Brandon Benjamin of Cape Town Surfriders and Olivia Brand of eThekweni Surfriders claim Men’s and Women’s SA Championship titles and Buffalo City Surfriders dominate team results at 2017 Mercedes – Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City.
Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 10:02
SURFING NEWS - An overwhelmed Brandon Benjamin of Cape Town Surfriders became the 52nd South African Men’s Champion at Nahoon Reef in East London yesterday (Sunday August 27th ) when he beat defending champion and five time South African Champion Greg Emslie of Buffalo City Surfriders in 4 – 5 foot surf at the 2017 Mercedes – Benz SA Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City Municipality.
Earlier this year the 20 year old from Steenberg represented South Africa at the ISA World Surfing Games in France where Emslie was the Team Coach.
His incredible victory by a mere one point was greeted with joy by the members of the SWOT Surf Club, his Cape Town Surfriders team mates and by the crowd at the Awards ceremony.
Benjamin, who has come through Surfing South Africa’s programmes, is one of the youngest surfers to win the coveted South African Open Men’s title. 19 year old Cody Coetsee of Ugu Surfriders was third and Llewellyn Whittaker of Eden came fourth in the Final.
Newly crowned SA Women Champion, Olivia Brand of eThekweni Surfriders, was another young surfer to upset the odds when she beat eight time SA Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders . Brand has not been competing regularly of late and her come back at this significant event should help her change her mind.