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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.

ENDS

About Hurley

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

Issued on behalf of:

Hurley SA
Contact: Ant Hulsen
Cell: 072 494 9801
Email: ant@Hurley.co.za

For further information:

Contact: Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa
Cell: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Craig Jarvis
Cell: 082 376 4443
Email: info@craigjarvis.co.za
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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.

ENDS

About Hurley

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

Issued on behalf of:

Hurley SA
Contact: Ant Hulsen
Cell: 072 494 9801
Email: ant@Hurley.co.za

For further information:

Contact: Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa
Cell: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Craig Jarvis
Cell: 082 376 4443
Email: info@craigjarvis.co.za

Complied & Distributed by:

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PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

 

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

About Hurley

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

Issued on behalf of:

Hurley SA
Contact: Ant Hulsen
Cell: 072 494 9801
Email: ant@Hurley.co.za

For further information:

Contact: Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa
Cell: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Craig Jarvis
Cell: 082 376 4443
Email: info@craigjarvis.co.za

Complied & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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.

ENDS

About Hurley

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

Issued on behalf of:

Hurley SA
Contact: Ant Hulsen
Cell: 072 494 9801
Email: ant@Hurley.co.za

For further information:

Contact: Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa
Cell: 082 454 1149
Email: surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com

Media Enquiries:

Contact: Craig Jarvis
Cell: 082 376 4443
Email: info@craigjarvis.co.za

Complied & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
PO Box 48272, Kommetjie 7976, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

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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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:

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• 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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Eastern Province dominate the Hurley SA Junior Champs in their home surf at Jeffreys Bay

October 7th, 2012 No comments

Eastern Province dominated the Hurley SA Junior Champs in their home surf at Jeffreys Bay, clinching the coveted Freedom Cup team trophy for the first time in the 16 year history of the event and earning three of the six SA individual titles and three of the five special awards on offer.

South Africa’s premier event for surfers aged17-and-under ended on Sunday after enjoying a phenomenal five straight days of excellent surf at the Point with offshore winds every day grooming the waves and giving the competitors the every opportunity to showcase their talent.

The team title was extremely close with the powerful KwaZulu-Natal Central (KZNC) team from Durban finishing just 184 points behind EP in second place, with defending champions Western Province a distant third 1 143 points further back. Boland placed fourth followed by Southern KZN, Southern Cape, Border, the SA Development Academy and Zululand.

The hosts’ Matt McGillivray was the standout performer in J-Bay, producing inspired surfing that saw him win every heat on his way to the SA U15 boys’ title. He was deservedly crowned the Hurley Surfer of the Contest, in association with All Aboard Travel, earning a R20 000 voucher to any destination in the world, and then pocketed another R5 000 for winning the Red Bull Airshow where he beat the best aerial surfers at the event.

Benji Brand (WP) was on fire on the final day, employing his trademark vertical backhand repertoire to win the SA U17 title and also taking home the R3 000 for the Citroën Highest Heat Score award when he posted a 17.0 point out of 20 total in his semi-final encounter. Diran Zakarian (Boland) took the runner-up spot with Jason Harris (KZNC) in third and Ethan Pentz (WP) placing fourth

J-Bay local Gina Smith (EP) was another who went unbeaten throughout the event, going on the be crowned the SA U17 girls champion ahead of Inge McLaren (Border), teammate and last year’s U15 champion Tahra Uren (EP) and Caryn McNicol (KZNC).

McGillivray’s dominating victory in the U15 boys division saw Shane Sykes (KZNC) finish second with Jordy Maree (WP) taking third place and Nthando Msibi (KZNC) in fourth place and receiving the Zigzag Blowing Up award and a R3 000 prize-purse.

The U15 girls’ final was a closely fought affair and when the spray settled Crystal Hulett (EP) was the champion with Chanelle Botha (SKZN) close behind and Olivia Brand (KZNC) and Ruth Armstrong (WP) placing third and fourth.

Adin Masencamp (Boland), who had held the lead in the Citroën Highest Heat Score award for the first four days of the tournament, successfully defended his U13 boys’ title, finishing just ahead of arch-rival Ethan Fletcher (WP). Jose Faulkner (EP) took third and Max Elkington (WP) placed fourth.

The U13 girls’ title went to Sophie Bell (KZNC) who racked up a massive 15.0 points to deny Kai Woolf (EP) a second successive title in her home surf. Ashleigh Vaughan finished ahead of Danica Stockigt (Border) in the final to grab third place.

The Skullcandy Team Spirit award was presented to Eastern Province whose enthusiasm and support for their teammates paid off with team and individual honours that will go down in the annals of SA surfing history.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs are posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

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Results

Freedom Cup Team Trophy
1. Eastern Province – 28 092 points
2. KwaZulu-Natal Central – 27 908
3. Western Province – 26 949
4. Boland – 22 248
5. Southern KZN – 20 494
6. Southern Cape – 18 792
7. Border – 17 330
8. SA Development Academy – 16 040
9. Zululand – 8 476

U17 Boys
1. Benji Brand (WP)
2. Diran Zakarian (Boland)
3. Jason Harris (KZNC)
4. Ethan Pentz (WP)

U17 Girls
1. Gina Smith (EP)
2. Caryn McNicol (KZNC)
3. Tahra Uren (EP)
4. Inge McLaren (Border)

U15 Boys
1. Matt McGillivray (EP)
2. Shane Sykes (KZNC)
3. Jordy Maree (WP)
4. Nthando Msibi (KZNC)

U15 Girls
1. Crystal Hulett (EP)
2. Chanelle Botha (SKZN)
3. Olivia Brand (KZNC)
4. Ruth Armstrong (WP)

U13 Boys
1. Adin Masencamp (Boland)
2. Ethan Fletcher (WP)
3. Jose Faulkner (EP)
4. Max Elkington (WP)

U13 Girls
1. Sophie Bell (KZNC)
2. Kai Woolf (EP)
3. Ashleigh Vaughan (EP)
4. Danica Stockigt (Border)

Hurley Surfer of the Contest, in association with All Aboard Travel
Matt McGillivray (EP) – R20 000 travel voucher

Red Bull Airshow
Matt McGillivray (EP) – R5 000

Citroën Highest Heat Score
Benji Brand (WP) – R3 000

Zigzag Blowing Up Award
Nthando Msibi (KZNC) – R3 000

Skullcandy Team Spirit Award
Eastern Province

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Pictured: Matt McGillivray (EP) was the standout performer at the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay, winning the SA U15 boys’ title, pocketing R5000 for winning the Red Bull Airshow and helping his team Eastern Province to clinch the Freedom Cup for the first time in the 16 year history of the event.

Photo: Hurley / Roy Harley

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Perfect day in paradise for Day 4 of Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay

October 6th, 2012 No comments

South Africa’s best young surfers enjoyed another perfect day in paradise with the Point at Jeffreys Bay resembling a wavepark as set after set of ideally groomed one to 1.5 metre waves peeled through the hallowed break on the penultimate day of the Hurley SA Junior Champs on Saturday.

Spectacular rides, stirring victories, upsets and heartbreak were seen as all six age groups have been whittled down to the semi-finalists in preparation for tomorrow’s final day when individual and team champions will be crowned, special accolades awarded and history written.

The only girls in action today were the U15 division and Chanelle Botha from Southern KZN, who posted the highest heat score at last year’s event, showed she is the one to beat by recording the highest single wave score of this year’s event so far, a near perfect 9.50 out of 10, as she advanced to the last eight with a convincing heat win.

“I picked up that good one way on the outside and did a few turns, two cutbacks and then a re-entry before I came into the shore-break and pulled off a big closeout move,” Botha said of her best ride.

Two rounds were run in all three boys divisions and in the premier U17 category, Bryce Burness (KZNC) and Benji Brand (WP) each posted two victories as they progressed to the semis. They were joined by Western Province’s Dylan Wichmann and Ethan Pentz, Boland’s Diran Zakarian and Hilton Pelzer, Jason Harris (KZNC) and Dane van Greunen from the hosts Eastern Province, with defending champion Josh Smit (KZNC) losing out in Round 5.

Like their older counterparts, Matt McGillivray (EP) and Stef Burrows (Boland) racked up two wins today and go into tomorrow’s final day with plenty of momentum. McGillivray has EP teammates Tim Baard and Jerry van Wyk with him in the last eight along with KZN Central’s Nthando Msibi and Shane Sykes, Michael Monk (Border) and Jordy Maree (WP).

The U13 boys provided some of the standout performances of the day with defending champion Adin Masencamp (Boland), the leader in the Citroën Highest Heat Score award and the winner of each of his three heats to date, again on fire. Ethan Fletcher and WP teammate Max Elkington also take heat-winning confidence into the final day and they will be up against Koby Oberholzer (SKZN), Luke Malherbe (Border) and 2011 finalist Jose Faulkner (EP) in his home surf.

The prestigious inter-provincial Freedom Cup is still up for grabs with the holders Western Province, KZN Central and hosts Eastern Province all having plenty of team members in contention for honours and earning points towards their team’s total.

The Red Bull Airshow and its winner-takes-all R5 000 prize-purse will feature the contest’s best aerial competitors flying high above the waves just before the finals start tomorrow.

The top surfer of the event will take home the Hurley Surfer of the Contest title which, in association with All Aboard Travel, earns the winner a R20 000 travel voucher that can be used to visit destinations worldwide.

And there are also the Zigzag Blowing Up Award and R3 000 for the surfer producing the most impressive performances during the event, the Skullcandy Team Spirit award for the provincial team displaying the best camaraderie and support for their teammates and the Citroën Highest Heat Score title that honours the surfer who posts the biggest heat tally across all divisions throughout the entire five day event with a R3 000 payout.

Sunday’s schedule starts with the girls and then boys semi-finals followed by the Red Bull Airshow and then the six finals, with the awards ceremony scheduled for 4pm at the beach.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs are posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za at the end of each day’s action.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

The South African Development Academy Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën Port Elizabeth, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.

