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WP claim Freedom Cup and Kai Woolf crowned ‘Surfer of the Contest’ at Hurley SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay

September 29th, 2013 No comments
Kai Woolf (EP), 11, won the Hurley Surfer of the Contest award, the Oakley Highest Heat Score and the SA U13 Girls title at the Hurley SA Junior Champs which ended in great waves at Jeffreys Bay on Sunday  Photo: Kolesky / Nikon / Hurley

Kai Woolf (EP), 11, won the Hurley Surfer of the Contest award, the Oakley Highest Heat Score and the SA U13 Girls title at the Hurley SA Junior Champs which ended in great waves at Jeffreys Bay on Sunday Photo: Kolesky / Nikon / Hurley

Western Province claimed the coveted Freedom Cup for the provincial team accumulating the highest points at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs which was completed in idyllic one to 1.5 metre waves at the Lower Point today (Sunday).

WP, who last won the team title in Durban in 2011, also clinched two of the six individual titles at stake and provided seven of the 24 finalists, earning 29 670 points to dethrone hosts Eastern Province who totalled 27 770. KwaZulu-Natal Central placed third followed by Boland, Border, Southern KSN, Southern Cape, Zululand and the SA Development Academy team.

Kai Woolf (EP) was crowned the Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel and a trip to Bali valued at R20 000. The 11 year-old Jeffreys Bay local was in outstanding form throughout the event and captured the SA U13 Girls title for the second time along with the Oakley Highest Heat Score award and R3 000 for posting a heat total of 18.75 out of 20 that included a near-perfect 9.75 out of 10 plus a 9.0 in her quarter-final heat earlier today.

After the giant surf and strong winds that produced legendary performances yesterday, the final day of the Hurley SA Junior Champs dawned sunny and still with the classic waves that Jeffreys Bay is renowned for peeling down the rocky point, setting the scene for a historic finale to an event that will be remembered forever.

The remaining heats of the U17, U15 and U13 Girls divisions were run before the U13 Girls final took the pulsing overhead waves with Kai Woolf just holding off the challenge of 2012 champion Sophie Bell (KZNC) to reclaim the title she won as nine year-old in Durban in 2011.

Angelo Faulkner made it two titles in a row for EP when he produced a determined performance in his home surf to narrowly outscore Koby Oberholzer (KZNC) by 14.75 points to 14.15 and clinch the SA U13 Boys crown.

The 2013 SA U15 Girls champion is Ruth Armstrong (WP) who triumphed in a see-saw battle where just 0.50 of a point separated the winner from runner-up Cana Foster (KZNC) and 2012 champion Crystal Hulett (EP) in third place.

Supergrom Ethan Fletcher surfed an incredible U15 Boys final, posting a perfect 10 point ride and backing that up with an excellent 8.50 to mount the victory dias ahead of WP teammates Jordy Maree and Jake Elkington.

The U17 Girls title went to Teal Hogg (KZNC) who delivered a come from behind victory with a great ride in the dying seconds to overtake Robyn van der Merwe (EP) by just 0.35 of a point.

Matt McGillivray (EP), last year’s U15 Boys champ and Surfer of the Contest, was the standout performer in the U17 Boys division this year and duly clinched the title when he finished ahead of Dylan Wichmann (WP), Steff Burrows (Boland) and Max Armstrong (WP).

Max Armstrong won the Red Bull Best Air award and the R5 000 that went with it for his perfectly executed air reverse on the opening day of the event while Koby Oberholzer (KZNC) was awarded the Zigzag Blowing Up prize-purse of R3 000 for charging throughout the event.

The Skullcandy Team Spirit Award went to \Southern KZN who were always the first team on the beach and supported their teammates vocally from the shoreline and Wayne Monk took out the My Dad’s Shred Sesh presented by Firewire Surfboards and Country Felling Surfshop with Llewellyn Whittaker and Frankie Oberholzer the closest challengers.

Go to http://www.sajuniorchamps.co.za/videos.php for video highlights of each day’s action at the event.

2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs (Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay)
Results

Freedom Cup (Provincial team points)
1. WESTERN PROVINCE 29 670 points
2. EASTERN PROVINCE 27 770
3. KZN CENTRAL 26 290
4. BOLAND 21 300
5. BORDER 19 010
6. SOUTHERN KZN 17 931
7. SOUTHERN CAPE 15 855
8. ZULULAND 13 546
9. SA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 13 045

Boys U17
1. Matt McGillivray (EP)
2. Dylan Wichmann (WP)
3. Steff Burrows (BOL)
4. Max Armstrong (WP)

Girls U17
1. Teal Hogg (KZNC)
2. Robyn VD Merwe (EP)
3. Inge McLaren (BOR)
4. Chanelle Botha (SKZN)

Boys U15
1. Ethan Fletcher (WP)
2. Jordy Maree (WP)
3. Jake Elkington (WP)
4. Tristan Lev (BOL)

Girls U15
1. Ruth Armstrong (WP)
2. Cana Foster (KZNC)
3. Crystal Hulett (EP)
4. Michelle Verreynne (SC)

Boys U13
1. Angelo Faulkner (EP)
2. Koby Oberholzer (KZNC)
3. Max Elkington (WP)
4. Karl Steen (KZNC)

