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Words: Dane Patterson | Photos: Various photographers | Video: Quiksilver

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE SURF SERIES

Sixteen-year-old Shane Sykes, from Salt Rock, KZN, is one of the favourites in the Pro Junior division. Photo credit: Greg Ewing

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Jeffreys Bay local Dylan Lightfoot will be representing the Eastern Cape in the Quiksilver Takes One To Know One Series in 2014. Photo credit: Greg Ewing

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THE INAUGURAL QUIKSILVER TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE SERIES WILL BE LAUNCHING IN MARCH THIS YEAR, IN THE ICY WATERS OF CAPE TOWN.

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THIS NEW ADDITION TO THE SOUTH AFRICA SURFING CALENDAR WILL CONSIST OF THREE EVENTS, TO BE HELD IN CAPE TOWN, UMDLOTI (KZN), AND VICTORIA BAY (S CAPE).

Durban surfer Josh Smit will be competing in this year’s Quiksilver Takes One To Know One events. Photo credit: Luke Patterson

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The Takes One To Know One Series will cater for professional and aspiring competitive surfers in the Open Men’s division (all ages) and Pro Junior division (boys under the age of 20 years). A total of R90,000 in prize money is on offer, as well as the chance for competing surfers to gain valuable SSA Pro Surf Tour points. The winner of each event will pocket a cool R10,000 for his efforts. Each event has a 3A PST rating for both the Open Men’s and Pro Juniors. All events will be judged by the best surf judging panel the country has to offer, with a computer scoring system being used and experienced commentators calling out entrants scores and wave requirements. Quiksilver is happy to launch this new series, as Open surfers are seriously starved for events in South Africa to compete in. We're hoping this will kick start the future growth of a strong domestic tour.

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The first event gets underway in Cape Town on 15 and 16 March, followed by Umdloti, in KZN, on 31 May and 1 June, before concluding in Victoria Bay, in the southern Cape, on 20 and 21 September.

SPONSORS TO THE SERIES INCLUDE QUIKSILVER, ZIGZAG MAGAZINE, DRIFT, SKULLCANDY AND RED BULL. • To enter, visit www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za. More information on the series can be found at www.quiksilver.co.za/totko or follow the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/

Capetonian Michael February will be a force to be reckoned with at the first event of the series in Cape Town.  Photo credit: Luke Patterson

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SURFING: Quicksilver Takes One To Know One Surf Series