So its that time of the year already, South Africa's best BB'ers have congregated on the west coast for the 2009 SA championships.
From what I have heard there is a swell on its way and there are gonna be some stellar performances going down.
This will be the first time I have not been present at SA's in 8 years, first representing WP at the tender age of 12 in the Groms division (which no longer exists) at the 2002 champs held in East London, I remember it being one of the best times of my life, bunking up with my heroes (now referred to as teammates) and just having an epic time competing and hanging at the beach for a week.
In 2007, there was a new Kid on the block, a 16 yr old Whizz kid who hailed from PE. Chris Elliot was his name and oh man was he something, he went from being that amped grom too a real contender in just a few months after uprooting to CT.
Chrizzle had arrived and he turned heads everywhere he went,from the clubs to the backline to 15 minute periods spent in a vest.
He RIPPED,with a fresh style and a good attitude,he was on his way to Bodyboarding superstardom with an impending SABA title,and an imminent trip to Hawaii on the cards, he was set.
2 weeks before the 2008 Wedge classic, an event that Chrizzle had been tipped to win, he was killed in a car accident,on his way to a night of good times with close mates.
The Bodyboarding community was devastated and so was everyone who knew him.
Too be honest I could not believe it,I tried calling him on the night,just to hear his voice but to no avail.
His mother,Jacquie, wasted no time in setting up a special award in his memory, an award that Chris himself would of taken home most years and that is the Invert of the year.
It is presented to the rider,at the SA champs awards ceremony,who in Jacquie's eyes has provided photographic evidence of them performing the most Chrizzle like invert of the year.
This year I submitted some images,and I hope that Chris gets some kind of stoke outta them.Miss you buddy.
Images removed at the request of the organisers,sorry if ya missed em.