Two Billabong events on calendar for Kouga

2015-09-03 06:00

THE best junior surfers in the country are preparing for a bumper season of surf contests, with the upcoming Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS Event Two, followed by the Billabong South African Junior Championships presented by BOS, set to take place in the Kouga in quick succession.

The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS Event Two will be held at the iconic point break of Seal Point, Cape St Francis, and is set to run from September 25 - 27. This is the second event in the series, with the first that held at Magnatubes during the JBay Winterfest and won by Eithan Osborne from USA and Nicole Pallet from KZN.

Other winners from this event include Nathan Spalding (u.12 Boys), Kai Woolf (u.14 and u.16 Girls), and Sebastian Williams (u.16 Boys).

The tournament has both Pro Surf Tour (PST) and World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior rated events, with valuable points and prize money up for grabs. It will see the culmination of the series, and the series prize giving will take place after the contest.

The Billabong SA Junior Champs is set to take place at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay from September 30 to October 4, and expectations are high for some good surf around that time. The SA Junior Champs is a Surfing South Africa event, with Billabong the proud sponsors.

This year will see teams no longer representing provinces, but rather districts. The attending teams are Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Eden, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Ugu, eThekweni, uThungulu and the Development Academy team.

eThekweni are the defending champions.

The winners of the u.17 Boys and Girls and the u15 Boys and Girls will be awarded their National Colours and will have automatic inclusion in the 2016 SA Junior Team.

There have been some recent and well-publicised shark encounters on the East Coast, and Billabong South Africa has been proactive in their approach to the situation at hand.

“At the events we will have two jet-skis in the water, with both skis trailing shark pods in the water,” said Billabong South Africa marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We will also have an anti-shark leash for every competitor to use in the event. On top of this we have the usual lifesavers in attendance at events, as well as the team of medics on duty.”

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