Girls U13
1. Kai Woolf (EP)
2. Sophie Bell (KZNC)
3. Kirsty McGillivray (EP)
4. Olivia Izzard (KZNC)

Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel:
Kai Woolf (EP)

Oakley Highest Heat Score:
Kai Woolf (EP)

Red Bull Big Air:
Max Armstrong (WP)

My Dad Shred Shesh by Firewire Surfboards:
Wayne Monk (Border)

Skullcandy Team Spirit:
Southern KwaZulu-Natal

Zigzag Blowing Up Award:
Koby Oberholzer (KZNC)

Rebel Surfboards Highest Placed Development Surfer:
Sne Makhuba (SA Development Academy)

Dutchie Surfboards Highest Placed Unsponsored Surfer:
Dylan Wichmann (WP)

All the action and behind the scenes highlights at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be found on the on the following digital platforms:

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• SA Junior Champs: https://twitter.com/sajuniorchamps (Results Only)
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• Hurley Instagram: http://instagram.com/hurley_za
• Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and results can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by All Aboard Travel, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag, Oakley, Neff, Vans Off The Wall, FUTURELIFE and Island Tribe in association with Sticky Bumps Wax, Channel Islands and Mayhem surfboards.

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Simone Robb takes Gold in four medal haul for Team SA at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 29th, 2013 No comments
Simone Robb (Kommetjie) is carried up the beach by teammates after winning the Women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb (Kommetjie) is carried up the beach by teammates after winning the Women’s title in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Saturday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb was crowned the 2013 ISA Women’s World Longboard Surfing Champion as Team SA collected the silver medal in the team standings and Thomas King and Ethan Pentz earned Copper medals in the Men’s and Junior divisions respectively when the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships ended at Huanchaco in Peru yesterday (Saturday).

Robb, a multiple SA surfing champion and mother of two from Kommetjie, went undefeated throughout the entire event and posted the highest scores in the Women’s division, including the final where her long opening ride earned the heat’s highest score of 8.17 out of 10 and ultimately the gold medal.

“I started up with a bang! I got the first wave of the heat, which was an 8, and I was really lucky to get that one,” said Robb in her post-heat interview. “It’s really cool to be the first female ISA World Longboard Champion. I’m really happy. My kids will wear my medal when I get back home. This event was amazing and the other women were so nice to compete against; they were all are really friendly.”

Robb’s victory, combined with fourth place finishes by King and Pentz in their finals and a ninth place in the Men’s division by Justin Bing, the fourth team member, were sufficient to earn Team SA the silver medal behind France whose Antoine Delpero won Men’s gold with Martin Coret taking silver in the Juniors (U18) and Justine Dupont bronze in the Women.

King, attending his first ISA World Championship event, also surfed flawlessly through the five rounds of the Men’s division, advancing directly into the Grand Final without dropping into the repercharge rounds. He started the final with an outstanding 9.0 score on the first wave but struggled to find a decent backup score and was eventually overhauled by 2009 ISA World Longboard champ Delpero, European champ Ben Skinnner (GB) and former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (BRA).

Pentz, the 2013 SA Junior Longboard champ, advanced to Round 3 of the Junior division where he slipped to third place before winning the repecharge final to gain entry into the Grand Final. The teenager from Kalk Bay could not find a wave with scoring potential in the final despite recording 10 rides, five more than his opponents, but will be elated with a medal in his first international event.

In a major success for gender equality, the Junior gold medal was won by Honolua Blomfeld, a 14 year-old girl from Hawaii, who totally dominated the division by winning every heat she contested to finish ahead of Martin Coret (FRA), Ciao Santana (BRA) and Pentz.

Bing (Noordhoek), a former SA champion and national team member in both longboard surfing and stand up paddling (SUP), slipped into the repercharge rounds on Day 1 in Peru and despite progressing through five cutthroat rounds he was ultimately eliminated in Round 6, finishing equal ninth overall.

The four-person South African team that competed in the historic inaugural stand-alone ISA World Longboard Championships and the first to crown Women and Junior world champions was expertly managed and motivated by Deon Bing (Noordhoek).

2013 ISA World Longboard Championships (Huanchaco, Peru)

Final Team Standing
1- France- 4,810, Gold Medal
2- South Africa- 4,010, Silver Medal
3- Hawaii- 3,726, Bronze Medal
4- Brazil- 3,618, Copper Medal
5- Great Britain- 3,478
6- Peru- 3,441
7- USA- 3,136
8- Argentina- 2,993
9- Venezuela- 2,783
10- Australia- 2,636
11- New Zealand- 2,500
12- Ecuador- 2,425
13- Uruguay- 1,855
14- Dominican Republic- 1,745
15- Japan- 1,735
16- Mexico- 1,546
17- Costa Rica- 1,380
18- Puerto Rico- 1,320
19- Italy- 1,170
20- Canada- 875
21- Chile- 660
22- Panama- 600

Open Men
1- Antoine Delpero (FRA), Gold Medal
2- Ben Skinner (GBR), Silver Medal
3- Phil Rajzman (BRA), Bronze Medal
4- Thomas King (RSA), Copper Medal

=9th- Justin Bing (RSA)

Open Women
1- Simone Robb (RSA), Gold Medal
2- Rachael Tilly (USA), Silver Medal
3- Justine Dupont (FRA), Bronze Medal
4- Megan Godinez (HAW), Copper Medal

