First round of the King of the Kowie complete

SURFING STARS: Kowie Boardriders, from left, Anton Wiersma, Warwick Heny, Kye Macgregor, Andrew Laverge, Guy Campbell were some of the category winners at the first leg of the 2019 King of the Kowie competition at East Beach that took place on Human Rights Day

Surfers, together with their spectators, arrived at East Beach on Human Rights Day, to participate in the first leg of the King of the Kowie surfing competition.

The annual competition is divided into four events throughout the year with the best three results used to determine the year’s most successful surfer who is then awarded the crown and bragging rights.

The wind and rain presented no problems last Thursday as competitors donned their wetsuits in anticipation of their respective heats. However, the waves at East Beach that looked good in the morning worsened toward the afternoon.

First place for the grom boys went to Carl Wiersma followed by Owen Heny and Jack Averbuch. Lily Heny took first place for the grom girls, followed by Lara Heny and Summer Foster.

In the U18 category, first place went to Andrew Laverge followed by Kye Macgregor, Luke Swart, Carl Wiersma and Owen Heny.

Leading the pack for the over-40s was Warwick Heny, with Anton Wiersma second and Richard Heny third. In the over-50s category, Dave Macgregor took top honours with Carl Wurz, Pete Britz and Jerome Boulle following.

As for bodysurfing, first place went to Sunny Hill with Victor Coetzee in second place. Longboarding honours again went to Dave Macgregor with his son Kye Macgregor in second place and Richard Heny, Pete Britz and Jerome Boulle completing the category.

As for bodyboarding, first place went to Mark Stephens followed by Lyle Schente, Reef Meiring, Tristan Wantenaar and Helen Averbuch.

In the open category, first place went to Andrew Laverge with Warwick Heny, Guy Campbell, Kye Macgregor and Anton Wiersma following.

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