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Cape Town Surfriders Clinch Coveted Freedom Cup at Billabong SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay

October 4th, 2015 No comments
The victorious Cape Town Surfriders team hold aloft the coveted Freedom Cup that they won for accumulating the highest points total at the Billabong SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay  Photo: (c) Ian Thurtell

The victorious Cape Town Surfriders team hold aloft the coveted Freedom Cup that they won for accumulating the highest points total at the Billabong SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay  Photo: (c) Ian Thurtell

Jordy Maree Leads Cape Town to Victory by Taking U17 Boys’ Title in all Cape Town Final!

Cape Town Surfriders district clinched the coveted Freedom Cup for the team accumulating the highest points at the 2015 Billabong SA Junior Champs which was completed in good one metre waves at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay today (Sunday).

The Cape Town team also clinched two of the six individual titles at stake and provided eight of the 24 finalists, earning 32 576 points to finish well ahead of hosts Nelson Mandela Bay (27 956) and third placed defending cup-holders eThekweni (25 170). Cape Winelands repeated their fourth place in the team standings of last year, followed by Buffalo City, Eden, Ugu, the SA Development Academy and uThungulu.

“All around the event has been really well organised with the directors making good decisions to add heats and starting early to get more done on some days,” said Cape Town coach Chris Bond. “The waves have been absolutely firing the entire time with kids getting the best waves of their lives in heats. And the surfers have really been pushing their limits with many excellent scores and a couple of 10 point rides.”

Jody Maree (Cape Town) triumphed in the premier U17 boys’ final where all four finalists came from the South Peninsula area. Maree posted a winning heat total of 16.17 out of 20 with runner-up Ford van Jaarsveldt representing Cape Winelands earning 12.80 to finish just ahead of Cape Town’s Jake Elkington and Ethan Fletcher.

“I’ve been training really hard and it is great to finally win after so many second places – it was awesome,” said Maree. “It was hard out there, the conditions changed quite a lot from when I was watching. I managed to get two good waves but it was hard to hear the PA so I didn’t know what position I was in or who I must sit on.”

Chrystal Hulett (Nelson Mandela Bay) finished well clear of second placed Pippa Jones (Cape Town) in the premier U17 girls’ division, earning 15.87 points to the 10.40 for the runner-up. Taghiti Gericke captured Eden’s only podium finish with third place while Kia Fenton from Nelson Mandela Bay was fourth.

The U15 boys’ title went to a plucky Max Elkington (Cape Town) who recovered from a serious arm injury earlier in the year to secure a nail-biting 15.67 vs. 15.50 victory over local favourite Sebastian Williams (Nelson Mandela Bay). Luke Slijpen (Cape Town) and Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) finished third and fourth respectively.

Jeffreys Bay local Kirsty McGillivray, who earned one of the two perfect 10 point rides earlier in the event, carried that form into the U15 girls’ final where she racked up a heat tally of 12.84. Defending division champion Sophie Bell took second place ahead of eThekweni teammates Olivia Izzard and Christy Gilmore.

Surfers from eThekweni dominated the U13 results with Brayden Bergset putting 15.50 points on the scoreboard to take the title from the Cape Town pair of York van Jaarsveld (13.83) and Manoa Robb while Dillon Hendricks (Nelson Mandela Bay) grabbed fourth spot.

The 2015 U13 girls’ SA Champ is Gabi Lailvaux (eThekweni) whose heat tally of 16.0 gave her a dominant win over Cape Town’s Summer Sutton (10.94), teammate Kayla Nogueira and Lisa van Heerden (Cape Winelands), who finished in that order.

The specialty awards for individuals and teams saw Cape Town win the Billabong / Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle and R5 000 for the association. Hosts Nelson Mandela Bay earned the Skull Candy ‘Stay Loud Team Spirit Award’ and R2 500 for their association.

Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) is the proud owner of custom BOS surfboards signed by big wave legend Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker for posting the BOS Highest Heat Score, Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) took home the DaKine product hamper worth R5 000 for the DaKine Most Progressive Manoeuvre, Dillon Hendricks (Nelson Mandela Bay) pocketed R2 000 plus a year’s subscription to Zigzag Magazine in the Zigzag Blowing Up Award and Bevan Willis delivered the best aerial manoeuvre in the VonZipper Airshow and earned R2 000 and a BOS hamper.

