Day 5 of Citroën SA Surfing Champs started out well with an offshore, North-West wind and some decent left over swell from the previous day.
It was good, with an abundance of waves on offer to the best Masters surfers in the country. It was elimination time, no more second chances and the frustration of those getting knocked out of the event proved too much for some, the bad!
The ugly? The North-East got up to full strength today, a common occurrence for August in Richards Bay. It got stronger and stronger from lunch time that it eventually blew all the photographers away and forced the contest to be put on hold until tomorrow just 2 heats shy of the programme.
Standout of the day was unanimously Wayne Monk in the O/40 Division from Border who won both his heats today in style and was also awarded the daily Freedom Surf highest wave score award.
Tomorrow, Day 6, will see O/55 Round 3 action before the start of the semi-finals and finals in all divisions. The organisers are hoping for a feast of surfing action and entertainment for the supporters and spectators with activities for kids as well as a beauty pageant adding to the festivities.
The Citroën SA Surfing Champs is supported by Sport and Recreation SA, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Reef Wetsuits. Zigzag, the Zululand Observer, the uMhlatuze Community Tourism Organisation, the City of uMhlatuze and Monster Energy. The week long event, being held at Alkantstrand Beach, Richards Bay, will conclude on Sunday 9 August.
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