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Cape Town Surfriders Win Presidents Cup at 51st South African Surfing Championships

August 28th, 2016 No comments
Greg Emslie : 2016 South African Men’s Champion : photo Ian Thurtell

Greg Emslie : 2016 South African Men’s Champion : photo Ian Thurtell

Buffalo City’s Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb Clinch Men’s and Women’s Titles
Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town) and Natasha van Greunen (Cape Winelands) Take U20 Titles

Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town (Saturday September 27) – The Cape Town Surfriders team won the coveted President’s Cup at the 51st South African Surfing Championships in misty Long Beach conditions today and in doing so maintained their proud 100% record of wins in home waters.

Team coach, Chris Bond, congratulated his side on a “solid team performance” with Ethan Fletcher’s gold medal in the U20 Boys division, silvers from Tarryn Chudleigh in the Women’s and Brandon Benjamin in the Men’s and Jordy Maree’s fourth place in the U20 Boys Final certainly sealing the deal for the locals.

Buffalo City Surfriders came second but will celebrate the fact that Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb won the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively and Danica Stockigt took fourth in the U20 Girls final.

His victory sees Emslie take his place in history as the only surfer to secure five Open Men’s SA titles, one more than the legendary Chris Knutsen.

Robb not only won her fifth Women’s crown but was also named the Surfer of the Contest. She was the only surfer to score a perfect 10 point ride over the three days of competition.

Third place went the way of 2014 champions Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders who’s best results came from second placed U20 Girl Britney Linder and Faye Zoetmulder, who came fourth in the Women’s final.

Cape Winelands took fourth place and will toast 2016 U20 Girls Champion Natasha Van Greunen and U20 Boys silver medalist Adin Masencamp when they celebrate their best result at a South African Championships in years.

Defending team champions eThekweni return to KZN with a bronze medal from Ntando Msibi in the U20 Boys final, a bronze from Teal Hogg in the U20 Girls final and a fourth in the Men’s final for Chris Frolich.

Llewellyn Whittaker’s third place in the Men’s Division helped Eden Surfriders finish sixth overall ahead of Ugu Surf riders who needed more finalists that just their former eight time SA champion Heather Clark to finish higher up the rankings.

The Invitation Team came eighth and uThungulu Surfriders were ninth.

51st South African Surfing Championships

Final Results

Team Title
1. Cape Town
2. Buffalo City
3. Nelson Mandela Bay
4. Cape Winelands
5. eThekweni
6. Eden
7. Ugu
8. Invitation Team
9. uThungulu

Men
1. Greg Emslie (Buffalo City)
2. Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town)
3. Llewellyn Whittaker (Eden)
4. Chris Frolich (eThekweni)

Women
1. Nikita Robb (Buffalo City)
2. Tarryn Chudleigh (Cape Town)
3. Heather Clark (Ugu)
4. Faye Zoetmulder (Nelson Mandela Bay)

U20 Boys
1. Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town)
2. Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands)
3. Ntando Msibi (eThekweni)
4. Jordy Maree (Cape Town)

U20 Girls
1. Natasha Van Greunen (Cape Winelands)
2. Britney Linder (Nelson Mandela Bay)
3. Teal Hogg (eThekweni)
4. Danica Stockigt (Buffalo City)

Surfer of the Contest
Nikita Robb (Buffalo City)

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The 2016 South African Surfing Championships was supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation and hosted by Cape Town Surfriders..

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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
Results

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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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 (surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com / 0824541149), Ant at Hurley (ant@hurley.co.za / 0724949801) or from SA Junior Team Manager, Isaac February (isaacf@performrewards.co.za / 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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For further details on this fund-raising project, please contact Team Manager Isaac February on 0834614363 or isaacf@performrewards.co.za

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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 chappypix.co.za 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 www.facebook.com/wpsurfing?ref=ts&fref=ts

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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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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.

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2102 Hurley SA Junior Champs
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
Photo: Hurley / Roy Harley

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Cape Town surfers fall short in world record attempt at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival

September 30th, 2012 No comments

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Guinness World Record attempt + Ocean, Beach & Sustainable lifestyle events
Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Saturday & Sunday, 29 & 30 September 2012

Cape Town surfers fall short in world record attempt at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival

Despite ideal conditions and the enthusiastic support of a packed beach, the Cape Town surfing community fell short in their attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday.

More than 300 surfers of every age and ability paddled out in brilliant sunshine, a gentle offshore breeze and waist to shoulder high waves with great expectations of beating the record of 110 set at Earthwave 2009. After an hour and seven attempts, the best tally posted on the day was 84.

