Border Surfing is best
2019 will long be remembered as the year when Border Surfing exerted complete dominance on the national stage.
After securing the Seniors and fourteenth consecutive Masters team titles at SA Champs at Nahoon Reef in August, the Juniors under Greg Emslie's guidance placed the cherry firmly atop the cake when they ousted Western Province to be confirmed the country's undisputed champions of surfing. On Sunday evening at the Old Selbornian Club, the Border Surfing Association (BSA) held their annual AGM in conjunction with the prize giving to their last competitive event of the year, the Border Closed (held over the weekend).
As the first official gathering since these victories, the energy within the Rugby Den Bar was palpable. BSA Chairman, Vaughn Meecham in opening had the Juniors take a stand and applaud their parents for their support.
With the beckoning of a new era and testament to the strong family culture within Border Surfing, recognised East London surfing names of Emslie, Malherbe and Fowles are continuing their father's legacies in the junior ranks. Coming off his fifth place finish at the World Junior Surfing Games, making him South Africa's best Junior Under 16 and toast of the evening, Daniel Emslie further secured his maiden Border Closed (Open) title.
In the Women's, Zoe Steyn successfully defended her SA Open title she first won as a 14-year-old in 2018. Away on international duty, her father Roelf Steyn accepted her awards on her behalf.
Thomas Lindhorst and Bryce Du Preez were also recognised for their WSL Pro Junior victories as was Tayla De Coning as the third Border surfer to attend the World Junior Surfing Games with Emslie and Steyn. Meecham extended his gratitude to the role players who's work ensured the success of Border Surfing, namely Neville Wilkins, Gary Gravett, Greg Emslie and Gareth Mitchell. "Through all their efforts we're seeing the rewards, the resurgence in our junior surfing has been an absolute revelation," he concluded.