Testing conditions at Nahoon Reef on Day Two of the 2019 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality have forced organisers to move the event to an alternate venue at nearby Nahoon Corner.

Twenty two heats will be completed at the Nahoon Corner venue and as the conditions settle, contest officials hope to be back at the primary venue, Nahoon Reef, from tomorrow until the event is concluded on Sunday.

The Mercedes–Benz SA Championships hosted by Buffalo City is the premier tournament on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from Over 30 to Over 60.

The annual South African Championships is one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World and Buffalo City has hosted more National Championships than any other in South Africa.

This is the third year in a row that Mercedes–Benz and Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality have partnered with Surfing South Africa to showcase South Africa’s surfing talent, crown nine new South African Champions and determine which team will win the coveted Presidents Cup, the Masters Cup and the Champions Trophy.

The support of these two iconic brands extends to the National Surfing Team which travels to the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan on September 2 in an attempt to qualify South African surfers for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Scores are available during every heat throughout the contest on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica

Daily results and photos are posted on Surfing South Africa’s Facebook page, Surfing SA.

The 2018 Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA.

The event is presented by Surfing South Africa in association with the Buffalo City Surfriders and produced by Accelerate Marketing.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a proud partner of the South African Surfing Championships taking place in East London. This sponsorship is part of a three-way partnership between Mercedes-Benz, Buffalo City Municipality and Surfing South Africa (SSA) to boost surfing in the region. Surfing is iconic to East London and through the event, seminars and workshops that are run by SSA, the community benefits not only from an economic boost but an increase in exposure and skills development.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global company, Daimler AG. Established in 1948, MBSA is one of the largest automotive groups in South Africa. The production of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars at the East London plant began in 1958, with the model series of the W121. Today, MBSA manufactures Mercedes-Benz C-Class cars in both left- and right-hand drive for the local and export markets.

Nahoon Corner, East London. Photo Pierre de Villiers

Five time SA Champion Greg Emslie in action at Nahoon Corner. Photo Pierre de Villiers