The forecast slight increase in swell arrived on cue and competitors remaining in the final day of surfing at the Billabong Junior Series Event presented by BOS had a whale of a time out amongst the small but fun peeling waves of Long Beach today. The sun came out, the waves pulsed all day, and the wind forgot to blow as hundreds of people came down to watch the best junior surfers strut their stuff in amongst the peeling Atlantic waves.
"We're stoked the way the event panned out," said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "It was looking a bit problematic with the lack of swell on the horizon, but the waves arrived for the final day and it all worked out perfectly."
The U12 boys was a tight hussle amongst the top super-groms in the country, with local boy Ford Van Jaarsveldt taking the win. Sebastian Williams, who currently resides in Jeffreys Bay, cleaned up the U14 Boys while another Jeffreys Bay surfer, Kirsty McGillivray, dominated the U14 Girls. Jake Elkington from Hout Bay was the U16 Boys champ while Ruth Armstrong used local knowledge to her advantage to win the U16 Girls division.
In the premier U20 Pro Junior Girls Division Emma Smith continued her total dominance of girls surfing in the country by winning the final ahead of sister Gina, with Anoush Zakarian and Chanelle Botha filling the minor slots.
"I'm super-stoked to win. This is one of the biggest events in South Africa at the moment because of qualifying for World Games, so I obviously had that at the back of my mind before paddling out," said Smith. "The waves picked up, were super fun, and we had half hour heats so there were more than enough waves for everyone. What a great event."
Local boy Max Armstrong was the popular winner of the U20 Pro Junior Men, packing the high-scoring moves in on the small waves to take the win from Steven Sawyer in 2nd, Matt McGillivray in 3rd and Joshe Faulkner in 4th. "I went into the final pretty amped. The waves were fun and I was amped to get a few little lefts, and I ended up getting one or two," said Armstrong afterwards. "It's been a great event. I'm really stoked about such a big junior event at Long Beach my home break."