French surfers won three of the finals and Matt McGillivray of South Africa took honours in the Under 18 Division Sunday when the Junior International Shootout was held in marginal conditions at Dairy
Beach in Durban.
In fact the visiting group of French juniors dominated the contest posting a total of twelve finalists to South Africa’s two, underlining why they finished second in the 2014 ISA World Junior Championships in Ecuador.
Current ISA World Under 16 champion Leo Paul Etienne won this division on Sunday with the winner of the recent Reunion Island Challenge, Mathis Crozon, taking second spot. Erwan Blouin and Gaizka Housset were third and fourth respectively in this all French final. The best placed South Africans were Sebastian Williams and Koby Oberholzer who both finished third in the semi finals.
Matt McGillivray took gold in the Under 18 Final ahead of SA Team reserve, Richard Kidd. Augustin Arrive and Erwan Blouin were third and fourth respectively.
The strong French had three surfers each in the Under 18 and Under16 finals while South Africa had one surfer in the Under 16 final and KZN were represented in the other final.
Lisa Girardet took the honours in the Under 18 final and her team mate, Mahe Javegny, was runner up. Jade Mets of KZN came third and Juliette Brice of France was fourth.
Brice then beat Girardet in the Under 16 final with Javegny taking third ahead of the current U15 SA Champion, Sophie Bell.
The contest was supported by the NLDTF (Lotto) and the South African Surfing Legends and was presented by Surfing South Africa. All the results are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
The KZN Surfriders Association were the event hosts.
1. Matt McGillivray – RSA
2. Richard Kidd – RSA
3. Augustin Arrive – FRA
4. Erwan Blouin – FRA
1. Lisa Girardet – FRA
2. Mahe Javegny – FRA
3. Jade Mets – KZN
4. Juliette Brice – FRA
1. Leo Paul Etienne – FRA
2. Mathis Crozon – FRA
3. Erwan Blouin – FRA
4. Gaizka Housset – FRA
1. Juliette Brice – FRA
2. Lisa Girardet – FRA
3. Mahe Javegny – FRA
4. Sophie Bell – RSA
From Surfing South Africa
The plan had been to surf the 3rd EP Longboard trials at Huletts, but an early morning surf check revealed the reef not really doing it's thing. After a bit of looking about it was decided to host the trials a bit further up the beach at a tasty lil A-frame. Some good surf on tap before the east picked up. All the results below:
From Shirley Fairall:
"A big thanks to all for braving the terrible conditions on Saturday and then returning on Sunday for the second trial on the same weekend. Thank goodness we were blessed with awesome weather as well as better surf conditions and some really fun waves on Sunday. A special thanks to those who traveled long distances to bring their kids to our trials – from Knysna, Port Alfred as well as J Bay.
Thanks to Thys and Louis for the work they are doing in introducing surfing to some kids from J Bay who would normally not be given these opportunities. We are so grateful to you guys, as without you, EP would not be able to meet the development criteria. To witness the joy on these little ones faces when they come in after a heat, is so rewarding.
Thank you to our judges as well as EP committee members who gave up their entire weekend to assist at the trials.
Attached are the results of the first and second trial. The third trial will be held this Sunday, 1st March at Kitchen Windows in J Bay. Registration will be at 7.45 and the first heat should be in the water by 8.30. It would make it much easier if you could send me a mail confirming your entry for Sunday and then we can draw up the heat sheets before Sunday morning, therefore preventing a delay in starting the trial."
Our first Grom Trials will be held this coming weekend. EPSC have decided to run an U16 contest at the trials for all those Groms who no longer qualify to participate at Grom level due to the change of age groups.
If you are 16, not turning 17 this year and have not made the EP or any other provincial Junior team, then this contest is for you. It will be run over the 3 trials and we have received wonderful prizes for the 4 finalists at the end of all 3 trials.
