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Team SA places fourth overall with four medal haul at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 28th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) cuts back on the final day of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships at Piha Beach in New Zealand today. De Vries placed fourth overall to win the copper medal in the U18 boys division. Photo courtesy ISA 
The South African Junior Surfing team secured fourth place overall along with a haul of four medals – two bronze and two copper – at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships which ended in good one metre conditions at Piha Beach in New Zealand today.

The podium finish and copper medal was South Africa’s best team result since the ISA World Junior Championships became a stand-alone event in 2003, having finished fifth three times, seventh twice and sixth at last year’s event in Ecuador.

The other South African medals were earned by Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) who placed third overall for bronze in the U18 girls; team captain Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) who pocketed the copper medal for fourth place in the U18 boys and the Tag-Team who clinched the bronze when they placed third overall in the Aloha Cup event yesterday.

De Vries stormed through the six rounds of theU18 boys qualifying stream, convincingly winning the Round 6 heat over Jordin Watson (AUS) to advance to the Grand Final as the favourite. But Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Tamaroa McComb (TAH) emerged from the cutthroat repecharge rounds and dominated the final match-up.

Medina was simply unbeatable, posting a perfect 10 point ride along with a 9.90 for a heat tally of 19.90 and the gold medal. Watson grabbed the silver, just 0.02 of a point ahead of McComb with de Vries in fourth place.

Baum also progressed straight through the five rounds of the U18 girls, advancing to the Grand Final in second place behind eventual gold medalist Tyler Wright (AUS). Alessa Quizon (HAW) and Lakey Peterson (USA) survived the repecharge final and the Hawaiian went on to claim the silver with Baum taking bronze and Peterson the copper.

Matt Banting (AUS) won the U16 boys from Jake Halstead (USA), Koa Smith (HAW) and Hiroti Arai (JAP) to give Australia their second individual gold and helped them secure their fifth consecutive team title at the event, and sixth triumph in the eight year history of the tournament.

Baum and de Vries’ finals results were sufficient to boost South Africa’s team total past France and into a medal-winning fourth place behind Australia, Hawaii and the USA. France finished fifth, Tahiti sixth and hosts New Zealand seventh.

Video highlights, images and full results of all the heats in the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships are available at www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

See Surfing South Africa’s daily Press Release, photos and video footage focusing on the progress of the South Africans at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships

Results

GIRLS UNDER 18

1          TYLER WRIGHT                  AUSTRALIA
2          ALESSA QUIZON                HAWAII
3          SARAH BAUM                     SOUTH AFRICA (Athlone Park)
4          LAKEY PETERSON            USA

=13     Bianca Buitendag                George
=29     Tanika Hoffman                   Kommetjie
=41     Heidi Palmboom                  Bluff

BOYS UNDER 18

1          GABRIEL MEDINA              BRAZIL
2          JORDIN WATSON               AUSTRALIA
3          TAMAROA MCCOMB         TAHITI
4          BEYRICK DE VRIES          SOUTH AFRICA (Umhlanga)

=19     Michael February                 Kommetjie
=25     Davey Brand                         Kommetjie
=31     Dane Staples                        St Francis Bay

BOYS UNDER 16

1          MATT BANTING                   AUSTRALIA
2          JAKE HALSTEAD               USA
3          KOA SMITH                          HAWAII
4          HIROTI ARAI                        JAPAN

=19     Dylan Lightfoot                     Jeffreys Bay
=22     Steven Sawyer                     Jeffreys Bay
=22     Jarred Veldhuis                    Kommetjie
=37     Diran Zakarian                     Melkbosstrand

ALOHA CUP

1          AUSTRALIA 
2          FRANCE      
3          SOUTH AFRICA     
4          HAWAII         

TEAM

1          AUSTRALIA 
2          HAWAII         
3          USA   
4          SOUTH AFRICA
5          FRANCE
6          TAHITI
7          NEW ZEALAND      

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Team SA clinches bronze medal in Aloha Cup at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 27th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Davey Brand (Kommetjie) heads for the surf in the third leg of the Aloha Cup after being tagged by a team mate. The five-person Team SA squad clinched the bronze medal in the event. Photo courtesy ISA

Team South Africa clinched the first of what they hope will be four medals at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand when the five-person tag-team squad clinched the bronze in the Aloha Cup event on Wednesday.

After convincingly winning their semifinal match-up on Tuesday and advancing to today’s final with runners-up Australia and alongside France and Hawaii from the second semi, Team SA went into the finale with high hopes. But with just 20 minutes remaining in the one hour decider, they trailed in last place and it was thanks to an inspired effort by Steven Sawyer and outstanding time management by Bianca Buitendag that they managed to overtake Hawaii and secure third place.

