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VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships Get Underway in Azores

September 17th, 2016
The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

The 2016 South Africa Junior Surfing Team in their traditional blazers and ties for the opening ceremonies of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores on Saturday  Photo: ISA / Sean Evans

– Boys Lead the Way for South Africa on Day 1
– South Africa Wins Warm-Up Event Against New Zealand and Great Britain

The 2016 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships got underway on San Miguel Island in the Azores on Saturday, bringing together a record-breaking 371 surfers from 39 nations in the largest gathering of junior surfers since becoming a stand-alone event in Durban in 2002. .

The first ISA event for surfers aged 18 and under since last month’s IOC decision to include surfing in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo started with the teams marching through the streets of Ribeira Grande in their colourful regalia in the traditional Parade of Nations. Then came the stirring Sands of the World Ceremony where sand from each team’s beaches was poured into a container to symbolize the peaceful gathering nations of the world through surfing..

Competition began at 3pm with the first 12 heats of the Under-18 Boys and U16 Boys divisions running simultaneously on separate podiums on the North facing beach of Praia de Monte Verde in bright sunshine, warm water and small 0.6 to 1.0 metre waves.

The three South African boys in action displayed the team’s intent immediately by finishing in the top two in their respective heats to advance directly to Main Event Round 2 and avoiding the cutthroat Repercharge rounds.

Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) won his opening U18 Boys heat, outpointing opponents from Tahiti, Israel and Norway, followed by Adin Masencamp (Strand) who finished second to Ariel Sanin (ISR) in a nail biting, low-scoring encounter where the top three were separated by just 0.54 of a point.

In the U16 Boys, Max Elkington (Kommetjie) earned a pair of six point rides to secure a narrow heat win over Cristian Portelli (SWE) as the pair dispatched rivals from Brazil and Germany to the Repercharge round.

The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships features national teams made up of four U18 and four U16 boys along with two U18 and two U16 girls. They compete for individual honours with the top four finishers in each division being awarded gold, silver, bronze and copper medals at the closing ceremony next Sunday (25 September).

The national team accumulating the highest points tally from the final results of all its members is awarded the ISA World Junior Team Champion Trophy and holds bragging rights as the world’s top junior surfing nation until the next edition of the event.

Due to the record number of competitors, the event will only feature two Repecharge Rounds, moving into a single elimination format from Round 3.

The 2016 South African junior team got their campaign off to a good start by winning a warm-up event at Praia de Monte Verde on Friday, convincingly defeating teams from New Zealand and Great Britain in a tag-team format. The final result was SA 79 points, NZ 49 and GB 47.

The action at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship can be watched live at http://isaworlds.com starting at approximately 11am SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.

Schedule for Day 2 – Sunday 18 September

Podium 1 (SA Time)
11h00 U18 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U18 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Podium 2 (SA Time)
11h00 U16 Girls Round 1 Heats 1 – 16
16h30 U16 Boys Round 1 Heats 13 – 27

Follow the South African Junior Team’s progress at:

Daily media releases: www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

Surfing South Africa Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Gw6ytp

SA Junior Surfing Team Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/1Lg8M1Q

2016 SA Junior Surfing Team

Under 18 Boys
Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
Adin Masencamp (Strand)
Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Bevan Willis (Salt Rock)

Under 18 Girls
Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis)
Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)

Under 16 Boys
Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
Sebastian Williams (Durban)
Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)

Under 16 Girls
Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay)
Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay)

Manager
Karen Elkington (Kommetjie)

Coach
Chris Bond (Cape Town)

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are chosen by the National Selectors and in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval

ENDS

For further information contact:

Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com
0824541149
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