The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure Division, will take place in the Hondeklip Bay environs from August 23-31, 2021
The event, presented by Amandla Surfing Foundation, will most definitely score epic Northern Cape waves, with a 9-day window period. On top of this, only 20 surfers have been invited to compete.
According to Abraham Vosloo, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, “Tourism remains one of the most important economic contributors in the Northern Cape Province. We are constantly in pursuit of tourism growth. As part of our global and domestic marketing campaigns, we have continuously invested in sports projects to attract more visitors to the province. This is done to strengthen our brand position as a mecca for extreme sports and outdoor adventures and to draw the global media spotlight to the Northern Cape,” explains MEC Vosloo.
The competition will be the first-ever professional surfing event hosted in the Northern Cape. It will do much to help grow surf tourism in the area and to develop surfing as a sport and lifestyle along the Northern Cape coast”, concludes Vosloo.
According to Mr Avron Thomas, a District Manager for the Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in the Namakwa region, the event comes at the right time to unearth surfing talent to the locals.
The event organiser is looking forward to the start of the event in the Northern Cape. “Due to a large outbreak of Covid-19 in Hondeklip Bay, a tiny community with limited medical resources, we have taken the decision to move the Namakwa Challenge to a remote surf spot in Namakwaland. At this new location, the surfers and crew will camp in isolation. While we are disappointed to not show off the wonderful town, we have to take a sensible decision for both the community and our surfers. We are very happy that we have the wide, open spaces of Namakwa. This will allow us to move the event to an area where we will not impact the locals. We will still be able to show off the rugged beauty and great waves of the Northern Cape,” says Kai Linder, Amandla Surf Foundation General Manager.
Top talent that will be in action during the Men’s Speciality Event will be top African Surfers, including World Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer (Jeffrey’s Bay) and Joshe Faulkner (Current SA Open Champion). In addition, hard-charging surfers like Matt Bromley (Billabong) and Dale Staples have been given wildcards to the event. Luke Thompson will also participate in the event.
“I’m very excited for the contest,” said Matt Bromley. “It is such a remote and beautiful part of the world, and the waves are powerful, which will definitely suit my style of surfing. West Coast power, I love that stuff.”
In further exciting news, Amandla Surfing Foundation has brought the NGO, Protect the West Coast on board as our environmental partner. They are doing sterling work to protect the Namakwa Coast from invasive mining and environmentally damaging activities on the coast.
The event is presented in partnership with Amandla Surfing Association, the World Surf League, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority and Billabong.
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