The fifth edition of the two-day festival of beach and surf culture that uses the interest surrounding world record attempts to generate awareness of sustainable lifestyle choices was the best to date.

Champions were crowned in provincial schools and longboard surfing and, for the first time in this country, in tandem surfing. There was also a touch rugby tournament, a stand up paddle (SUP) race to Kalk Bay and back and an attempt to set a world record for the longest line of surfboards on a beach’.

The sports events were staged alongside talks and presentations on environmental topics, free testing for various medical conditions, the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and fund-raising for the Sunflower Fund and Shark Spotters program.

The festival concluded with an after-party at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay on Sunday evening where comedian Mark Sampson, SA’s funniest surfer, and live music act Paul & Stef entertained the revelers and the official result of the Guinness World Record attempt, based on photographic evidence, was announced.

For the latest information of the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival go to www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave or www.kahunasurf.co.za where you will find information on the program of events, images and videos. Follow the activities on Twitter @BOSEarthwave.

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Pictured: The Cape Town surfing community managed to get 84 surfers riding the same wave at Muizenberg on Sunday, well short of the Guinness World Record of 110 set at Earthwave 2009
Photo: Pierre Marqua / Earthwave

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The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is produced by Kahuna Promotions and supported by People’s Post and Wavescape.co.za, the official print and digital media partners respectively, and Corner Chat. The surfing events are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national controlling body for the sport.

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Team South Africa wins Reunion Island Challenge at Kalk Bay Reef in Cape Town

October 12th, 2009 No comments

Davey Brand of Team SA won the golf medal in the U18 boys at the Reunion Island Challenge in Cape Town - Photo courtesy Surfing SA

Team South Africa wins Reunion Island Challenge at Kalk Bay Reef in Cape Town.

David Brand, Sarah Baum, Daniel Wilson and Max Armstrong take individual titles.

The recently selected 2010 South African Junior Team were impressive over the weekend with two wins out of a possible three in the individual finals and a strong points victory in the team contest in the Reunion Island Challenge at Kalk Bay Reef in Cape Town Sunday (October 10).

Hosts Western Province came second and the visitors from Reunion Island were third. The Emerging South African team took fourth place ahead of Boland.

South African team member David Brand, fresh from a third place finish in the Quiksilver International King of the Groms in France, made good use of the 3 foot Kalk Bay barrels to take honours in the U18 Boys Final beating current SA Champion Matt Bromley of Western Province into second spot. Hugo Dubosc of Reunion Island was third and Mikey February of the South African team came fourth.

Brand, a bronze medal winner at the ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador in April, is the top seed in the U18 SA Team which will compete in the ISA World Junior championships in New Zealand in January 2010.

Sarah Baum of the SA Team underlined her class and experience in the Under 18 Girls Final when she took the title ahead of Camilla Davila of Reunion Island. Heidi Palmboom of the SA Junior Team came third and current Under 18 South African Champion Alice McGregor of the Emerging SA team had to settle for fourth place.

In the competitive Under 16 boys division, Western Province surfer Daniel Wilson upset the form books to take gold ahead of South African team members Steven Sawyer and Jarred Veldhuis who were second and third respectively. Wilson’s WP team mate, Benji Brand, came fourth.

This was a significant maiden victory for Wilson in a major contest. The Tokai based surfer, who began his career some five years ago when he won the SSA Academy Cup, has improved in leaps and bounds this year and is a huge asset to WP Surfing.

Max Armstrong of Western Province was victorious in the Under 14 Boys final but at one stage it looked like Benjamin de Castro of the Emerging SA Team would win this division.

De Castro posted the highest wave score and led the heat for some time but the young Muizenberg surfer could not find a decent back up score and let the beautiful glass trophy which went to all four champions, slip into Armstrong’s hands.

Lucas Jannier of Reunion Island was third and Brandon Benjamin of the Emerging SA Team, came fourth.

The first day of competition in the Reunion Challenge was held in 2 foot windswept Long Beach surf and with no waves on the Atlantic side Kalk Bay Reef was chosen as the venue for Day 2. Although choppy, small and slightly inconsistent, the waves were contestable and provide many of the contestants with a chance to surf in an event at the famous Kalk Bay Reef. Kalk Bay Reef last hosted an event on the final day of the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in June.

The 11 strong Group of eight Reunion surfers and management left for Durban today where they will train under the watchful eyes of some of South Africa’s top coaches.

