To Inspire, Develop and Mentor Future Generations of Competitive Surfers Through the Celebration of Our Rich Surfing Heritage.

Kayla Nogueira – rising starlet

 

Kayla Nogueira Photo: Grant Scholtz

Kayla Nogueira started getting attention two and a half years ago, for her surfing but more importantly, for her enormous appetite to be in the water catching waves. Since then she has climbed the junior ranks to become one of SA’s most talked about competitors after she won back to back titles in both the under fourteen and under sixteen divisions at the Billabong Junior Series PE event and a week later, at the 2017 Sea Harvest Vic Bay Gromcomp. 

IMG_1274 KAYLAIn 2015, she sounded the alarm bells to her fellow competitors when she won the SA Grom Games in the under 13 girls division. In 2016 she won the Billabong SA Junior Champion in the U13 girls division.

Shaun Tomson always wants the parents along when he talked to young athletes. He values their participation in the process of growing champions. Ernie, his father, played a significant role in his professional development especially during his early years.

Kayla’s parents, Luis and Leanne have played a similar role in her development, being there at almost every HPSA coaching session and at every event. Besides clocking up thousands of kilometers, driving from Durban to PE, back to Durban, then all the way to Vic Bay and finally back to Durban to be at her side, Luis’ business commitments takes him back and forth to Gauteng on an almost daily basis. He knows King Shaka and Oliver Tambo Airports intimately.

The support that the family gives is one thing but that drive and commitment that Kayla shows is inherent. She’s very serious about surfing and competing. No matter how far their travels take them, she’s up for every HPSA coaching session, ready to learn and practice. Many could learn a lot from her consistency and commitment.

 

IMG_2088
Luis and Jason at the PE Billabong Junior event.

I spoke to Luis when he was about to board another flight to Johannesburg:

How did Kayla get into surfing?

We were living in London and at the age of 4 years old, she said to us she wanted to surf. When she was 5 years old we returned to Johannesburg and she always asked us to buy her surfing magazines cause she wanted to surf. We were in Mozam on holiday when she noticed a small surf shop that rented out soft boards and asked me to rent her a board so she could go surf. She was 9 years old at that time and I pushed her on a couple of waves and she popped up so quickly and was so comfortable riding the foam, that she would not stop and I had to rent her a board everyday whilst we were there. Since that holiday she would not stop asking us to move to Durban so she could surf and that is where it all started.

So the family left JHB to move to Durban?

We moved to Durban when Kayla was 9 years old so we could have a better quality of life and Kayla and Sergio could enjoy and share in our love of the ocean. We have never looked back and our life could not be any better.

Kayla started surfing properly when she was 10 years old. At one of her school friends surf parties she was told that she was surfing so well and should enter the next surf contest in Durban. She entered that contest, won her age division and was hooked to competitive surfing. After that she was also selected to represent KZN at the Billabong SA Grom Games in PE.

Kayla has since competed in many contests and has achieved many great results and has the following SA titles:

  • 2015 Billabong SA Grom Games Champion in the U13 girls division
  • 2016 Billabong SA Junior Champion in the U13 girls division.

In what other sports does she participate?

Kayla was a provincial gymnast and had to make a decision between gymnastics and surfing and which sport she loved the most, Kayla chose surfing and has loved every minute since the day she caught her first wave.

The 2017 contest season has started off with a bang for her. Take me down the timeline of what happened.

Kayla won the U16 Girls division Girls Summersurf Challenge and the U14 Girls and U16 Girls back to back from the Billabong Junior Series #1 to the Victoria Bay Grom Comp.

17523068_1933696986849177_8299820643647644707_n
VIC BAY PODIUM
image009
BEACHIES OR POINTS, KAYLA KNOWS HOW TO WIN

You’ve done a lot of miles to make this happen for her. 

2017 so far has been a year with a couple of thousand kilometers so far with many more to come, we have travelled from Durban to PE for the Billabong Junior Series over a weekend and back to Durban and the following weekend from Durban to Victoria Bay and back to Durban. The next fifteen weekends will also include travels to the WSL QS, JQS and SSA contests all over the Cape and Durban.

What role has the HPSA played in her development?

The HPSA has taken Kayla’s surfing to a new level. The legends have covered all the aspects of surf training in advanced coaching techniques, video analysis, core strength, nutrition, contest surfing and mental strength. Jason Ribbink and Chad du Toit have supported the children in all the above mentioned training techniques and continue to keep the kids excited and stoked.

Kayla has improved in leaps and bounds since the day she was selected to be part of HPSA and the best part is we are all part of this amazing family.

Future plans and expectations/wish list?

Kayla’s future plan is to be selected to represent South Africa at ‘Worlds’ and complete in all the SA QS events and do some international QS events and one day qualify for the CT.

Anything you’d like to add?

