South African Team for the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships in La Jolla, California announced
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 September, 2017 - The Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa have confirmed the names of the surfers who have been selected to represent South Africa at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championships which will take place in La Jolla, San Diego, California from November 30th to December 3rd 2017
The team members will compete in five categories. 2016 World Champion Antony Smyth (Western Cape) and bronze medalist J.P Veaudry (Eastern Cape) will both compete in the Stand Up 1 division and will be representing South Africa in the AS-1 division for the third time on the World stage.
Caleb Swanepoel (Western Cape) will be making his second trip to California to compete in the ISA World Adaptive Championships in the AS-2 Division. All the other team members are new caps and will be making their debut for South Africa at this significant International event.
They are Grace Anderson (Western Cape), who will be competing in the Women’s AS-1 Division, Tyler Pike (Western Cape) who joins Swanepoel in the AS-2 Division, Daniel Nel (Western Cape) who surfs in the AS-4 group and Elsje Neethling (Western Cape) who earns her colours as the representative in the AS- 4 Women’s Division.
Albert Rust (Gauteng) is the eighth member of the South African Team and he will compete in the AS-5 Division in California.
Bev Smyth (Western Cape) has been appointed as Team Manager with Tasha Mentasti (Western Cape) and Wesley Smith (KZN) named as Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively.
The team will be accompanied to the event by Sports Physiotherapist Specialist, Helen Millson. For the third year in a row, Surfing South Africa Vice President and Internationally ranked official, Bongani Xulu, has been appointed as one of the judges for the event by the International Surfing Association.
The selectors used the results from the 2016 and 2017 Triggerfish Animation SA Adaptive Surfing Championships as a guideline when selecting the 2017 team.
Now that the team has been announced the hard work of raising the funds required to travel to the USA begins in earnest. Each team member is required to pay their own way to the event and while Adaptive Surfing South Africa and the national body, Surfing South Africa, are hoping to assist with some of the expenses, each team member will be looking to raise about R25000 each.
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the ASSA National Selectors in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval.