Source: Surfing South Africa
Bevan Willis and Chanelle Botha were the toast of the South African Squad at the weekend when they won the Under 16 Boys and U18 Girls Finals respectively in the friendly Junior International contest that was completed in Durban on Sunday ( February 23rd).
Willis, who is the official reserve for the SA Junior Team that will compete in the ISA World Championships in Ecuador in a few weeks time, beat Marco Nignot of France into second place with Adin Masencamp of the SA Squad third and Frenchman Theo Etienne fourth.
Botha beat her South African team mate Teal Hogg into second place in their final with KZN surfer Janine Mets taking third ahead of Alice Le Moigne of France.
Mateo Poulot and Pablo Goncalves of the French team came first and second in the U18 Boys final with SA Squad members Richard Kidd, the official Under 18 SA Team reserve, third and Jason Harris fourth.
The U16 Girls final was an all French affair with Juliette Brice taking first place ahead of Camille Levocat, Nena Retynal and Mahe Javegny. KZN surfer Wade Simkiss won the Under 20 title ahead of Martin Coret of France. KZN surfers Keeagan Wright, Byron Wigmore and Oscar Wootton filled third, fourth and fifth place respectively.
The Under 14 title went the way of Erwan Blouin with French team mates Mathis Crozon and Mauro Mignot taking second and third respectively. Up and coming KZN star Karl Steen was fourth.
The Tag Team Final was won by France with South Africa second, Reunion third and KZN fourth
The Junior International Challenge was presented by Surfing South Africa (SSA) in partnership with the French Surfing Federation (FFS). Both SSA and FFS are members of the International Surfing Association, the recognized governing body for World surfing.
The Junior International challenge was hosted by the KZN Central Surfriders Association. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and acknowledged by Sport and Recreation South Africa as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.