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Jordy Smith Increases Rankings Lead after Runner-up Finish at Hurley Pro Trestles

September 16th, 2017 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) on his way to 2nd place in the Hurley Pro Trestles in California Photo: WSL / Morris

Jordy Smith (Durban) on his way to 2nd place in the Hurley Pro Trestles in California Photo: WSL / Morris

Filipe Toledo Clinches First Trestles Title and Second CT Victory of 2017

South Africa’s Jordy Smith increased his lead at the top of the Jeep Rankings Leaderboard when he finished runner-up to Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the final of the Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), on Friday.

In a wave-starved final, Smith’s strategy of waiting for the bigger waves saw him record the highest score of the 35 minute encounter, a 9.0 out of 10,. But Toledo stayed busy and racked up scores of 8.0 and 7.67 to secure his first title at Trestles and in the process became the first male CT surfer to win two events this year.

“I would’ve liked to get a couple more waves in that heat, but today wasn’t my day, unfortunately, and Filipe [Toledo] just surfed really well,” Smith said. “I went out there with a strategy and executed it pretty much as perfectly as I could. But in surfing there are some things you can’t control and that’s Mother Nature. In that 35-minutes I just didn’t get a second chance.

“Now I’ll just try to focus on the next event and live every moment for what it is and what’s to come. It’s time to get ready for Europe where it’s very happy-go-lucky and I like roaming those lineups and just being there.”

Smith, who came into the event ranked No. 1, 950 points ahead of 2016 World Champion John John Florence (HAW), earned US $50,000 (approx R650,000) and 8,000 points at Trestles. The Durbanite is now 2,450 points ahead of Florence, who remains rankings runner-up following his defeat by Toledo in the semi-finals, and 8,650 points above No. 3 Julian Wilson (AUS).

Toledo put on spectacular performances for the San Clemente crowd with his powerful turns and big airs throughout the event. Today’s Final Series witnessed Toledo continue to turn up the heat en route to the 5th CT victory of his career.

“Finally! This is a very special moment right now,” said Toledo. “I always get stopped in the semis and beating Jordy [Smith], the one who beat me last time, is an incredible feeling. I’m so thankful for all my friends to be here and thank God for all the waves he sent to me. This event is always so entertaining to watch. I am so excited to win with my friends and family all here.”

The Swatch Pro Trestles, Stop No. 7 of 10 on the 2017 Women’s CT, saw a dominant performance from Silvana Lima (BRA), who claimed a massive win over Keely Andrew (AUS) by putting her in a combination situation with nearly half the heat remaining. Lima showcased her formidable forehand attack throughout the week and earned two more excellent scores in the final, an 8.67 and 8.93.

Andrew did her best to fight back, but despite having posted a string of eight and nine point rides earlier in the event, she couldn’t find a score greater than a 6.00 in the final.

“I still can’t believe I won over here,” Lima said. “All I could think about after the last event was coming here to Lowers. It’s my favorite wave on tour because I can surf how I like, do turns how I like and I just had to keep going. Heading into that final it took me back to my last final at Bells (in 2010) and I just wanted to smash it. When it came down to the last five minutes having Keely [Andrew] in a combination, I realized I won and couldn’t believe it.”

The next event on the 2017 WSL Women’s CT will be the Cascais Women’s Pro, which will see the world’s best female surfers head to Portugal from September 27 to October 5, 2017.

The next CT event for Men is the Quiksilver Pro France on the Bay of Biscay coast from October 7 to 18.