The 2015 Billabong SA Junior Champs will be remembered by all who attended for the five days of flawless waves at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay and the stellar performances by the country’s top young surfers.

2015 Billabong SA Junior Champs

Freedom Cup (District team points)
1. Cape Town – 32 576 points
2. Nelson Mandela Bay – 27 956 pts
3. eThekweni – 25 170 pts
4. Cape Winelands – 21 526 pts
5. Buffalo City – 18 735 pts
6. Eden – 17 620 pts
7. Ugu – 16 314 pts
8. SA Development Academy – 12 955 pts
9. uThungulu – 6 920 pts

Boys U17
1. Jordy Maree (Cape Town)
2. Ford van Jaarsveld (Cape Winelands)
3. Jake Elkington (Cape Town)
4. Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town)

Girls U17
1. Chrystal Hulett (Nelson Mandela Bay)
2. Pippa Jones (Cape Town)
3. Taghiti Gericke (Eden)
4. Kia Fenton (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Boys U15
1. Max Elkington (Cape Town)
2. Sebastian Williams (Nelson Mandela Bay)
3. Luke Slijpen (Cape Town)
4. Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Girls U15
1. Kirsty McGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay)
2. Sophie Bell (eThekweni)
3. Olivia Izzard (eThekweni)
4. Christy Gilmore (eThekweni)

Boys U13
1. Brayden Bergset (eThekweni)
2. York van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town)
3. Manoa Robb (Cape Town)
4. Dillon Hendriks (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Girls U13
1. Gabi Lailvaux (eThekweni)
2. Summer Sutton (Cape Town)
3. Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni)
4. Lisa van Heerden (Cape Winelands)

Specialty Awards

Billabong / Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle – R5 000 to District Association
Cape Town Surfriders

BOS Highest Heat Score – Custom BOS surfboards signed by Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker
Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands)

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000 plus BOS Hamper
Bevan Willis (eThekweni)

DaKine Most Progressive Manoeuvre – DaKine product hamper worth R5 000
Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Skull Candy Stay Loud Team Spirit Award – R2 500 to District Association
Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders

Zigzag Blowing Up Award – R2 000 plus Zigzag Magazine subscription
Dillon Hendricks (Nelson Mandela Bay)

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.

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The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS was proudly supported by DaKine, VonZipper, Skull Candy, Neff and Zigzag Surfing Magazine.

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Cape based junior surfers raise funds to attend the ISA World Champs in Ecuador

March 6th, 2014 No comments
Cape Town's Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013  Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

Cape Town’s Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013 Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

A fund-raising function will be held in Muizenberg next week to assist the six Cape based surfers who have been included in the South African Team that will travel to Ecuador at the end of March to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Each of the 12 members of the 2014 SA Team has to raise a substantial amount of money to participate in this prestigious international surfing event. Those who are not based in the Cape have held, or plan to hold, fundraising projects in their own communities.

The Cape based surfers – Ethan Fletcher, Jordy Maree, team captain Max Armstrong and his sister Ruth (all WP) along with Steff Burrows and Adin Masencamp (both Boland) – are collaborating with their respective sponsors, a group of associate sponsors and other benefactors to hold a fund-raising function which will take place at Primi Piatti in Muizenberg from 6.30pm on Thursday 13 March.

The main sponsors of the evening’s activities are Hurley, Billabong, Rip Curl and Primi Piatti, who are providing the venue. Confirmed associate and support sponsors include Reef, Dakine, Skullcandy, Von Zipper, Quiksilver, Nixon, Captain Fin Co, Neff, Oakley, Vida, the House of Machines, Creatures, Ian Armstrong Surfboards, Mayhem Surfboards, DVG Surfboards, Natural Energy Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Corner Surf Shop, Surf Shack, Bouchard Finlayson Wines, Sterhuis Wines, Campbells Peak Wines and Union Craft Beer.

All the sponsors have contributed prizes that will be used in a number of raffles to be run at the function. The value of each raffle will exceed R2 000 with tickets for each costing R50 and the winners drawn on the night. An auction of unique and appealing surf memorabilia will also be held at the gathering.

