Shot to all our local groms for surfing their socks off in the BIllabong Junior Series held at Seals this weekend. Some good waves, some challenging days, but the lighties just went for it.
Stand-out performers were JBay grom DYlan Hendricks who got 3rd and PA micro-grom Kye McGregor who took 4th in the Boys u12; JBay's Kirsty McGillivray who won the Girl's u14, and Zoe Smith got 3rd; Sebastian Williams winning the Boys u14; St Francis's Crystal Hulett getting 2nd in Girl's u16; PE's Alex van Rijswijck and JBay's Joshe Faulkner getting 2nd & 4th respectively in the Boys u16; Emma Smith won the Pro Junior Women with her sister Gina 2nd and Crystal 4th. Dylan Lightfoot got 2nd in Pro Junior Men.
Alex van Rijswijck also picked up the KR Fins Free award, and Jono Coffey scored a Dennis Ellis board for the Underground Ripper Award.
Check out the full comp wrap and all the results here:
Seal Point, Cape St Francis - Small and onshore waves didn't deter the best junior surfers in the country as they tore the Seal Point waves apart in their bids for event and series titles. In an exciting finish to the 2014 Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS, the finalists all threw caution to the wind, going for broke in the marginal conditions.
In the U12 Boys final it was young York Van Jaarsveldt who outpointed Tide Lee Ireland for the win, while in the U14 Girls division it was Kirsty McGillivray who took the win from Anne Jellema-Butler. In the fiercely contested U14 Boy Final it was Sebastian Williams who took victory from Koby Oberholzer.
Ruth Armstrong won the U16 Girls division beating Crystal Hulett, while Adin Masencamp took out the U16 Boys division from Alex Van Rijswick.
The Pro Junior Women's final was a close one, with the two JBay sisters, Emma and Gina Smith, placing first and second, with Teal Hogg and Crystal Hulett in third and fourth.
The Pro Junior Men's heat was an action-packed affair, with the 4 surfers going for broke in the highly contestable high-tide conditions. Adin Masencamp, showing some fatigue after winning his U16 final, placed fourth, and Josh Smit failed to find the connecting waves and came third. JBay surfer Dylan Lightfoot, who was surfing fast and dynamic, wasn't able to beat an on-form Shane Sykes, who totally dominated the final and earned the biggest heat score of the event in the process.
"I'm stoked with the way that final went," said Sykes afterwards. "The waves were so much fun out there, and with the onshore it reminded me a lot of where I surf in Durban, in Ballito. I was feeling confident and have had a pretty good run lately, with a good board, so it was a great event or me."
Final Event Results
The BOS Surfer Of The Contest Award went to Adin Masencamp for winning the U16 Boys and making the Pro Junior Men's final.
The Nixon WTA Award for the highest heat score went to Shane Sykes for his massive 18.5 total in the Pro Junior Final
The DaKine Youthful Movement Award went to Shane Sykes for an innovative finsfree move in the Pro Junior Final
The KR Finsfree Award went to Alex Van Rijswijck.
The Dennis Ellis Underground Ripper Awards went to:
Girl - Taghiti Gericke
Boy - Johnathan Coffey
The VonZipper Brainblast Off Airshow was won by Diran Zakarian for a huge backhand air reverse move.
Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS 2014 Final Results
Nixon Limited Edition 48-20 watches went to the two Pro Junior winners Shane Sykes and Emma Smith.
The BOS Surfer Of The Series Award for the most consistent surfer of the series across all age divisions went to Emma Smith for winning all three Pro Junior Women's events during the year.
Video highlights of Day Two of the contest, with some amazing drone footage, can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch
The Billabong Junior Series 2014 has a number of supporting sponsors, including Playstation, Samsung, Techniblock, Nixon, VonZipper, KR Fins, Denis Ellis Surfboards and Future Life.
The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised by the Dept. Of Sport and Recreation as the national governing body for surfing.