Highlights from the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro events at Trestles can be found at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Hurley Pro Final Results:
1 – Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.67
2 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 9.80

Hurley Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.33 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 10.17
SF 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 14.90 def. John John Florence (HAW) 12.66

Hurley Pro Remaining Quarterfinal Results:
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 14.84 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 13.80
QF 4: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 15.26 def. Kanoa Igarashi (USA) 11.10

Swatch Pro Final Results:
1 – Silvana Lima (BRA) 17.60
2 – Keely Andrew (AUS) 10.93

Swatch Pro Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Silvana Lima (BRA) 16.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.60
SF 2: Keely Andrew (AUS) 13.43 def. Courtney Conlogue (USA) 13.17

2017 WSL Men’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Hurley Pro at Trestles):
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 45,850 pts
2 – John John Florence (HAW) 43,400 pts
3 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 37,200 pts
4 – Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 36,450 pts
5 – Owen Wright (AUS) 35,850 pts

2017 WSL Women’s Jeep Leaderboard (After Swatch Pro at Trestles):
1 – Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 45,100 pts
2 – Courtney Conlogue (USA) 44,800 pts
3 – Tyler Wright (AUS) 44,700 pts
4 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 39,950 pts
5 – Sage Erickson (USA) 37,150 pts

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About the World Surf League
The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

The WSL has been championing the world’s best surfing since 1976, running in excess of 180 global events across the Men’s and Women’s Championship Tours, the Big Wave Tour, Qualifying Series, Junior and Longboard Championships, as well as the WSL Big Wave Awards. The League possesses a deep appreciation for the sport’s rich heritage while promoting progression, innovation and performance at the highest levels, and in doing so crowns the undisputed world champions in Men’s, Women’s across all divisions within the tour.

Showcasing the world’s best surfing on its digital platform at WorldSurfLeague.com as well as the free WSL app, the WSL has a passionate global fan base with millions tuning in to see world-class athletes like Tyler Wright, John John Florence, Paige Alms, Grant Baker, Phil Rajzman, Tory Gilkerson, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Kelly Slater, Carissa Moore, Gabriel Medina, Courtney Conlogue and more battle on the most unpredictable and dynamic field of play of any sport in the world.

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World’s Best Surfers at Trestles for Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro

September 9th, 2015 No comments
Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Adriano de Souza, seen here during the J-Bay Open in July, will wear the Jeep Rankings Leader’s yellow jersey at the Hurley Pro which starts at Trestles in California today (Wednesday) Image: WSL / Cestari

Defending Champions Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore Withdraw due to Injuries
Shaun Tomson Takes on Fellow Surfing Legends in WSL Heritage Series

The famed cobblestone break of Lower Trestles, one of the of the most high-performance waves on the planet, will host the world’s best surfers as the Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro kick off today (Wednesday), with a competitive window that could last until September 20.

Adriano de Souza (BRA) remains at No.1 on the Jeep Leaderboard heading into the Hurley Pro, the eighth stop on the 2015 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). De Souza holds a narrow lead over his closest rivals, current world No. 2 and three-time WSL Champion Mick Fanning and fellow Australian Owen Wright, the current No. 3.

Defending Hurley Pro champion Jordy Smith (ZAF) has withdrawn from the event due to an ongoing injury suffered during a freesurf at the J-Bay Open. Smith has previously missed the Fiji Pro and the Billabong Pro Tahiti this year and is being replaced at Lower Trestles by Aritz Aranburu (ESP).

On the women’s side, California-native Courtney Conlogue (USA) is atop the Jeep Leaderboard, just 400 points ahead of two-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW). Conlogue had a disappointing result at the Swatch Women’s Pro last year and is looking for a solid finish at Lower Trestles this season to retain her ratings lead.

In form South African, Bianca Buitendag, currently ranked No. 4 after posting two runner-up berths and a third place finish in the last three events, faces Tatiana Weston Webb (HAW) and Dimity Stoyle (AUS) in her opening match-up.

Reigning six-time WSL Champion and defending event winner Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) withdrew from the competition due to an ongoing knee injury sustained during a freesurf in Australia’s Margaret River earlier this season. She will be replaced by Caroline Marks (USA), currently No. 2 on the WSL North America Junior rankings.

Alongside the WSL Top 34 and Top 17 the events will see a return of the WSL Heritage Series with a women’s heat and a men’s Expression Session designed to celebrate and honour the icons of the sport.

