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Ready Steady Go! 6 – 8 of October 2016


It’s Official! The Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic 2016 is on!

We have been hard at work making sure that all the bits are in place to make this a success. With 5 years behind us, we feel confident that we are more than capable of delivering a top class event.

We will once again be splitting the riders into pros and Amateurs with some spot prizes thrown in.

We are still hunting for some sponsors. If you would like to get involved, contact Natasha Haller 072 728 1852 or send an email to

The Cannon Kiteboarding Classic Team

Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic 2015 Report


The Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic 2015 set itself up to be different from past edition in some ways. The partnering up with the South African Kitesurfing Association meant that the format would change slightly and that the stakes were slightly higher. However we were committed  to having a warm fuzzy feeling at the end of the 3 days.  We did’t get disappointed, once again, the result was a rocking event filled with great people.

In the two days leading up to the event, various participants started arriving in little Cannon Rocks. Some of them got lost, some took the long way, but everyone got there. No wind to hurry in, but a great little surf session before a get together at the Cannon Rocks Holiday resort for pre contest festivities.



Day one was a light wind forecast. Most of the morning was dedicated to setting up the contest area with flags and the Peter Lynn tent. The rest of the Port Elizabeth crew arrived just in time for the late registrations. It was a great beach day but not for kiting, the wind never broke through the 10 knot barrier.

Day 2 had a good East wind prediction. By 11 am, the first heats went up.
Thanks to Head judge Olaf van Tol’s organised system, we quickly completed many heats and got through to the Freestyle finals in the Men and Female Amateurs, Junior Pros, males Pros  and Female Pros. The conditions stayed perfect the whole day. The easterly never got out of control (it can at that time of the year) and the tide also played along nicely leaving enough water for riders to throw down right in front of the judges tower.

Some of he heats were really close and required judge deliberation to choose a clear winner.

By 11 am the solar powered Genergy showers was supplying nice hot showers to the contestants.

By the end of day 2 possible winners for worst crash of the event had already been singled out…

The evening of day 2 was again spent around a fire with contestants sharing their stories and drinks. The evening was briefly interrupted by a Westerly gale announcing the next day’s situation.

Day 3 was firstly dedicated to wave riding. The conditions having done a 180 degree turn with wind from the opposite side, riders had to get used to the different tack and riding waves from right to left and also dealing with the current.

Being a pro division only, the wave riding heats were completed with ease and there was enough time to finish the contest with a Big air best trick contest for the Amateurs. This provided great entertainment for the spectators with spectacular crashes and also a clear winner for crash master award!

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Prize giving was a fun friendly affair with all riders getting a lucky prize at the end of the day. Great to see all the wonderful prizes from Swing Kiteboarding making the riders super stocked.
Rocky, being the coolest beach dog ever got a special prize kindly donated by Cannon Rocks Homebuilders. But being the cool dog that he is, we had to convince him to take the yummy piece of biltong.

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A massive thank you to our partner SAKA, who brought Price Check as their main sponsor.

To our other sponsors:

Primary Cash sponsor:
Peter Lynn

Small cash sponsors:

Cannon Rocks Holiday resort
Cannon Rocks Homebuilders
Pam Golding

Our suppliers:
Swing Kiteboarding
Xtreme Xcessories
Cannon Rocks tool hire.

Without you the event couldn’t happen.


A huge thank you to all the volunteers on the beach:

Natasha Haller: Assistant
Henry Smith: Beach Officer
Melissa Smith: Flag duty
Christo Zietsman: Media gatherer
Jon for the Jetski
And all the helpers: Hudson Cummings, Dane River Cox, Matt White, Steffanie,  and all the others that contributed.

With new and re-kindled friendships, the tone of the event remained that of a festival affair rather than a contest.
Of course much competitive spirit was brought along, but never to the detriment of the amazing vibe permeating the ‘classic’ over the 4 days. Having rescheduled the event from January to October, we expected less spectators, however, surprisingly the beach was always full with a constant flow of curious onlookers and locals adding to the excitement.

It looks like this format is a successful one and promises great things for the future.

Till the next one…

Cedric Vandenschrik,

Contest Organizer



Day 3 and Results

Day 3 started with sunny, then cloudy challenging conditions with a strong current running with the wind.


The Wave finals were run followed by a big air, big trick from the Amateurs.

The final results are as Follows:

Junior Pro Freestyle:
1.Aron Roslee
2.Jason van der Spuy
3.Ben Rootman

Junior Pro Waves:
1.Ben Rootman
2.Jason van der Spuy
3.Dane Lester


Ladies Pro Freestyle:
1.Simone Swanepoel
2.Amanda Rootman
3.Micelle Hayward

Ladies Pro Wave:
1.Amanda Rootman
2.Simone Swanepoel
3.Michelle Hayward


Men Pro Freestyle:
1.Luke McGillewie
2.James Hatting
3.Jonah Paarman

Men Pro Waves:
1.Luke McGillewie
2.Anthony Berzack
3.Hudson Cummings


Woman Amateurs:
1.Innes Ingham
2.Natasha Haller

Amateur Freestyle:
1.Jovan Wright
2.Mike Engelbrecht
3.Daryn du Preez

Amateur Senior wave:
1.David van der Spuy
2.Mike Engelbrecht

Amateur Big air best trick:
1.Mike Engelbrecht
2.Jovan Wright
3.Dewald de Jager


Biggest Crash: Daryn du Preez

Special Prize: Rocky the Cannon Rocks Beach dog.

See you next year!

Contest Organizer
Cedric Vandenschrik


Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for the Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic 2014 are now available.

The event dates are the 3rd to the 6th of January.

Once again we will be striving for a vibey, fun event on the beaches of the Eastern Cape in South Africa
Check out the options here

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Video: Overview of the Halyards Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic

After the sand settled and the footage from all kinds of sources was collected, We finally bring you the overview of the 2013 festivities.

As you will see from the clip, it was good times all around. An awesome event in a special place.

With the year already heading into its 4th month, we start thinking about the next step in this crazy adventure.

Thank you to all volunteers and people who offered their video footage for this clip.

Thanks again to all our sponsors.

We will be keeping you updated on developments for the next chapter.

See you on the beach.

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Results and Final Day

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After a day of no wind, Cannon Rocks did it once more and delivered, out of nowhere, a final day of  25 knots conditions. One final magical ride for our visiting riders.

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Due to some constraints placed on the pro riders by another event, the Prize giving was held on the evening of the 5th to include as many participants as possible. The last day was dedicated to exhibition for the public that visited our beaches in search of some kite action. Everyone got in on the action.



Some more gear was tested and friendship cemented, and the legendary status of Cannon Rocks confirmed to all present on that last day.




Here are the results:

Men’s pro Freestyle:

1. Oswald Smith
2. Colin Heckroodt
3. Oscar Armstrong
4. Carl Ferreira

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Female’s Pro Freestyle:

1. Jalou Langeree
2. Michelle Smith

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Men’s Pro Wave riding:

1. Colin Heckroodt
2. Oswald Smith
3. Josh Emanuel
4. Anthony Berzack

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Female Pro Wave riding:

1. Jalou Langeree
2. Michelle Smith
3. Kristin Keppel

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Special OZONE Price for most promising Novice:

Carmen Gee

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Pimp My Kite (Intermediate) Freestyle:

1. Jourits Linders
2. Bruce Hough
3. Bradley Ford

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Novice Men Freestyle:

1. Neil Hayward
2. Ross Hassall
3. Smith Jordaan

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Ladies Novice Freestyle

1. Natasha Haller
2. Kristine Keppel
3. Carmen Gee

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Full report coming up and more pics to be uploaded.

The HCRKClassic 2013 Team


Amazing 2nd day in Cannon Rocks

After a hair raising first day with 55 + Knots winds blowing us off the beach, We were greeted this morning by a strong but manageable Westerly wind and 4 meter swell running.

We immediately set out to finish the freestyle event and then moved on to the Wave Riding. Once again the Turn out at the beach was outstanding…  The crowds just got bigger.

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In the men’s Freestyle, 3 divisions were open with Pro, Novice, and an intermediate category called “Pimp My Kite”.

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The Woman’s were broken up into pro and amateurs.

The Wave event was conducted in large surf in trying conditions for all participants. A strong current due to the large swell was present all day making it hard work to stay upwind, but with some exciting rides on the back swell…

Some guest judges were roped in for the amateur division providing entertainment on the grand stand

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Henry Smith on the Honda Wave runner donated by Honda Marine Port Alfred provided outstanding back up to anyone in difficulty.

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But for riders and mostly for the public, the big air, kite loop exhibitions will remain the highlight of the 2nd day at the Halyards Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classic.

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Results will be announced at the prize giving.

The vibe on the beach is awesome and it’s not over yet…

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See you on the beach with all kinds of activities lined up….

More Pics on Facebook here

The HCRKC team


Day 1 report – Cannon Rocks BLOWN OUT

It doesn’t happen often this time of the year, but when the gale comes…

After a great opening function at The Halyards Hotel, Expectations ran high for an eventful first day with some wild weather predicted.

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The team got busy and erected all the structures on the beach with tangible excitement in the air.

Frantic activity from early in the morning to get everything up, from Branding to sound system. Hot shower on the beach thanks to Genergy, and The Red Bull warm up area.

The day started off with a light building Westerly breeze and a huge crowd turn out at The Halyards Cannon Rocks Kiteboarding Classsic.

Colin Busting out some moves

We were able to run some of the men’s Freestyle heats and a brand new division called “Pimp my Kite” which is an intermediate division with some great prizes lined up. The conditions seemed perfect.IMG_5065

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Then the wind got stronger and stronger, reaching over 50 knots gusts at times. Some spectacular wipe outs at first and then some amazing jumps and freestyle by some of South Africa’s best.IMG_5096


By the evening big surf was moving in which makes for promising wave riding happening on the 2nd day of the contest.

Call time on the beach 8h30!