South Africa’s best junior surfers made the most of good 3-4 foot surf at Magnatubes in Jeffreys Bay on the final day of the three day Surfing South Africa 3A PST rated Quiksilver & Roxy J Bay Junior Pro at this world-class right hand point break just south of the Supertubes where the World Surf League World Tour J Bay Open was being held at the same time.
The event catered for boys and girls surfing in seven age divisions ranging from U12, U14, U16 to U18 and was part of the 2016 J-Bay Winterfest which runs until the July 17th. The J Bay Winterfest features a number of sporting and cultural events in Jeffrey’s Bay with the J-Bay Open of Surfing as its main attraction.
Quiksilver’s sales and marketing manager Dane Patterson was very happy with the event’s outcome. ”We really enjoyed being able to put this event on during Winterfest this year. It is the best time to be in J-Bay. The juniors were stoked to be surfing good waves here and also being able to watch the world’s best out at Supertubes for the J-Bay Open.”
In the premier U18 division current SA U17 Champion Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) took the honours in style. Maree was in top form throughout the event posting numerous scores in the excellent range during the rounds and was dominant in the final. His lethal backhand attack was appreciated by the spectators and judges alike and his scores gave him victory over Bevan Willis (Salt Rock), event top seed Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) who were second to fourth respectively.
Crystal Hulett (Cape St Francis), the current SA U17 Champion made a late charge in the U18 Girls final to narrowly edge out Zoe McDougall (Hawaii) while J Bay local Kai Woolf was third. Danica Stockigt (East London) took fourth place.
In the U16 Boys Division Sebastian Williams (Durban) was a major standout over the three days of competition with his progressive surfing and he was a comfortable winner in this competitive final. Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) and Saxton Randall (Durban) were second, third and fourth place respectively.
The Hawaiian Zoe McDougall claimed the U16 Girls title ahead of other form surfers Kai Woolf and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) who were second and third respectively. S’nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) continued her impressive rise up the ratings to finish in fourth place..
The U14 Boys title went the way of an ever improving Mitch Du Preez (East London). Du Preez executed two solid manoeuvres in the dying seconds of the final to post the winning score, which meant that Aya Gericke (Wilderness) had to settle for second. Manoa Robb (Kommetjie) and Reilly Mare (East London) took third and fourth place respectively.
Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) used her strong backhand attack to clinch the U14 girls title ahead of fellow backhand surfer Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga).Kelly Fenton (Port Elizabeth) was third and S’nenhlanhla Makhubu came fourth.
Daniel Emslie (East London), son of Justin and nephew of former WCT surfer Greg, continued his domination of the U12 Boys division with a great win over another up an talent, Christian Venter (Melkbosstrand). Cape Crown winner Alex Townsend (Kommetjie) was third and Brad Scott (Hout Bay) secured fourth place.
The Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro was proudly supported by Skullcandy, Red Bull, Gunslinger and Island Style. The 3A PST-rated Surfing South Africa event offered a total of R22 000 in prize money as well as some amazing prizes.
For more information and photo’s of the event go to: http://www.quiksilver.co.za/juniorpro
For more information about J-Bay Winterfest go to: http://www.jbaywinterfest.com
For all the results go to http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za