Shaun Tomson, the 1977 World Champion and South Africa’s most internationally renowned surfer, will take on fellow legends Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Simon Anderson, Cheyne Horan (all Australians) and Michael Ho in the men’s event while former world champions Lisa Andersen (USA) and Sofia Mulanovich (PER) will showcase women’s surfing. Seven-time former World Champion Layne Beachley (AUS) has been forced to withdraw from the women’s Heritage Heat following a recent neck and back injury.

The Heritage Series Heat and Expression Session will have the opportunity to run at any point during the competition window.

Hiroto Ohhara (JPN) and Ian Crane (USA) earned the wildcards for the men’s event after winning the Hurley Pro Trials in July while Bethany Hamilton (HAW) has been awarded the wildcard for the Swatch Women’s Pro.

Surfline, official forecaster for the World Surf League, is calling for:

A long run of very rippable Southern Hemisphere SW swell will prevail for the first few days of the waiting period. In addition, we now expect to see SE/SSE swell from Hurricane Linda starting as early as Wednesday afternoon/evening and continuing Thur/Fri. All swells will gradually trend down through the weekend, with a further decrease in surf for early next week. A fun size Southern Hemisphere SW swell is on track for the 16th-18th.

The Hurley Pro and Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles hold a competitive window of September 9 – 20, 2015. All the action will be webcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL mobile app. staring at 5.30pm South Africa time daily.

Hurley Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Kelly Slater (USA), Jadson Andre (BRA), Dusty Payne (HAW)
Heat 2: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Adrian Buchan (AUS), Brett Simpson (USA)
Heat 3: Julian Wilson (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Aritz Aranburu (ESP)
Heat 4: Owen Wright (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW), Tomas Hermes (BRA)
Heat 5: Mick Fanning (AUS), Adam Melling (AUS), Hiroto Ohhara (JPN)
Heat 6: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Michel Bourez (PYF), Ian Crane (USA)
Heat 7: Jeremy Flores (FRA), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Glenn Hall (IRL)
Heat 8: Josh Kerr (AUS), Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 9: Italo Ferreira (BRA), John John Florence (HAW), Ricardo Christie (NZL)
Heat 10: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Bede Durbidge (AUS), Fredrick Patacchia Jr. (HAW)
Heat 11: Nat Young (USA), Kai Otton (AUS), C.J. Hobgood (USA)
Heat 12: Taj Burrow (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)

Swatch Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Lakey Peterson (USA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Alessa Quizon (HAW)
Heat 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Dimity Stoyle (AUS)
Heat 3: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Bethany Hamilton (HAW)
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA)
Heat 5: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW), Sage Erickson (USA)
Heat 6: Johanne Defay (FRA), Tyler Wright (AUS), Laura Enever (AUS)

ENDS

About the World Surf League
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Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag Facing Different Challenges at Trestles

September 5th, 2015 No comments
Jordy Smith demonstrates the form that saw him win his fourth elite tour event title in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in 2014 Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Jordy Smith demonstrates the form that saw him win his fourth elite tour event title in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in 2014 Photo: WSL / Kirstin

Surfing Column for Independent on Saturday – 5 September 2015

By Paul Botha

Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag, South Africa’s representatives on the World Surf League Men’s and Women’s Championship Tour, face very different challenges when the next stop kicks off at Lower Trestles in California on Wednesday.

Smith’s trademark powerful carves and futuristic fins-free manoeuvres are tailor-made for the high performance waves that run down the iconic cobblestone point near his new home in San Clemente. He goes into the event as the defending champion, having demolished all and sundry on his way to the 2014 final, where he narrowly outpointed John John Florence, of Hawaii, with a last minute ride to claim his fourth elite tour event title.

However, foot, knee and back injuries have blighted Smith’s 2015 season. Ranked fifth after the first two events, he injured his foot in the third event at Margaret River and has not won a heat since, injuring a knee at Rio de Janeiro and then his back in his comeback at Jeffreys Bay.

