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Bianca Buitendag finishes runner-up in Oakley ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Bali

October 12th, 2012 No comments

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag had to settle for the runner-up spot in the Oakley ASP Women’s World Junior Championships Bali when she was convincingly defeated by Australia’s Nikki van Dyk in the final held in flawless 1.5 to 2.0 metre waves at Keramas in Bali earlier today (Friday)

The lanky 19 year-old from George in the Southern Cape had been a standout throughout the event which featured 18 of the world’s best 20-and-under female competitive surfers, posting the highest single ride score and the highest heat total on her way to the final.

In the final she was unable to find the best waves to execute the moves that saw her post the big scores in the early rounds and could not match van Dyk’s performance.

“I’m really happy with second,” Buitendag said. “I came here with no expectations and to finish like this has been great. I just want to thanks my Oakley for putting this event on, and God for giving us great surf. Nikki (Van Dijk) surfed really well, I’m very happy for her. This event has been a great warm-up for me to get ready to surf on next year’s ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.”

Van Dijk held the lead throughout the final, picking the waves that gave her the best scoring potential and using her smooth style to glide down the line and unleash some crisp and powerful carves to become the first surfer from Victoria, Australia to win an ASP World Junior Title.

“I’m feeling the best I’ve ever felt!” Van Dijk said. “I was nervous the whole heat! I was shaky when I was trying to stand up, I think I was just so excited to be out there in such perfect waves. I’m so honoured to win! This is what I dream of, it’s amazing! ”

On the men’s side of the draw, Mikey February (Kommetjie) was the last Saffa to exit the event when he was ousted by Japan’s Arashi Kato in Round 3 action today. His four teammates – Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Davey Brand (Kommetjie) – were all bundled out of the event in Round 2 earlier in the week.

All the action from the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships can be watched live at http://oakleyprojunior.com/

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com

OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S FINAL:
Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 13.24 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 8.93

OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 3 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.50 def. Deivid Silva (BRA) 7.77
HEAT 2: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 13.50 def. Vicente Romero (ESP) 11.70
HEAT 3: Evan Thompson (USA) 10.60 def. Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 7.10
HEAT 4: Wade Carmichael (AUS) 17.00 def. Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 13.10
HEAT 5: Caue Wood (BRA) 11.53 def. Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 10.10
HEAT 6: Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.63 def. Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 13.76
HEAT 7: Andrew Doheny (USA) 16.26 def. Koa Smith (HAW) 8.47
HEAT 8: Keanu Asing (HAW) 14.17 def. Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.04
HEAT 9: Jack Freestone (AUS) 13.43 def. Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.00
HEAT 10: Arashi Kato (JPN) 9.27 def. Michael February (ZAF) 8.77
HEAT 11: Kalani David (HAW) 14.66 def. Luke Davis (USA) 14.50
HEAT 12: Connor Coffin (USA) 15.53 def. Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.94
HEAT 13: Italo Ferreira (BRA) 15.40 def. Matt Banting (AUS) 13.43
HEAT 14: Frederico Morais (PRT) 16.90 def. Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 7.43
HEAT 15: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 14.50 def. Hiroto Arai (JPN) 10.90
HEAT 16: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.77 def. Ryan Callinan (AUS) 12.76

Ends

Pictured: Bianca Buitendag (George) powers off the bottom of a flawless wave in Bali on her way to the runner-up spot in the Oakley ASP Women’s World Junior Championships

Photo: ASP / Robertson
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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

 

Eastern Province dominate the Hurley SA Junior Champs in their home surf at Jeffreys Bay

October 7th, 2012 No comments

Eastern Province dominated the Hurley SA Junior Champs in their home surf at Jeffreys Bay, clinching the coveted Freedom Cup team trophy for the first time in the 16 year history of the event and earning three of the six SA individual titles and three of the five special awards on offer.

South Africa’s premier event for surfers aged17-and-under ended on Sunday after enjoying a phenomenal five straight days of excellent surf at the Point with offshore winds every day grooming the waves and giving the competitors the every opportunity to showcase their talent.

The team title was extremely close with the powerful KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) team from Durban finishing just 184 points behind EP in second place, with defending champions Western Province a distant third 1 143 points further back. Boland placed fourth followed by Southern KZN, Southern Cape, Border, the SA Development Academy and Zululand.

