RVCA South Africa advocate surfers Ford and York van Jaarsveldt have been busy lately, between dodging cars and swooping multiple awards for surfing they continue improving with a strong support base and big hearts as always we let their mom put the last few weeks it into perspective for us:
Tanya van Jaarsveldt ”The boys have done extremely well over the last two weeks. We had ‘Christian Surfers’ run an event the w/e before last and Ford and York both placed 1st in their age divisions with Ford winning ‘move of the contest’ as well.
York ended up comboing everyone in his ‘final’ with some phenomenal surfing.
The year was completed with ‘WP Champs’ this past w/e. York achieved 1st place in U11 and Ford achieved 2nd place in U15.
It was a very dramatic finish for Ford…. His dad arrived at 7am on Sunday morning, so got to see Ford surf his quarters and Semis. Ford had 35 minutes before his final, so we decided to leave the beach and take my husband’s luggage home. Ford checked in with the Contest Director and told him that we were going home for 20 minutes and to let him know if anything should change.
We got back to the beach on time, but to find out that they had changed the heat times when we left and that the heats were now only 15 minutes long and that Ford’s heat was already in the water and had been for 10 minutes.
Ford got into his wetsuit, managed to keep his composure and stay focused and went out and absolutely ripped in the little time he had left in his heat.
He got out of the water and all the locals started clapping for him. He really took the pressure with such a positive attitude. He completely owned the fact that even though the times had changed, it was still his responsibility and that all he could do was work with what he had and go out and surf to the best of his ability.
Through all of this, Ford achieved 2nd place overall! The taste of victory under such enormous pressure was even better than achieving 1st place.
We are so very proud of Ford.
Ford is so stoked with his ‘Fish Stix’ board and says it is by far the best board he has had to date. He won his final on his ‘Fish’.
‘Spider’ shaped the boys a ‘free’ board’ to thank them for their results this year. We received the boards on Wednesday of last week, but Ford was not comfortable surfing his ‘spider’ for the comp.
I am sure you have seen York’s neon ‘orange & black’ board… You can’t miss it.
Ford got knocked over by a car cycling to school yesterday morning. He tried to avoid a taxi driving him over and was hit by another car. Thank God, he is alright. A very sore back, scratches, bruises and a very big fright, but absolutely fine”
Ford your big wave surfing career awaits after surviving that one we wish you a speedy recovery and York keep up the good work!
Post Date: 04 December 2013
Filed Under: Surfing
Associated Tags: Fishstix, Ford and York van Jaarsveldt, Ford van Jaarsveldt, RVCA South Africa, RVCA surf, Safari surfboards, Simon Fish, Tanya van Jaarsveldt, York van Jaarsveldt