Junior (Under-18)
1- Honolua Blomfeld (HAW), Gold Medal
2- Martin Coret (FRA), Silver Medal
3- Caio Santana (BRA), Bronze Medal
4- Ethan Pentz (RSA), Copper Medal

ISA Aloha Cup
1- France- 58.05, Gold Medal
2- Peru- 46.95, Silver Medal
3- Australia- 42.90, Bronze Medal
4- Brazil- 29.45, Copper Medal

=5th – South Africa

For a full list of results visit: http://isawlc.com/results/

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Thomas King and Simone Robb reach Grand Finals at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 28th, 2013 No comments
Simone Robb (Kommetjie) completes a ‘helicopter’ 360 degree spin on her way to today’s Grand Final of the Women’s division in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Friday  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Simone Robb (Kommetjie) completes a ‘helicopter’ 360 degree spin on her way to today’s Grand Final of the Women’s division in the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Friday Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Thomas King and Simone Robb advanced to today’s Grand Finals of the Men’s and Women’s divisions at the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru when they both placed second in their respective qualifying stream finals yesterday (Friday).

Ethan Pentz remains in contention for a spot in the Junior Grand Final despite placing third in his qualifying stream final heat yesterday while Justin Bing’s arduous campaign through the gruelling Men’s repercharge rounds came to an end in Round 6 where he placed third and was eliminated in equal ninth place overall, securing 1 000 precious points towards Team SA’s challenge for the team title.

The inform King finished second to recently crowned European Longboard champion Ben Skinner (GBR) in the clean one metre waves at Huanchaco yesterday, relegating brothers Edouard and Antoine Delpero from France, the only team to still have all four surfers in the event, to the repercharge final.

Robb, who had dominated her earlier heats, just held onto second place by a narrow 0.10 of a point to advance to the Women’s Grand Final and qualify for a medal along with heat winner Justine Dupont (FRA). Third and fourth placed Megan Godinez (HAW) and Mary Gil (ARG) get another chance to reach the Grand Final through the repercharge round final.

“Today the conditions are really tricky,” said Robb. “The strategy is to get two decent waves and perform the best you can. Our team made it to the final day of the competition, which is great. Good luck to everyone else that is surfing in all of the other teams. My team rocks, I love South Africa!”

The provisional team standings heading into today’s final day in Peru see France leading the chase for the gold medal at the inaugural stand alone ISA World Longboard Championships. Team SA holds second place with three surfers still accumulating points, followed by host nation Peru, Brazil, Hawaii and Argentina, all of whom have two team members in the event.

Team SA failed to qualify for the final of the ISA Aloha Cup (a form of relay surfing where the four man teams must each ride three waves before tagging the next team member, with all 12 waves completed in one hour) when they placed third behind France and Brazil in their semi-final. The results of the Aloha Cup do not count towards the team standings.

Ethan Pentz will be the first SA surfer in action today when he contests the Junior repercharge final where a first or second place finish will see him advance to the Junior Grand Final.

The ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships ends today when the top teams, the individual performers in the Men, Women and Junior (U18) divisions and the teams in the Aloha Cup will earn gold, silver, copper and bronze medals.

The action starts at 4.40 pm SA time and can be followed live at http://isawlc.com

2013 ISA World Longboard Championships (Huanchaco, Peru)
Schedule for Saturday 28 September (SA names in brackets)

Junior Repercharge Final (Ethan Pentz)
Open Women Repercharge Final
Open Men Repercharge Final
Junior Grand Final (TBD)
Open Women Grand Final (Simone Robb)
Open Men Grand Final (Thomas King)
Aloha Cup Final

Provisional team standings (going into the final day)
1- France- 5,720
2- South Africa- 5,000
3- Peru- 4,665
4- Brazil- 4,428
5- Hawaii- 4,056
6- Argentina- 3,800
7- Great Britain- 3,758
8- USA- 3,276
9- Venezuela- 3,200
10- Australia- 2,636

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About the International Surfing Association
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King and Bing edge Team SA towards a gold medal at ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru

September 27th, 2013 No comments
Justin Bing (Noordhoek) shows the form that saw him eliminate reigning ISA World Champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Thursday  Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Justin Bing (Noordhoek) shows the form that saw him eliminate reigning ISA World Champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the 2013 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships at Huanchaco in Peru on Thursday Photo: ISA / Tweddle

Thomas King and Justin Bing edged Team SA towards a gold medal on Day 4 of the ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships in Peru on Thursday when they both advanced through tough heats to reach the last 10 in the Men’s division of the inaugural edition of the event.

King reached the final of the qualifying stream with an excellent showing where he placed second to Edouard Delpero (FRA) and relegated Hawaiian standout Ned Snow to the repecharge rounds in a fiercely contested, high scoring Round 4 clash.

The Capetonian is now just one heat away from the Men’s Grand Final and an individual medal. Even if he slips out of the top two in his next heat he still has another chance to reach the Grand Final via the repecharge final.

Bing (Noordhoek), who dropped into the repercharge rounds on Day 1, also placed second in his Round 5 heat, finishing behind former ASP World Longboard champ Phil Rajzman (BRA) as the pair eliminated reigning ISA World Longboard champion Toni Silvagni (USA) from the event. Bing must place first or second in three more heats to reach the Men’s Grand Final.

