When Brandon Benjamin started competing in the Junior Pros, he was just an excited kid who wanted to ‘put his name out there’. He most certainly achieved that on Monday when, at the age of 20, he became one of the youngest surfers to be crowned South Africa’s men’s surfing champion.
Competing in the ‘Mercedes–Benz South African Surfing Championships’ in East London, Brandon beat the defending five time SA champion, Greg Emslie, in the in 4 – 5 foot surf, becoming the 52nd SA Men’s Champion.
Born and raised in Steenberg (Cape Town), Brandon first caught the surfing world’s attention at the age of 12 while competing as a Western Province surfer. Over the years, he has worked his way up the SA Championships surfing chain, reaching the 2015 under 20 finals and clinching the under 20 silver in 2016. His silver win helped clinch the team event title for the Cape Town Surfriders team.
Earlier this year, Brandon also represented South Africa for the first time 017 ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz (France), beating vastly experienced surfers like Marcus Selman from Chile. He also led his S.W.O.T Surf Club, to an historic victory in the National Interclub Championships.
After his win, he had nothing but praise for his competitors whom he described as some of the best in the world. He was overwhelmed and thankful for clinching the championships title.