Finalists can expect to win vouchers from Surf Cente, a surf lesson from our national coach Etienne Venter, a surf portrait from Sandy Coffey Photographic Commissions. At each trial Billabong will be sponsoring prizes for the best heat of the day, most potential surfer of day as well as one or 2 other prizes.
We are sorry that the U16 division has fallen away but we would like to encourage our 16 year olds to join us and enjoy a 3 part series (same costing applies as to groms)
The Seal Point Boardriders Surf Club, who were coached by the legendary duo of Graham Hynes and Ant Brodowicz and comprised former SA Champion Shaun Payne, current National Team member Faye Zoetmulder, her brother Donovan as well as Cody Futeran and Dylan Stevens, celebrated their first appearance in a National Interclub tournament with a victory when they posted 168.1 points in the final of the 2015 Billabong SA Interclub Championships at Kitchen Windows in Jeffrey’s Bay yesterday (Sunday February 15th).
A disappointed CYOH Surf Club of Port Elizabeth scored 150,2 points to take second spot while 2013 champions, the J Bay Boardriders posted 133,0 points to finish third. The defending champions, JBU Surf Club had to settle for fourth place after scoring 109,9 points in the final.
The defeated semi finalists were the Natural Energy Surf Club and the UCT Surf Club. A record fifteen teams representing thirteen clubs participated in the third annual National Interclub Surfing Championships.
Tough weather and strong winds made the first day of competition difficult and event officials made the decision to call a halt to competition on Day One after the first four heats and although the weather improved on Day Two, strong winds made 2 – 3 foot surf difficult to handle throughout the day.
At the Award ceremony held on the beach at Kitchen Windows, Surfing South Africa Vice President Johnny Bakker presented the South African Interclub Trophy and gold, silver, bronze and copper medals to the team members of the teams that reached the finals.
The event was hosted by the JBU Surf Club, who exercised their right to host the tournament in Jeffreys Bay. Seal Point Boardriders now have the right to chose a venue for next year’s tournament which will be held on February 13th & 14th.
The full results of the tournament and pictures are available on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
The 2014 Billabong Interclub Championships is a Surfing South Africa event made possible by the support received from Sport and Recreation South Africa.
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). SSA is the governing body for all surf riding in South Africa and is recognized as such by Sport and Recreation South Africa.
With tricky winds forecasted & decent swell, it was a hard decision in making the call on where to surf for the start of the 2015 CYOH SURF OFF SERIES. We had an early morning light Northerly blowing which quickly changed into a hard Easterly for the remainder or the day, so it was only fitting that the first event of the year be held at none other than PE's very own PIPE.
The weather was amazing & everyone was amped to kick off another epic CYOH year. Participation was great, surfing was insane & it was just another awesome CYOH day spent together with family & friends. With the ever growing participation of the club, it was decided that we needed to incorporate another division into the series that accommodated for our younger, up & coming mini groms. This division is fittingly now known as our CYOH KAMODO DRAGONS division.
Tough battles went down in all divisions, especially the BALLIES & OPEN mens. T.I.C.C, was the phrase for the day, which stands for, THIS IS COUGAR COUNTRY, these where the words being exchanged from the start of the event. For those of you who are familiar with the PE cougar, then you will know its extremely difficult to beat one in the conditions that we had.
Well done to all our participants & winners. A big thank you to our amazing sponsors ( Billabong / Vonzipper / Dakine / Nixon / Kinetic Racing / Red Bull / The Boardroom / )
CYOH Lifestyle Living - Family.Friends.Future
JUNIORS: 1st Alex van Rijswijck; 2nd Jono Coffey; 3rd Cuan Macgreggor; 4th Tristan Torr
LADIES: 1st Britney Linder; 2nd Kia Fenton; 3rd Tracey Admirall; 4th Kelly Fenton
BALLIES: 1st Pierre; 2nd Dave MacGreggor; 3rd Dennis Ellis; 4th Mervan Goddard
KOMODO DRAGONS: 1st Kye MacGreggor; 2nd Kelly Fenton; 3rd Kai Fraser
OPEN: 1st Bruce Campbell; 2md Alex van Rijswijck; 3rd Remi Peterson; 4th Grant Beck
NIXON BLASTER AWARD: Remi Peterson ( 360 air reverse / 10 points )
All shots below by Luc Hosten
Congratulations to JBay lighties Matt McGillivray, Joshe Faulkner and Sebastian Williams on being selected for the SA Junior team as well as to Crystal Hullet (St Francis)and Zoe Smith (JBay) who are the non- travelling reserves. We super proud of all of you!