With Simone Robb (Kommetjie) and Ethan Pentz (Kalk Bay) already into the qualifying finals of the Women’s and Junior’s divisions respectively, Team SA, France and Hawaii are the only teams with all four members still in the event and in contention for the team gold medal.

Host nation Peru with three competitors and Brazil and Argentina with two each are the other nations challenging for a medal. Traditional surfing power USA in eighth place with one surfer left while perennial ISA team gold medallists Australia have none and sit in an unfamiliar 10th place in the provisional rankings going into the last two days of the event.

All four South Africans will be in action in the long rolling waves at Huanchaco today.

The ISA World Longboard Surfing Championships end on Saturday when the top teams and individual performers in the Men, Women and Junior (U18) divisions will earn gold, silver, copper and bronze medals. All the action can be followed live at http://isawlc.com starting at 2.40pm South African time daily

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About the International Surfing Association
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Kai Woolf the standout on Day 2 of Hurley SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay

September 26th, 2013 No comments
Kai Woolf (Eastern Province) carves off the bottom of a wave on her way to recording the highest scores of the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay on Thursday  Photo: Alan van Gysen / Hurley

Kai Woolf (Eastern Province) carves off the bottom of a wave on her way to recording the highest scores of the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay on Thursday Photo: Alan van Gysen / Hurley

Kai Woolf, the 11 year-old ‘supergrom’ from Jeffreys Bay, was the standout performer on Day 2 of the Hurley SA Junior Champs as the country’s best 17-and-under girls took centre stage at SA’s premier junior surfing event.

Woolf, who won the SA U13 Girls title in Durban as a 9 year-old in 2011, revelled in the clean one metre offshore waves of her home break today and, surfing with a maturity that belies her age, posted a pair of counting scores in the excellent category totalling an outstanding 17.0 out of 20.

That saw the diminutive goofy-foot leapfrog past Max Armstrong’s heat tally of 14.75, recorded during the U17 Boy’s heats yesterday, into the lead for the Oakley Highest Heat Score award and the R3 000 that goes with it. Further performances of this standard will see Woolf become a strong contender for the Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel and its prize of a trip to Bali valued at R20 000.

She advanced directly to Round 3 along with Eastern Province teammate Kirsty McGillivray, fellow Round 1 heat winners Kelly Medley (SKZN), Sne Makhuba (Dev Academy), defending U13 champ Sophie Bell (KZNC) and their respective runners-up.

The second day started out with Round 1 the U17 Girls followed by the U15’s and U13’s before the repercharge rounds for U17 and U15 Boys took to the waves as the wind switched to a cross-shore Southerly direction, and ended with the U13 Girl’s repercharge round.

Enthusiastic support from their teammates on the beach saw defending team champions and hosts Eastern Province again demonstrate the benefits of local knowledge with all three girls in each age category finishing in the top two of their respective heats and all their boys in the U17 and U15 divisions safely through to Round 3.

Perennial contenders Western Province, the 2011 team champions, and KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) also kept their challenge for the Freedom Cup alive with all their team members still in contention.

The buzz on the beach was dominated by the potent frontal system sweeping across the country which is forecast to generate near gale-force winds and open ocean swells of over eight metres in height in the Jeffreys Bay area on Friday and Saturday.

However, surf prediction guru Steve Pike from Wavescape says that while the event organisers are advised to secure the world class infrastructure at the event site, the predominantly Westerly direction of the swell will mean that the waves sweeping into the Lower Point are unlikely to exceed two metres and that they could be ideal for the finals on Sunday.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs runs until Sunday 29 September when the provincial team accumulating the most points is awarded the coveted Freedom Trophy and the individual winners in the U17, U15 and U13 Boy’s and Girl’s divisions are crowned the 2013 South African surfing champions.

There is also an array of lucrative special awards at stake, including:

• Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel – R20 000 travel voucher to Bali
• Red Bull Best Air – R5 000
• Oakley Highest Heat Score – R3 000
• Zigzag Blowing Up Award – R3 000
• Skullcandy Team Spirit Award – R3 000
• Van’s Tarp Surf Champ – Product from Vans Off The Wall

All the action and behind the scenes highlights at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed on the following digital platforms:

• Hurley FB: https://www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
• Hurley Twitter: https://twitter.com/HurleyZA
• SA Junior Champs: https://twitter.com/sajuniorchamps (Results Only)
• Twitter account – @HurleyZA and the hashtag #sajuniorchamps
• Hurley Instagram: http://instagram.com/hurley_za
• Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and results can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by All Aboard Travel, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag, Oakley, Neff, Vans Off The Wall, FUTURELIFE and Island Tribe in association with Sticky Bumps Wax, Channel Islands and Mayhem surfboards.

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Classic conditions at Jeffreys Bay for opening day of Hurley SA Junior Champs

September 25th, 2013 No comments
Nthando Msibi (KwaZulu-Natal Central) was one of the standouts on the opening day of the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs which got underway at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday  Photo: Alan van Gysen / Hurley

Nthando Msibi (KwaZulu-Natal Central) was one of the standouts on the opening day of the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs which got underway at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday Photo: Alan van Gysen / Hurley

Classic conditions with sunshine, light offshore winds and small but consistent and very rippable waves greeted the cream of South Africa’s junior surfers for the opening day of the Hurley SA Junior Champs at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay today (Wednesday).

