The 19th annual Billabong Junior Series titles will be decided this weekend when the country’s best surfers aged 18-and-under will take to the fabled waves of Seal Point in Cape St Francis to compete for the coveted titles along with prize-money and rankings points.
The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including current World No. 4 Jordy Smith, WSL Women’s No. 12 Bianca Buitendag, former CT campaigners Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Rosy Hodge and Nikita Robb along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries and Michael February.
Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 30 – 2 October, the Billabong Junior Series features World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated events for U18 boys and girls, as well as 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) PST events for U16 and U14 boys and girls as well as U12 boys.
“We are excited to be crowning the 19th annual Billabong Junior Series champions at Seal point this weekend,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.”
Jordy Maree, who recently moved to Kommetjie, heads a strong 24-man field of entries in the U18 boys’ event where the points earned count towards the 2016 Billabong Junior Series and WSL Africa Junior titles as well as selection for the squad who will attend the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January.
Maree faces tough opposition from WSL Africa rankings No. 2 Adin Masencamp (Strand), who heads the Billabong Junior Series rankings after winning the opening event of the series in Ballito in June. They will be under pressure from the likes of Kommetjie based brothers, Jake and Max Elkington; Bevan Wills (Umdloti), Jeffreys Bay’s Joshe Faulkner and Sebastian Williams (Durban).
Kirsty McGillivray from nearby Jeffreys Bay is in pole position for both the WSL regional and Billabong series U18 girls’ titles after Ballito, but will be wary of the challenges presented by Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and Cape St Francis local Crystal Hulett.
Max Elkington and Sophie Bell in the U16 boys and girls, Tide-Lee Ireland and Gabi Lailvaux in the U14’s and Dan Emslie in the U12’s will be determined to add to their victories in Ballito and clinch the prestigious series titles in their respective divisions.
The finals of all the divisions will be run on Sunday when an exciting lineup of speciality awards will also be decided:
• VonZipper Airshow – surfer landing the best aerial manoeuvre – R2,000
• BOS Award – Best Carve of the Contest – wins a surfboard
• Neff – Forever Fun – “The surfer that spits out something new, exciting and has the most fun doing it” – R2,000
• Skull Candy – #StayLoud Award – “Takes risks, steps away from the herd, expresses themselves in their surfing style and lives life to full volume” – R2,500
Competitor registration takes place at the event site from 2pm on Thursday and continues on Friday morning.
Organisers will meet at first light on Friday and a decision will be made at 7am, with the possibility of a 7.30am start to the event. See the provisional Event Format (subject to change) and the heat draws at http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/2016-billabong-junior-series-seal-point/
The Billabong Junior Series is supported by VonZipper, BOS, Neff, Skull Candy, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.
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