Team SA grinding it out at World Games

by Greg 25. October 2010 09:29

Team Red surfer Greg Emslie is the captain of Team SA competing at the World Surfing Games

Team South Africa is on great form in the Billabong ISA World games and although they have lost three open surfers to the reprocharge round, the team has not lost any of their surfers in the competition and along with Peru being the only team to have all surfers in tact.

The team spirit in the South African camp is positive and with three days of competition remaining the team is focused on the job at hand and are taking it one heat at a time and the support amongst the surfers, management and coaches has been special. The countries looking good to take gold in the event are South Africa, Australia, Peru, USA and Brazil. Get behind the South African team at www.billabong


The A.S.P. World title race was almost over when the horrific news came through that world number 2, South African Jordy Smith had injured himself in a game of Dodge Ball to raise funds for Charity during the recent O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz Northern California. It is confirmed that Jordy rolled his ankle and has a minor sprain and should recover before The Rip Curl Pro Search running from October 30 through November 10 so world number 1 Kelly Slater will still have a little work to do before he can claim his 10th World Title.


The ASP Prime O’Neill Cold Water Classic was won by Matt Wilkinson of Australia beating Tonino Benson of Hawaii in tricky 3-4 foot surf at Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz California. Matt is in his first year on the dream tour and the lightening fast goofy footer seems to be leaving his mark!


Across the Atlantic in Portugal, Basque Surfer Hodei Collazo won the ASP 6 Star Quiksilver Pro Portugal taking down good friend Gony Zubizarreta of Spain in a tightly fought high scoring final that went down to the wire. Collazo had a winning total of 16.67 out of a possible 20 to Zubizaretta’s 16.47.

Klee Strachan was the highest placed South African surfer finishing equal 17th.


Greg Emslie


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