Williams favourite to take win

2015-09-17 06:00
Local surfer, Sebastian Williams, is a favourite for the u.16 win in the Billabong Junior Series. 

Local surfer, Sebastian Williams, is a favourite for the u.16 win in the Billabong Junior Series. Photo: IAN THURTELL

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THE final event in the Billabong Junior Series 2015 is set to take place at Seal Point from September 25 to 27.

This exciting finish to the two-part series will take place at the point-break and will see the best junior surfers in the country battling it out for points and prize money, as well as the glory of winning a Billabong Junior Series event. The series has been around since 1997 and many good surfers have emerged from this training ground to either continue as a successful professional surfer or to delve into another area within the surfing career fold.

“We’re obviously very proud of the Billabong Junior Series,” says Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It has been the stepping stone for many of our best surfers, and we wish to see this process going forward. We have also incorporated the Billabong SA Junior Champs into our fold where we can continue along the same lines of nurturing and coaching our kids.”

One surfer who has started enjoying good success in the Billabong Junior Series is young Sebastian Williams. Originally from Mexico, Sebastian now calls JBay home, and surfs and trains on the waves of Supertubes, as well as Bruces Beauties in St Francis Bay and Seal Point in Cape St Francis. He is a po-werful natural-footer and has proven himself in right-hand point-breaks in the past. He is leading the u.16-division after a convincing win in the first event in the Billabong Junior Series, held at Magnatubes in JBay in July.

Sebastian is the son of legendary South African surfer Tim Williams. Tim is an established surfer who had travelled the world and worked within the surf industry before setting up camp at a perfect wave in Mexico a few years ago. It was here, in the warm water of Mexico, that Sebastian honed his talent and emerged as one of the best junior surfers in the world. He has been on the Surfer Magazine Hot 100 list for five years. Every year in their May issue Surfer Magazine publishes their definitive guide to the world’s best young surfers, and Sebastian is currently rated sixth in the world on this list

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