Here's the official press release:
The Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa has named the members of the South African Junior Surfing Team who will represent the country at the 2015 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.
The event is scheduled to take place at Oceanside in California, USA from October 11th to 18th.
The team is made up of four Under 18 and four Under 16 Boys and two Under 18 and two Under 16 Girls with a non travelling reserve selected in each of the divisions. The 2015 SA Junior Team was selected from the SA Junior Squad who spent three days at an intense selection camp in Southern KZN last weekend. The camp was made possible thanks to support from the SA Surfing Legends, who not only sponsored the flights and travel for the participants, but also arranged vans through AVIS and accommodation at the Desroches Hotel in Margate. In addition a large contingent of SA Surfing Legends attended the camp to watch the juniors in action.
The four Under 18 Boys are current SA Under 17 champion and new cap Michael Monk of East London, experienced campaigner Shane Sykes of Salt Rock, a three cap veteran, former SA Under 17 Champion, Matthew McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay and 2015 ISA Scholarship recipient, Ntando Msibi of Durban. Both McGillivray and Msibi win their second caps. Richard Kidd of Ballito is the non travelling reserve for this group.
2014 South African Under 15 Champion, Adin Masencamp of the Strand, earns a second cap in the Under 16 division as does another ISA Scholarship recipient, Joshe Faulkner of Jeffrey’s Bay. Faulkner’s 6th place in Ecuador last year was the highest by a South African at the 2014 ISA World Junior Championships. New caps Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Sebastian Williams of Jeffrey’s Bay are the other two Under 16 surfers in the team while Luke Malherbe of East London is the non travelling reserve.
Two time Under 17 SA Champion Teal Hogg of Umhlanga will attend her second ISA World Junior Championship along with Chanelle Botha of Warner Beach who, with four caps under her belt, is the most experienced surfer in this team. Crystal Hulett of Cape St Francis is the non travelling reserve for the Under 18 Girls group.
SA Under 15 Champion Sophie Bell of Salt Rock and Olivia Izzard of La Lucia are the two Under 16 Girls included in the team. Zoe Smith of Jeffrey’s Bay is the non travelling reserve.
Isaac February of Cape Town is the Team Manager, Surfing South Africa Coaching Director, Greg Emslie of East London is the Head Coach and David Malherbe of Coffee Bay is the Assistant Coach.
The International Surfing Association expects over countries to make their way to Southern California in October to compete in the 12th ISA World Junior Championships which were first held in Durban in 2003.
The USA last hosted a World Junior Surfing Championships in 2005.The annual tournament determines the World Junior Team Champions and medalists in the Under 18 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Boys and Girls divisions.
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 ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.
2014 was the best year ever for EP Surfing. We smoked it! Groms 2nd ; Juniors 2nd ; Opens 1st; Masters 3rd; Vic Bay Quad 1st; Long boards 1st; SA Club champs – JBU 1st. Props to all our surfers for getting us those great results.
Thanks as well to our committed judges. Grant Beck, Ishmaeel Abrahams and Merrick Fairall clocked up over 1000 hours between them in judging our comps. Respect! You owe them all waves too!
