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Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 16 March, 2006 : - - Winning R12 000 (US$2000) for six heats of surfing has, up until now, been unheard of in South African Junior Surfing, but thanks to the Lizzard Nandos Surf Pro presented by the Weekend Witness, that is about to change.
The 1 Star World Qualifying Series event, which runs from 14- 17 April at Durban’s New Pier, hosts a Grade 1 Pro Junior Mens division, boasting a R30 000 (US$ 5000) prize money purse.
The uniquely South African Surf wear brand Lizzard, set a precedent for growth when they upgraded their event to a 1 Star WQS in 2005. With record sales over the last 12 months, both locally and internationally, the company has been able to take their event to the next level by upgrading their Pro Junior Mens division to a Grade 1 rating.
Chris Hall Jones of Lizzard International explains, “The level of junior surfing in South Africa is rising at a rapid pace and with the majority of International Junior events being held in Australia, we thought it about time the continent of Africa hosted a Pro Junior International of its own. The future lies with our younger surfers and they need this caliber of event to show off their talent.”
The news has sparked major excitement within junior surfing circles and the 2005 ASP Africa Pro Junior Men top seeds have promised a radical display of progressive surfing, in the hope to lay their hands on this small fortune. 2005 Pro Junior Mens Champion and New Pier local Brandon Jackson (Durban North) has all the motivation he needs to dominate this event.
“I can’t get over the prize money, I am stoked that someone has recognised junior surfing’s worth and been able to back it up with the finances, the way the Australian do. I will be gunning for a spot in the finals for sure but it will all depend on the waves New Pier has to offer on the day,” said Jackson, who is coached and mentored by his father former Springbok Surfer Bruce Jackson.
Fellow Pro Junior surfer and 2005 number three seed Josh Schmeltzer (Westville) has also had his fair share of experience in Australian waters and is just as excited at the opportunity to earn a pile of cash without having to travel.
“This is a big step-up for junior surfing, Lizzard have provided a bigger stage for us to compete on and it will push both the level of surfing as well as the number of juniors competing,” said Schmeltzer.
“A huge contingent of junior surfers from both the PST and WQS ranks will be competing and I expect the competition will be tough right from the first round.”
East London Surfer Keegan Nel, who also finished third on the Ratings in 2005, is hoping for the right waves to highlight his classy repertoire of performance surfing.
“The prestige of this event is going to have a major impact on the results. Guys will be taking things a lot more seriously out there, and its going to be about progressive surfing all the way through.”
The Pro Junior Mens division is one of three within this event, including the 1 Star WQS Mens’ division and 2A Rated Womens’ division. The prize money total comes to an incredible R92 000.
Entries closed for the Men today (Thursday 16 March) but remain open until Friday, 31 March 2006 for the Women and Pro Juniors. For entry forms or further information please contact Colin Fitch on tel: +27 (21) 5345738 or fax: +27 (21) 5345738 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event co-sponsors are Bavaria, Nestle Pure Life Water and Durban Africa.
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‘Toti’ Hosts First Pro Surfing Event of 2006
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 March, 2006 : - - The bustling upper south coast town of Amanzimtoti is proud to be hosting the Baggies Surf Pro, the first ASP Africa Pro Surf Tour (PST) event on the 2006 calendar. Despite Warner Beach being home to some of the country’s finest surfers, it is the first time in the history of the sport that a major event is being staged in the area. The Baggies Surf Pro takes place from 17 to 19 March.
“The Baggies Surf Pro is the product of the initiative taken by local surfers who include Dave Maritz, Sarah Johnston-Maritz and international surfing judge Mark Maritz. The aim of the event is not only to promote the sport on our coastline but it is primarily aimed at marketing the upper south coast (Umkomaas to Durban International Airport). For the past 15 months Amanzimtoti businessmen and the Amanzimtoti Publicity Association have been staging various events to promote the area. Durban City manager Dr Michael Sutcliffe attended school a stone throw away from Baggies Beach where the event is to be held and in a speech last year he advised local business to consider ocean sport and he placed emphasis on surfing as a tourist draw card,” commented event organiser Frank Horn.
The 3A rated surfing contest carries a R30 000 prize purse and has already drawn nearly 80 entries catering for Pro Men and Pro Women. Surfers interested in competing must act fast and contact Colin Fitch on email@example.com or 082 699 4493; entries close at midnight on Tuesday, March
“ASP Africa and the surfers are happy to see a new contest and a new venue on the ASP Africa Pro Surf Tour in 2006. There are more than 25 surfers from outside of KZN who will be making the trip to Amanzimtoti with the hope of securing some valuable rating points in the first of the men's and women's PST events on the national professional surfing tour,” commented Colin Fitch ASP PST Operations Manager.
The nation’s top five pro men’s surfers have entered. 2005 ASP Africa champion Shane Thorne (Bluff) is the top seed ahead of Gavin Roberts (Scottburgh), local super star Frankie Oberholzer (Warner Beach), Matthew Kruger (Queensburgh) and Simon Nicholson (Berea). Oberholzer, Gary van Wieringen and Clinton Cross will be tough to beat as they have spent years surfing Warner Beach and know the break inside out.
