Large Prize Pool Announced For Rip Curl Surf Events At Port Alfred Easter Festival

Port Alfred – The prizes have been announced for the two RIP CURL Tournaments, the Rip Curl GromSearch and the Rip Curl Cup, both presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel. Both events will take place at East Beach in Port Alfred over the Easter Weekend during the Port Alfred Easter Festival. 

Rip Curl GromSearch presented by Royal St Andrews Hotel

The Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred is the second in a five-event series on our shores. The first event of the year was held in Kommetjie and was a great success, and the third competition will be at Nahoon Reef in East London. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch Port Alfred has R30k in total prizes amongst the eight divisions, being U12, U14, U16 and U18 Girls and Boys divisions.  

Rip Curl Cup presented by Royal St Andrews Hotel. 

The first Rip Curl Cup speciality surfing event will occur this year during the Port Alfred Easter Festival. The Rip Curl Cup will commence as soon as the GromSearch concludes. It is an open event, but entries will be limited. So, make sure that you keep your eyes on the Surfing South Africa website and grab your spot when the entries open up. 

The Rip Curl Cup has R75k in total prizes across the two divisions, Open Men and Open Women. 

First place: R20k

Second place: R10k

Third place: R5k

Fourth place: R2,5k

Large Prize Pool Announced

The combined pool for the Rip Curl surf events totals R105k, a healthy prize allocation for a Surfing South Africa tournament.

The Venue

East Beach is predominantly a right-hand sand-bottom break, wrapping off the East Pier. On perfect conditions, it provides long waves, is ideal for high-performance surfing, and occasionally throws a few perfect barrels. It is a well-known wave, and surfers like Jordy Smith, Kelly Slater and Mick Fanning, to name a few, have all had a few bombs here over the years.  

Three Year Deal

The Rip Curl Cup is the first in a three-year minimum deal from the sponsors, and this event will undoubtedly grow over the next few years and become a permanent fixture on the Surfing South Africa calendar. 

Kowie Boardriders

The local Port Alfred Surf Club is called the Kowie Boardriders Club. They have welcomed the upcoming Rip Curl contests to Port Alfred and are happy to host them. The Kowie Boardriders Club was formed in 2000, making it 24 years old. At last year’s Rip Curl GromSearch, they cleaned and tidied up the beach and assisted Surfing South Africa whenever they could. Their assistance was welcomed.

Kowie Boardriders is on FACEBOOK

Check out the Kowie Boardriders INSTAGRAM

Water Safety

Water Safety for the Rip Curl Cup will be handled by NSRI Station 11 Port Alfred. They will have safety craft in the water throughout the competition, and they will also be doing a safety demonstration at the opening function on Thursday evening before the Easter Weekend. The Opening function will be at the ROYAL ST ANDREWS HOTEL 

Station 11 FACEBOOK

Station 11 INSTAGRAM

Bands At The Beach

On Saturday evening, 30 March, there will be the Bands At The Beach Music Festival in aid of NSRI. It will be at the Guido’s Restaurant Parking Area, next to the West Beach Pier. Bands playing are Georgetown, Arno Carstens, Wonderboom, aKING and December Streets. It is a charity event for the NSRI, which will run water safety throughout the surf competitions, so it would be great to show support. 

Tickets are available from QUICKET.

More on the Bands At The Beach Fest HERE.

The Rip Curl GromSearch and the Rip Curl Cup are Surfing South Africa events supported by Sea Harvest.

Entries for both events will open soon, so keep your eyes on the SURFING SOUTH AFRICA website.  

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