We want to thank all the South African Surfing Legends for believing in her and giving their time and for the 2016 HPSA Future Legends Series which kicked off this amazing program.

Thank you to Jason Ribbink for the best boards which have also improved Kayla’s surfing tremendously and for giving up his time.

Thank you to Chad du Toit for extra one-on-one coaching.

Sponsors:

  • Roxy
  • Lost Mayhem
  • Island Style
  • Ambassador for FCS
  • Ambassador for Koshin Cross Fit (not sure re Koshin as this is part of the HPSA coaching)

IMG_1410SERGS

Nogueira’s Serge

There’s more in the Nogueira saga. Kayla’s young brother Serge also visited the podium in the the Billabong Series, winning the PE event’s U10 division and placing second in Vic Bay. If there’s a more stoked, frothing grom anywhere, we’d all like to meet him.


IMG_1063NATE

NATE SPALDING’S STRONG SHOWING IN PE AND VIC BAY:

Another HPSA elite squad member, Nate achieved a first in PE and a second in Vic Bay in the U14 boys division, capping a very successful campaign on the road. Surfing in conditions more suited to his Cape rivals, his consistency has paid dividends. In the last year Nate has seen a steep upward curve in his technique, his core physical attributes and his competition strategy.


SN’ENHLANHLA MAKHUBU GETS SECOND PLACE AT THE BILLABONG PE JUNIOR EVENT IN THE GIRLS U16 DIVISION.

GUNT6425VOLLIEDOVE

 

CLUB ROUND-UP

Result from HPSA surfers at North Swell 2 April 2017 club event:

U10 Boys:

1. Bryce Hoppe

2. Matt Canning

3. Jackson Ribbink

U12 Girls:

1. Chloe Ribbink

2. Kitti Ribbink

U14 Boys:

1. James Ribbink

2. Nate Colby

3. Ben Ribbink

U18 Boys:

1. Karl Steyn

Leave a reply

Talent is never gonna be enough

Talent is never gonna be enough

The saddest and most frustrating thing about surfing and sports in general is watching young athletes with talent never reach their potential. Surfing history is littered with these ‘bad boy tragics’ who believe ...

Kayla Nogueira – rising starlet

Kayla Nogueira – rising starlet

  Kayla Nogueira started getting attention two and a half years ago, for her surfing but more importantly, for her enormous appetite to be in the water catching waves. Since then she has climbed the junior ...

Shaun Tomson talks to the HPSA group

Shaun Tomson talks to the HPSA group

Surfer’s Code is a program that Shaun Tomson has created to empower young athletes around South Africa and in the USA. As the vanguard of South African Surfing Legends, he dedicates time and energy to the HPSA, the ...

Gavin Varejes – making a difference

Gavin Varejes – making a difference

  When we decided to get this Legends thing going in 2014 on the North Beach Pier, Graham Cormac made the suggestion that we model the group on South African Rugby Legends. I kinda recalled the organization ...

Micro Grom Coaching Program Gets Underway.

Micro Grom Coaching Program Gets Underway.

The High Performance Surfing Academy was launched a year ago and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past seven months, Chad DuToit and Jason Ribbink have been coaching a group of juniors with the expressed ...

The Legends Story So Far

The Legends Story So Far

Here is a short history and activity update through the eighteen months since the official inauguration in August 2014. The Legends story started in May that year, when a group of past SA Surfing greats decided to ...

Sisonke Development Challenge

Sisonke Development Challenge

Sisonke roughly translated means ‘together’. On the weekend of 22/23 October 2016, Sisonke Surf Club, a loosely knit group of surfers from Trafalgar, Umzumbe and Durban came ‘together’ to run a highly successful ...

Warrior Mindset

Warrior Mindset

In 2017 Shaun Tomson will celebrate the fortieth anniversary of winning the 1977 IPS World Title. The only Saffa ever to do so. This exchange with Adriano De Souza, the 2015 WSL title holder is priceless if you have ...

Frankie O

Frankie O

Matt Warsaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing post on Frankie Oberholzer goes like this:   “Camera-friendly pro surfer from Warner Beach, South Africa. Oberholzer was born (1972) in Port Elizabeth, raised in Warner ...

The Greek

The Greek

  The first two things that struck me about ‘The Greek’, George Thomopoulos, when I first met him as a class mate at Glenwood High School in the early sixties were the size of his muscle and the size of his ...

LUMINARY

LUMINARY

          The Max Wetteland Story 29 August, 1938 – 5 July 2015 By Pat Flanagan (published in 40.2 of Zigzag) When the time is ripe and the world needs to take a step ahead and explore new boundaries, someone ...

Future Legends 3.0 full report

Future Legends 3.0 full report

Surfing: Future Legends Final Event Great Success: Goor Wins JBU Supertrial Wildcard Durban, Saturday 19 March – Promising conditions at the New Pier in Durban saw event organizers move the final Future Legends ...

