Africa Marine & Leisure Expo to Host Inaugural Scottburgh Surf Pro

Words: Olivia Jones Communications

A top class field of surfers from all parts of South Africa is expected to compete in the Scottburgh Powerplay Surf Pro which forms part of the Africa Marine & Leisure Expo presented by UGU South Coast Tourism. The Scottburgh Powerplay Surf Pro is a Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour (PST) event which offers atotal of R50,000 in prize money as well as PST ratings points to the surfers who enter.

TheScottburgh Powerplay Surf Pro will feature a 3A rated PST event for Men and a 2A rated event for Women and is scheduled to take place on Saturday & Sunday August 3 and 4.


At least 48 Men and 24 women respectively must enter the event in order for the 3A Men’s and 2A Women’s ratings to be secured. If less than these numbers enter Surfing South Africa reserves the right to reduce the rating and the prizemoney.


All surfers who wish to compete should complete the online entry form which is published on They are also required to join the Pro Surf Tour if they are not already members. The entry fee is R250 for Men and R150 for Women respectively and the annual PST fee is R200. Details of the entry procedure are outlined in the online entry form which can be accessed by clicking the Scottburgh Powerplay Surf Pro icon on the Surfing South Africa website:


Entries close on July 30 and heats and schedules will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website on Friday August 2.


This winter, the Africa Marine and Leisure Expo will ensure that Scottburgh Beach and other venues in the Umdoni area, will be alive with action on August 3 and 4. Entrance to the Expo will be completely free. The event was born from a desire to link marine conservation concerns with a healthy ocean-based tourism industry. In addition to the surfing event, highlights of the festival include the Tag & Release Fishing competitions, a leisure exhibition showcasing all kinds of products related to the ocean, a bodyboarding contest and a bikini fashion show. For the children, there will be a Marine Mania entertainment programme and festival running for the entire course of the Expo. All weekend, live bands and DJs will ensure that everyone is in the party mood, making the Expo a truly entertaining and enjoyable experience for all. The conservation aspect of the event will be further highlighted by the guest speakers who will be present throughout the weekend, and who will explore the issues facing the KZN coastline in more depth. These speakers include well known scientists, conservationists, divers and underwater photographers to name just a few.