Greg Emslie won the 2012 Buccaneers Surf Classic in perfect conditions at East London’s Eastern Beach, proving that at the ripe old age of 36 he remains one of the top surfers in South Africa.
Emslie, who received a cheque for R 2500 at the opening function of the event as the Pro Surf Tour champion for 2011, added R 12 000 to this as he pocketed the winner’s purse in the home grown 4A Pro Surf Tour contest.
Top Kommetjie surfer Michael February will return to Cape Town R 4 800 richer courtesy of his deserved second place while Beyrick de Vries of Umhlanga pocketed R 3 000 for third place and Durban’s Chad du Toit took fourth place.
A top class field produced some phenomenal surfing on Day two of the event taking full advantage of perfect offshore winds and 4 – 6 foot Eastern Beach barrels.
Although finishing second to Emslie there is no doubt that Michael February was the surfer of the contest. His aerial attack and futuristic moves had the crowd on their feet and despite the fact that he lacked a back up wave in the Final, February scored 12.25 points against Emslie’s 13.50.
SA Masters team member Andre Malherbe won the Open Division and Gareth Sepp won the Plate section of the Open Division. Jethro Johnson won the Over 30 final, Andre Malherbe added the Over 40 title to his haul and Dave Fish won the Over 50 title.