Since putting Johno's interview up, 2 things have happened:
1. Glen Thurston has given a response to the rep Mr. Mellish gave him re: Devil's Horn, see Pence's interview here in the Fave Riders section:viewtopic.php?f=17&t=3192
2. Johnathan won the Pro division of the Boland championships, winning a Science TR Bodyboard
Science SA http://www.sciencebodyboards.co.za/
sponsored the event along with South Africa's Reef Wetsuits http://www.reef.co.za/
Werner Adendorff did a great write-up on the Sixty40 website http://www.sixty40.co.za/newsitem.php?i=726
and has kindly given permission to post it here on the rippy forum. And check out the pics - one of those comps that ran in decent waves Johno Mellish wins Boland Champs
Author: Werner Adendorff
2nd September 2009
The annual Boland Bodyboarding Championships, Sponsored by Reef South Africa and Science Bodyboards, took place this past weekend at Koelbay, Caves.
The day started off well with ideal conditions which produced 3-4ft glassy wedges with slight offshore and side shores making an appearance from time to time. The contest kicked off with the junior division. The riders performed well with the top seeds progressing to the finals.
As the day progressed so did the swell and swell period, which caused the 3-4ft conditions to mutate into a solid 5ft ground swell with the occasional 6 footer cleaning out any stragglers unlucky enough to not to be in the back line (some would argue that the 6ft sets tended to proceed ones opening wave).
The contest delivered some excellent riding from some of SA's most well known riders such as Wesley Fischer and Vaughn Harris. But one of the standout performances came from local rider, Tomas Degenaar, who launched some back breaking inverts, with one particular bust earning him a more than fair perfect ten. Not only is Tomas's invert worth mentioning but an unbelievable aerial maneuver which had the whole beach mesmerized and confused at the same time as to what had happened. After sliding down and scooping hard on the bottom turn of a set wave he proceeded to LAUNCH one of the biggest rolls of the contest, on realizing he had more air than anyone should ever have he contorted his body in ways unbeknown to man and continued to rotate into a reverse after the air roll was completed, after this he fell on top of the barrel and got sucked down over the falls. Another stand out was new comer to the Boland team, Keith Millward, who also earned himself a perfect ten in one of his heats for a HUGE invert. Unfortunately trying to repeat the perfect ten performance in his semi final heat, Keith had an unlucky landing on a bomb which ended up snapping his board in two! Vaughn backdoored a wedging bomb on his first Pro heat, which had the whole crowed on the beach gasping and cheering as one entity, and continued riding well which earned him a place in the pro finals.
The DK boys got the heavy task of putting the knee up in the 5ft+ sets rolling in later that morning and afternoon. Some good riding by local boy Mathew Webster show casing his fluid riding with well controlled and linked maneuvers. Vaughn Harris was no slouch either in his DK heats showing why he is one of SA's best DK riders with his unmistakable style and perfectly executed turns.
Due to the conditions changing by the hour (increasing swell) a decision was made by the competitors to finish the Men's and Pro finals . Both the men's and pro finals were spectacular, by this time the swell had mutated into huge slabs as it hit the sand bank. Tomas dominated the Men's final, but could not find the same waves in the pro final. He had been in the water for most of the day by virtue of surfing the two divisions, the paddle out through the bombs was taking up to 10 minutes. Johno Mellish, a Somerset West Local surfing for Western Province, had some bombs, one wave in the final sucked so hard that he free fell 3 meters and pulled into a thick closeout. Wesley Fisher from Central Natal showed his class by picking the waves with the best shape and did a huge invert at the beginning of the heat. During the last 15 minutes of the pro final, the competitors were paddling a rip that looked like the Orange river in flood. Vaughn got some good pits, but the rip got the better of him.
The remaining divisions will be finished this coming weekend at Lamberts Bay, were the BBA will be conducting their third development clinic, sponsored by Kumba Iron Ore, and team training.
Thanks to Reef and Science for the dedicated support and Incredible Prizes which was Up for grabs:
Pro's first prize: Science TR Bodyboard
Second place: Reef thermo vest, Ocean and earth Sun Glasses and a reef bicep leash
The Results of the Men's final are as follows:
1. Tomas Degenaar
2. Douw Steyn
3. Jean Bester
4. Jonathan Berman
The Pro finals results:
1. Johno Mellish
2. Wesley Fischer
3. Vaughn Harris
4. Tomas Degenaar
Finals to be held on the West Coast this coming weekend on 5 September 2009 are:
Chris van der Westhuizen
pics of Johno in the event courtesy of Marcel Habets:
1. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
2. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
3. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
4. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
5. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
6. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
7. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
8. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
9. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
10. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
11. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
12. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
13. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
14. Rider: Johnathan Mellish Photog: Marcel Habets
15. Johnathan Mellish Lifestyle shot Photog: Marcel Habets