On Friday and Saturday the Reunion visitors take on a new Emerging SA Team plus a team from Central KZN and Southern KZN. This event will take place at Dairy Beach on the Durban beachfront and will follow a similar format to that used in the Cape Town contest. They return home on Sunday and have indicated that they will be hosting a reciprocal exchange in Reunion next year.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).The Reunion Island Challenge series is not only part and parcel of the SA Junior Team’s preparations for the 2010 ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand in January but is also a talent identification initiative that is part of SSA’s strategic plans.

The projects are supported by funding from the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDTF).

Full results and pictures can be accessed on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and recorded footage and pictures are available on http://st-leu-surf-club.info/AFSD/index.html

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Cape Peninsula to host junior international surfing tournament this weekend

October 9th, 2009 No comments

Pictured: Reigning two-time SA U18 champion Matt Bromley will captain the Western Province team in the Reunion Island challenge on the Cape Peninsula this weekend.

 

Pictured: Reigning two-time SA U18 champion Matt Bromley will captain the Western Province team in the Reunion Island challenge on the Cape Peninsula this weekend. Photo courtesy Surfing SA

The Southern Peninsula of Cape Town will host a unique junior International surfing tournament this weekend between surfers from Reunion Island, Western Province, Boland, the 2010 South African Junior team and an Emerging South African Junior team.

The friendly international is part and parcel of a cultural and sporting exchange programme between Surfing South Africa and Reunion Island.

The South Africa juniors are headed up by 2009 ISA World Junior Championships bronze medalist Davey Brand and WP teammate and fellow Kommetjie local Mikey February, both of whom have four national caps as well as a host of national and international experience under their belts.

New caps Jarred Veldhuis of Kommetjie, recently crowned SA Under 16 Champion Diran Zakarian of Melkbosstrand, JBay stars Steven Sawyer and Dylan Lightfoot, Heidi Palmboom of the Bluff plus the experienced Dane Staples of St Francis Bay and super talented Sarah Baum of Durban should  dominate the individual heats and the all important tag team contest which will determine who wins the title. Team reserve Jacob Mellish will surf for the national juniors as a guest as top seed Beyrick de Vries left for the USA on Thursday.

The SA team has a powerful look but hosts Western Province have selected a team with plenty of local knowledge and could surprise. Captained by 2009 Under 18 SA Champion Matt Bromley, the WP side includes brilliant under 14 year-olds in Max Armstrong, Nic Notten and Ethan Pentz, plus star WP team mates Benji Brand, Daniel Wilson, Jordan Alexander and Papi Makinyane. National team trialists Holly Armstrong and Sabrina Scott are the two WP girls in the team.

The Boland team also looks strong and is out to prove a point. They beat Western Province by one point back in 2006 when the last event of this kind was held and are keen to maintain their record. Jeandre Blignaut, JP Olivier, Rigard Smit, Justin Torode, Leon Du Preez, Steffen Burrows and Dylan Wichmann along with Morag Steele and Roche Louwrens are the Boland lineup for this weekend.

Surfing South Africa’s Emerging SA Junior team will be led by Alice McGregor of Border who won the Under 18 national title at Nahoon Reef last Sunday. Fellow Border surfer and U18 finalist at Nahoon Reef, Jean Du Plessis, will also turn out for the Invitation side along with SSA Lotto scholarship winners Grant Arendse and Brandon Benjamin of WP and Qhamani Bam of EP. Southern Cape surfers Ruben Lamer and Vincent Withers have been called up after good performances in the recent SA Championships while Benjamin de Castro of Muizenberg and national junior trialist Emma Smith of EP is also in the team.

The group of eight Reunion surfers arrived in Cape Town late Thursday evening and will need some time to adapt to the freezing water temperature and the beach break conditions. Reunion is a volcanic Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean which is blessed with warm water and perfect point break surf. It is part of France and many members of the French surfing teams are drawn from Reunion.

Included in the eight are several age group champions and French junior team members who although experienced will be surfing in Cape Town for the first time.

The Reunion Island Challenge will take place over two days and all contestants and officials will gather at Long Beach in Kommetjie at 7.30am on both days to determine a venue. The venue will be available on the WP Info line from 8.30 on number 0822334001.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognized governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).The Reunion Island Challenge is part and parcel of the SA Junior Team’s preparations for the 2010 ISA World Junior Championships in New Zealand in January and is a talent identification initiative that is part of SSA’s strategic plans.

The event is supported by funding from the National Lottery Distribution Fund (NLDTF)..

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General Manager : Surfing South Africa
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