Sawyer, the U16 boys’ representative in the squad, surfed the fourth leg and completed his two scoring rides quickly, giving Buitendag just seven minutes to complete her two rides and get back into the team enclosure. The 16 year-old from George caught two small waves and then sprinted back up the beach, getting home three seconds before the siren sounded to avoid the 5 point penalty that would have seen SA finish in fourth spot.

The gold medal in the Aloha Cup went to Australia who fought a see-saw battle against France until their female representative, Tyler Wright, eventually sealed the deal in the final minutes and consigned the Europeans to the silver medal.

South Africa still have two team members in contention for individual medals and will be hoping that Beyrick de Vries in the U18 boys and Sarah Baum in the U18 girls reach their respective Grand Finals. Not only will this guarantee the two surfers medals, it will also boost the team tally and possibly qualify Team SA for a fourth medal in the team standings.

De Vries, the Umhlanga based team captain, delivered yet another strong display today, posting a pair of six point rides to finish second behind Tahitian Tamaroa McComb and move to within one heat of the Grand Final. A first or second place in the Round 6 qualifying stream heat tomorrow will see de Vries directly into the medals while a third or fourth place sees him drop into the repecharge rounds where he will have another chance to reach the medal heat.

Baum (Athlone Park) finds herself in the identical position, having progressed to the final heat of the girls qualifying stream two days back.

The Jeffreys Bay pair of Dylan Lightfoot and Steven Sawyer had their campaigns ended in the same heat today when they finished third and fourth respectively in Round 6 of the U16 boys’ repecharge stream and were eliminated in 13th and 16th place overall in their division.

The entire SA contingent will be cheering for de Vries and Baum’s every manoeuvre during tomorrow’s final day. Surfing commences at 9.00am (10pm today SA time) with video, commentary and scoring webcast LIVE at www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

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Four SA surfers still in contention at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 26th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) blasts off the lip of a wave at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand on Tuesday. Photo courtesy ISA 

Four South African surfers remain in contention for medals at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand after a day of exceptional waves and high quality surfing at Piha Beach on Tuesday.

Excellent two metre hollow waves fanned by a strong offshore wind resulted in performance levels soaring as the world’s best 18-and-under surfers utilised their full repertoire of manoeuvres to impress the judges.

Birthday girl Sarah Baum moved another step closer to the Grand Final of the U18 girls’ division, squeaking through to the last four in the qualifying stream by earning 7.0 points out of 10 for her second ride and then posting 4.50 points for a ride that ended just 6 seconds before the final siren to snatch second place from Alessa Quizon (HAW).

Baum (Athlone Park), who turns 16 today, will be up against heat winner Tyler Wright (AUS), along with Malia Manuel (HAW) and Felicity Palmateer (AUS) from the first qualifying semifinal, in Round 5 where the top two advance directly into the Grand Final and are guaranteed a gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

Team SA captain Beyrick de Vries charged into the last six in the U18 boys’ qualifying stream, delivering the second highest heat score of Round 4 – 15.0 points out of 20 – and finishing ahead of Portugal’s Fredericko Morais and the Brazilian pairing of Gabriel Medina and Jesse Mendes.

Both Brazilians incurred interference penalties and were relegated to the repecharge rounds as de Vries progressed to within two heats of the Grand Final in his division.

“It’s always nice to get through a heat,” said de Vries. “Especially to win gives my confidence levels a little boost. I’m feeling good.”

Commenting on the interference penalties, De Vries said he steered clear of his fellow competitors in the action-packed affair.

“At this point of an event everyone wants it so bad,” he said. “It’s so close; you can just smell the finals. People are willing to do anything to win. I just stayed away from my fellow competitors and tried to do my own thing.”

The Jeffreys Bay duo of Steven Sawyer and Dylan Lightfoot kept alive their challenge in the U16 boys’ division. Sawyer’s inspired run in the qualifiers came to an end in Round 4. He finished fourth in that heat and dropped to repecharge Round 6 where he comes up against Lightfoot, who has already progressed through two repo heats, along with a Tahitian and a Hawaiian.

Such is the grueling nature of the repecharge rounds that the pair will need to finish first or second in five consecutive heats to reach the Grand Final and qualify for a medal.

Team SA slipped one position to fifth place on the provisional overall team standings after a further four team members eliminated on Tuesday. The USA tops the rankings ahead of Australia, Hawaii and France. Tahiti and hosts New Zealand are in sixth and seventh spots with two days of competition remaining.