Last night’s opening ceremony saw competitors in nine provincial teams from everywhere on the SA coastline pack the marquee on the beach where Hurley SA head honcho Jevon le Roux told them ‘You’re the actors, and this is your stage.’ He then handed over a cheque for R50 000 to the Supertubes Surfing Foundation in appreciation of the great work they do in keeping the beaches of the Mecca of SA surfing pristine.

Dawn saw the line-up packed with frothing groms and the contest swung into motion with the opening round of the Under 17, U15 and U13 Boys taking to the surf and strutting their stuff on the long walls of one metre waves peeling down the point.

KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) U17 second seed Bryce Burness had the honour of catching the first wave of 2013 edition of the country’s premier event for surfers aged 17-and-under.Bryce, the son of former ASP World No. 7 Mike Burness, fittingly went on to clinch the heat victory and advance directly to Round 3 along with runner-up Jerry van Wyk, the top seed for the hosts and defending team champions, Eastern Province (EP).

One fiercely contested heat after another was fought out with most coming down to the wire and the lead changing hands in the dying seconds as the competitors milked every bit of power in the waves with combinations of high performance manoeuvres.

Western Province (WP) top seed Max Armstrong displayed a flash of brilliance with a perfectly executed air-reverse that had the crowds on the dunes in the natural amphitheatre lining the point cheering, to take the early lead in the charge for the Red Bull Best Air award and the R5 000 that goes with it.

While the natural footers had the advantage of facing the wave during their rides, several of the top performances came from goofy-footers (ride with right foot in front) and Jordy Maree (WP), Nthando Msibi (KZNC) and Steff Burrows were particularly impressive with their vertical backhand attacks and smooth transitions between manoeuvres.

J-Bay local Matt McGillivray (EP), the 2012 U15 champ and Surfer of the Contest, showed he is going to be hard to beat in his first year in the U17 division with his lightening fast repertoire and intimate knowledge of the best waves to catch and ride.

The tempo didn’t slow down as the U15’s took over and EP’s Jose Faulkner and Rewaldo Abersalie, Boland’s Tristan Lev and Adin Masencamp, WP’s Jordy Maree and Jake Elkington, Luke Malherbe (Border) and Gabriel Fernandez from the SA Development Academy posted great heat winning performances.

Angelo Faulkner (EP), Koby Oberholzer (KZNC), Calvin Goor (Dev Academy) and Julian Zens (Bol) were the standouts in the U13 division as the first day of proceedings drew to a close.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs runs until Sunday 29 September when the provincial team accumulating the most points is awarded the coveted Freedom Trophy and the individual winners in the U17, U15 and U13 Boy’s and Girl’s divisions are crowned the 2013 South African surfing champions.

There is also an array of lucrative special awards at stake, including:

• Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel – R20 000 travel voucher to Bali
• Red Bull Best Air – R5 000
• Oakley Highest Heat Score – R3 000
• Zigzag Blowing Up Award – R3 000
• Skullcandy Team Spirit Award – R3 000
• Van’s Tarp Surf Champ – Product from Vans Off The Wall

All the action and behind the scenes highlights at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed on the following digital platforms:

• Hurley FB: https://www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
• Hurley Twitter: https://twitter.com/HurleyZA
• SA Junior Champs: https://twitter.com/sajuniorchamps (Results Only)
• Twitter account – @HurleyZA and the hashtag #sajuniorchamps
• Hurley Instagram: http://instagram.com/hurley_za
• Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and results can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by All Aboard Travel, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag, Oakley, Neff, Vans Off The Wall, FUTURELIFE and Island Tribe in association with Sticky Bumps Wax, Channel Islands and Mayhem surfboards.

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Anticipation builds for start of Hurley SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay tomorrow

September 24th, 2013 No comments
Matt McGillivray, the 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs ‘Surfer of the Contest’, will be using his local knowledge to challenge for the U17 Boys title at the 2013 event which runs from 25-29 September in Jeffreys Bay  Photo: @ROYHARLEY

Matt McGillivray, the 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs ‘Surfer of the Contest’, will be using his local knowledge to challenge for the U17 Boys title at the 2013 event which runs from 25-29 September in Jeffreys Bay Photo: @ROYHARLEY

Anticipation is building amongst the country’s top young surfers as they prepare for the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs which get underway in the world renowned waves of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday morning.

The team and individual national titles at stake, a host of lucrative special prizes, the chance to represent the country on the international stage and swell models predicting that the Lower Point will produce legendary overhead waves later in the week have combined to raise the excitement levels to fever-pitch.

Jeffreys Bay resident Matt McGillivray will be doing battle in the Under 17 Boy’s division this year after helping his Eastern Province team to clinch their first Freedom Cup team title at last year’s Hurly SA Junior Champs by winning the U15 title, the Surfer of the Contest Award and the Red Bull Airshow at the event.

“I am really stoked the event is at Point as I can just walk down and surf there almost every day which is a big advantage,” says Matt. “I’ve been trying to stay fit and healthy and have been surfing lots so I’m feeling good and am very excited for the contest.”

