2018 SUPSA Events Calendar Announced

The 2018 SUPSA Events Calendar has been finalised and endorsed by Surfing South Africa and there are some exciting changes in the pipeline this year:


The Race Series now includes 12 races, of which 5 will be held as part of the SSA City Surf Series Events, which for the first time will mean that Race events will be held in Port Elizabeth and East London.


Race Events have been graded with one to three stars, and points earned will reflect the level of competition expected in each race. The 5 Three Star Races will thus carry the most weight in the rankings. A Competitor’s top 6 results will be used to determine final rankings points.


The Race Series kicks off this coming weekend with the Signature Century City Challenge, a Three Star Race event where competitors can earn  R16 500 in prize money


The Surf Series consists of 3 Three Star events, of which two scores will be used to determine rankings points.


2018 SUPSA SUP Racing Events


Date Event Location Rating
04 March 2018 Signature Century City SUP Challenge Cape Town ***
30 March – 1 April 2018 SSA Nelson Mandela Bay Pro Port Elizabeth *
13-15 April 2018 SSA Buffalo City Pro East London *
18 May 2018 SSA Corona Durban Surf Pro Durban **
27 May 2018 King Of The Bay Durban **
15 June 2018 SSA Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro Cape Town **
19-24 June 2018 SSA SA Open Of Surfing Port Elizabeth *
13-15 July 2018 SUP Durbs Pro Race Durban ***
9-12 August 2018 Starboard Zinkwazi Race Zinkwazi (KZN) ***
21-24 September 2018 Starboard Emmarentia Race  Emmarentia (Jhb) ***
29-30 September 2018 Pili-Pili Whale of a Race Witsands (WC) **
1-2 December 2018 Mistral Summer SUP Weekend Cape Town ***



2018 SUPSA SUP Surfing Events


Date Event Location Rating
15-17 June 2018 XOTB Wave Classic Cape Town ***
13-15 July 2018 SUP Durbs Pro S.A Wave Champs Durban ***



Event Points Ranking – How It Works:


Race Series

Events which form part of the Race Series are either ranked One, Two, or Three Star events.


The intention is to make it financially accessible for athletes to be competitive in the rankings by creating three tiers of competitive races, thereby encouraging the top athletes to enter the Three Star Rated races where the competition should be strongest and the points earned the most valuable, but also making it possible for athletes to earn less points nearer to home if they are unable to travel to sufficient major events.


  • There are 5 Three Star events where points earned will be similar to last year i.e. First Place = 0.7 points, Second Place = 2 Points etc.
  • There are 4 Two Star events where points earned will be double those of the Three Star events i.e. First Place = 1.4 points, Second Place = 4 Points etc
  • There are 3 One Star events where points earned will be triple those of the Three Star events i.e. Frst Place = 2.1 points, Second Place = 6 Points etc


An athletes top 6 race points scored will count towards the rankings.


Surf Series


An athletes best 2 scores from the 3 * rating events will count towards the rankings.



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