Team SA casualties on Day 6 included Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie) who finally succumbed in his fifth U16 boys’ repo heat to end equal 22nd overall, contributing 375 points to the team total.

Bianca Buitendag dropped to the repos after Round 3 in the U18 girls. Although she won her Round 4 repo heat, the 16 year-old from George slipped to third place in her Round 5 heat and was ousted in equal 13th spot with 450 team points.

The Kommetjie pair of Davey Brand and Michael February were also sidelined, Brand placing =25th overall with 360 points while February ended equal 19th with a haul of 390 points.

Team SA bounced back convincingly in the semifinals of the Aloha Cup where five person squads from the top eight countries at the previous year’s ISA World Junior Championships compete in a tag-team format.

South Africa came up trumps in semi one beating Australia, New Zealand and Portugal. Team SA accrued a 52.40 point total to progress alongside Australia (50.35) into the final.

Semi two was a tight affair, with Hawaii finishing in the lead with a 46.3 total. In second was France (40.60), with Tahiti just .45 of a point behind on 40.15 and Peru in fourth on 36.55.

The schedule for Wednesday’s action, which will all be held on the main podium, sees Round 5 of qualifying stream action for the U18 and U16 boys along with repecharge rounds 6,7 &8 for both boys’ divisions and Round 6 for the girls.

The day’s action will be completed by the final of the Aloha Cup.

Surfing commences at 8.00am daily (9pm today SA time) on both podiums with live action video, commentary and scoring webcast from podium one and live scoring from podium two at www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

See Surfing South Africa’s daily Press Release, photos and video footage focusing on the progress of the South Africans at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

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Sarah Baum into semis and Team SA in top four at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 25th, 2010 No comments

 

  

Pictured: Sarah Baum (Athlone Park) carves a cutback on her way to the last eight in the U18 girls’ division qualifying stream at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand. Photo courtesy ISA

Sarah Baum charged into the semifinals of the qualifying stream on Day 5 of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand as Team South Africa maintained a top four position in the team standings at the half way point of the world’s biggest annual event for surfers 18 and under.

Baum reveled in the clean one metre waves today, posting one of the top 10 heat totals of the Under 18 girls’ division to date – 13.0 points out of 20 – in winning her Round 3 heat to move into the last eight in the qualifying stream and she is now just two heats away from a place in the Grand Final.

After a slow start that saw her record just two short rides in first 10 minutes, the Athlone Park teenager who turns 16 tomorrow grabbed a narrow lead thanks to a solid 6.0 point ride at the halfway mark. She then cemented the victory with a manoeuvre packed ride that earned 7.0 with two minutes remaining.

Team SA captain Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) moved a step closer to higher honours by advancing to the last 12 in the qualifying stream of the U18 and U16 boys’ divisions respectively.

De Vries placed second behind good friend and former Kommetjie surfer Thomas Woods, now representing Australia, while Sawyer enhanced his already impressive credentials at the event by delivering the highest heat total of Round 3 in the U16 boys – 14.40 out of 20.

With three rounds of repecharge heats completed in each of the three divisions at the event, four members of Team SA have been eliminated from the event, leaving South Africa in fourth position in the standings. Hawaii, who still have their entire team in contention, USA with one out and reigning team champions Australia with two casualties, are in joint first position as the best three results from each division count.

Team SA is marginally ahead of hosts New Zealand (five out), France (four out) and Tahiti (six out).

Heidi Palmboom (Bluff) was the first South African eliminated, finishing fourth in her Round 2 repecharge heat for equal 41st position overall in the U18 girls. Tanika Hoffman (Kommetjie) advanced to repo Round 3 where she too placed fourth for equal 29th overall and contributed  340 points to the team total.

Dane Staples (St Francis Bay) is the only U18 boy on the sidelines, eliminated in third place in repo Round 3, while Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) was ousted in U16 boys’ repo Round 2.

The Kommetjie duo of Davey Brand and Michael February have both advanced through two repecharge rounds to remain in contention in the U18 boys division. In the U16 boys, Jarred Veldhuis has been on fire since being relegated to the repecharge stream in Round 1. The 15 year-old from Kommetjie has won three successive heats to reach Round 4 where he is joined by Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) who also has posted victories in his two heats in the cutthroat repos.

The schedule for Tuesday’s action sees Rounds 3 qualifying stream action for all three divisions along with repecharge Rounds 4 & 5 for all. The day will be completed with the semifinals of the Aloha Cup where the top eight national teams from last year’s Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador will compete in two heats of four in this form of relay surfing.