The Durbanite has slipped to No 23 on the rankings and in his opening heat will face current world No. 2 Mick Fanning, of Australia, and dark-horse Hiroto Ohhara, of Japan, the winner of the US Open and the wildcard trials. Smith will continue to draw the top seeded surfers throughout the event and his huge global fan base will hoping that his undoubted skills and proven competitive temperament will result in a successful comeback at the Hurley Pro at Trestles.

Buitendag, on the other hand, goes into the Swatch Women’s Pro ranked fourth in the world and chasing the world title after a stellar third year competing at the highest echelons of women’s surfing. The lanky South African is just over 10 000 points behind the top two, Courtney Conlogue, of California, and Hawaiian reigning world champion Carissa Moore; and only 5 000 behind No. 3 Sally Fitzgibbons, of Australia.

Having grown up and honed her surfing skills at the right-hand point break of Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, Buitendag’s repertoire is well suited to Trestles and she reached the quarterfinals last year. She is also due an event win having reached four finals, two this year, and finished runner-up each time.

Bianca Buitendag reached the quarterfinals of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last year Photo: WSL / Rowland

Bianca Buitendag reached the quarterfinals of the Swatch Women’s Pro at Trestles last year Photo: WSL / Rowland

A strong swell is predicted for opening days of the waiting period and all the action at Trestles can be watched live at worldsurfleague.com with the day’s action getting underway at around 5 pm South African time daily.

Beyrick de Vries, of uMhlanga, can lay claim to being the country’s top competitive surfer (besides Jordy Smith of course) after winning the final event and being crowned the series champion in the Quiksilver Get Free Series which was wrapped up in excellent waves at Port Alfred last weekend.

De Vries, who at No. 35 is also the highest ranked South African on the WSL Qualifying Series, included a perfect 10 point ride in his tally as he defeated former nine-year Championship Tour campaigner Greg Emslie, of East London; Michael February, of Kommetjie; and Durbanite Josh Smit who finished in that order in the final.

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KZN Central claim Freedom Cup in picture perfect waves at Hurley SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay

October 12th, 2014 No comments
The KwaZulu-Natal Central team celebrate winning the Freedom Cup at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay along with their talisman, Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The KwaZulu-Natal Central team celebrate winning the Freedom Cup at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay along with their talisman, Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli  Photo: Alan van Gysen

KwaZulu-Natal Central claimed the coveted Freedom Cup for the provincial team accumulating the highest points at the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs which was completed in 3 to 4 foot (one metre) picture perfect offshore waves at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay today (Sunday).

The KZNC team also clinched two of the six individual titles at stake and provided eight of the 24 finalists, earning 29 450 points to finish well ahead of hosts Eastern Province (26 612) and third placed Western Province (26 202), last year’s champion team. Boland ended the event in fourth place followed by Border, Southern KZN, Southern Cape, SA Development Academy and Zululand.

Teal Hogg (KZNC) and Kai Woolf (EP) successfully defended their respective U17 and U13 Girls national titles while Michael Monk (Border) clinched the U17 Boys crown, Adin Masencamp (Boland) added the U15 Boys title to his U13 win last year, Sophie Bell (KZNC) took the U15 Girls crown and Max Elkington (WP) is the 2014 SA champion in the U13 Boys division.

The U17 Girls final started with Anoush Zakarian (Bol) posting an excellent score of 8.50 out of 10, leaving her three opponents needing to play catch up. Hogg steadily built her two wave heat total with long rides, eventually overtaking Zakarian with less than 10 minutes remaining and holding onto the lead for back-to-back titles.

“I’m so stoked to be able to defend my title,” said Teal Hogg. “I heard Anoush’s (Zakarian) first score so I thought I would need two good waves to get ahead of her, and then sit on her, which I did. It was kind of hard, as she is a good friend of mine, but I had to use the tactical approach at the end.”

