Eastern Cape surfers gearing up for contest time

2015-09-10 06:00
Crystal Hulett from St Francis Bay has plenty of victories under her belt and is undoubtedly going to excel in the Eastern Cape point breaks.

Crystal Hulett from St Francis Bay has plenty of victories under her belt and is undoubtedly going to excel in the Eastern Cape point breaks. Photo: KODY MCGREGOR

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THE best junior surfers are headed for the Eastern Cape for the back-to-back Billabong Junior events set to run at the end of the month.

The first event is the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS Event Two, and it is set to take place at Seal Point on September 25 - 27. This annual event is the series finale, and event titles as well as series titles are on the line.

From there it’s a quick two-day break before the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS begins at the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay. “We’re excited to be hosting the South African Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay this year ,” says Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We are looking forward to having the best junior surfers in the country competing for their District titles, as well as individual titles. It’s a great achievement to be a South African champion, and there will be some proud moments when we award these titles.”

Crystal Hulett is one of the local favourites for the two events, as she is a stand-out surfer at both venues. Crystal, from St Francis Bay, has plenty of victories under her belt and is undoubtedly going to excel in the Eastern Cape point breaks. A natural-footer (left-foot forward) Crystal is adept at surfing the longer waves of the Eastern Cape, and stringing together series of moves and combination moves in order to impress the judges.

Joshe Faulkner is another local surfer who is set to impress. Joshe surfs with his right-foot forward, is thus a goofy-footer and has his back to the right-hand point breaks of Seal Point and The Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay. Joshe placed third in the u.15 division last year but will be surfing in the next division, the u.17 division, this year.

Historically, the later part of the year is good for surf in the Eastern Cape, with September and October always good for swell and winds. Seal Point is one of the most consistent waves in the area and there are always waves to be had there, and the Lower Point in JBay is also consistent, and with it being a sand bottom point there are always waves to be had.

With surfers from all over the country flying in for the two events, the local surfers are going to have their work cut out for them during this fast contest period. With prizes and prize money on offer, as well as South African Champion titles in hand, the junior surfers will be going all out to finish the year off with a bang

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