History was made in the Overstrand on 20 October 2019, when Onrus bodyboarder, Tristan Roberts, won his first world title at the 2019 Association of Professional Bodyboarding World Tour in Gran Canaria.
The 22 year old is the first bodyboarder in the sport’s history to win both the Junior World title (in 2014) and the Men’s World Championships.
Overstrand Executive Mayor, Dudley Coetzee, extended his words of congratulations and encouragement to Tristan earlier today when a small crowd gathered to welcome Tristan back. He arrived in South Africa yesterday and, as always, was keen to get back to Onrus where he was already in the waves this morning with his friends.
The Cape Whale Coast Tourism team, with different local businesses and some of Tristan’s supporters, were there to cheer him on.
Mayor Dudley Coetzee mentioned that it was the first time he shook the hand of a World Champion. This sentiment was shared by all and that is what makes Tristan’s achievement a win for our small community - from now on, his name is linked to Onrus beach and that has a rippling effect on Hermanus, the Overstrand, the Overberg, Cape Town and also South Africa.