Clean waves and offshore winds persisted throughout the opening day of the Billabong Pro Junior at Seal Point, Cape St Francis, giving the competitors a perfect, high performance canvas to showcase all their moves. Some surfers went for speed and powerful carves, while others attempted big aerial maneuvers in a bid to impress the judges.
Mikey February from Cape Town was one surfer who mixed it up, performing high speed rail turns, floaters and big re-entries to make an impression on the judges with his repertoire of moves. February is currently ranked third in the ASP Africa Pro Junior Series men's rankings. "It was really fun out there," said February. "The best waves were further down the point, and I managed to get a few nice ones."
Another surfer to stand out was Mikey Venter (DBN) who found some great waves towards the end of his heat to advance behind Max Armstrong (CPT). "It was a bit inconsistent out there for my heat," said Venter, "Eventually I got a couple and found a bit of a rhythm out there."
The conditions continued to pulse all day, with the late afternoon heats getting the best waves of the day. "We're stoked with the conditions today," said Billabong South Africa marketing manager Chad D'Arcy. "It looks like a bit of a wild day tomorrow with some strong wind predicted, but we're hoping for a great finish on Sunday, with some good waves on the forecast."
The Billabong Pro Junior will decide which of the countrys top junior surfers will qualify for the ASP World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in Bali in October.
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