Cape Town surfers conquer

2017-10-10 06:01
The Cape Town Surfriders team won the Freedom Cup at the Billabong national junior championships on Sunday.

The Cape Town Surfriders team won the Freedom Cup at the Billabong national junior championships on Sunday.

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The Cape Town Surfriders clinched the coveted Freedom Cup for the team with the most points across all divisions at the Billabong SA Junior Championships in Jeffreys Bay on ­Sunday.

The victory margin was the closest in the 21-year history of the trophy, with the team from Cape Town reclaiming the cup they won in 2015 by scoring just 63 points more than their archrivals from eThekweni.

The Capetonians also claimed two of the eight individual national titles at stake and provided five of the 32 finalists, earning a total of 42 840 points.

eThekweni came second while hosts and defending team champions Nelson Mandela Bay were in third place and Buffalo City came fourth.

They were followed in the team standings by the Cape Winelands, Ugu, Eden, Ilembe and the SA development academy.

Cape Town Surfriders’ Ford van Jaarsveldt was consistent throughout the u.18 boys’ division, winning every single heat.

He was elated to improve on his runner-up position in the u.17 boys’ division at the national championships last year by claiming the premier boys’ title this year.

After a heat total of 19.47 in his semi-final earlier in the day, Kommetjie surfer Eli Beukes had unshakeable confidence in the u.16 boys’ final, sealing his title with a big air reverse on his last wave.

Katie Winter of Cape Town Surfriders finished in second place in the u.14 girls’ section.

Scarlette van Jaarsveldt of Cape Town Surfriders earned a well-deserved second place in the u.12 girls’ division in her first national championships.

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