Thrilling action expected in Billabong series
The final event in the Billabong Junior Series takes place at iconic surfing break Seal Point in Cape St Francis this weekend.
Competitors have started arriving already and are enjoying great surf while training for the event.
It is one of the highlights of the junior surfing calendar, and historically Seal Point always delivers excellent surf and great conditions.
The village always embraces this event, and the beach is packed from early with competitors, spectators and families.
“The Billabong Junior Series final at Seal Point is a highlight of the year for a host of surfers from up and down the coast,” Surfing SA general manager Robin de Kock said.
The premier U18 divisions are World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series-rated, and are highly competitive, with points going towards the WSL
Africa Junior rankings. In the U18 boys’ section, Adin Masencamp from Strand leads the Junior Series from Jordan Maree of Kalk Bay.
The U18 girls section sees Hawaiian surfer Zoe McDougal head up the rankings, with J-Bay surfer Kirsty McGillivray in second place.
The U16 division is where all the action is and nowhere is it more exciting than the boys’ division.
In the first series event in Ballito, this division was won by Max Elkington from Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen and Karl Steen, while in the U16 girls it was Sophie Bell who emerged victorious, with Kai Woolf, Kayla Nogueira and S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu in the minor spots.
“This is always an exciting event for the junior surfers,” Billabong SA mar – keting manager Chad D’Arcy said.
“The best junior surfers put on a show with progressive, futuristic surfing, and it is one of the junior surfing highlights of the year.”
The week after sees the best junior surfers in the country move up to Jeffreys Bay for the Billabong SA Junior Championships, presented by BOS.
The Lower Point in J-Bay always delivers excellent surf for this period. It has been consistently good over the last five years, with great waves and offshore winds the norm.
Cape Town Surfriders are the defending champions at this event, while Nelson Mandela Bay came in a close second and are looking at winning the title.
Crystal Hulett of St Francis Bay and surfing for Nelson Mandela Bay took the girls U17 title, while J-Bay’s McGillivray, who also surfs for Nelson Mandela Bay, won the girls U15 division.
This is the biggest junior surfing event in the country with Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, eThekweni, Cape Winelands, Buffalo City, Eden, Ugu, the SA Development Academy and uThungulu all represented.