Final Results of the Siemens Wave Tour
An inspiring success - this is the verdict on the Siemens mobile Wave Tour -
the first major event to take place at the Wave House at Gateway Theatre of
Shopping in Umhlanga Ridge, Durban South Africa.
The nine international athletes who went through to the crowd-thrilling Siemens
mobile Wave Tour finals, this evening, gave a spectacular display of superb
boarding techniques showing off their incredible skills as masters of their
individual board disciplines. The evening was not without its crazy side: spectators
were treated to some mad on wave antics which included Jason Prior riding with a
blow up doll, bodyboarding on a blow up doll, in a wave-duel with Peter King using
injured athlete Brian Talma's crutches….culminating in five riders on the double
wave at one time.
The first South Africa Siemens mobile Wave Tour champion was crowd favourite
eight times world champion skimboarder Bill Bryan followed extremely closely by
the legendary skateboarder Chris Miller in second place and American surfer
Rush Randle in third. Fourth and fifth place went to 6 times X-Games gold
medalist skateboarder Andy Macdonald and German snowboarder Kai Junghans.
In addition eight local athletes took part in the South African flowboarding
competition - these eight had only tested the D-Rex five days earlier. Local favourite
Grant "Twiggy" Baker was the first South African Siemens mobile Wave Tour
champion with Grant Lazarus and Steve Benton taking the honours in second and
third place respectively.
Close on 45 000 people visited the Siemens mobile Wave Tour from Thursday
through to Saturday this week to witness the first flowriding competition to take
place in South Africa. The thirteen top international board- riders who braved the 3
metre high double point break wave loch or D-Rex stunned capacity crowds with
their incredible exhibition of flowboarding which combines a range of boardsports
executed on an artificial wave.
Awe-struck South African spectators cheered and applauded as these new sports
heroes battled each other for the inaugural title of South African flowboarding
champion as 1 million litres of chlorinated water pumped up the wave at 45km an