Ntando Msibi from the SA Development Academy team was first out of the blocks in the see-saw U17 Boys final, but defending champion and Jeffreys Bay local Matthew McGillivray (EP) took the lead with a series of massive manoeuvres on his first ride. Monk weighed in with two great waves to overtake McGillivray who attempted a huge, high risk aerial that he did not ride out of and Monk clinched the title to the enthusiastic delight of his Border teammates on the beach.

Sophie Bell (KZNC) dominated the U15 Girls final by catching the best waves and performing better manoeuvres than her peers to finish well ahead of runner-up Anna Jellema-Butler (WP).

The lead changed hands between the final four competitors in the tightly contested U15 Boys with Adin Masencamp narrowly securing the title with just two minutes remaining and less than one point separating first place from fourth.

Kai Woolf (EP) was the standout throughout the U13 Girls division and finished well clear of Gabi Lailvaux (KZNC) who displayed huge improvement to grab second place.

Saxton Randall (KZNC) started the U13 Boys final with a great ride but was hauled in, first by J-Bay local Angelo Faulkner (EP) and then by eventual 2014 champion Max Elkington (WP), who rode to victory on the biggest set waves.

Shane Sykes (KZNC), who was eliminated in a major upset in the U17 Boys semifinals, was the most impressive surfer at the event and was crowned the Surfer of the Contest, winning the All Aboard Travel / Zigzag Mag award of a free air ticket to join a surf trip where he will be featured in a photo editorial article in the magazine.

Sykes also earned the Oakley Highest Heat Score award for the 16.50 out of 20 he posted in Round 4 on Friday.

Sebastian Williams collected the Red Bull Best Air award, Max Elkington took the Island Tribe Best Tube award and the two Mayhem surfboards shaped by the legendary Matt Biolos went to Dylan Hendricks (EP) and Anna Jellema Butler (WP).

The highly prized Skullcandy Team Spirit award justifiably went to KwaZulu-Natal Central whose plans to win the team title and the team spirit award started in January. The whole team stayed together during the event and were motivated by Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli who collected both the trophies on behalf of the team at the awards ceremony.

The winners of the U17 and U15 titles are automatically included the in Surfing South Africa National Junior Team which will compete in the 2015 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Michael Monk (Border), Teal Hogg (KZNC), Adin Masencamp (Boland) and Sophie Bell (KZNC) were presented with their green team blazers at the conclusion of the event

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay were a huge success for the third successive year and the teams from the entire length of the coastline left with indelible memories of competing, meeting and mingling with their peers at the Mecca of South African surfing.

2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs (Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay)
Results

Freedom Cup (Provincial team points)
1. KWA-ZULU NATAL CENTRAL 29 450 points
2. EASTERN PROVINCE 26 612
3. WESTERN PROVINCE 26 202
4. BOLAND 20 781
5. BORDER 20 648
6. SOUTHERN KZN 20 123
7. SOUTHERN CAPE 16 702
8. SA DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 14 144
9. ZULULAND 11 746

Boys U17
1. Michael Monk (BOR)
2. Matt McGillivray (EP)
3. Ntando Msibi (DEV)
4. Bevan Willis (KZNC)

Girls U17
1. Teal Hogg (KZNC)
2. Anoush Zakarian (BOL)
3. Chanelle Botha (SKZN)
4. Jade Mets (KZNC)

Boys U15
1. Adin Masencamp (BOL)
2. Koby Oberholzer (KZNC)
3. Joshe Faulkner (EP)
4. Sebastian Williams (EP)

Girls U15
1. Sophie Bell (KZNC)
2. Anna Jellema-Butler (WP)
3. Ashleigh Vaughan (EP)
4. Natasha van Greunen (WP)

Boys U13
1. Max Elkington (WP)
2. Angelo Faulkner (EP)
3. Saxton Randall (KZNC)
4. Eli Beukes (WP)

Girls U13
1. Kai Woolf (EP)
2. Gabi Lailvaux (KZNC)
3. Julia Ploughman (WP)
4. Olivia Izzard (KZNC)

