A highly successful University Sport South Africa surfing tournament in Port Elizabeth saw the Billabong Madibaz team pipped for the top spot by UCT last weekend.
Even though they missed out on the overall title, Nelson Mandela University surfing manager Melinda Goosen said the tournament had gone off extremely well.
It was the first time the event was held in Port Elizabeth and Goosen said they had received “extremely positive feedback”.
“All the universities complimented us and said we had set the bar for future years,” she said.
“Having our product sponsors on board elevated the event to the next level.”
In a tight contest, Madibaz ended up losing by eight points to UCT.
“In an event where points are earned in their thousands for individual performances, to lose by just eight points – 38 760 to 38 752 – is as close as it gets in surfing,” Goosen said.
The Madibaz men were first in their category and the women’s team finished third.
Goosen said the standard of surfing, particularly in the men’s division, had been extremely high, adding that Greg Cuthbert had been their standout surfer.
“Greg is a first-year and showed really great potential,” Goosen said. “To lose in the final against Shaun Joubert (Stellenbosch), who is a semi-pro surfer, was no shame at all.”
Madibaz also won the silver medal in the women’s section when Britney Linder finished second to Sam Sutton of Maties.