Fellow SA national team member Steff Burrows has a reputation of charging overhead waves in his home breaks in the Boland and is looking forward to solid waves at J-Bay in his quest for the U17 title.

“It’s sick,” says Steff of Lower Point. “I won a comp there earlier this year, so that helps with the confidence, I guess. And yeah, we’ve been getting some big barrels and uncrowded waves at home this winter.”

The Eastern Province team is determined use their home-surf advantage to add their name to the historic Freedom Cup for the second successive year in the 17 year history of the event. Meanwhile 2012 runners-up KwaZulu-Natal Central, 2011 champions Western Province and teams from Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be doing their best to wrest the prestigious team trophy away from the hosts.

In addition to the individual champions being forever recorded in the storied history of South African surfing, the winners of the U17 and U15 boys and girls titles are also automatically included in the SA Junior team that will represent the country at the next ISA World Junior Championships.

The top performers at the event are also in line for an array of lucrative special awards, including:

• Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel – R20 000 travel voucher to Bali
• Red Bull Best Air – R5 000
• Oakley Highest Heat Score – R3 000
• Zigzag Blowing Up Award – R3 000
• Skullcandy Team Spirit Award – R3 000
• Van’s Tarp Surf Champ – Product from Vans Off The Wall

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs gets started with an opening function at the marquee tent at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay at 7pm this evening (Tuesday).

Continuing the family-friendly atmosphere created throughout the event by the sponsors, there is also a bring and braai with live music provided by top SA musician Farryl Purkiss at the beach on Thursday evening and the “My Dad’s Shred Sesh” presented by Firewire Surfboards and the Country Feeling Surfshop is scheduled for 4.30 pm Friday as the anticipated new swell kicks in.

See video highlights from the 2012 champs and preview for 2013 at the event website www.sajuniorchamps.co.za

All the action and behind the scenes highlights at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed on the following digital platforms:

• Hurley FB: https://www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
• Hurley Twitter: https://twitter.com/HurleyZA
• SA Junior Champs: https://twitter.com/sajuniorchamps (Results Only)
• Twitter account – @HurleyZA and the hashtag #sajuniorchamps
• Hurley Instagram: http://instagram.com/hurley_za
• Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and results can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by All Aboard Travel, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag, Oakley, Neff, Vans Off The Wall, FUTURELIFE and Island Tribe in association with Sticky Bumps Wax, Channel Islands and Mayhem surfboards.

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Travis Logie and Jordy Smith advance to last 16 amongst upsets in Hurley Pro at Trestles

September 18th, 2013 No comments
Former Durbanite Travis Logie (Hollywood, California) blasts off the top on his way to Round 5 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California yesterday (Tuesday) Credit: ASP/Rowland

Former Durbanite Travis Logie (Hollywood, California) blasts off the top on his way to Round 5 of the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California yesterday (Tuesday) Credit: ASP/Rowland

South Africa’s two ASP World Championship Tour surfers, Travis Logie and Jordy Smith, advanced to the last 16 in the Hurley Pro at Trestles, stop No. 7 of 10 on the tour that decides the annual ASP World Surfing Champion, after a day of massive upsets and standout performances from the world’s best surfers yesterday (Tuesday).

Smith (Cape Town), 25, utilised his powerful carving manoeuvres in the smaller hip to head-high waves on Day 3 to oust California standout Brett Simpson (USA), 28, in their Round 3 match-up.

“It was definitely going to be a tough heat,” Smith said. “Brett (Simpson), he’s from Huntington, born and raised and he’s not afraid to grovel and knows how to surf a small wave. You’ve got to really choose your waves properly and I made one mistake on a left earlier in that heat and allowed for him to start with a 7. I’m just glad to make that heat because these aren’t exactly my conditions out there, but I’m making the most of it. I have an incredible board under my feet and it’s the same one that I rode in the US Open. It went really well in small waves, so I’m pumped.”

Smith, current No. 4 on the ASP WCT, admitted that his victory over Simpson marked a crucial result towards his 2013 ASP World Title campaign and is looking at the Hurley Pro at Trestles as a momentum builder for the remainder of the season.

“I think this contest for me will tell whether I’m in the race or not,” Smith said. “I just really want to enjoy these next few events. I want to try and compete as hard as I can and have a lot of fun with it. Win, lose or draw, it doesn’t matter. I just want to have a lot of fun with it and I’m enjoying my surfing at the moment and that’s probably why I’m enjoying everything so much. I love Trestles, love America and I’m just stoked to be here.”

Smith’s success at the Hurley Pro at Trestles continued when he advanced directly to the quarter-finals over C.J. Hobgood (USA), 34, and Taj Burrow (AUS), 35, in their Round 4 clash. His next opponent will be the winner of the Round 5 all goofy-foot (ride with right-foot forward) clash between Hobgood and Kai Otton (AUS).

Logie (Hollywood, California), 34, posted an excellent 9.47 point score (out of 10) in moving past current ASP No. 6, Nat Young (USA) in Round 3, before being relegated to third place behind the day’s standout, Julian Wilson, and fellow Australian Adam Melling in Round 4.

The former Durbanite will face former two-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS), 32, in Round 5 when competition resumes, with winner advancing to a quarter-final duel with Tahitian Michel Bourez.

