After losing by just eight points to University of Cape Town last year, Madibaz Surfing manager Melinda Goosen said there was a sense of confidence in the squad.
“The team selection started in April and the squad was finalised after three sets of trials. The surfers spent a weekend in Vic Bay from June 15 to 17 for their final preparations.”
Goosen added that they had a number of talented and experienced surfers in their squad, led by Greg Cuthbert and Tristan Pringle.
“On the women’s side, Britney Linder is our No 1 seed. She finished second last year. We also have a newcomer in Tahra Uren, but she is an experienced surfer and will add much value to the squad.”
Besides the individual performances, she said the team effort was as important.
“Male teams consist of eight surfers and the women of four. This year we have a full team for both men and women and we have set our sights on the overall title.”
She felt their greatest strength would be the unity in the squad. “Although it is still an individual event, the spirit and support within the team are great.
“Even surfing against each other in the heats, the guys and the girls tend to support each other very well.”
Good conditions were expected at the popular surfing spot on the Southern Cape coastline, but Goosen acknowledged that the Madibaz surfers would have to adapt to some challenges.
“The conditions can also get tough and we will just concentrate on the competition day by day,” she said.