Specialty Awards

Skullcandy Team Spirit:
KwaZulu-Natal Central

All Aboard Travel / Zigzag Mag Surfer of the Contest
Shane Sykes (KZNC)

Red Bull Best Air:
Sebastian Williams (EP)

Oakley Highest Heat Score:
Shane Sykes (KZNC)

Island Tribe Best Tube
York Van Jaarsveldt (WP)

Mayhem Surboards shaped by Matt Biolos
Boys: Dylan Hendricks (EP)
Girls: Anna Jellema Butler (WP)

More information on the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs can be found at:

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Daily posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team participated thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) which is 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 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.

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Jeffreys Bay provides clean contestable conditions for Day 1 of Hurley SA Junior Champs

October 8th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Maree (WP) in action at Jeffreys Bay on the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

Jordy Maree (WP) in action at Jeffreys Bay on the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay provided clean contestable conditions for the opening day of the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs where the country’s top young surfers will be competing for sought after national team and individual titles.

The premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October at the Mecca of South African surfing and will crown champions in age divisions including Under 13, U15 and U17 for Boys and Girls. The provincial team accumulating the highest points total clinches the coveted Freedom Cup.

The small waves favoured the light-footed competitors and with hordes of surfers and their supporters lining the rocky point and overlooking dunes, J-Bay local and Eastern Province top seed Matt McGillivray gave his teammates plenty of reason to cheer as he started the defence of his U17 Boys title by winning the first heat of the event.

McGillivray and heat runner-up Bevan Willis (KwaZulu-Natal Central) advanced directly to Round 3 of the division while third and fourth placed Rigter Markgraaff (Boland) and Brandon Lange (Southern KZN) will compete again in cutthroat 15 minute Round 2 heats tomorrow.

Eking every ounce of energy out of the waves, the provincial top seeds held sway in most heats with Donovan Wichmann from defending Freedom Cup holders Western Province, Shane Sykes (KZNC), Michael Monk (Border) and Matthew Sills (SKZN) all winning their respective match-ups.

The U15 Boys heats followed a similar pattern with Sebastian Williams from hosts Eastern Province, Jake Elkington (WP), Adin Masencamp (Boland), Koby Oberholzer (KZNC) and Luke Malherbe (Border) all finishing on top in their clashes.

Defending U15 Boys champ Ethan Fletcher (WP) posted some of the highest scores of the day while Paul Sampson from the SA Development Academy caused the biggest upset by racking up a comprehensive heat win and booking a berth in Round 3.

The enthusiasm on the beach was electric as the various teams loudly supported their teammates in the surf. KwaZulu-Natal Central have included Zulu warrior Bonginkosi Ntuli in their team and his energetic performances in full regalia on the beach every time a KZNC surfer was competing will certainly contribute towards the team’s chances of capturing the coveted Skullcandy Team Spirit Award.

In addition to the prestige of securing a place in South African surfing history, surfers will also be competing for several special awards totalling more than R12 000. These include the Red Bull Best Air, Oakley Highest Heat Score, Island Tribe Best Tube, Skullcandy Team Spirit Award and two surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos from Mayhem.

All Aboard Travel (www.all-aboard.co.za) will be giving one lucky surfer a flight to join a photo-shoot surf trip with Zigzag Surf Mag (www.zigzag.co.za) that will see them featured in one of the magazine’s photo editorials.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

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Websites:
Daily results will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, 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) which is 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 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.

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Hurley SA Junior Champs to showcase the country’s top young surfers at Jeffreys Bay

September 29th, 2014 No comments
Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs  Photo: Alan van Gysen

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs will showcase the country’s top surfers aged 17-and-younger in the iconic, high-performance waves of the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay when the premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October.

Competing for coveted team and individual national titles, national team blazers and lucrative specialty awards, the event features the best surfers from the entire coastline who have qualified for their respective provincial teams via cutthroat selection trials.

