In a nail-biter final, Dylan Lightfoot from JBay won the U20 WSL Pro Junior Men’s event at the Billabong Junior Series Grand Finale, overtaking Adin Masencamp from Strand on the last wave of the heat. In what must be one of the closest heats in Billabong Junior Surfing history, Lightfoot ended up winning by a mere .05 of a point, the narrowest of margins, in the small but highly contestable 3-foot conditions.
In the U20 WSL Pro Junior Women’s event, Nicole Pallet from Durban repeated her victory from the first event at Magnatubes, taking out Sophie Bell from Umdloti in the final. Nicole and Sophie had been the two stand-outs in their divisions throughout the event, and it was no surprise that they faced off in the Women’s pro final. Sophie placed second in this U20 final, but she did win her U16 Girls division in this event.
James Ribbink was the stand-out in the U12 division, winning this event, as well as taking out the U12 Boys Series win, and Gabi Lailvaux did the same by winning the U14 Girls division in this event as well as wining the U14 Girls Series. Below are the full event results as well as the full series results, the specialty events results, and the announcement of the WSL squad for the World Junior Champs in 2016.
"I'm very very happy that I won this event," said James Ribbink. "It was very hard in the beginning, and then I got the one good wave, but I couldn't hear the scores. After the heat everyone told me I had probably won, and then I went and stood on two urchins and now I can't get them out of my foot. I'm also very stoked to win the series."
"It has been a great two event series, and we're very proud of all the junior surfers and their performances," said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "The other great thing is that most of these surfers are going to stick around to compete in the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS that will take place next week and weekend in JBay. After we have wrapped here we're going across to set up at the Lower Point for this very popular 5-day junior event."
Final Event Results:
1. James Ribbink (Durban)
2. Mitch Du Preez (East London)
3. Daniel Emslie (East London)
4. Christian Venter (Melkbos)
1. Max Elkington (Kommetjie)
2. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay)
3. Eli Beukes (Kommetjie)
4. York Van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)
1. Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook)
2. Julia Ploughman (Cape Town)
3. Tayla De Coning (East London)
4. Kelly Medley (Port Elizabeth)
1. Sophie Bell (Umdloti)
2. Kirsty McGillivray (JBay)
3. Danica Stockigt (East London)
4. Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness)
1. Sebastian Williams (JBay)
2. Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach)
3. Joshe Faulkner (JBay)
4. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay)
WSL Pro Junior U20 Women’s
1. Nicole Pallet (Durban)
2. Sophie Bell (Umdloti)
WSL Pro Junior U20 Men’s
1. Dylan Lightfoot (JBay)
2. Adin Masencamp (Strand)
Billabong Junior Series Presented By BOS 2015 Series Results:
1. James Ribbink
2. Nathan Spalding
3. Mitch Du Preez
1. Gabi Lailvaux
2. Julia Ploughman
3. Kelly Medley
1. Max Elkington
2. Luke Slijpen
3. Eli Beukes
1. Kirsty McGillivray
2. Danica Stockigt
3. Anna Jellema-Butler
1. Sebastian Williams
2. Ethan Fletcher
3. Ford van Jaarsveldt
U20 Pro Junior Men’s
1. Dylan Lightfoot
2. Jordy Maree
3. Adin Masencamp
U20 Pro Junior Women’s
1. Nicole Pallet
2. Gina Smith
3. Olivia Brand
WSL Africa regional squad team for the World Junior Championships in 2016 -
Dylan Lightfoot, Shane Sykes, Adin Masencamp, Jordy Maree, Matt McGillivray, Bevan Willis
Nicole Pallet, Gina Smith
The winner of each division in this event won a Nixon Rhythm Tide Watch valued at R1,500, while the Pro Junior U20 division winners won a Nixon Supertide Watch.
The BOS Surfer of the contest was Luke Slijpen, winning R1000 and a BOS Hamper.
The BOS Surfer Of The Series Award was won by Sebastian Williams, This prize, for the most consistent surfer of the series, was a R20k prize consisting of R10k cash, a custom made BOS Surfboard, BOS merchandise and a year’s supply of BOS Iced Tea
The Zigzag Stepping Up Award of R2,000 was won by Adin Masencamp.
The DaKine Highest Heat Score Award of a R5,000 DaKine Hamper, was won by Max Elkington for his heat total of 18.25 points.
The Kinetic Racing Fins Best Carve Award was won by Bevan Willis, and he took home a Kinetic Racing Fin hamper valued at R3,000.
The VonZipper Air Show was won by Aya Gericke for a very technical straight slob air, who won R2,000 and a VZ Product Hamper for his effort.
Event co-sponsors include Nixon, VonZipper, DaKine, KR Fins, and Zigzag Magazine.