EASTERN Province emerged triumphant in the Vic Bay Quad surfing contest which was completed at Victoria Bay in on-shore four-foot conditions on Sunday.
The event is held in memory of surfer John Pfaff, a former Southern Cape chairman who inaugurated the first Vic Bay Quad for the five Cape provincial associations 36 years ago.
EP surfers dominated the finals in all five divisions, with 16-year-old Matt McGillivray leading the charge, claiming victory in the Open men's division.
McGillivray's stunning result was at the expense of Southern Cape hero Sean Holmes. Top international surfer Matt Bromley (WP) came third while Michael Monk (Border), another classy young surfer, was fourth.
A determined and motivated EP team provided a total of seven finalists across the five divisions, earning 43340 points and a well deserved victory in South Africa's second-oldest interprovincial tournament.
Western Province posted 42068 points to secure the runners-up spot, while hosts Southern Cape came third with 41260 points. They were followed by Boland (36806 points) and 2012 champions Border, who were unable to field a full team and scored only 32340 points.
Tanika Hoffman (WP) won the women's title ahead of fellow South African team member Faye Zoetmulder (EP). Britney Linder (EP) was third and Roxy Giles (Southern Cape) came fourth.
The over-30 title went the way of Tyrell Johnson (Border), with Clint Fraser (EP) taking second place ahead of third-placed Barry Delport (Southern Cape). Stephan Lindeque (WP) was fourth.
SA Masters team member Wayne Monk (Border) successfully defended his over-40 division title, beating Greg Smith (EP) into second place. Gareth Sepp (Border) was third and Steven Gadd (WP) came fourth.
Defending Vic Bay Quad over-50 division champion Steven Hair (Southern Cape) repeated his 2012 performance by beating Dave Fish (Border), Kurt Buchner (EP) and EP team manager Andre Venter respectively in the final.
The Vic Bay Quad is contested by the five Cape-based provincial surfing associations. Surfers competed in men's and women's Open plus men's over-30, over-40 and over-50 divisions, and at the end of the contest all the surfers' allocated scores were added up to determine the team champions.
The Vic Bay Quad was judged a success and a fitting tribute to Pfaff, whose son David presented the trophies and medals.