Surfing commences at 8.00am daily (9pm today SA time) on both podiums with live action video, commentary and scoring webcast from podium one and live scoring from podium two at www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

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Steven Sawyer stars for Team South Africa at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 23rd, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) leans into a bottom turn on an unruly overhead wave at Piha Beach, New Zealand enroute to winning his U16 boys’ Round 2 heat in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships on Saturday. Photo courtesy ISA 

Steven Sawyer was the star for Team South Africa on Day 3 of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand, winning his Round 2 heat to become the sole SA team member remaining in the qualifying stream of U16 boys’ division at the world’s biggest event for surfers 18 and under.

As somewhat calmer but still wild weather and unruly two metre waves continued to plague the event, organisers opted to use only the main podium for competition today and completed the U18 boys repecharge Round 1 after the U16’s wrapped up.

Sawyer completed a come-from-behind victory to advance to Round 3 of the qualifying stream along with heat runner-up Braye Mihimana of Tahiti, while Isaiah Moniz (HAW) and Martin Jeri (PER), in third and fourth places respectively, dropped into the sudden-death repecharge rounds.

After briefly taking the lead with a 5.25 point ride at the 15 minute mark in the 25 minute encounter, Sawyer was overtaken by Moniz who posted the heat-high score of 7.50. The Jeffreys Bay teenager bounced back with a solid 4.90 with six minutes to go and held on for the heat win.

Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand) and Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) were relegated to the repecharge stream when they finished outside the top two in their respective U16 boys’ heats. Zakarian took to the surf in the first heat of the day and only managed to ride one wave for 2.50 points and fourth place.

In the last heat of the round, Lightfoot posted scores of 5.0 and 3.25 but was overshadowed by heat winner and already established international star Kolohe Andino (USA) and highly touted Australian Creed McTaggart, to finish third.

Team USA dominated proceedings today with all four U16 boys winning their heats and Andino posting both the highest single ride score of 9.0 out of 10 and heat tally of 15.75 out of 20.

Repecharge Round 1 for the U18 boys saw the first competitors eliminated from the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. After three days of competition, 11 of the 21 nations competing, including South African, still have all their team members in contention for the gold, silver, bronze and copper medals at stake for U16 & U18 boys, U18 girls and the team titles.

The schedule for Sunday’s action sees Rounds 1 & 2 of the U18 girls being run at the main podium. The second podium will be the venue for U16 boys’ repecharge R1 (featuring SA’s Jarred Veldhuis), U18 boys’ repecharge R2 (Dane Staples, Michael February & Davey Brand) and the U16 boys’ repecharge R2 (Diran Zakarian & Dylan Lightfoot, and Jarred Veldhuis if he progresses from R1).

Surfing commences at 8.00am daily (9pm today SA time) on both podiums with live action video, commentary and scoring webcast from podium one and live scoring from podium two at www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) and clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

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Team South Africa battle wild conditions on Day 2 of Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 22nd, 2010 No comments

 

Pictured: Brazilian Gabriel Medina was the top scorer in the wild conditions on day 3 of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships at Piha in New Zealand on Friday

 
Wild conditions with 2 to 2.5 metre waves and strong winds forced organisers to postpone the start of competition on Day 2 of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships before running just the nine heats in the U18 boys Round 2 at Piha Beach in New Zealand today (Friday).

The challenging double-overhead surf made contest surfing a lottery as competitors battled to find waves with scoring potential and many of the heats were won with scores of less than 10 out of a possible 20.

Team captain Beyrick de Vries was the only South African to master the conditions and remain in the qualifying stream of the U18 boys, placing a distant second to Tahiti’s Tamaroa McComb. The Umhlanga teenager counted scores of 5.0 and 2.97 for a heat total of 7.97 to McComb’s 13.17 (7.0 and 6.17).

Dane Staples (St Francis Bay) was again sent out in the first heat of the day and was unlucky to place fourth and slip into the cutthroat repecharge rounds. In a tightly contested encounter where all four competitors were separated by a single point, Staples posted scores 4.77 and 2.0 on the only two waves he rode in the 20 minutes and required just 2.61 points to grab second spot.

Mikey February suffered a similar fate, dropping to the repecharges when he placed third needing just 4.51 points for a berth in the next round of qualifiers while fellow Kommetjie resident Davey Brand, the bronze medalist in the U16 division in Ecuador last year, will also have to take the far longer route if he is to make the finals of the U18 division this year.

