Border amped for waveski championships

Top team to test skill in J-Bay

A TOTAL of 11 East Londoners will be representing Border at the 2017 South African Waveski Championships which will be held in Jeffreys Bay from August 10 to 12.

MAKING A SPLASH: Bruce Viaene is part of a 11-man Border team that will try and beat Western Cape at the SA Waveski Championships next weekend Picture: ANDREAS STRANDH

The team was selected from results posted in the recent Border Trials which took place at various breaks along the region under the leadership of Border Waveski chairman Brandon Flynn.

“We have seen some radical wave-skiing this season with stand-outs from longtime rider Tony Dubber, as well as Nic Coetzee, Johan Oellie and father and son duo, Jan and Ruan Brand.

“New to the scene is Rob Smith from Port Alfred and Bruce Viaene, who has made a recent comeback to the sport. Our two junior riders – Sharnan Flynn and Francois Roesstorff – will be representing their province for the first time with the hope of securing a spot in the finals,” said Flynn.

WAVE WARRIORS: The Border team off to the South African Waveski Championships are, from back left, Francois Roesstorff, Inus Strydom, Johan Oelofse, Brandon Flynn (Border Waveski chairman) and Bruce Viaene. Front from left, Tony Dubber, Nic Coetzee, Ruan Brand and Sharnan Flynn. Absent: Rob Smith and Jan Brand Picture: SUPPLIED

The fast, powerful waves of Jeffreys Bay usually suit Border riders as they are similar to the conditions found in East London. Waves like Queensberry Bay and Nahoon Reef, which have been home to past Border trials, are the perfect waves to hone the Border waveski team’s skill.

“We have a chance to give the other provinces a run for their money and be a real threat for the SA title,” said Viaene.

Border will have to fight hard to clinch the title away from current South African champs, Western Province, who have notoriously strong riders throughout their age divisions.

Riders who perform well in their age category, will be shortlisted to represent SA at the World Waveski Championships in Spain next year.

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