The hosts’ Matt McGillivray was the standout performer in J-Bay, producing inspired surfing that saw him win every heat on his way to the SA U15 boys’ title. He was deservedly crowned the Hurley Surfer of the Contest, in association with All Aboard Travel, earning a R20 000 voucher to any destination in the world, and then pocketed another R5 000 for winning the Red Bull Airshow where he beat the best aerial surfers at the event.

Benji Brand (WP) was on fire on the final day, employing his trademark vertical backhand repertoire to win the SA U17 title and also taking home the R3 000 for the Citroën Highest Heat Score award when he posted a 17.0 point out of 20 total in his semi-final encounter. Diran Zakarian (Boland) took the runner-up spot with Jason Harris (KZNC) in third and Ethan Pentz (WP) placing fourth

J-Bay local Gina Smith (EP) was another who went unbeaten throughout the event, going on the be crowned the SA U17 girls champion ahead of Inge McLaren (Border), teammate and last year’s U15 champion Tahra Uren (EP) and Caryn McNicol (KZNC).

McGillivray’s dominating victory in the U15 boys division saw Shane Sykes (KZNC) finish second with Jordy Maree (WP) taking third place and Nthando Msibi (KZNC) in fourth place and receiving the Zigzag Blowing Up award and a R3 000 prize-purse.

The U15 girls’ final was a closely fought affair and when the spray settled Crystal Hulett (EP) was the champion with Chanelle Botha (SKZN) close behind and Olivia Brand (KZNC) and Ruth Armstrong (WP) placing third and fourth.

Adin Masencamp (Boland), who had held the lead in the Citroën Highest Heat Score award for the first four days of the tournament, successfully defended his U13 boys’ title, finishing just ahead of arch-rival Ethan Fletcher (WP). Jose Faulkner (EP) took third and Max Elkington (WP) placed fourth.

The U13 girls’ title went to Sophie Bell (KZNC) who racked up a massive 15.0 points to deny Kai Woolf (EP) a second successive title in her home surf. Ashleigh Vaughan finished ahead of Danica Stockigt (Border) in the final to grab third place.

The Skullcandy Team Spirit award was presented to Eastern Province whose enthusiasm and support for their teammates paid off with team and individual honours that will go down in the annals of SA surfing history.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs are posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

2102 Hurley SA Junior Champs
Results

Freedom Cup Team Trophy
1. Eastern Province – 28 092 points
2. KwaZulu-Natal Central – 27 908
3. Western Province – 26 949
4. Boland – 22 248
5. Southern KZN – 20 494
6. Southern Cape – 18 792
7. Border – 17 330
8. SA Development Academy – 16 040
9. Zululand – 8 476

U17 Boys
1. Benji Brand (WP)
2. Diran Zakarian (Boland)
3. Jason Harris (KZNC)
4. Ethan Pentz (WP)

U17 Girls
1. Gina Smith (EP)
2. Caryn McNicol (KZNC)
3. Tahra Uren (EP)
4. Inge McLaren (Border)

U15 Boys
1. Matt McGillivray (EP)
2. Shane Sykes (KZNC)
3. Jordy Maree (WP)
4. Nthando Msibi (KZNC)

U15 Girls
1. Crystal Hulett (EP)
2. Chanelle Botha (SKZN)
3. Olivia Brand (KZNC)
4. Ruth Armstrong (WP)

U13 Boys
1. Adin Masencamp (Boland)
2. Ethan Fletcher (WP)
3. Jose Faulkner (EP)
4. Max Elkington (WP)

U13 Girls
1. Sophie Bell (KZNC)
2. Kai Woolf (EP)
3. Ashleigh Vaughan (EP)
4. Danica Stockigt (Border)

Hurley Surfer of the Contest, in association with All Aboard Travel
Matt McGillivray (EP) – R20 000 travel voucher

Red Bull Airshow
Matt McGillivray (EP) – R5 000

Citroën Highest Heat Score
Benji Brand (WP) – R3 000

Zigzag Blowing Up Award
Nthando Msibi (KZNC) – R3 000

Skullcandy Team Spirit Award
Eastern Province

ENDS

Pictured: Matt McGillivray (EP) was the standout performer at the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay, winning the SA U15 boys’ title, pocketing R5000 for winning the Red Bull Airshow and helping his team Eastern Province to clinch the Freedom Cup for the first time in the 16 year history of the event.