Brand accumulated 10.17 points (6.67 and 5.50), the highest of the SA quartet in action today, but still required a ride of 5.11 to grab second spot from Tahiti’s Poulou Jocelyn in the last heat run on the day.

For the second day in succession Brazilian prodigy Gabriel Medina was the top scorer in the U18 boys division, racking up individual wave scores of 6.67 and 8.0 for a heat total of 14.67 out of 20, which was 1.50 points better than the next best total of 13.17 posted by Tahiti’s McComb.

Competition is expected to continue tomorrow with U16 boys’ qualifying Round 2 and repecharge Round 1scheduled for the main podium and U18 boys’ repecharge Rounds 1 & 2 planned for podium two. The U18 girls’ heats are yet to get underway at the event which runs until Thursday 28 January.

Surfing commences at 8.00am daily (9pm today SA time) on both podiums with live action webcast on www.isaworldjuniors.com

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

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Pictured: Brazilian Gabriel Medina was the top scorer in the wild conditions on day 3 of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships at Piha in New Zealand on Friday. Photo courtesy ISA

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Team South Africa posts solid start at Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Champs in New Zealand

January 21st, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) in action on Day 1 of the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships at Piha in New Zealand on Thursday 

Team South Africa posted a solid start to their campaign for medals and glory at the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in New Zealand today when seven of the eight team members in action progressed to the next round of the qualifying stream in the world’s biggest event for surfers aged 18-and-under.

After the event was officially opened with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World ceremonies at Mission Bay in Auckland yesterday, the action started in wind affected 1 to 1.2 metre waves at Piha Beach this morning.

Surfers from 17 nations displayed their talent as Round 1 of both the Under 18 and U16 Boys’ divisions were run to completion. The top two in each heat progressed to Round 2 of the Qualifying stream while those placed third and fourth dropped into the grueling, sudden death Repecharge rounds where anything other than a top two finish sees the competitor out of the event under the double elimination format.

Diran Zakarian was the first South African to take to the surf in the U16 boys and the new cap from Melkbosstrand will remember his international debut fondly after recording a heat victory over opponents from France, the UK and Canada.

Kommetjie’s Jarred Veldhuis was next up and narrowly missed out on second spot in his encounter to become SA’s only casualty, dropping into the repecharge rounds after placing third.

The Jeffreys Bay duo of Steven Sawyer and Dylan Lightfoot both held on to second place finishes in their respective heats to complete a three out of four result for the U16 squad who were competing at Podium 1.

At the same time the U18 boys, competing at Podium 2, all finished second to competitors from the USA in their Round 1 match-ups. Michael February (Kommetjie) came the closest to a heat victory, finishing just 0.10 points behind Evan Thompson, as Dane Staples (St Francis Bay), team captain Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) and Davey Brand (Kommetjie) comfortably advanced to the next round.

Day 2 of the 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Surfing Championship will see the Under 18 Girls division hit the water for the first time as well as elimination rounds in the Under 18 and 16 Boys divisions. 

The order of events will be as follows:

Podium 1
Under 16 Boys Qualifying Round 2
Under 18 Girls Qualifying Round 1

Podium 2
Under 18 Boys Qualifying Round 2
Under 16 Boys Repecharge Round 1
Under 18 Boys Repecharge Round 1

Surfing will commence at 8.00am (9pm today SA time) on both podiums with live action webcast on www.isaworldjuniors.com

The Parade of Nations, where teams parade through the streets clad in their official team colours, and the Sands of the World Ceremony, were completed yesterday along with the official opening speeches. During this traditional parade a representative from each nation deposits sand from their country’s beaches into a specially constructed box.

The Sands of the World ceremony symbolises the gathering of all the “tribes” which make up the surfing world. South Africa was represented by vice-captain Bianca Buitendag who deposited sand from beaches in the Western and Eastern Cape and KZN. See literally hundreds of images from these ceremonies at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), clothed by Quiksilver with additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

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South African Junior Surfing team successfully defends the Lotto SANZ Challenge in New Zealand

January 19th, 2010 No comments

Team captain Beyrick de Vries holds the SANZ trophy 

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team started their campaign for gold at the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand by successfully defending the Lotto SANZ Challenge trophy, the traditional one-day warm up event between South Africa and New Zealand.

Competing in difficult-to-ride small waves at the World Championship contest site at Piha, Team SA scored a narrow points victory over the host nation to retain the unique hand crafted trophy made from semi precious New Zealand stone and South African yellow wood that they also won in Ecuador last year.

