Travelling the capetonian coastline, it's difficult not to appreciate the variety of wedges, clean cut tubes and thick heavy slabs. Which could leave one wondering why the number of international events held in the Mothercity over the past six years hits a grand total of zero.
Well this weekend that is all changing, as the Quicksilver Cape Town Pro kicks off at Big Bay with South Africa's top names going head to head for big purse prizes, and QS points (which determine qualifications and seedings for all WSL ranked international events.) This is a much needed opportunity for local surfers, allowing them to make a name for themselves, up their rankings and qualify for other international events. The stoke continues as grommies are given a chance to prove their skills as the competition includes 3 A-rated Pro Surf Tour events for Under 18 boys and girls. The event is being managed by The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and the City of Cape Town. Though Patricia de Lille is spearheading efforts to turn the city into the events capital of the world, the conditions for the opening day of the competition were less than superb, with Big Bays swell reaching a choppy 2-3 foot, leaving the competitors unable to show their full potential. Cape Towns fingers are crossed, in hope that the 8th and 9th of May will be luckier than the 7th. Nevertheless, our locals need our support, so find yourself a spot on Bloubergstrand and feast your eyes on our countries raw talent.