Current ASP WCT alternate, Patrick Gudauskas (USA), 27, provided the first major upset of the day when he eliminated 11-time ASP World Champion, defending event champion and current ASP WCT ratings leader Kelly Slater (USA), 41, in Round 3. Gudauskas went on to dominate his local line-up by winning his next heat and moving directly in the quarters.

Slater, who entered the Hurley Pro at Trestles hunting a 12th ASP World Title, was gracious in defeat following his loss to Gudauskas, but admitted the Round 3 loss was a serious blow towards his ASP World Title campaign.

“I’m happy for Pat (Gudauskas),” Slater said. “He’s a great surfer and he’s been on the losing end of several close heats and it’s about time something went his way, but this result is a bummer. This is three bad results for me this year and I don’t have much room to move.”

Adam Melling (AUS), 28, contributed to the day’s upsets by defeating reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32. Wave choice proved crucial in their bout and Melling produced heat’s high wave score of 8.50 for a series of polished forehand turns to secure an important heat win towards his 2014 requalification campaign.

“I waited for about 10 minutes and Joel (Parkinson) got one straight up,” Melling said. “I wanted to have his strategy, but I knew there were better waves than the one he got so I waited and it paid off. It feels good to beat Joel and I need the points. Coming up against Joel, you can get rattled because he’s the world champ, but I just took it as a board riders competition and had a bit of fun with it.”

Julian Wilson (AUS), 24, was on fire in the one metre waves, delivering an exciting series of high-flying aerial manoeuvres to post the highest scores of the day. Needing an excellent score in the dying minutes of his round 3 heat against Felipe Toledo (BRA), Wilson launched a massive backhand rotation followed with a snap for a 9.10 to advance.

In Round 4 he repeated his above the lip antics, punting a massive air-reverse for a 9.20 followed by an additional 9.87 for a full-rotation air. Wilson’s near-perfect 19.07 heat total marks the highest of the 2013 Hurley Pro at Trestles competition and saw him progress directly to the last eight.

Event organizers will reconvene at approximately 4.30pm South African time for a possible 5pm start to Round 5 of competition.

The Hurley Pro at Trestles holds a waiting period from September 15 through 21, 2013 and is webcast LIVE via www.thehurleypro.com

For additional ASP information log on to www.aspworldtour.com.

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 3 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.00 def. Brett Simpson (USA) 15.87
Heat 2: C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.30 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.87
Heat 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.20 def. Kolohe Andino (USA) 14.67
Heat 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 16.00 def. Fred Patacchia (HAW) 9.43
Heat 5: Kai Otton (AUS) 15.17 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 14.07
Heat 6: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.57 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.80
Heat 7: Mick Fanning (AUS) 15.17 def. Alejo Muniz (BRA) 14.87
Heat 8: Michel Bourez (PYF) 13.94 def. Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 13.80
Heat 9: Josh Kerr (AUS) 14.67 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 11.93
Heat 10: Travis Logie (ZAF) 14.47 def. Nat Young (USA) 11.73
Heat 11: Julian Wilson (AUS) 17.03 def. Filipe Toledo (BRA) 16.07
Heat 12: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.67 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 10.06

HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 4 RESULTS:
Heat 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.60, C.J. Hobgood (USA) 15.33, Taj Burrow (AUS) 13.23
Heat 2: Patrick Gudauskas (USA) 15.23, Adriano de Souza (BRA) 13.40, Kai Otton (AUS) 13.03
Heat 3: Michel Bourez (PYF) 17.30, Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.80, Josh Kerr (AUS) 12.93
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.07, Adam Melling (AUS) 14.03, Travis Logie (ZAF) 12.67

UPCOMING HURLEY PRO AT TRESTLES ROUND 5 MATCH UPS:
Heat 1: C.J. Hobgood (USA) vs. Kai Otton (AUS)
Heat 2: Adriano de Souza (BRA) vs. Taj Burrow (AUS)
Heat 3: Mick Fanning (AUS) vs. Travis Logie (ZAF)
Heat 4: Adam Melling (AUS) vs. Josh Kerr (AUS)
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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.

Legendary waves of Jeffreys Bay the battlefield for Hurley SA Junior Champs

September 16th, 2013 No comments

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The legendary waves of Jeffreys Bay will provide the battlefield for the country’s top young surfers as they compete for coveted team and individual national titles, green blazers and specialty awards in the Hurley SA Junior Champs at the Mecca of South African surfing next week.

Scheduled for 25-29 September, the 17th annual edition of this premier Surfing South Africa (SSA) event features the best 17-and-under surfers who have qualified via cutthroat selection trials for their respective provincial teams with all the action taking place in the high performance waves at The Point for the second successive year.

“Junior surfing is the future of our sport in South Africa and the South African Junior Champs forms an integral part of Hurley’s goal to turn our juniors into professional surfers and world champions,” says Hurley South Africa MD, Jevon Le Roux. “We are proud to be associated with junior surfing and everyone is looking forward to an exciting event in Jeffreys Bay.”

Hosts Eastern Province dominated last year’s event in their home surf, winning the team title for the first time and clinching three of the six individual SA titles at stake in the Under 17, U15 and U13 categories for boys and girls, along with three of the five special awards on offer.

This year teams from 2012 runners-up KwaZulu-Natal Central, 2011 champions Western Province, Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be going all out in their quest to secure the Freedom Cup and individual national titles.