New caps Steven Sawyer (Jeffreys Bay) and Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie) settled their nerves in their first foray in international competition by securing a morale boosting one-two finish in the U16 boys division, leaving New Zealanders Ben Poulter and Elliot Paerata – Reid in third and fourth places respectively.

Alex Dive (NZ) clinched victory in an U18 boys final that saw SA team captain Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) grab the runner-up position with the Kommetjie duo of Mikey February and Davey Brand filling the third and fourth spots.

New Zealand’s Sarah Mason took the win in the U18 girls final followed by Team SA vice captain, Bianca Buitendag (George), who earned the runner-up berth ahead of NZ’s Alexis Poulter and Jayda Martin – Fitzharris, who finished in that order.

The Lotto SANZ Challenge is used by the two nations as a final training session in the build up to the Quiksilver World Junior Surfing Championship and this was the seventh edition it has been contested.

The 2010 South African Junior Surfing Team is supported by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), clothed by Quiksilver and received additional support from Skullcandy and Power Balance.

The 2010 Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships will get under way tomorrow (Wednesday 20 January) with the Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony. During this traditional parade a representative from each nation will deposit sand from their country’s beaches into a specially constructed box.

This Sands of the World ceremony symbolises the gathering of all the “tribes” which make up the surfing world. South Africa will deposit sand from beaches in the Western and Eastern Cape and KZN.

Competition will start at 8.00am on the 21st January at Piha Beach, Auckland.

Live webcasting of the Parade, Sands of the World Ceremony and the surfing at each of the two podiums will be available from January 20 on www.isasurf.org and Surfing South Africa will post a daily Press Release and photos focusing on the progress of the South Africans on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa is the organisation recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, (SASCOC) Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.

The International Surfing Association is recognised by the International Olympic Committee and is the governing body for World Surfing. Fernando Aguerre (Argentina) is the President, Alan Atkins (Australia), Robin de Kock (South Africa), Mike Gerard (USA) and Kieran Sieralta (Peru) are the four Vice Presidents.

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Huscenot and Enever Take Out Billabong ASP World Junior Championships

January 16th, 2010 No comments

Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, your new ASP World Junior Champion! Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy
Incorporating the Von Zipper Trials
North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales Australia
January 9 – 17, 2010

Huscenot and Enever Take Out Billabong ASP World Junior Championships
 
NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Saturday, January 16, 2010) – Maxime Huscenot (REU), 17, and Laura Enever (AUS), 18, have claimed their respective ASP World Junior Titles, dominating the punchy two-to-three foot (1 metre) waves on offer at North Narrabeen for the final day of the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy.
 
Huscenot, who received entry into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships as an ASP International wildcard, wowed spectators and surfers alike today, besting an in-form Jadson Andre (BRA), 19, in the hard-fought Final to claim the ASP World Junior Title.
 
“This is the biggest day of my life and it’s absolutely unbelievable,” Huscenot said. “It feels like I just won a heat, not the ASP World Title – it’s incredible. Jadson (Andre) is an amazing surfer and the whole Brazilian team rips so hard. I cannot believe it is my day. I am at a loss for words.”
 
A relative unknown at the international level prior to this year’s showdown at North Narrabeen, Huscenot bested a bevy of the world’s hottest up-and-coming surfers to take the prestigious title and emphatically announce himself as a force on the world surfing stage. 
 
“I knew I was not a big name coming here,” Huscenot said. “Jadson was the best surfer, doing massive air reverses that I cannot even dream of doing. But I just surfed the best I could and I guess the judges appreciated it. I never dreamed I would be here. I was injured in October and couldn’t surf for a month. But I trained hard and got the wildcard here and once I made it past the fourth round, I knew it was going to be a good event for me. It feels amazing to be the first Frenchman to claim the ASP World Junior Title.”
 
Andre, 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie and the No. 1 seed into the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, was arguably one of the form surfers of the event, consistently executing mind-blowing aerials and posting excellent scores. However, the wiry goofy-footer was unable to match Huscenot’s panache in the Alley righthanders during their Final bout, finishing Runner-Up for the second year in a row.
 
“I’m disappointed to surf so well all week and fall short in the Final again,” Andre said. “The conditions were challenging and Maxime (Huscenot) was surfing very well. It’s okay though. I am happy with my performance here and am looking forward to my first year on the World Tour.”
 
Gabriel Medina (BRA), 16, the youngest competitor at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, was another Brazilian to wow in North Narrabeen. The young goofy-footer exhibited the form that garnered him praise the world over in 2009, but his electric aerial repertoire was not enough to best Andre in the Semifinals.
 
