Surfing...and South Africa's Shaun Tomson won the ninth Gunston 500 International surfing competition near East?
Surfing...and South Africa's Shaun Tomson won the ninth Gunston 500 International surfing competition near East London, South Africa on Sunday (16 July).
SYNOPSIS: The competition, -- held this year off Nahoon Beach, East London, attracted a large crowd of spectators. Surfing in South Africa has grown increasingly popular since the first Gunston International in 1969. A large number of foreign surfers turned up for the event, including Wayne Bartholomew from Australia, the current leader of the World Professional Circuit.
The highlight of the Gunston International, is the final for the professional contest which this year brought together two-old rivals -- Shaun Tomson of South Africa and Wayne Bartholomew
Tomson -- who has won the Gunston five times -- is one of South Africa's top surfers.
Bartholomew -- nick-named "The Rabbit" -- has had a good season. He won the Stubbiest Surfing Championship in Australia earlier this year, and heads the world circuit on points.
The final produced some exhilarating surfing. Wayne Bartholomew went first.
But it was the South African who made the most of the surf, and secured the first prize of 3,000 Rand (1,900 pounds Sterling.) Later he commented on how he felt after winning the competition yet again.