The 2014 EP Surfing annual prize giving & AGM was held at the end of January at the Boardwalk Hotel, with some great prizes from Billabong. Thanks to both Boardwalk and Billabong for their continued support of EP Surfing, and to our dedicated committee who makes it all happen.
Dave, Shireen, Johnny, Shirley, Etienne, Andre and Brian - thanks so much for all the hard work you do behind the scene. You are so much part of making EP such a successful surfing province. Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to both Johnny and Brian, who due to their Surfing South Africa commitments are unable to stand for the EPSC Executive. Everyone owes these two a good few set waves in thanks of all the effort they've put in to surfing in our province.
Mervyn Goddard and Brett Hoppe have been selected to replace them. The EPSC committee for 2015 is as follows:
Chairman and Treasurer – Andre Venter
Vice-Chairman – Etienne Venter
Secretary - Shirley Fairall assisted by Shireen Abrahams
Additional members (portfolios to be decided at first Exec. meeting)
- Dave Lipschitz
- Annie van der Merwe
- Mervyn Goddard
- Brett Hoppe
- Sandy Coffey – Long Boards
The 2014 Special awards were as follows, well done to all the deserving recipients. Dylan Lightfoot is our Surfer of the Year, with Emma Smith as our Female Surfer of the year; Joshe Faulkner & Kirsty McGillivray take the Junior Surfers of the Year awards.
Here are the results of the EP Closed. Bragging rights go to Grant Beck, Crystal Hulett, Robert Jacobs, Pieter van Rhijn, Andre Venter and Dave Lipshitz.
All photo's by Sandy Coffey
The organisers of the JBay Winterfest have announced that the highly popular festival will take place from 8 – 19 July this year.
All the world’s top surfers will be back in town following the confirmation that the JBay Open of Surfing will once again be a World Championship Tour event.
South Africans will have the opportunity to watch Jordy Smith in action, tearing up the freight train walls of Supertubes as he guns for his first ever world title in 2015.
The JBU Super trial, presented by RVCA will take place prior to the JBay Open and will present an opportunity for a local surfer to claim the wild card and surf against the best in the world.
Last year, JBay local Dylan Lightfoot won the Super trial and gained invaluable experience when he surfed against Kelly Slater in Round One and then current world champion Gabriel Medina in Round 2.
Winterfest spokesperson Brenton Williams said that the ’15 edition of the festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
“This is the third year the JBay Winterfest is taking place and we will be building on the successful event that was held in 2014 when an estimated 50 000 people visited the town to watch the JBay Open and to participate in the multiple sporting codes that were on offer,” said Williams.
At this stage it seems that all the events from last year will be taking place again in 2015, with the JBay Mountain Bike Open, the Core Sokkie Jol skate event and the Infood Blu Cold Water Swim Classic all confirmed for 2015.
The Winterfest draws feet into Jeffreys Bay in the traditionally quiet winter months and is a community organised event that took the place of the now defunct Billabong Pro, which folded back in 2012.
“Supertubes produced epic waves for the JBay Open last year and the surfers on the world tour are all looking forward to coming back to South Africa in 2015 as Jeffreys Bay is renowned for producing consistently good waves during the winter months,” said Koffie Jacobs, the organiser of the Winterfest.
The JBay Open is event 6 on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour and Mick Fanning is sure to be back in JBay to defend his title that he won in 2014 in huge waves at Supertubes.
“We are looking at adding a junior surf event to cater for the youngsters during the Winterfest this year and more details about this contest will be announced shortly,” added Jacobs.
Last year saw the National Kite Festival take place on Kabeljous Beach, while the Skins Fishing competition attracted anglers from all over the country.
The Oakley X-Over was a widely publicized event with big names in South African rugby like John Smit, Bob Skinstad and Butch James all taking part.
The Infood Blu Cold Water Classic attracted swimmers like Robben Island legend Theodore Yach, who battled his way through 11C water in Marina Martinique to complete the 7.5 km swim, wearing nothing but a speedo costume and a swim cap.