Kommetjie sons surf for Crown

2017-05-16 06:02
Eli Beukes will be in action on his homeground at Long beach this weekend. PHOTO: IAN THURTELL

Eli Beukes will be in action on his homeground at Long beach this weekend. PHOTO: IAN THURTELL

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Long Beach in Kommetjie will see the return of the BOS Cape Crown on Saturday and Sunday.

The event has grown in importance and is now a selection event for the South African junior team to compete in the ISA world junior championships in Japan in September.

Turning up the heat, it is also an event on the World Surf League (WSL) pro junior calendar and offers sought-after qualification points for the prestigious WSL u.18 world junior championships in Australia at the end of the season.

It is also the second leg of the long-running Billabong junior series which is celebrating 20 years of junior competition.

A number of local surfers will be vying for the Cape Crown division titles and aim to secure their team spots to represent South Africa at the junior world championships.

After WSL qualification events in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban, Jake Elkington from Kommetjie leads the field among the WSL u.18 boys. He is narrowly ahead of Adin Masencamp from the Strand, Koby Oberholzer from Durban and Jake’s younger brother Max.

Natasha van Greunen and Sarah Ingram, both from Muizenberg, will be trying to move into the qualifying positions in the WSL u.18 girls’ ranking which are currently held by Durban surfers Kayla Nogueira and Sophie Bell.

Three local surfers, Max Elkington from Kommetjie, Luke Slijpen from Llandudno and Eli Beukes from Kommetjie, are currently in the top positions for selection for the u.16 boys’ South African team. Summer Sutton from Kommetjie and Julia Plougmann from Scarborough are sitting just outside the qualifying positions for the u.16 girls’ team.

Other local surfers to watch out for are the Van Jaarsveldt brothers – Ford and York – and Ethan Fletcher from Kommetjie who will be keen to post solid results.

The event organisers are hoping for the good conditions which helped make last year’s event such a success, but as the saying goes “a good surfer surfs in anything”, so the competitors will have been practising in all types of surf and be ready to perform in whatever Mother Nature offers.

The prize-giving will take place on Sunday afternoon and the organisers and competitors thank the local surf community for their cooperation and support.

Everyone is welcome to come watch the surfing of the highest standard.

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