East London surfing sensation Rosanne Hodge (EL) is the top rated female entrant with Salt Rock surfer Tammy Lee Smith the second seed. All eyes will be on local favourite Sarah Johnston-Maritz who finished fourth on the 2005 ASP PST; the petite 23 year old is untouchable at her home break especially in larger surf conditions. Top ranked out of town surfers include Stacey Guy (Melkbosstrand) who will be travelling from the Western Cape, Michelle Hill (St Francis Bay) and East London’s Nikita Robb.
Amanzimtoti is situated on the Strelitzia coast and boasts two world class beach breaks next door to each other at Warner Beach; depending on the wind and swell direction event organisers will utilise the best spot on each of the three days. For more information on Amanzimtoti please visit www.amanzimtoti.info and to find out more about the city of Durban, South Africa’s playground go to www.durbansouthafrica.co.za
The Baggies Surf Pro was made possible by Durban Africa, Ferox Investments - the developers of the Blue Bay Winkelspruit shopping complex, South Coast Motors, Sandcastle Guesthouse and the eThekwini Municipality.
Her neat chic was engulfed by a new, freer dress code, embracing every reference from full-blown fantasy in Empress Josephine gowns to functional urban, wear with the nerd's anorak an alternative to the jacket, and leggings with high heels under skirts and dresses a positive must-have.
The season of change was epitomised by the mood at Prada. "I'm fed up with cocktail dresses," declared the high priestess of iconic style, Miuccia Prada, as she ushered in a complete volte face from bourgeoisie to urban, hip-hop warrior, an angry young woman in sombre black, grey and khaki, aggressive and uncompromising in a parka, voluminous skirt, bra-bodice over her sweater and boots.Donatella Versace blitzed the glitz in favour of chic understatement and minimal embellishment, and even Roberto Cavalli ditched corsetry in favour of Charlestonesque chemises and velvet chinoiserie robes. DSquared, which can normally be relied on to turn up the volume on vulgarity, was inspired by the Establishment, with variations on equestrian chic, Balmoral plaids and right royal cocktail frocks.
Tartan, another frequent reference, especially in Black Watch, also featured strongly at Moschino and, more bizarrely, as crumpled plaid jackets and full skirts in Thomas Maier's otherwise gently tailored Bottega Veneta collection. Antonio Marras's use of deep-green and black, however, was more Chekhov than Mary Queen of Scots.
At Missoni, the leggings-with-everything concept worked to the house's knit-based advantage, looking youthful under cape-sleeved blouson dresses and striped, hooded cardigans. Cardigans, often fur-trimmed, added a new dimension at Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy.
Consuelo Castiglioni at Marni virtually ignored her signature prints, preferring plain navy, grey and brown, while Gucci offered the complete antithesis to Prada: a sexual vamp in red crystal micro-mini or metallic trouser suit - part David Bowie, part Debbie Harry, very Eighties. Rifat Ozbek at Pollini went back further to a linear Sixties shift with matching coat, boots and bag.
Christopher Bailey, in his Burberry Prorsum collection - marking the heritage brand's 150th anniversary - took the trenchcoat to new heights of luxury in cashmere and lace or trimmed with fox. His collection perfectly captured the eccentric whimsy of thrown-together English style.
It was a season, too, of debuts. Belgian Raf Simons showed his first collection for Jil Sander (sold during the week by the Prada group to a London-based private equity company) and adhered cleverly to the German designer's pure, stark aesthetic in cashmere, silk-velvet and a modernist metallic tweed.
Briton Matthew Williamson made his debut for Emilio Pucci, but, in contrast to Bailey and Simons, treated the heritage with a little too much awe. One longed for a dazzling line-up that fused the brilliant colour-play of both designers.
Similarly, Royal College of Art graduate Clare Waight Keller, in her debut for Pringle, showed luxurious hand-knitted, 10-ply cashmere cardigans, hand-loomed metallic silk skirts and pointelle lace dresses with tarnished, steel beads; fabulous on the hanger, lacking punch on the catwalk.
Dolce & Gabbana offered Milan's most extravagant fantasy with a collection inspired by Napoleon and Josephine. The Empire gowns, beaded by Lesage in Paris to original Paul Poiret 1920s designs, will be virtually impossible to replicate. The brass-buttoned, military jackets - also seen at Daks and Gianfranco Ferre - will prompt overkill in the high street.
Most Wearable of the Week award goes to MaxMara, both for its main collection and the younger SportMax, both full of easy pieces, styled in a manner any woman will covet. MaxMara focused on grey, navy and black with flashes of red and silver; SportMax on a woodsy palette of olive, brown and orange, reflected in a catwalk strewn with moss and autumn leaves.
In both, the silhouette was clear - long over short, loose over fitted, finished with all the season's top accessories: hats, gloves, socks, leggings and boots.
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