Viaene is crowned King

KING OF THE WAVES: Bruce Viaene won the title of King of the Reef on Saturday during the Border Waveski Open took place at Nahoon Reef in East London. Picture: DALTON BURTON

The highly anticipated King of the Reef, hosted by the Border Waveski Surfing Association was held recently at Nahoon Reef in East London, with wave swells of more than 3m.

Top honours went to local champion Bruce Viaene, who said winning was quite a dream come true.

“To have my family on the rocks watching made this win even more special. All the participants surfed so well and from round three onwards it felt like every heat was a final,” said Viaene said.

He competed with Pierre Slabber and Francois Steyn, from Cape Town, as well as current South African Waveski champion Duran Martin, from Durban.

“It was an intense day of surfing but I’m thankful to my sponsors Macski and Reef Wetsuits for helping me achieve my goals!” he said.

The first heat of the morning saw Martin up against local rider Francois Roesstorff and Johan Oelofse.

Roesstorff held the lead over Martin and Oelfse until the last few minutes, when Martin took a set wave from the bowl, scoring himself a 5.17 and taking the lead.

The first upset of the day was when Ryan Griffith dominated his heat against SA Master’s runner-up Dian Esterhuyse, by scoring himself a 6.33 off the ride.

Round one, heat six saw wildcard Dave Hammond win his heat over Francois Steyn, Ken Clements and Rory Taylor.

Hammond has been out of the competitive scene for a while but showed just how dominant he still is against top Western Province surfers.

The next competition on the calendar is the KZN Open, which takes place from August 10 to 11.

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