“Junior surfing is the future of our sport in South Africa and the South African Junior Champs has to be the most exciting event of the year for any Junior surfer hoping to make their mark on the local scene,” 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.”

Defending team champions Western Province will be determined to take the prestigious Freedom Cup home again after dethroning hosts Eastern Province at Jeffreys Bay last year. Meanwhile perennial top contenders KwaZulu-Natal Central along with Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be going all out to clinch individual national titles and rack up team points.

“The Hurley SA Junior Championships is the most important junior tournament on the South African calendar and attracts the best young surfers from around the country to the best wave in the country,” says Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA). “This is where the future of South African surfing takes centre stage and we are extremely grateful and proud to be associated with Hurley whose support and commitment has seen the event become really special.”

Adding to the prestige of the coveted national titles at stake and securing their place in South African surfing history, surfers will also be competing for several special awards totalling more than R12 000. These include the Red Bull Best Air, Oakley Highest Heat Score, Island Tribe Best Tube, Skullcandy Team Spirit Award and two surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos from Mayhem.

All Aboard Travel (www.all-aboard.co.za) will be giving one lucky surfer a flight to join a photo-shoot surf trip with Zigzag Surf Mag (www.zigzag.co.za) that will see them featured in one of the magazine’s photo editorials.

For a taste of the action see the video preview for the 2014 event at http://bit.ly/1nqvMp0

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

Facebook:
Hurley South Africa | www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
Twitter (Official):
Hurley SA | @HurleyZA | www.twitter.com/HurleyZA
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SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps | www.twitter.com/sajuniorchamps
Websites:
Daily blogs, interviews, photos, videos and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results also to be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, 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) which is 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 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.

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Hurley is an authentic youth lifestyle brand rooted in surfing, skate, music and art

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Contact: Ant Hulsen
Cell: 072 494 9801
Office: 021 426 5212
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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
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Jordy Smith Wins Hurley Pro in USA

September 19th, 2014 No comments
Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

Jordy Smith (Durban) throws a sheet of spray on his way to victory in the Hurley Pro at Trestles in California  Image: ASP / Rowland

SAN CLEMENTE, CA/USA (Thursday, September 18, 2014): South Africa’s Jordy Smith today claimed a last-minute victory over Hawaii’s John John Florence at the Hurley Pro at Trestles in San Clemente, California, to put a season of close calls behind him and move up to No. 11 on the WCT rankings.

Smith, 27, recently relocated to San Clemente and his local knowledge proved crucial in the powerful but wind-affected and unruly 1.2 to 2 metre (4 – 6 foot) surf for the Final. With wave selection vital, Smith opened his account with a heat high score of 9.33 but had to wait until the dying moments of the 35 minute encounter before posting a 7.27 to snatch victory from Florence.

The Hurley Pro, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), was the first Final of the year for both surfers and marked the fourth win of Smith’s career after claiming titles at the 2010 and 2011 Billabong Pro J-Bay events and at the 2013 Billabong Pro Rio.

Smith’s road to the Final saw him post an excellent Round 1 win to advance directly to Round 3 where he was visibly elated after snapping a four heat losing streak by grinding out a low-scoring win over Julian Wilson (AUS). Slipping to third in his Round 4 encounter, Smith went on to post a narrow win over Michel Bourez (PYF) to reach the Quarterfinals where he defeated reigning three-time ASP World Champion Mick Fanning (AUS) before surviving a nail-biting Semifinal clash with Adrian Buchan (AUS).

“I feel unbelievable,” said Jordy Smith. “To be able to surf against the best surfer in the world at the moment is incredible. I started the heat really well but right toward to the end I started to think about everyone that’s been supporting me and it helped me nail that last wave. I knew I had to do something good. I’m over the moon, it’s a dream of mine to win Trestles, especially after moving here.”

21-year-old Florence posted the highest two-wave heat total and single-wave score of the competition en-route to the Final. He now sits at No. 8 on the ASP WCT Rankings after defeating Adriano De Souza (BRA) in the Quarterfinals and 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) in the Semifinal.