Future Legends 3.0 Forecast

Future Legends 3.0 Forecast

Great Waves And Top Action Forecast For Third Future Legends Coaching Series event       New Pier, Durban – the final event in the three-part Future Legends Coaching Series is set to take place this ...

Future Legends 3.0

Future Legends 3.0

Durban To Host Third Future Legends Coaching Series Event This Weekend New Pier – The third event in the Future Legends Coaching Series – the coaching and training contest series organized by South African ...

Future Legends 2.0

Future Legends 2.0

Blistering Performances At Second Future Legends Coaching Series Event In Durban Durban – another classic Future Legends Coaching Series event took place in Durban on Saturday, and all invited surfers stood up ...

Future Legends – Second Event

Future Legends – Second Event

Durban – The South African Surfing Legends have embarked on their Future Legends Coaching Series, and the second leg of the series will take place in Durban this Saturday 27 February. The first event that took ...

Legends 2015 Video

Legends 2015 Video

In May 2015 we put on a Gala Diner to raise funds for our ongoing junior surfing program. Tim Williams and I put together this video for the show. Its a year old now, but intrinsicly it states who Legends are and ...

Big Stakes At Future Legends Coaching Series

Big Stakes At Future Legends Coaching Series

The Future Legends Coaching Series winner of the U16 Boys division will also win a slot into the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, set to take place at Supertubes in JBay. The JBU Supertrial is a prestigious, ...

Future Legends Series (event one)

Future Legends Series (event one)

Sitting on the wall at Dairy Beach with one of the Legends who had spent the day involved in this memorable and innovative project, we reflected on what had just happened. Since early on the steamy, sticky Saturday ...

Future Legends Series Participants Announced

Future Legends Series Participants Announced

South African Surfing Legends Through The High Performance Surfing Academy Announce The List Of Surfers Invited To The Future Legends Coaching Series Durban – South African Surfing Legends are proud to ...

Future Legends Coaching Series

Future Legends Coaching Series

South African Surfing Legends Presents The Future Legends Coaching Series. South African Surfing Legends through the High Performance Surfing Academy is proud to present the Future Legends Coaching Series. Durban – ...

Bruce Jackson – Head coach HPSA

Bruce Jackson – Head coach HPSA

Legend’s recently inaugurated High Performance Surfing Academy’s head coach, BRUCE JACKSON is often ragged about losing the 78 St. Michaels World ISA Title to his best buddy, ANT BRODOWITZ. But let it be ...

TWIGGY – a movie by Michael Oblowitz

TWIGGY – a movie by Michael Oblowitz

This is one of the most awesome videos that we’ve ever posted on the Legends pages. This movie on Twiggy gives the viewer a tangible look in to the exploits of a man hell bent of surfing the biggest waves that ...

Vissla Junior World Title

Vissla Junior World Title

Press release from SSA on 7 October 12015. South African Junior Surfing Team leaves for the 2015 ISA World Junior Championships today The South African Junior Surfing Team leaves for California later today ...

50 Years of Surfing in Durban

50 Years of Surfing in Durban

         The exhibition was held at the old pump house building at the New Pier in Durban from 1 July to the end of August. The show was loosely broken down into each of the decades and set out to achieve a ...

BRICKS & MORTAR

BRICKS & MORTAR

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL NAUDE Back in the early 80s, Paul Naude took a leap of faith from the informalities of the surfboard building industry into the corporate world by joining Gotcha (at the time licensed to SA ...

Aloha PD, gone but not forgotten

Aloha PD, gone but not forgotten

      It saddens me greatly to write another goodbye message to another great personality who made an indelible stamp on the South African and International surfscape. Peter Daniels as most of you already know by ...

Wade Sharp – SA’S Global Coaching Star

Wade Sharp – SA’S Global Coaching Star

Towards the end of the Bay era and at the birth of the New Pier, Durban produced some outstanding performers, emulating the greats who came before. Wade Sharp, Jason Ribbink, Noel Rahme, Carl Roux along with the ...

RIP Max Wetteland

RIP Max Wetteland

Today, 5 July, 2015, South Africa’s most influential, innovative and astute surfer left us. Max Wetteland, this country’s first representative surfer, respected surfboard design visionary and great waterman departed ...

June 2015 – the Legends Charter Update

June 2015  – the Legends Charter Update

Durban – South African Surfing Legends is proud to announce its plans and ideas for the future. With the simple intent of paving the way for our surfers to once again reclaim the rightful place in the ...

SASL Gala Dinner

SASL Gala Dinner

We are proud to announce the launch of the South African Surfing Legends Academy – a high performance centre that will primarily focus on the advancement of South African junior surfing. For decades, South ...

