The Madibaz surfing squad will be looking to go one better than the last two years as they eye the overall team title at the University Sport South Africa contest later this month.
The Nelson Mandela University team have come close in recent years, narrowly missing out to UCT, and they will be keen to change that at Victoria Bay near George in the Southern Cape from July 11 to 14.
Madibaz Sport surfing manager Melinda Goosen said the team competition at USSA was the highlight of the championships and it was important to do well across the board.
“A team consists of eight males and four females, so it is important for all surfers in the team to score points as this contributes not only to the individual sections but to the team title as well.”
In 2017, Madibaz came second overall, narrowly losing out to UCT by eight points after the men won their section and the women came third.
Last year, the Port Elizabeth team were again edged by UCT in the overall standings, with the men finishing second in their section and the women winning their division.
With some new faces in their squad, particularly among the men, Goosen said they were in a rebuilding phase but that they had gained a fair deal of experience in the women’s team.
“We do have Greg Cuthbert and Daniel Rumbelow, who contested the semifinals and the final last year, so they will be able to pass on some tips to their teammates.
“In the women’s team Tahra Uren made the final last year and will be ready to fly the Madibaz flag alongside Casey Mcleavy and Ashleigh Vaughan.”