Cape surfers ride to success

2015-10-13 06:00
The victorious Cape Town Surfriders team hold aloft the coveted Freedom Cup that they won for accumulating the highest points total at the Billabong SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay.

Ian Thurtel

The victorious Cape Town Surfriders team hold aloft the coveted Freedom Cup that they won for accumulating the highest points total at the Billabong SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay. PHOTO: Ian Thurtel

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Cape Town Surfriders district clinched the coveted Freedom Cup for the team with the most points at the annual SA Junior Champs in Jeffreys Bay last week.

The Cape Town team also won two of the six individual titles at stake and provided eight of the 24 finalists, earning 32 576 points to finish well ahead of hosts Nelson Mandela Bay (27 956) and third placed defending cup-holder eThekweni (25 170).

Cape Winelands repeated its fourth place in the team standings of last year, followed by Buffalo City, Eden, Ugu, the SA Development Academy and uThungulu.

“All around the event has been really well organised with the directors making good decisions to add heats and starting early to get more done on some days,” said Chris Bond, coach of the Cape Town squad.

“The waves have been absolutely firing the entire time with kids getting the best waves of their lives in heats. And the surfers have really been pushing their limits with many excellent scores and a couple of 10-point rides.”

Jody Maree triumphed in the premier u.17 boys’ final in which all four finalists came from the South Peninsula area.

“I’ve been training really hard and it is great to finally win after so many second places. It was awesome,” said Maree.

Another Cape Town surfer, Max Elkington, took home the u.15 boys’ title after he recovered from a serious arm injury earlier in the year to secure a nail-biting victory over local favourite Sebastian Williams.

The specialty awards for individuals and teams saw Cape Town win the Billabong/Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle and R5000 for the association. Host team Nelson Mandela Bay earned the team spirit award worth R2500.


Freedom Cup (Provincial team points):

1. Cape Town – 32 576 points

2. Nelson Mandela Bay – 27 956 pts

3. eThekweni – 25 170 pts

4. Cape Winelands – 21 526 pts

5. Buffalo City – 18 735 pts

6. Eden – 17 620 pts

7. Ugu – 16 314 pts

8. SA Development Academy – 12 955 pts

9. uThungulu – 6 920 pts

Boys u.17:

1. Jordy Maree (Cape Town)

2. Ford van Jaarsveld (Cape Winelands)

3. Jake Elkington (Cape Town)

4. Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town)

Girls u.17:

1. Chrystal Hulett (Nelson Mandela Bay)

2. Pippa Jones (Cape Town)

3. Taghiti Gericke (Eden)

4. Kia Fenton (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Boys u.15:

1. Max Elkington (Cape Town)

2. Sebastian Williams (Nelson Mandela Bay)

3. Luke Slijpen (Cape Town)

4. Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Girls u.15:

1. Kirsty McGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay)

2. Sophie Bell (eThekweni)

3. Olivia Izzard (eThekweni)

4. Christy Gilmore (eThekweni)

Boys u.13:

1. Brayden Bergset (eThekweni)

2. York van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town)

3. Manoa Robb (Cape Town)

4. Dillon Hendriks (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Girls u.13:

1. Gabi Lailvaux (eThekweni)

2. Summer Sutton (Cape Town)

3. Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni)

4. Lisa van Heerden (Cape Winelands)

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