Surfers excel at Sea Harvest SA Junior Champs

2019-10-03 06:01

A balmy morning and great waves greeted the surfers assembled for the final day of the Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Monday, September 30.

With the constant threat of Armageddon by rain, the surfing got underway with some massive semi-final heats on the schedule.

The surfers were going all-in to make the finals, and there were so many clutch moments, with the kids determined to scoop final scores and advance, with individual titles on the cards, as well as the President’s Cup team trophy.

In the u.12 girls’ division it was Anastasia Venter who took it with some great surfing from Gabi Herbst and Louise Lepront, with Meka Loots in fourth.

The u.12 boys’ final was an explosive affair, with Cooper Smith surfing exceptionally for the win against Levi Kolnik and Gordon Falangile, with Ryan Schoon in fourth.

In the u.14 girls’ division it was Gemma Hannafey who surfed to victory, snatching the win from Sarah Scott and Mayah Potgie-ter.

Scarlett Van Jaarsveldt was fourth.

Nate Colby had brilliant form throughout the contest, and his u.14 boys’ victory was well-deserved. River Gericke was in second place and Joel Dace came in third, with Connor Slijpen in fourth.

Zoe Steyn was the winner in the u.16 girls’ division, and in a tense final it was Kayla Nogueira who sneaked into second in the dying seconds of the final, jumping just ahead of Ceara Knight. Katie Winter came fourth.

Daniel Emslie was on fire in the u.16 boys’ final, and banked two great scores in the first few minutes of the heat. He was closely followed by Mitch Du Preez who came second, ahead of Brad Scott in third and Christan Venter in fourth.

Tayla De Coning won the u.18 girls’ division from Gabi Lailvaux, with Caroline Brown and Summer Sutton in the minor positions.

The u.18 boys’ final was an action packed affair, with Bryce Du Preez taking an early lead. Karl Steen fought back hard and banked a massive opening score for a long ride almost to the sand.

He caught another good looking wave towards the end of the final, but it was not enough and Du Preez won the final from Steen, with Angelo Faulkner in third place and Eli Beukes in fourth place.


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