Jeffrey’s Bay surfers Joshe Faulkner and Kai Woolf won the Under 18 Boys and Girls titles respectively respectively at the inaugural Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver in misty conditions and 2-3 foot surf at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town yesterday (Sunday).
Their victories in the 3A rated Surfing South Africa PST event earned them R2500 each and 1000 points on the domestic ratings.
Faulkner beat Jake Elkington of Kommetjie into second place with Alex Van Rijswijck of Port Elizabeth taking third spot ahead of Angelo Faulkner, Joshe’s cousin.
Woolf, who won the Under 18 title at the Nahoon Junior Open in East London a week ago, beat Anna Jellema Butler of Kalk Bay into second spot with Sophie Bell of Umdloti in KZN taking third. Taghiti Gericke of the Wilderness was fourth in the final.
The final day of the Cape Town Pro got underway in glassy three foot waves, but a thick mist bank that rolled in after at around 1pm put the event on hold for more than three hours before it was eventually completed in sunshine and windless conditions.
The awards were presented by Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport and Surfing South Africa President Mark Hoffman.
In addition to the elite competition taking place at Big Bay Surfing South Africa presented a highly successful Tag Team competition and coaching clinic at Small Bay which featured 65 young surfers from eight surfing Outreach programmes which operate in the Western Cape. These programmes use surfing to uplift the lives of boys and girls from marginalised and challenged communities. Many never get the opportunity to move out of their environment so the trip to Bloubergstrand gave them the chance to spend a day surfing at a venue that most of them had only ever heard about. For all of them it also meant that they could see Robben Island for the first time in their lives.
The winners of the Tag Team competition were from the Muizenberg based Surfshack Outreach programme run by David and Fiona Chudleigh and the five young surfers were stoked to receive their gold medals from Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
The programme was coordinated by Danielle Johnson.
Full results of the Under 18 Boys and Girls Divisions can be found on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
The Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver was sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, supported by the City of Cape Town, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Pick n Pay and Accelerate Sport.
Surfing South Africa is the recognised National governing body for Surfing in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).