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Durban set for surfing feast

by BuaNews Online
on 07 Apr 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Top surfers from all over the world will be converging on Durban over the next week for the Quiksilver Pro Durban, presented by Virgin Mobile in association with Resolution.

The event is rated six-star-prime, making it the highest rated surfing event in southern Africa, reports SouthAfrica.info.

The event will run from 11 to 20 April and offers 3 000 valuable "WQS points" for the winner, as well as a total prize pool of $135 000 which, at current exchange rates, is in excess of R1 million.

The prize pool includes R119 000 for first place, R58 750, and R35 725 for equal third.

The primary venue for the event is New Pier on the Golden Mile of Surf City, Durban.

During April, New Pier is known to produce some of the finest beach-break waves in the world.

Last year, during the inaugural Quiksilver Pro Durban, the waves were excellent and this year is bound to produce the same and more.

In order to gain prime status, the event needs a second world-class venue, and this is provided by the Bluff stretch of coastline, from Anstey's to Cave Rock, another excellent stretch for world class waves at this time of the year.

The contest has a number of facets making up the event, including an exciting new division, the Komunity Project Future Stars.

The event features eight under-20 surfers drawn from Surfing South Africa's transformation program, who will be flown to Durban and accommodated by Quiksilver South Africa.

The eight will have a "surf-off" and the winner will receive a wildcard into the main event of the Quiksilver Pro Junior.

The surf-off will take place on Friday, the first day of the event.

Next on the schedule is the ASP Grade Two Quiksilver Pro Junior, the Virgin Mobile Trials Event, and then the Quiksilver Pro Durban main event, which finishes on Sunday.

The Quiksilver Pro Durban was first held in 2007 when Australian surfer Luke Munro took the honours by defeating local hero Jordy Smith in the man-on-man final.

All four of South Africa's World Championship Tour surfers - Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, and Jordy Smith - will be competing, along with the best of the rest of South Africa's top surfers.

They will be joined by competitors from the USA, Hawaii, Australia, France, Portugal, Brazil, and Spain among others.

The event has its own unique mini-site, Quiksilver Pro Africa (http://www.quikprodurban.com).

The website there will include live webcasting, so that people from around the world can watch the event in real time on their computers or laptops.

The webcasting team will be anchored by 1989 world champion and Durban-groomed surfer Martin Potter.

The site will offer live feed, live results, highlight videos, profiles, press areas, downloads and much more.

In 2007, it received over 30 000 unique visits a day from around the globe. - BuaNews

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