Alejo Muniz (BRA), 20, who nearly qualified for the 2010 ASP World Tour following a solid performance on the 2009 ASP World Qualifying Series (WQS), was a major standout in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. Despite a juggernaut run through the back half of the draw, Muniz fell to eventual winner Huscenot, finishing equal 3rd at the event.
 
While the men’s Final featured overseas powerhouses, the women’s Final had a girl directly from North Narrabeen.
 
Enever’s hometown victory came as no surprise to those who witnessed her progression through the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships. The explosive natural-footer consistently posted the highest scores each round, and with the help of some massive scores courtesy of a blistering forehand attack, Enever posted an insurmountable lead in the Final against Alessa Cuizon (HAW), 16.
 
“I just wanted to go out and have fun and that’s what I did,” Enever said. “This is my home and I’m so stoked to be here with all my friends and family giving me so much support. This is the best day of my life. It’s been my dream forever to win here at home and now that I’ve done it, I’m at a loss for words.”
 
Joining such renowned past ASP World Junior Champions like Pauline Ado (FRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nicola Atherton (AUS) and Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS), Enever now boasts the most prestigious accolade in junior surfing, and will hope to follow in their footsteps en route to the elite ASP Women’s World Tour.
 
“It’s been my goal to win the World Juniors since I can remember and now that I have I just want to enjoy it,” Enever said. “I just want to have fun this season. I’ll be doing the ASP Australasia Pro Junior Series and start getting into the WQS events. The goal to qualify for the Dream Tour, but I just want to have fun this year.”
 
Despite surfing in her first event at North Narrabeen, Cuizon’s performance at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships was nothing short of impressive. A powerful forehand and backhand approach proved to be Cuizon’s signature offering amongst the world’s best, but the young Hawaiian was unable to find a rhythm in the Final.
 
“I’m happy with my performance and just want to thank my mom and dad and Coach Rainos (Hayes) for all the support – I couldn’t have done it without them,” Cuizon said. “It was really difficult out there this afternoon. I had a hard time in the conditions, but tried my best and I’m happy with how I went.”
 
Pauline Ado (FRA), 18, last year’s ASP World Junior Champion, failed to find her stride at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships and went down to eventual Runner-Up Cuizon, finishing equal 3rd.
 
Joanne Defay (REU), 15, relative unknown on the international stage before the event, was a surprise dark horse at North Narrabeen, taking several high-profile scalps en route to an equal 3rd place finish.
 
For making the final in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships, Huscenot, Andre, Enever and Cuizon will be awarded preferred seeding on this season’s ASP WQS, given spots into the second-to-last seeded round of all ASP WQS events.
 
Highlights from the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy will be available via www.billabongpro.com
 
For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com
 
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL RESULTS (Men):
1 – Maxime Huscenot (REU) 14.17
2 – Jadson Andre (BRA) 13.60
 
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL RESULTS (Men):
SF 1: Jadson Andre (BRA) 15.06 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.77
SF 2: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 15.56 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.27
 
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINAL RESULTS (Men):
QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 9.66 def. Clay Marzo (HAW) 1.60
QF 2: Jadson Andre (BRA) 14.27 def. Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.36
QF 3: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 15.50 def. Nat Young (USA) 13.10
QF 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.73 def. Granger Larsen (HAW) 14.07
 
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL RESULTS (Women):
1 – Laura Enever (AUS) 18.33
2 – Alessa Cuizon (HAW) 11.10
 
BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL RESULTS (Women):
SF 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 17.33 def. Joanne Defay (FRA) 9.84
SF 2: Alessa Cuizon (HAW) 14.30 vs. Pauline Ado (FRA) 8.97

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – ASP AFRICA RESULTS
Men
=9th  Casey Grant (Scottburgh)
=17th Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga)
=17th Chad du Toit (Durban)
=17th Klee Strachan (Winkelspruit)

Women
=9th Sarah Baum (Athlone Park)
=9th Bianca Buitendag (George)

PAST ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONS:
2009: Maxime Huscenot (REU), Laura Enever (AUS)
2008: Kai Barger (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
2007: Pablo Paulino (BRA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)
2006: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Nicola Atherton (AUS)
2005: Kekoa Bacalso (HAW), Jessi Miley-Dyer (AUS)
2004: Pablo Paulino (BRA)
2003: Adriano de Souza (BRA)
2002: N/A
2001: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
2000: Pedro Henrique (BRA)
1999: Joel Parkinson (AUS)
1998: Andy Irons (HAW)

