SEVERAL Kowie surfers crammed into one car
with their boards on Sunday and travelled through to Port
Elizabeth for the Eastern
Province surfing trials.
NEXT GENERATION: Stoked Kowie surfer Kye
The crew – which included U10
micro-grom Kye Macgregor and over 60s veteran Jerome Boulle – surfed small
waves at two different breaks in the longboard and shortboard trials, hoping
tomake the EP provincial teams for the SA Championships in a few months
Nine-year-old Kye made it a clean sweep at
the SA Grom games’ team trials when he won his third straight competition in a
row at the Pipe and looks a sure bet to represent the provincein Port Elizabeth over the
Easter weekend, using a new board he scooped from local shaper Anton Wiersma.
With more than 400 boards under the belt,
Wiersma put all his skills to the test when he shaped hissmallest board
ever – a five foot beauty hedubbed the “grommet comet” – as
part of a sponsorship deal for the young Kowie ripper.
After his first surf an excited Kye called
Wiersma and told him he was “the best shaper in the world”.
The grom team is expected to be
announcedin the next few days.
Kye’s older brother Cuan, 15,placed
second in the EP Longboard trials to go with his win at the previous trial and
has been earning widespread praise for his red hot surfing in the longboard
Their dad, David, and Justin Maddocks
scored a one-two inthe over 40s division with Macgregorscooping top
spot using a board he borrowed from Maddocks.
Jerome Boulle won the over 60s division and
all five surfers are well placed to make the provincial long- and shortboard
The surfers will be practising their moves
this weekend at the year’s first King of the Kowie competition at East Beach.
The competition, organised by the Kowie Boardriders Club, will take place
either on Saturday or Sunday depending on the quality of the waves.