THE 2018 City Surf Series makes its way to Buffalo City this weekend and promises to be an action-packed weekend, bringing some of South Africa’s top surfers to local shores.
Starting tomorrow at Nahoon Reef, the Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro is the third stop in the City Surf Series, which will culminate in June at the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing in Nelson Mandela Bay where a series champion will be crowned.
The series was launched last year and aims to provide South African surfers with the opportunity to compete in Qualifying Series (QS) events on a regular basis without the expense of travelling overseas.
During the course of the City Surf Series, South Africa’s best surfers will battle it out for valuable qualifying points as they build towards making the championship tour.
Men, women and youth surfing competitions will take place at each event, with the VW Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro and Royal St Andrews Port Alfred Classic already having some talented surfers dominate in the waves including ratings leader and VW NMB Surf Pro champion Dillon Hendricks and RSAH Port Alfred champion, Joshafina Ane from Argentina.
This year has also seen the inclusion of Longboard and Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) competitions, creating a truly spectacular one-of-a-kind surfing festival.
The Mitchum Buffalo City Surf Pro will have QS1000 men and women, junior QS men and women, as well as SSA longboard invitational men and women events taking place over the course of the weekend
“Nahoon Reef is a right-hand point break.“It has a wide swell window that picks up a lot of swell and packs a lot of power. Wave selection will be key in scoring high,” public relations specialist for the event, Jacqueline Herbst said.
Strong contenders for this weekend’s surf in both men’s and women’s events include defending champions Koby Olberholzer and Sophie Bell.
Surfers who have proven to be specialists in right-hand point breaks are Dale Staples, Matt McGilliray, Dylan Lightfoot, Joshe Faulkner, Steven Sawyer and Slade Prestwich.The local veterans to look out for are Greg Emslie, Wayne Monk and Devyn Matthys, each of whom have won events at Nahoon Reef in the past.
VW NMB Surf Pro champion and ratings leader Kai Woolf, who grew up in Jeffreys Bay, as well as local surfer Zoe Steyn are also keen contenders to look out for in the women’s QS1000 event.
The City Surf Series also consists of a men’s QS 1500 and a women’s QS 3000 event, making it the biggest women’s Qualifying Series in Africa, hoping to attract some of the world’s best ahead of the debut of the women’s Championship Tour event in Jeffreys Bay in July.