All proceeds from the function will be used to assist the Cape based six surfers with their expenses. The members of the SA Junior Surfing team who hail from KZN and the Eastern Cape will be present and Surfing South Africa will use the opportunity to present their National Colours to them on the night.

SA Junior team fund raiser

SA Junior team fund raiser

Tickets for the evening cost R100 and can be obtained from Surfing South Africa ( / 0824541149), Ant at Hurley ( / 0724949801) or from SA Junior Team Manager, Isaac February ( / 0834614363).

Payment for entry and raffle tickets can be made by EFT to Cape SAJT, FNB, Rondebosch branch (201509), savings account 62032286214. Please use your name plus Capesajt as the reference.

This fund-raising project is supported by Zigzag and Wavescape.

The South African Junior Surfing Team will depart for Ecuador on March 30 to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Over 250 surfers from more than 30 countries are expected to participate in this, the World’s biggest junior surfing contest.


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Mikey February and Tanika Hoffman dominate Liquid Blast WP Surfing Championships

December 3rd, 2012 No comments

Michael February and Tanika Hoffman dominated proceedings at the 2012 Liquid Blast WP Surfing Championships held at Kalk Bay Reef on Saturday and Misty Cliffs on Sunday.

February was unbeatable throughout the event, clinching the WP titles in both the Under 20 and Open men’s divisions and receiving an additional R1 500 for the Liquid Blast ‘Master Blaster’ award. The lanky 19-year-old from Kommetjie was also crowned the 2012 WP Surfer of the Year at the awards ceremony following the contest for his outstanding performances locally, nationally and internationally.

Hoffman demonstrated the experience she has gained after spending virtually the whole year based in France and competing internationally by securing both the U20 and Open women’s titles. The petite 20 year-old from Clifton is hoping to spend another year overseas in 2013.

The junior boys’ events were completed in challenging surf at Kalk Bay Reef on Saturday with Max Elkington taking the U11 title, Ethan Fletcher the U13’s, Jordy Maree the U15’s and Ethan Pentz the U17’s.

The event was moved Misty Cliffs on Sunday where Ruth Armstrong collected the U15 girls’ title, Samantha Sutton the U17’s and Carolyn Dent the Over 35 women’s crown.

Rory Heard was the winner of the men’s Over 35 division, Steven Gadd took the O40’s, Dave Jenkins the O45’s, Dave Stubbs the O50’s and Hans Kamhoot the O55’s.

The awards function began with the results of the WP Inter-school League which was run during the second and third terms and won by SACS 1st Team followed by Wynberg, SACS 2nd Team, Fish Hoek and Constantia Waldorf.

The special awards to honour those who contributed to WP Surfing throughout the year included the Kirk Cotrell trophy which went to Ashley Legg. Dillon Lowenthal was the Top Judge, Chris Bond the Surf Shack Coach of the Year, Benji Brand the Junior Surfer of the Year, Steven Gadd the top Master and Roxy Davis received the Friendship award.

Photographer Greg Chapman of took the Media award, Neil Zietsman the Sportsmanship award and the Achievement award went to big wave charger Frank Solomon who finished the 2012 season No. 10 in the Big Wave World Tour rankings.

The Basil Lomberg Memorial Trophy, which honours the man who re-launched the International Surfing Association (ISA) in the late 1970’s and rewards the top Western Province administrator annually, deservedly went to Karen Elkington.

Bruce Anderson, who retired as Chairman at the AGM but will stay on as Treasurer of the association, was presented with a custom surfboard in recognition of his many years of selfless dedication and support.

The ceremony ended with a rousing cheer of appreciation for Ari Laspatsis of Liquid Blast Energy Drink who came on board as the sponsor of the WP Surfing Championships and generously contributed substantialprize-money and support for the event.

WP surfing would also like to thank the contributions from Lifestyle Surfshop, Bitch Surfboards, Waves School of Surfing, Kahuna Creations, Green Africa 4 Free Play, Corner Surfshop and Vitamin Water

Further information and images from the WP Champs can be found at


Pictured: Michael February, seen here in action at Misty Cliffs on Sunday, was crowned the Western Province Surfer of the Year for 2012
Photo: Greg Chapman

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