Slijpen wins surf medal

2018-11-06 06:01
Luke Slijpen from Hout Bay finished third in the boys’ u.18 final at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships on Sunday 4 November.     PHOTO: ISA/Ben Reed

Luke Slijpen from Hout Bay finished third in the boys’ u.18 final at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships on Sunday 4 November. PHOTO: ISA/Ben Reed

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hout Bay’s Luke Slijpen finished third in the boys’ u.18 division after the final day at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Surfing Championships on Sunday 4 November. Slijpen was South Africa’s last hope of bringing home a medal from the championships after the teenager from Hout Bay won his u.18 boys’ main event semi-final heat in California on Saturday 3 November to advance to finals day.

Slijpen had been foot perfect throughout the event which started last Saturday 27 October, winning three of the five heats he contested and finishing runner-up in the other two, as well as taking a first place in his first heat which saw him progress to the grand final where he was guaranteed an individual gold, silver, bronze or copper medal.

Vissla founder and CEO, Paul Naude, said: “It was an incredible week with many inspiring performances. I think the future of surfing is in great hands. It’s amazing to see countries that over the years come back to compete and continually advance.

“A huge thank you to the people of Huntington Beach for sharing your break with us.”

Teammate Luke Thompson posted a convincing heat win in his u.16 boys’ repecharge round seven match-up to move into the last 12 in his division. But despite earning an even better heat tally of 13.84 out of 20 in round eight, the young Durbanite was relegated to third place by American Kade Matson (16.03) and Japan’s Riaru Ito (14.40) and he was eliminated from the event in joint ninth place.

As a result, South Africa finished eighth on the final team rankings.

Finishing the event ranked in the top seven nations would have guaranteed South Africa a place in the unique ISA Aloha Cup at next year’s ISA World Juniors. This form of team relay surfing features the top seven ranked national teams from the previous year’s championships, plus the host nation. If the host nation already qualifies in the top seven, then the eighth ranked team from the previous year is included.

The USA won the gold medal in the 2018 Aloha Cup final held on Saturday, convincingly outpointing France, Japan and Hawaii who claimed the silver, bronze and copper medals respectively.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Cluster Financial Manager

Cape Town
Network Finance
R950 000.00 - R1 000 000.00 Per Year

Reporting Accountant

Cape Town
Network Finance Professional / Prudential
R310 000.00 - R360 000.00 Per Year

HSE Manager

Cape Town
Tumaini Consulting
R550 000.00 - R650 000.00 Per Year

Property [change area]

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.