Locals claim victory at championships

2015-12-03 06:00

SOME six local surfers claimed top spots at the 2015 World Surf League (WSL) Africa Regional Championships in the Open and Pro Junior Categories for men and women.

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Former WSL Championship Tour (CT) campaigner, Nikita Robb, 26, originally from East London and now living in Cape Town, secured the Women’s title by winning the Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong in July.

The WSL Africa Pro Junior champions earned their 2015 titles from results in the three Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS events run at Seal Point in Cape St Francis at the end of 2014 and again in September 2015 and at Magnatubes in Jeffreys Bay in July.

Jeffreys Bay standout Dylan Lightfoot (20), won one and finished second in two of the events to capture the Men’s title in his final year in the Pro Junior age category.

“I just wanted to end my junior career with a bang and winning at Seal Point and claiming the WSL Africa title there felt amazing,” says Lightfoot. “I’ll be going to Hawaii for the QS 3000 at Pipe at the end of January, then on to Australia for the two QS6 000’s. It’s exciting times and I’m putting my head down to work hard and start off 2016 with some solid results,” says Lightfoot.

La Lucia’s Nicole Pallet (20) secured the Pro Junior Women’s title after finishing fifth in the first event at Seal Point and then winning the next two.

Lightfoot and Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Adin Masencamp (Strand), Jordan Maree (Kalk Bay), Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Bevan Willis (Durban), have received invitations to compete in the WSL Junior Championships in Portugal in January 2016.

“I’m looking forward to surfing in the World Junior Champs at Ericeira in Portugal in January. It’s an incredible wave and I feel it suits my style of surfing being a right hand point break,” says Lightfoot who finished 17th in the event last year.

Lightfoot and McGillivray earned their spots in the squad as the two highest ranked WSL Africa Pro Juniors on the QS rankings while the other four are the next highest in the regional rankings.

Pallet will be joined in Portugal by Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay), the runner-up in the WSL Africa Pro Junior women’s rankings who also competed at the 2014 edition of the event.

WSL Africa – 2015 Yearend Rankings


1. David van Zyl (Durban) 385 points

2. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 317

3. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 205

4. Remi Peterson (Jeffreys Bay) 120

5. Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) 110


1. Nikita Robb (East London) 1 000 points

2. Faye Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth) 750

3. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 560

4. Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) 510

Pro Junior Men

1. Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) 2 500 points

2. Shane Sykes (Salt Rock) 1 700

3. Adin Masencamp (Strand) 1 575

4. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay) 1 400

5. Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) 1 260

Pro Junior Women

1. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) 2 420 points

2. Gina Smith (Jeffreys Bay) 1 730

3. Olivia Brand (uMhlanga) 1 610

4. Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach) 1 420

5. Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) 1 410

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