“I was hoping that Jordy’s wave wasn’t going to be enough but he got it,” said John John Florence. “It was really hard to surf out there and good job to Jordy, he’s been surfing good all week. I’m so bummed, I hate coming that close to winning, but it’s given me some confidence going in to the next event.”

In a shock upset, Adrian Buchan (AUS) eliminated ASP World No. 1 Gabriel Medina (BRA) in the Quarterfinals to give the other title contenders the opportunity to narrow the gap at the top of the ASP WCT rankings. Only Slater gained ground, advancing to the Semifinals to consolidate the No. 2 spot, while Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Fanning also lost in the quarters to remain in 3rd and 4th places respectively. Parkinson lost to Slater in the Quarterfinals.

South Africa’s Travis Logie finished equal 25th overall in the Hurley Pro after losing to Trestles local Kolohe Andino (USA) in Round 2.

The Swatch Women’s Pro Final was an all-Australian rematch of this year’s Fiji Women’s Pro, this time decisively clinched by five-time ASP Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, 26, who defeated compatriot Sally Fitzgibbons..

Gilmore notched the event’s only Perfect 10 and added a 9.50 to take the win but second place for Fitzgibbons was sufficient to move her to the No. 1 spot on the rankings. Gilmore sits behind her in second place, and Carissa Moore (HAW), who was eliminated in Round 4, has dropped from first to third. The Swatch Women’s Pro, the first ever women’s WCT at Lower Trestles, was Stop No. 7 on this year’s Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour.

“I had a feeling that Sally and I would meet in the Final and I just wanted to get her back from Fiji because I had a really bad performance there,” said Stephanie Gilmore. “This event is really special and to be able to compete here is fantastic, I can’t believe I won. The World Title race just got even harder and more exciting so I’m looking forward to Europe.”

Fitzgibbons was blistering through the final day of the Swatch Women’s Pro, disposing of Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) and Johanne Defay (FRA) successively on route to the Final.

“It was a successful event and I felt really strong,” said Sally Fitzgibbons. “It’s just such a tough feeling to come in and not get the win. I was hearing those really high scores for Steph and I just wanted one of those for myself. I guess I just have to be happy with the way I progressed through the event and with second place. You always want to go one step further and I’ll be working hard to be in the Final at the next event.”

Filipe Toledo (BRA) was awarded the Hurley Innovation Award for his huge backside air-rotation in his Round 2 heat against Adam Melling (AUS). Toledo finished in equal 13th place after being eliminated in Round 3 by fellow Brazilian Adriano De Souza. Lakey Peterson (USA) took the Swatch Innovation Award for her air reverse against Carissa Moore (HAW) in Round 4, and finished in equal 5th.

Hurley Pro at Trestles Final Results:
1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.50
2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.87

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Final Results:
1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 19.50
2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 14.03

Hurley Pro at Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.10 def. Adrian Buchan (AUS) 13.30
SF 2: John John Florence (HAW) 15.10 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 14.10

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.84 def. Coco Ho (HAW) 13.03
SF 2: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 17.04 def. Johanne Defay (FRA) 14.66

Hurley Pro at Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.87 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 13.53
QF 2: Adrian Buchan (AUS) 17.43 def. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.77
QF 3: John John Florence (HAW) 17.37 def. Adriano De Souza (BRA) 9.26
QF 4: Kelly Slater (USA) 15.87 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 11.33

Swatch Women’s Pro Trestles Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.17 def. Laura Enever (AUS) 12.23
QF 2: Coco Ho (HAW) 15.67 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.00
QF 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 16.44 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.33
QF 4: Johanne Defay (FRA) 16.20 def. Tyler Wright (AUS) 15.13

The next events on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour are the Roxy Pro France, which runs from September 23 – 29, and the Quiksilver Pro France, which runs from September 25 to October 6, 2014.

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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:

• 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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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.

ENDS

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