Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The final day of the Billabong Junior Series Finale presented by BOS started off with a bang, and it was straight into the U18 Boys final. Jason Harris (Durban) hooked into a long, reeling set wave on the opening siren and successfully executed a high-risk re-entry maneuver, followed by a series of big power hooks to earn a 6.75 out of a possible 10 points to earn the highest score of the heat off the bat. Jason paddled into another good wave later in the heat to win the final decisively ahead of Slade Prestwich (Durban), Dylan Lightfoot (JBay) and Diran Zakarian (Melkbos).
The heat set the mood for the day and it was full speed ahead, with high action and perfect sets rolling through.
A few excellent sets rolled through for the U12 Boys final, and Angelo Faulkner (JBay) caught the bombs to surge ahead and stay there for the duration of the final. He was followed by fellow JBay surfer Ryan Lightfoot in second, Karl Steen (Durban) in third and York Van Jaarsveld (Kom) in fourth.
U14 Girls was also blessed with good waves, as the high tide resulted in a bit of a push. Kai Woolf (JBay) showed her supremacy and totally dominated for a clean win. Kirsty McGillivray (JBay) was second, Sophie Bell (Durban) in third and Ashleigh Vaughn (PE) fourth.
U14 Boys was a two-horse race with Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Jose Faulkner (JBay) neck-and-neck, and in the end there was less than half a point between them. Masencamp took it from Faulkner, with Jake Elkington (Hout Bay) in third and Koby Oberholzer (Durban) in fourth.
In the U16 Boys final Steffen Burrows (Stellenbosch) showed his experience to take the win from a competitive Matt McGillivray (JBay). Michael Monk (EL) was third and Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay) in fourth.
The U18 Girls final was a closely-fought affair, with favourite Chanelle Botha (Durban) emerging victorious, with Britney Linder (PE) a close second. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos) and Gina Smith (JBay) were third and fourth.
Emma Smith (JBay) surged into the lead in the U20 Girls final, beating favourite Sarah Baum (Durban) into second. Britney Linder (PE) and Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos) were third and fourth respectively.
In the age old tradition of saving the best for last, the U20 Boys had a blazing final with some fast-paced surfing and high action. Mikey February took the lead, and managed to hold on to it to the end, with Jason Harris scratching his way into second place. Slade Prestwich was third and Davey Brand came in fourth place.
Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy was very happy with the way the final contest and the series as a whole turned out. "We are really stoked with the way the series ran for 2013. Every event just got better and better with the Seal Point finale a perfect conclusion," said D'Arcy. "We are really proud to continue the 16-year legacy of the Billabong Junior Series and will continue to nurture and develop junior surfing in South Africa."
1.Angelo Faulkner (JBay)
2. Ryan Lightfoot (JBay)
3. Karl Steen (Durban)
4. York Van Jaarsveld (Kom)
1. Kai Woolf (JBay)
2. Kirsty McGillivray (JBay)
3. Sophie Bell (Durban)
4. Ashleigh Vaughn (PE)
1. Adin Masencamp (Strand)
2. Jose Faulkner (JBay)
3. Jake Elkington (Hout Bay)
4. Koby Oberholzer (Durban)
1. Steffen Burrows (Stellenbosch)
2. Matt McGillivray (JBay)
3. Michael Monk (EL)
4. Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay)
1. Jason Harris (Durban)
2. Slade Prestwich (Durban)
3. Dylan Lightfoot (JBay)
4. Diran Zakarian (Melkbos)
1. Chanelle Botha (Durban)
2. Britney Linder (PE)
3. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos)
4. Gina Smith (JBay)
1. Emma Smith (JBay)
2. Sarah Baum (Durban)
3. Britney Linder (PE)
4. Anoush Zakarian (Melkbos)
1. Mikey February (Kom)
2. Jason Harris (Durban)
3 Slade Prestwich (Durban)
4. Davey Brand (Kom)
The final event of the series sees the series winners crowned as well a number of specialty awards presented:
BOS Surfer Of The Series award to the surfer who performed the most consistently across the whole series, consisting of a R20K overall prize consisting of R10K cash, a custom made BOS surf board, special BOS merchandise and a year's supply of BOS Ice Tea went to Max Elkington
The All Aboard Travel Sportsmanship Award of a return ticket to Bali with four nights accommodation valued at R20k for the surfer from any division who displayed the best sportsmanship during the series went to Koby Oberholzer from Durban.
The DaKine Youthful Movement Award for the surfer who performed the most innovative or progressive move performed during the competition went to Slade Prestwich for a massive carve performed on the first day of competition.
The VonZipper Flair Up Award for the surfer who successfully landed the biggest or most stylish aerial move of the event went to Mikey February for a huge air reverse pulled off in the U20 Boys final.
The Nixon WTA (Winner Takes All) prize of an engraved Nixon watch for the surfer with the highest heat score went to Dylan Lightfoot.
The Nixon limited edition 48-20 All Black / Multi LTD Watch for the winner of the U20 Boys Division went to Mikey February.