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Dylan Lightfoot leads the way for Team SA at DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua

June 11th, 2013
Jordy Maree in action on Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Monday where he finished second in his U16 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat  Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Jordy Maree in action on Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua on Monday where he finished second in his U16 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat Photo: ISA / Rommel Gonzales

Dylan Lightfoot, captain of the South African junior surfing team, led by example when he posted another stellar display of contest surfing on Day 2 of the 2013 DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships presented by Billabong in Nicaragua yesterday Monday).

Competing in excellent head-high offshore waves, the 18 year-old from Jeffreys Bay convincingly won his U18 Boys qualifying Round 2 heat and remained on track to add higher honours to the silver medal he earned in the U16 Boys division in the corresponding event in Peru in 2011.

Lightfoot was joined in U18 Boys Round 3 by his teammates Benji Brand (Kommetjie), Josh Smit (Durban) and Diran Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), all of whom finished second in their respective heats. Zakarian produced an outstanding ride that included a high-flying aerial for a score of 8.70 out of 10, the highest of his heat and second highest in the U18 division to date.

Jordy Maree continued his assault on theU16 Boys division with a second place finish behind Colt Ward (USA) and narrowly ahead of surfers from Japan and Panama to remain in the qualifying stream. Fellow U16 campaigners Steff Burrows (Strand) and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) both dropped into the do-or-die repercharge rounds when they slipped to third place in their Round 2 heats.

The girls took to the surf for the first time yesterday and Team SA’s Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) and Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos) finished runner-up in their respective opening encounters to advance to U16 Girls qualifying Round 2.

In the U18 Girls, Nicole Pallet (Durban) maintained her qualifying stream status by earning a comfortable second place finish but Team SA vice-captain Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) will have to take the long road to the final through the repercharge rounds after placing fourth in her first match-up.

Although it is still early in the event, which runs until Sunday 16 June, defending team champions Hawaii look hard to beat with all 12 team members still in the qualifying stream while perennial challengers Australia and the USA each only have one surfer in the repercharge rounds after two days of competition.

All the action on Podium 1 at the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Billabong can be watched live at www.isawjsc.com with live scoring on Podium 2. The daily webcast begins at 15:40 (SA Time) with The Morning Show hosted by Chris Ernst and Mateo Rojas.

The schedule for Day 2 of the event sees Round 2 of the U18 and U16 Girls qualifying stream competing in front of Podium 1 where Pallet, Botha and Anoush Zakarian will be in action. That is followed by U16 Boys repercharge Round 2 where Burrows, McGillivray and Sykes will do battle to stay in the event and earn as many rankings points as possible towards Team SA’s overall total in the event. Smith will be the lone Saffa in action on Podium 2

DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Program – Day 3 – Tuesday

Podium 1 (Webcast and live scores)
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-18 (SA’s Nicole Pallet – Heat 3)
6 Heats Qualify 2 Girls U-16 (Chanelle Botha-H2, Anoush Zakarian-H3)
16 Heats Repercharge 2 Boys U-16 (Steff Burrows-H1, Matt McGillivray-H9, Shane Sykes-H15)
2 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-18

Podium 2 (Live scores)
12 Heats Repercharge 1 Boys U-18
12 Heats Repercharge 2 Boys U-18
6 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-16
4 Heats Repercharge 1 Girls U-18 (Gina Smith-H2)

Team SA’s progress can be followed on www.facebook.com/surfing.sa and via www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and of the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The 2013 South African Junior Team has been provided with kit by Billabong and Skullcandy. The team’s travel arrangements were made by All Aboard Travel

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