Locals shine in junior event

2017-05-23 06:01
Kommetjie surfers filled the top 4 spots in the men’s final of the Bos Cape Crown. From left are Eli Beukes (fourth), Jake Elkington (winner), Ford van Jaarsveldt (third) and Max Elkington (second).

Kommetjie surfers filled the top 4 spots in the men’s final of the Bos Cape Crown. From left are Eli Beukes (fourth), Jake Elkington (winner), Ford van Jaarsveldt (third) and Max Elkington (second). (WSL/Thurtell)

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Jake Elkington from Kommetjie took the junior men’s title at the Bos Cape Crown presented by Billabong in idyllic 1m to 1.3m waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday.

He extends his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings.

Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists, despite a strong contingent of the country’s best u.18 and 18-year-old surfers from all over the South African coastline.

Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton came second in the women’s category, which Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) won. Bell moved into the top spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events of the year completed.

The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van ­Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers (Jake and Max) had slow starts as they waited for the bigger waves.

Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead.

In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67.

“It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break. To surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake.

“Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and who are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL junior champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.”

Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents and leading the heat until the last three minutes.

Rankings leader Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) and Sarah Ingram (Cape Town) battled to find waves with good scoring potential and Bell had produced just one excellent score as time started to run out.

But with three minutes left on the clock, Bell used her priority to catch a long right that just kept producing for the powerful natural footer and she slammed four high-risk manoeuvres to take the lead.

Sutton had a final opportunity to grab victory as the siren sounded to end the final, but came up just short of the score required.

The Cape Crown also featured 3A rated SAST events for u.16, u.14 and u.12 boys and girls run by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the national controlling body for the sport.

In the SSA divisions, Eli Beukes and York van Jaarsveldt were narrowly beaten in the u.16 boys category by Dillon Hendricks from Jeffreys Bay. Noguiera from Durban won the u.16 girls’ division, beating local girls Sutton and Maya Sheffer Boswell into third and fourth.

In the u.14 boys’ category Daniel Emslie from East London took the title with local boy Luke van Wyk coming fourth, after earlier achieving the division’s highest heat score in the semi-finals.

The u.14 girls’ category was a local affair with Ceara Knight (Scarborough), Caroline Brown (Llandudno) and Leila Steytler coming first, second and third respectively.

The u.12 boys’ division was won by another local, Kyra Bennie from Glen Beach, putting on a great performance in the perfect waves at Long Beach.

The organisers thank the locals for their consideration in giving up their break for this once-a-year top national junior event.


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