Words & Photo: Steven J Brown
The 12th edition of this annual event will once again take place at the New Pier Beach in Durban from 06th to 8th June 2014.
This year the event will comprise:
• SUPSA SA Stand up Paddle Surfing Champs
• Naish SUPSA Racing
• Forgotten Soul Retro Surfing
• KZNLSA Longboard Surfing Competition
• Free SNAP SHOT Photographic Competition
• Free Surfing clinic.
The Stand up paddle event will once again be the SUPSA sanctioned South African Championships which will enjoy an unprecedented third year in Durban and the Surf Carnival organisers are pleased to host this premier SUP wave riding event again.
This year will also include SUP Course Racing which is a new discipline to the event and will see South Africa’s top SUP paddlers racing along the Backline of the Golden Mile.
The Forgotten Soul Retro surfing competition is also happening again and this exposes the History of South African surfing with surfers riding surfboards manufactured in the 70’s and 80’s as well as longboarding which is the “roots” of Surfing.
“Holding the SA Champs in Durban for the third year running is a huge bonus for the event which has religiously and faithfully included SUP surfing since 2007 and even before an SUP association even existed, New Pier as a venue is also a massive draw for SUPers countrywide and once again we will be expecting a huge contingent from Cape Town”, says Paul Godwin from Nerve Events
The Longboarding event will once again see South Africa’s Style masters in action in various divisions.
This event is sanctioned by Stand Up Paddleboard Association of South Africa (SUPSA) and KwaZulu Natal Longboard Surfing Association (KZNLSA)
There will also be a free surfing clinic hosted by Mad Dog Surf Academy and a free SNAP SHOT Photographic Competition - both of these event are open to the general public to participate.