Photo: Hurley / Roy Harley

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Perfect day in paradise for Day 4 of Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay

October 6th, 2012 No comments

South Africa’s best young surfers enjoyed another perfect day in paradise with the Point at Jeffreys Bay resembling a wavepark as set after set of ideally groomed one to 1.5 metre waves peeled through the hallowed break on the penultimate day of the Hurley SA Junior Champs on Saturday.

Spectacular rides, stirring victories, upsets and heartbreak were seen as all six age groups have been whittled down to the semi-finalists in preparation for tomorrow’s final day when individual and team champions will be crowned, special accolades awarded and history written.

The only girls in action today were the U15 division and Chanelle Botha from Southern KZN, who posted the highest heat score at last year’s event, showed she is the one to beat by recording the highest single wave score of this year’s event so far, a near perfect 9.50 out of 10, as she advanced to the last eight with a convincing heat win.

“I picked up that good one way on the outside and did a few turns, two cutbacks and then a re-entry before I came into the shore-break and pulled off a big closeout move,” Botha said of her best ride.

Two rounds were run in all three boys divisions and in the premier U17 category, Bryce Burness (KZNC) and Benji Brand (WP) each posted two victories as they progressed to the semis. They were joined by Western Province’s Dylan Wichmann and Ethan Pentz, Boland’s Diran Zakarian and Hilton Pelzer, Jason Harris (KZNC) and Dane van Greunen from the hosts Eastern Province, with defending champion Josh Smit (KZNC) losing out in Round 5.

Like their older counterparts, Matt McGillivray (EP) and Stef Burrows (Boland) racked up two wins today and go into tomorrow’s final day with plenty of momentum. McGillivray has EP teammates Tim Baard and Jerry van Wyk with him in the last eight along with KZN Central’s Nthando Msibi and Shane Sykes, Michael Monk (Border) and Jordy Maree (WP).

The U13 boys provided some of the standout performances of the day with defending champion Adin Masencamp (Boland), the leader in the Citroën Highest Heat Score award and the winner of each of his three heats to date, again on fire. Ethan Fletcher and WP teammate Max Elkington also take heat-winning confidence into the final day and they will be up against Koby Oberholzer (SKZN), Luke Malherbe (Border) and 2011 finalist Jose Faulkner (EP) in his home surf.

The prestigious inter-provincial Freedom Cup is still up for grabs with the holders Western Province, KZN Central and hosts Eastern Province all having plenty of team members in contention for honours and earning points towards their team’s total.

The Red Bull Airshow and its winner-takes-all R5 000 prize-purse will feature the contest’s best aerial competitors flying high above the waves just before the finals start tomorrow.

The top surfer of the event will take home the Hurley Surfer of the Contest title which, in association with All Aboard Travel, earns the winner a R20 000 travel voucher that can be used to visit destinations worldwide.

And there are also the Zigzag Blowing Up Award and R3 000 for the surfer producing the most impressive performances during the event, the Skullcandy Team Spirit award for the provincial team displaying the best camaraderie and support for their teammates and the Citroën Highest Heat Score title that honours the surfer who posts the biggest heat tally across all divisions throughout the entire five day event with a R3 000 payout.

Sunday’s schedule starts with the girls and then boys semi-finals followed by the Red Bull Airshow and then the six finals, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 4pm at the beach.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs are posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za at the end of each day’s action.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

The South African Development Academy Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised as the national governing body for surfriding by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën Port Elizabeth, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.

ENDS

Pictured: Adin Masencamp, the defending U13 boy’s champion, powers through the lip on a perfect wave at the Point in Jeffreys Bay on Day 4 of the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay
Photo: Hurley / Roy Harley

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Michael February shocks top seed on opening day of Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali

October 6th, 2012 No comments

The 2012 Oakley ASP World Junior Championships Bali got off to a flying start at Echo Beach, Canggu earlier today with the world’s best 20-and-under surfers keen to stamp their authority on this event that will crown the 2012 ASP World Junior Champions.

South Africa’s Michael February caused the upset of the opening day when he defeated the event’s top seed Keanu Asing (HAW) and local trials runner-up Nyoman Satria (IND) by posting one of the day’s highest heat totals.

“That was the first surf I’ve had out here at Canggu this year,” February said. “I got a couple of good ones so I’m really happy. This place is well known for its air sections and the wind was good too.”

