Kommetjie surfers hold their own

2019-09-24 06:00
Eli Beukes lost his semi-final heat to eventual winner Bryce du Preez.PHOTO: WSL/Ian Thurtell

Eli Beukes lost his semi-final heat to eventual winner Bryce du Preez.PHOTO: WSL/Ian Thurtell

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Kommetjie surfing trio Eli Beukes, Max Elkington and Ceara Knight held their own at the Billabong Pro Junior Seal Point World Surfing League (WSL) event, which concluded in Cape St Francis on Sunday 22 September.

While the junior men’s event and women’s event were won by Bryce du Preez and Zoë Steyn, both from East London, Elkington reached the semi-finals, losing to another East London surfer Thomas Lindhorst.

Beukes bowed out in another semi-final heat, losing to the eventual champion, Du Preez.

Du Preez left his best for last, demolishing Beukes to secure his spot in the final against Lindhorst (East London). Lindhorst, who was a dark horse during the event, quietly made his way to the semi-finals.

However, Du Preez was in a class of his own, clinching the title with a total of 14.75 (out of a possible 20) to Lindhorst’s 10.75 in the final.

Despite a less than ideal start to the competition coming back from the ISA World Surfing Games in Japan, Steyn went straight from the airport into her heats.

Steyn defeated her close rival, Knight, in the final with 14.75 over Knight’s 9.90 (out of a possible 20).

With this win, Steyn also reclaimed the first spot on the WSL Africa rankings.

Results:

Men’s final:

Bryce du Preez 14.75, Thomas Lindhorst 10.75

Men’s semi-final:

Thomas Lindhorst 11.65, Max Elkington 10.00

Bryce du Preez 17.25, Eli Beukes 11.50

Women’s final:

Zoë Steyn 14.75, Ceara Knight 9.90

Women’s semi-final:

Ceara Knight 10.10, Aimee du Preez 6.25

Zoë Steyn 8.50, Tayla de Coning 4.00

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