“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,” says Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA).

“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 again this year adds to the stature and excitement for this special event.”

In addition to the prestige of earning national titles and having their names engraved in the annals of South African surfing history, winners will also be crowned for:

• Hurley Surfer of the Contest presented by All Aboard Travel – R20 000 travel voucher to Bali
• Red Bull Best Air – R5 000
• Oakley Highest Heat Score – R3 000
• Zigzag Blowing Up Award – R3 000
• Skullcandy Team Spirit Award – R3 000
• Van’s Tarp Surf Champ – Product from Vans Off The Wall

See video highlights from the 2012 champs and preview for 2013 at the event website www.sajuniorchamps.co.za

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

• Hurley FB: https://www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
• Hurley Twitter: https://twitter.com/HurleyZA
• SA Junior Champs: https://twitter.com/sajuniorchamps (Results Only)
• Twitter account – @HurleyZA and the hashtag #sajuniorchamps
• Hurley Instagram: http://instagram.com/hurley_za
• Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and results can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

The South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by All Aboard Travel, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag, Oakley, Neff, Vans Off The Wall, FUTURELIFE and Island Tribe in association with Sticky Bumps Wax, Channel Islands and Mayhem surfboards .

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Guinness World Record attempts and more at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival in Muizenberg in October

September 10th, 2013 No comments
The Guinness World Record setting wave with 110 surfers up and riding during the 2009 Earthwave festival at Muizenberg  Photo: Earthwave / Lee Slabber

The Guinness World Record setting wave with 110 surfers up and riding during the 2009 Earthwave festival at Muizenberg Photo: Earthwave / Lee Slabber

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Guinness World Records + Ocean & Beach events
Sustainable lifestyle event
Saturday & Sunday, 19 & 20 October 2013

The 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival will host attempts to set new Guinness World Records for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ and for ‘the longest touch rugby game’ when the sixth edition of this popular gathering of Cape Town’s beach community is run at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg on the weekend of 19 & 20 October.

The festival will again harness the immense interest surrounding Guinness World Records to promote sustainable lifestyle choices by featuring a wide range of both competitive and fun events in the ocean, on the beach and in the Muizenberg Pavilion alongside exhibitions, demonstrations and talks on environmental issues over the two days.

“This year’s BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is shaping up as the best yet,” says Paul Botha from festival organisers Kahuna Promotions. “The line-up of activities includes attempts on two Guinness World Records plus junior, development, tandem and longboard surfing events, standup paddleboard racing, skateboarding and plenty of activities for kids like the BOS Dig for Gold and Learn to Surf lessons.”

In addition to prizes for the nearly 1 000 participants, there is also plenty on offer for spectators with valuable give-aways, sticker-showers, beach cleanups, raffles and fund-raising for worthy causes. The awards ceremonies, exhibits and an after-party with live bands will be staged in the Pavilion at Surfers Corner.

“The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival demonstrates the BOS philosophy that you can be healthy while having lots of fun,” says Marié van Niekerk, Marketing Director at BOS. “The aim of the festival is all about participation, not winning. It’s an inclusive experience for both young and old, encouraging people to get active and enjoy themselves in one of the most pristine natural settings in the world.”

Despite attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave in California and Australia during the past year, the record still stands at 110 set in Muizenberg at Earthwave 2009. Earthwave Brazil, the 2008 record holder, will also be making another attempt to break the current record on Saturday 12 October 2013 at Quebra Mar near Sao Paulo.

The record for the longest touch rugby game is 27 hours set in Australia in 2010 and the WP Touch Association will be attempting to break this marathon record at the festival by staging a match that runs from 8am on Saturday through the night until 12 noon on Sunday, a total of 28 hours!

The Battle of the Bay presented by Xpression on the Beach will see standup paddlers racing from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek and back on Sunday with a series of epic short-courses races through the surf planned for the Saturday.

Muizenberg, with its pristine beach, gentle rollers and warm water, is where the first photographic evidence of people riding waves in South Africa was recorded in 1919. Considered the birthplace of surfing in the country, it is rated one of the world’s top 20 beach towns by National Geographic.

Further information on the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival can be found at www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave and www.kahunasurf.co.za. The organisers can be contacted via kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for details on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyle initiative.

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• BOS is a range of organic rooibos ice teas blended with all-natural fruit flavours – peach, lemon, apple, berry, lime & ginger and cranberry energy. It is preservative, colourant and caffeine free.
• The BOS packaging is bold, colourful, and graphic exuding a youthful and open spirit.
• BOS Ice Tea appeals to people of all ages who have an optimistic outlook on life, an appreciation for great aesthetics, and a desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The BOS philosophy is – ”Being healthy and being robustly cool haven’t always gone together, but they can.”
• BOS premium quality organic rooibos is farmed exclusively at Klipopmekaar rooibos farm and private nature reserve. At the vanguard of organic and ethical farming, Klipopmekaar’s approach is intrinsic to the BOS experience.
• BOS plants and maintains 1 tree for every 2000 cans or packs sold. We focus this initiative in under-privileged and under-greened schools and public spaces.
• BOS likes to engage, have fun, give joyful experiences and share a sense of life and living.
• For more info visit WWW.BOSICETEA.COM

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