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Casey Grant places 9th at Billabong ASP World Junior Surfing Championships

January 15th, 2010 No comments

Pictured: Casey Grant (Scottburgh) cuts back on a small wave at North Narrabeen in Sydney, Australia on his way to 9th place in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships Credit: © ASP / SCHOLTZ

Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy
Incorporating the Von Zipper Trials
North Narrabeen, Sydney, New South Wales Australia
January 9 – 17, 2010

Casey Grant places 9th at Billabong ASP World Junior Surfing Championships 

NORTH NARRABEEN, New South Wales/Australia (Friday, January 15, 2010) – Casey Grant was the highest placed South African surfer in the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy in Australia, finishing equal 9th overall after losing his Round 4 match-up with top seed Jadson Andre (BRA). 

Andre’s spectacular aerial skills in the tiny half-metre waves at North Narrabeen saw last year’s runner-up post an impressive heat total of 18.57 out of a possible 20 points which eclipsed Grant’s total of 11.83. 

Grant, 20, from Scottburgh, defeated Luke Davis (USA) and compatriot Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga) to reach Round 4, earning US $900 (approx. R6 750) for his final event in the Pro Junior division. 

 ASP Africa Pro Junior champion Chad du Toit Durban) suffered a narrow loss at the hands of Chris Friend (AUS), the final tally being 9.83 to 9.66, and Klee Strachan (Winkelspruit) was eliminated by Cory Arrambide (USA) leaving Grant the sole SA representative to advance to the last 16. 

The final eight in the quarterfinals of the world’s most prestigious event for surfers aged 20-and-under comprise three Brazilians, two Hawaiians and one each from the USA, Reunion Island and Australia. 

Maxime Huscenot (REU) caused the upset of the event when he outsurfed Owen Wright (AUS), the highly rated local favourite who many are touting as a future World Champion. 

The women’s quarterfinals were dominated by North Narrabeen local Laura Enever (AUS) who will meet Joanne Defay (FRA) in the first semi with Hawaii’s Alessa Cuizon and defending event champion Pauline Ado (FRA) contesting the second semi. 

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7am to assess conditions for a possible 8am start (11pm Friday, South African time) 

Highlights from today’s Billabong ASP World Junior Championships fuelled by Monster Energy are available via www.billabongpro.com and the action will be webcast LIVE during the event. 

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com 

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINAL RESULTS (Women):

QF 1: Laura Enever (AUS) 14.50 def. Felicity Palmateer (AUS) 12.33
QF 2: Joanne Defay (FRA) 8.96 def. Gabriela Leite (BRA) 5.33
QF 3: Alessa Cuizon (HAW) 12.57 def. Malia Manuel (HAW) 10.53
QF 4: Pauline Ado (FRA) 13.60 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11.57

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS SEMIFINAL MATCH-UPS (Women):

SF 1: Laura Enever (AUS) vs. Joanne Defay (FRA)
SF 2: Alessa Cuizon (HAW) vs. Pauline Ado (FRA)

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS REMAINING ROUND 3 RESULTS (Men):

Heat 13: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.47 def. Luciani Heremoana (PYF) 10.26
Heat 14: Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.16 def. Jatyr Berasaluce (ESP) 11.50
Heat 15: Granger Larsen (HAW) 15.50 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 7.14
Heat 16: Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU) 14.00 def. Albee Layer (HAW) 7.60 

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS ROUND 4 RESULTS (Men):

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 12.93 def. Cory Arrambide (USA) 10.03
Heat 2: Clay Marzo (HAW) 14.10 def. Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) 9.16
Heat 3: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) 12.33 def. Marc Lacomare (FRA) 10.37
Heat 4: Jadson Andre (BRA) 18.70 def. Casey Grant (ZAF) 11.83
Heat 5: Maxime Huscenot (REU) 14.74 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 11.73
Heat 6: Nat Young (USA) 13.00 def. Chris Friend (AUS) 12.33
Heat 7: Alejo Muniz (BRA) 13.50 def. Medi Veminardi (REU) 12.47
Heat 8: Granger Larsen (HAW) 13.66 def. Nicolau Von Rupp (DEU) 9.84 

BILLABONG ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS QUARTERFINAL MATCH-UPS (Men):

QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Clay Marzo (HAW)
QF 2: Stuart Kennedy (AUS) vs. Jadson Andre (BRA)
QF 3: Maxime Huscenot (REU) vs. Nat Young (USA)
QF 4: Alejo Muniz (BRA) vs. Granger Larsen (HAW)

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About ASP:

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