21 bodyboarders will represent uThungulu Surfriding at the 29th annual Imperial Nissan Zululand South African Bodyboarding Championships, running at Alkantstrand from 5 – 9 October 2015.
Annually, during the largest insect migration in the world, up to a billion Monarch butterflies migrate from Canada through the United States to settle in Mexico. In an unusual turn of events, this year has witnessed thousands of these butterflies flying completely off-course to a previously unvisited location right here in Richards Bay – straight into the stomachs of the 21 bodyboarders who will represent uThungulu Surfriding at the 29th annual Imperial Nissan Zululand South African Bodyboarding Championships, running at Alkantstrand from 5 – 9 October 2015.
With less than a month to go until this prestigious event kicks off, these butterflies seem altogether more aggressive with Richards Bay hosting the event this year. The Northern Kwazulu-Natal Bodyboarding Association, in partnership with Imperial Nissan Zululand, have been hard at work behind the scenes to make this a memorable event that will showcase our beautiful province and beaches to the 150 riders from 8 districts across South Africa. Each team arrives with their own variant of the “butterfly phenomenon” – hoping to take top honours at the crown event on the South African Bodyboarding (SABA) Tour.
In the Pro Division, local Bay-boy and hero Mark McCarthy will be defending his current title as SABA Champion against some of the best bodyboarders in the world. His wealth of experience on the World Tour, along with his local knowledge of local surf conditions, could prove the trump card in this hotly-contested Division. Other big names to watch out for across the Divisions include Rheinard du Toit (competing in both the Pro and Dropknee Divisions), Jonathan Bernon (looking to stamp his authority on the Men’s Division) and the up-and-coming family prodigies, Alex and Robyn Nutt, representing us in the Boys and Ladies Divisions. Don’t be too surprised if team NKZN provides more than one champion this year with local knowledge at our disposal!
Besides the full backing and generous sponsorship from a few local businesses, we are also very excited about our collaboration with the uMhlatuze municipality and the uThungulu Tourism Board. These partnerships have made it possible to arrange a number of other activities on the beach for the week that we host SA Champs as it coincides with school holidays. There will be jumping castles; soccer; food and beverage sales; and Nissan vehicles on display in a safe and fun environment. There will also be a bodyboarding clinic held by professional bodyboarders free of charge to the public.
Keep a look-out for the posters that will be going up soon around Richards Bay and follow our media partner Zululand Observer for more information regarding the event.