Mike Larmont – SA Surfing Giant

Mike Larmont – SA Surfing Giant

The SA surfing landscape is littered with strong characters. Mike Larmont falls squarely into that ‘larger than life’ category. Besides being one of the first Saffas to venture to Hawaii, where his ...

Raymond Robertson in the first Hot 100

Raymond Robertson in the first Hot 100

In the October 82 issue of Surfer magazine the first ‘Hot 100’ list was compiled. It featured the likes of Richard Cram, Mike Burness, Tom Curren, Barton Lynch and Willy Morris. Also featured on a double page spread ...

Chris Knutsen – four times world champion

Chris Knutsen – four times world champion

The Silver Fox, as Chris Knutsen is well known, holds four ISA World titles. As far back as the late seventies when the amateur and pro ranks split and Chris chose the former, he has been part of team after team ...

Robert McWade – Still living the dream

Robert McWade – Still living the dream

The 1966 South African Champion, Robert MacWade won that great event at Ansteys Beach in possibly the biggest waves in the champs history. After going over the falls (clutching his board, way before leashes made ...

SA vs France Shoot-out

SA vs France Shoot-out

With two weeks of almost daily session at the New Pier, the French team were well prepared for this informal South Africa Team vs French Junior under 16 squad that took place on 22 February 2015. On the day before ...

Robbie Irlam’s Gallery

Robbie Irlam’s Gallery

One of the greatest things that the boomers age group have are the memories of growing up when travel was easy, expectations of career were less evident and time seemed endless. Robbie Irlam who I met in Jbay for ...

Legends Journal Extra

Legends Journal Extra

Early in 2015 Zig Zag produced a Legends Journal, this is an article that was a out take. Sport doesn’t build character it identifies character. I read recently. Well, when most of the Legends started surfing there ...

A tribute to Erroll Hickman

A tribute to Erroll Hickman

As an impressionable sixteen year old, I wanted to surf and be just like Errol. He was my hero. His surfing, just like his shaping was immaculate, creative and perfectly orchestrated. He was part of the iconic 1966 ...

Legends on Supersport

Legends on Supersport

SA Rugby Legends TV recently featured the Surfing Legends in their February slot. The feature illuminates the functions of the organization – to nurture and mentor junior surfing in South Africa. Thanks to ...

Zig Zag in the Early Days

Zig Zag in the Early Days

Doug Macdonald In the early eighties when Doug and Paul Naude ran Zig Zag, we shared an office/studio in Stanger Street. There would be a knock on the door and a well secured parcel would arrive, addressed to the ...

Legends News 6 February 2015

Legends News 6 February 2015

SSA Junior Team Announced From the Zig Zag Website 06- 02-15. It’s never an easy decision picking a team to represent South Africa at an international surfing event, because Mzansi is literally loaded with surfing ...

Legendary Achievers

Legendary  Achievers

Much is said about South African surfing history. But any conversation that did not include the name Tomson or Naude would be incomplete. Long before the world tour started, both Ernie Tomson and Paul Naude where ...

Sultan of Sheik – Wayne Shaw

Sultan of Sheik – Wayne Shaw

Raffles was a full-on disco club on top of the Maharani Hotel that overlooks the Bay of Plenty in the late seventies and early eighties. Even though it was anti-culture for many, the hot babes hung there so it was ...

50 Years of World Titles Surfing

50 Years of World Titles Surfing

International Competitive Surfing Turns 50. On the 7th of June a gala diner was held in Manly Beach in Sydney to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first official Surfing World Titles that were held at that ...

Spider Murphy

Spider Murphy

It’s common knowledge that Spider Murphy was Shaun Tomson’s go-to shaper in the seventies when South Africa’s first and only professional World Champion was setting the North Shore alight with his high octane brand ...

84 Country Feeling Classic

84 Country Feeling Classic

View an awesome video clip of the best event that I ever attended. Wasn’t a CT or a QS, just a shootout between the best surfers in the world at one of the best breaks at its very best. The waves were that good that ...

Something Happening Here

Something Happening Here

How Tony Wright and John Batcheledor changed SA surfing forever in 1968. May 68. Back in Durban after nine months in the Navy in Simonstown, bright eyed and bushy tailed with my 9’10” Mike Hynson model three ...

Dane Kealoha

Dane Kealoha

The Gunston 500 in 1979 ended a six year Shaun Tomson stranglehold that he had on South Africa’s premier surf event. Dane Kealoha deposed him. But that’s not all that Dane will remember about the South Africa of ...

The Fabled Bay of Plenty

The Fabled Bay of Plenty

A place where history was made Long before the New Pier  was even a glint in some City Engineer’s eye, the Bay fulfilled every expectation, ticking every box as the premier surfing venue in Durban. Those ...

Articles, Opinions, Stories, Photos and Interviews