The lanky 19-year-old from Kommetjie produced an outstanding performance in the tricky one to 1.5 metre waves, taking the lead after just four minutes and building his heat total throughout the 25 minute encounter. When the siren sounded to end proceedings February had 16.67 points, the third highest heat total of the day, with Asing needing a perfect 10 point ride to take the lead and Satria needing a combination of two rides.

“I saw that I was up against Keanu (Asing) and I was kind of nervous, but all of the heats are hard in this competition,” February commented. “That win gives me a lot of confidence going into the next round.”

The heat victory sees ‘M Feb’ advance directly to Round 3 while those finishing second and third will have to contest sudden death man-on-man Round 2 clashes where the winner advances and the loser is eliminated from the event.

The rest of the South African contingent did not fare as well with Beyrick de Vries (Umhlanga), Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Davey Brand (Kommetjie) all relegated to Round 2 match-ups.

Brazilian Peterson Crisanto(BRA) put on a dominating performance in his opening heat, reading the waves perfectly and using his aerial attack to score a near perfect two wave heat-total of 19.00 (out of a possible 20).

Vicente Romero (ESP), Brazilian born but Spanish raised, scored a near perfect 9.93 (out of a possible 10) for a beautifully surfed wave with powerful carves and a massive aerial. Romero defeated defending ASP World Junior Champion Caio Ibelli (BRA) with a total of 17.03 points.

The girl’s event is likely to get underway in Bali tomorrow morning. South Africa is represented by Bianca Buitendag (George), who is the top seed for this event and recently qualified for the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour by finishing No. 2 on the ASP Star rankings, and Sarah Baum (Durban), who ended the year ranked No. 17 out of 165.

A call on who will be competing tomorrow will be made at 7am (1am SA Time).

All the action can be watched live at http://oakleyprojunior.com/

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com.

OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 1 RESULTS:
HEAT 1: Ryan Callinan (AUS) 13.44, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 13.17, Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) 12.83
HEAT 2: Maxime Huscenot (FRA) 15.67, Soli Bailey (AUS) 10.77, Jocelyn Poulou (PYF) 7.94
HEAT 3: Vicente Romero (ESP) 17.03, Caio Ibelli (BRA) 15.23, Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 11.67
HEAT 4: Luke Davis (USA) 13.16, Evan Thompson (USA) 11.26, Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 8.17
HEAT 5: Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) 13.10, Kaito Ohashi (JPN) 9.60, Luan Carvalho (BRA) 8.57
HEAT 6: Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 14.70, Arashi Kato (JPN) 14.50, Italo Ferreira (BRA) 12.54
HEAT 7: Peterson Crisanto (BRA) 19.00, Andrew Doheny (USA) 13.00, Geovane Ferreira (BRA) 10.50
HEAT 8: Michael February (ZAF) 16.67, Keanu Asing (HAW) 12.84, Nyoman Satria (IND) 7.06
HEAT 9: Koa Smith (HAW) 16.60, Jack Freestone (AUS) 14.63, Gazali Hamzah (IND) 10.57
HEAT 10: Matt Banting (AUS) 15.00, Jack Robinson (AUS) 9.43, Makai McNamara (HAW) 9.14
HEAT 11: Vasco Ribeiro (PRT) 15.50, Hairil Anwar (IND) 13.20, Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF) 10.50
HEAT 12: Conner Coffin (USA) 14.50, Deivid Silva (BRA) 12.50, Taylor Clark (USA) 10.33
HEAT 13: Thomas Woods (AUS) 14.17, Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) 11.84, Hiroto Arai (JPN) 8.87
HEAT 14: Carlos Munoz (CRI) 16.40, Cooper Chapman (AUS) 14.07, Reo Kanao (JPN) 7.74
HEAT 15: Tanner Hendrickson (HAW) 14.43, Caue Wood (BRA) 11.34, Takumi Nakamura (JPN) 10.63
HEAT 16: Frederico Morais (PRT) 11.97, Davey Brand (ZAF) 11.17, Kalani David (HAW) 9.17

UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS MEN’S ROUND 2 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Keanu Asing (HAW) vs. Nyoman Satria (IND)
HEAT 2: Jack Freestone (AUS) vs. Gazali Hamzah (IND)
HEAT 3: Caio Ibelli (BRA) vs. Jack Robinson (AUS)
HEAT 4: Beyrick De Vries (ZAF) vs. Geovane Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 5: Makai McNamara (HAW) vs. Italo Ferreira (BRA)
HEAT 6: Andrew Doheny (USA) vs. Luan Carvalho (BRA)
HEAT 7: Arashi Kato (JPN) vs. Kanoa Igarashi (USA)
HEAT 8: Kaito Ohashi (JPN) vs. Slade Prestwich (ZAF)
HEAT 9: Evan Thompson (USA) vs. Jocelyn Poulou (PYF)
HEAT 10: Soli Bailey (AUS) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
HEAT 11: Hairil Anwar (IND) vs. Dylan Lightfoot (ZAF)
HEAT 12: Taylor Clark (USA) vs. Deivid Silva (BRA)
HEAT 13: Kaimana Jaquias (HAW) vs. Hiroto Arai (JPN)
HEAT 14: Cooper Chapman (AUS) vs. Reo Kanao (JPN)
HEAT 15: Caue Wood (BRA) vs. Takumi Nakamura (JPN)
HEAT 16: Kalani David (HAW) vs. Davey Brand (ZAF)

UPCOMING OAKLEY ASP WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WOMEN’S ROUND 1 MATCH-UPS:
HEAT 1: Joanne Defay (FRA), Leila Hurst (HAW), Mahina Maeda (HAW)
HEAT 2: Sarah Baum (ZAF), Canelle Bulard (REU), Rosanny Alvarez (VEN)
HEAT 3: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Frankie Harrer (USA), Minato Takahashi (JPN)
HEAT 4: Philippa Anderson (AUS), Ellie-Jean Coffey (AUS), Juliana Meneghel (BRA)
HEAT 5: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Nao Omura (JPN), Brianna Cope (HAW)
HEAT 6: Alessa Quizon (HAW), Maud Le Car (FRA), Quincy Davis(USA)

Ends

Pictured: Mikey February (Kommetjie) floats over the whitewater on his way to victory in his opening heat in the Oakley ASP World Junior Championships in Bali
Photo: ASP / Robertson
Issued on behalf of:

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Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
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Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Excitement builds for Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay this week

October 1st, 2012 No comments

Hurley SA Junior Champs
A Premier Surfing South Africa (SSA) event
The Point, Jeffreys Bay
3 – 7 October 2012

Excitement is building amongst the country’s best young surfers for the start of the Hurley SA Junior Champs which gets underway in the iconic waves of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Outstanding conditions forecast for the opening days and a powerful new swell predicted for the final day has the cream of SA’s 17-and-under surfers frothing to compete at J-Bay for the first time in the history of the event.

“The Hurley SA Junior Championships is the most important junior tournament on the South African calendar and Hurley’s support and commitment has turned it into a five star event.” Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA) said.

“This is where our next generation of surfing stars get to strut their stuff and the fact that it will take place in Jeffreys Bay for the first time in its 16 year history adds to the stature and excitement for this special event.”

Competitors selected by nine provincial associations will be competing for individual SA junior titles in Under 17, U15 and U13 categories for boys and girls and the team accumulating the highest points tally will take home the coveted Freedom Cup.

Adding further prestige to the event are five special awards headed by the Hurley Surfer of the Contest title which, in association with All Aboard Travel, earns the winner a R20 000 travel voucher that can be used to visit any destination in the world.

Progressive aerial manoeuvres will be rewarded with the competitor successfully landing the best technical aerial pocketing R5 000 in the Red Bull Air Show. Citroën Port Elizabeth have stepped in to recognise the surfer who posts the biggest heat tally across all divisions throughout the entire five day event with the Citroën Highest Heat Score title and a substantial R3 000 payout..

The Zigzag Blowing Up Award and R3 000 goes to the surfer who racks up the most impressive performances during the event and the provincial team that collectively displays the best camaraderie and support for their teammates walks off with the Skullcandy Team Spirit award.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

The South African Development Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised as the national governing body for surfriding by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën Port Elizabeth, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.

ENDS

Pictured: Jordy Maree (WP), winner of the Surfer of the Contest award last year, will be amped to repeat that performance in the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay from 3-7 October
Photo: (c) Karen Wilson / Hurley

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For further information:

Contact: Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa
Cell: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

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Contact: Craig Jarvis
Cell: 082 376 4443
Email: info@craigjarvis.co.za

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