Kwazulu-Natal’s Carmel Billson and Connor Botha were the rage at this year’s General Tire Lifesaving South Africa National Club Surf Championships.
There was also no stopping the Durban Surf Nippers, who claimed the overall combined surf and pool title for the sixth time in seven years. The only time the kids from Durban Surf haven’t triumphed was last year when inclement weather and the cancellation of several races meant there was no surf championship winner.
Harties Reflection won the Nippers pool championship but they hardly featured in the surf championship.
Fish Hoek were also strong in the Nippers surf championship and the senior Fish Hoek return was again champion-like.
But it’s the Kwazulu-Natal women, led superbly by Marine’s Billson and Durban Surf’s Mandi Maritz who powered their way to victory.
The week-long surf and pool festival, which combined the Masters, Nippers, Juniors and Seniors, accommodated more than 1700 athletes from 40-plus clubs across the country. Port Elizabeth’s Kings Beach and Newton Park played host to the surf and pool championships respectively.
The biggest star of the week was Billson who dominated in the pool and surf.