 1000 QS points in the men’s and women’s contests and also features men’s and women’s WSL Longboard Qualifying Series (LQS) events, a first for South Africa and exciting addition for the event.

The contest forms part of the Royal St. Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Amanzi Festival which started on March 30 and ends on April 8. The festival comprises an array of action water sports like WSL QS surfing, West Beach Warfare APB World Tour body boarding, national rubber duck and jet ski races, a marina mile swim, tube races and for the landlubbers, an eight-kilometre trail run.  A major attraction to the festival is the R1 million total prize purse on offer.

OLD-SCHOOL STYLE: Kye Macgregor puts his toes on the nose of his longboard in a classic hang-five move at Inner Pool in Mossel Bay during the recent SA Longboard Championships. Kye will be competing in Port Alfred in the Port Alfred Classic. Picture: ROBBIE IRLAM

Since the  Royal St Andrews Hotel Port Alfred Classic, presented by Quicksilver  is a new surfing event, there are no defending champions, however, the Buffalo City defending champions (Steven Sawyer, Koby Oberholzer and Sophie Bell) and this past weekend’s Nelson Mandela Bay champions (David van Zyl, Michael Hill, Tarryn King and Kai Woolf) will all be in the line-up. On top of this, top QS campaigners Beyrick de Vries, Shane Sykes, Matthew McGillivray and Slade Prestwich are back from Barbados and will also be carving for those valuable 1000 QS points.

The contest venue, East Beach, is a long right-hand sand bottom point break off a river mouth. The wave is of high quality and high performance with a good swell window, which means it picks up swell easily.

On the CSI side, the event will feature a Tuffy Beach clean-up, raising awareness of the massive ocean plastics tragedy that is ongoing while clearing the contest beach of plastic and other trash.


Press release: Jacqueline Herbst

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