Surfing...and South Africa's Shaun Tomson won the ninth Gunston 500 International surfing competition near East?
GV Spectators on Nahoon beach near East London PAN TO surf.
SV Wayne bartholomew (Australia) and trainer (2 SHOTS).
CU Girls on beach ZOOM OUT TO other spectators.
SV Tomson (S. Africa) and Bartholomew (Australia) walk along beach towards surf.
CU Shaun Tomson with beach marshall.
CU Wayne Bartholomew fixing ankle strap and entering surf.
CU Umpire with binoculars.
CU Umpire writing on clipboard PAN TO sea.
SV Wayne Bartholomew surfing.
SV Shaun Tomson surfing.
CU Shaun Tomson talking to reporter.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 11: TOMSON: "I feel fantastic, six times in a row and I never thought it could happen. It is just fantastic and has brought me up to second place in the world ratings, just behind Rabbit, and I hope I can catch him."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 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.