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Pictured: Adin Masencamp, the defending U13 boy’s champion, powers through the lip on a perfect wave at the Point in Jeffreys Bay on Day 4 of the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay
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Excitement builds for Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay this week

October 1st, 2012 No comments

Hurley SA Junior Champs
A Premier Surfing South Africa (SSA) event
The Point, Jeffreys Bay
3 – 7 October 2012

Excitement is building amongst the country’s best young surfers for the start of the Hurley SA Junior Champs which gets underway in the iconic waves of Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Outstanding conditions forecast for the opening days and a powerful new swell predicted for the final day has the cream of SA’s 17-and-under surfers frothing to compete at J-Bay for the first time in the history of the event.

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

“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 for the first time in its 16 year history adds to the stature and excitement for this special event.”

Competitors selected by nine provincial associations will be competing for individual SA junior titles in Under 17, U15 and U13 categories for boys and girls and the team accumulating the highest points tally will take home the coveted Freedom Cup.

Adding further prestige to the event are five special awards headed by the Hurley Surfer of the Contest title which, in association with All Aboard Travel, earns the winner a R20 000 travel voucher that can be used to visit any destination in the world.

Progressive aerial manoeuvres will be rewarded with the competitor successfully landing the best technical aerial pocketing R5 000 in the Red Bull Air Show. Citroën Port Elizabeth have stepped in to recognise the surfer who posts the biggest heat tally across all divisions throughout the entire five day event with the Citroën Highest Heat Score title and a substantial R3 000 payout..

The Zigzag Blowing Up Award and R3 000 goes to the surfer who racks up the most impressive performances during the event and the provincial team that collectively displays the best camaraderie and support for their teammates walks off with the Skullcandy Team Spirit award.

Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.

The South African Development Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën Port Elizabeth, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.

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Pictured: Jordy Maree (WP), winner of the Surfer of the Contest award last year, will be amped to repeat that performance in the Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay from 3-7 October
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Country’s top surfers to contest Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay in October

September 18th, 2012 No comments

Hurley SA Junior Champs
A Premier Surfing South Africa (SSA) event
The Point, Jeffreys Bay
3 – 7 October 2012

Country’s top surfers to contest Hurley SA Junior Champs at Jeffreys Bay in October

The country’s top young surfers will be flocking to the surfing Mecca of Jeffreys Bay next month to compete for prestigious team and individual national titles in the annual Hurley SA Junior Champs.

Scheduled for 3-7 October, this premier Surfing South Africa (SSA) event features the best 17-and-under surfers selected by their respective provincial associations and will be staged at the high performance surf break known as The Point for the first time in its 16 year history.

“Junior surfing is what drives the future of South Africa’s next crop of great surfers and the dream of adding to the pool of World Champion from our shores,” says Jevon le Roux, MD of Hurley SA. “Hurley is proud to be associated with Surfing South Africa’s Junior champs as the kids are an inspiration to us. We look forward to them showing up and blowing up at J-Bay in October.”

Competitors from defending team champions Western Province and hosts Eastern Province will be joined by squads from KZN Central, Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy in their quest to secure the Freedom Cup and SA titles in Under 17, U15 and U13 categories for boys and girls.

Western Province will be determined to repeat their domination after a narrow second successive team victory in Durban last year. Josh Smit (KZN Central), Adin Masencamp (Boland) and Kai Woolf (EP) will be back to defend their U17 boys, U13 boys and U13 girls’ titles respectively while new champions will be crowned the other three of the six individual divisions.

Last year’s U17 girls’ champion Sarah Baum (KZNC) is now competing on the World Tour and U15 boys and girls’ champions, Max Armstrong (WP) and Tahra Uren (EP), have moved up to the U17 division leaving the way clear for the top contenders to stake their claim for a place in the annals of South African surfing history.

Eastern Province surfers, including 2011 finalists Tahra Uhren, Kai Woolf, Matt McGillivray (U15 boys) and Jose Faulkner (U13 boys), will benefit from hometown advantage at Jeffreys Bay but face strong challenges from the defending champions and the likes of McGillivray’s SA national teammates Benji Brand and Max Armstrong (both WP), Steffen Burrows (Boland), Nicole Pallet (KZNC) and Chanelle Botha (SKZN).

Others expected to contend for individual glory include Bryce Burness (KZNC), Diran Zakarian (Boland), Brandon Benjamin (WP) and Courtney Ellish (SKZN) in the U17’s; 2011 ’Surfer of the Contest’ Jordy Maree, fellow WP surfer Donovan Wichmann, Simo Mkhize (SKZN) and Anousch Zakarian (Boland) in the U15’s and Koby Oberholzer (KZNC) and Ethan Fletcher (WP) in the youngest division.

In addition to the national titles at stake, winners will also be crowned for the Citroën Surfer of the Contest, All Aboard Travel Highest Heat Score, Zigzag Blowing Up Award, the Red Bull AirShow and the Skullcandy Best Team Trophy, which is awarded to the provincial team that displays the best team spirit throughout the event.

Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA and on Twitter @HurleyZA using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps. Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za and can also be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za.

The South African Development Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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

The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.

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Pictured: The perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay will host the Hurley SA Junior Champs for the first time in the 16 year history of the event from 3-7 October

Photo: Hurley

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