Ugu move up the ranks at SA Junior Surfing Champs – photo gallery

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

The 2017 Billabong South African Junior Surfing Championships presented by BOS on Sunday reached an epic crescendo at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay, where Ugu Surfriders produced their best performance in three years.

After languishing in seventh place in 2015 and 2016, a determined, talented and spirited South Coast side finished sixth out of nine teams this year, with the tight-knit team’s enthusiasm earning them the Skull Candy Loud and Proud Trophy for the best team spirit.

The 2017 edition of the national junior championships will be remembered for the incredible waves across all five days with sunshine, whale sightings, great memories and after an excellent final day, a new set of champions who’ll have their names inscribed in the annals of South Africa surfing history.

Making up the Ugu Surfriders side were Under-18 surfers Jenna Unsworth, Tyler May, Senzo Shange, Drikus Lubbe and David Jacobson, Under-16 riders Chalize Coetzee, Maya Attfield, Claire Haskins, Caden Coetsee, Sean Ruggeri, Sanele Mbewana and Nathan Borstlap, Under-14 competitors Jesse Powell, Jordy Boshoff, Lwando Dlezi, Ayanda Mpisane and Landon Windvogel and Under-12 groms Kira Attfield, Luc Lepront and Evan Peylos.

Port Shepstone legend Heather Clark coached the team, while Claudia Fuchs continued her role as team manager.

Clark’s elite-level coaching, a combination of the unrivalled experience she gained during her trail-blazing career on the ASP World Tour and passion for giving back to the sport she’s dedicated her life to, played a significant part in Ugu’s progression at this year’s national showcase.

It was awesome coaching such a cool bunch of Ugu surfers. They all did fantastic and I’m super proud of each one of them,” commented Clark.

Clark ‘super stoked’ about stealing the show at SA Champs

The surfers rose to the occasion and each made their mark in one way or another. Powell and Kira Attfield were the stars of the team, the former reaching the Under-14 girls’ semi-finals and the latter the Under-12 girls’ semis.

Ugu also produced four quarter-finalists in Unsworth (Under-18 girls), Haskins (Under-16 girls), Coetsee (Under-16 girls) and Boshoff (Under-14 boys).

Jesse Powell progressed to the Under-14 girls’ semi-finals.

Cape Town Surfriders clinched the coveted Freedom Cup for the team accumulating the highest points across all divisions. The victory margin was the closest in the 21-year history of the trophy with the team from Cape Town reclaiming the cup they won in 2015 by scoring just 63 points more than their arch rivals from eThekweni.

The Capetonians also claimed two of the eight individual national titles at stake and provided five of the 32 finalists, earning a total of 42,840 points.

eThekweni (42,777) finished runners-up with hosts and defending team champions Nelson Mandela Bay (41,792) in third place and Buffalo City (40,277) in fourth. They were followed in the team standings by Cape Winelands, Ugu, Eden, debutants Ilembe and the SA Development Academy.

Ford van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) was consistent throughout the Under-18 boys’ division, winning every single heat he contested. He was elated to improve on his runner-up position in the Under-17 boys’ division last year by claiming the premier boys’ title this year.

Nelson Mandela Bay surfer Joshe Faulkner was relegated to second place by a mere 0.21 of a point leaving Koby Oberholzer (eThekweni) and Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) in third and fourth places respectively.

Kirsty McGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay) added another South African title to her name with her powerful and precise surfing, capturing the crown in the dying seconds of the Under-18 girls final. Nina Harmse (Eden) maintained her runner-up berth from last year while goofy foot Natasha van Greunen (Cape Winelands) finished third above her teammate Sarah Ingram in a heat with few waves.

After a heat total of 19.47 in his semi-final earlier in the day, Eli Beukes had unshakeable confidence in the Under-16 boys’ final, sealing his title with a big air-reverse on his last wave. Aya Gericke (Eden) read the waves beautifully for a second place finish above Saxton Randall (eThekweni). After a rocky start Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) went for broke with a huge aerial manoeuvre but was unable to stick the landing and had to settle for fourth place.

The talented Under-16 girls had a slow final but Nelson Mandela Bay surfer and J-Bay local Kai Woolf knew just the right waves to pick to claim another South African title with her ferocious backhand attack.

Runner-up S’nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni) was a good match for Woolf on her backhand and held the highest single score in the final, an 8.5, but struggled to find a heat winning back up ride. Tayla de Coning (Buffalo City) was narrowly bumped to third place with Summer Sutton (Cape Town Surfriders) finishing fourth.

The Under-14 boys were blowing up throughout the contest but in the end it was Buffalo City’s Mitch du Preez who claimed his first South African title with a total of 16.44, despite only surfing three waves in the 20-minute final. Teammate Daniel Emslie finished close behind in second place ahead of Luke Thompson (eThekweni) and Kye Macgregor (Nelson Mandela Bay).

Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City) had a fantastic final in the Under-14 girls, dominating proceedings and winning with a 16.33 heat total. Katie Winter (Cape Town Surfriders) finished in second place leaving Lhea Johnston (Buffalo City) and Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands) in third and fourth place respectively.

The Under-12 groms were a pleasure to watch as they fearlessly charged the overhead waves. In the girls’ final, Gabbi Herbst (eThekweni) held the lead with a series of great scores while Scarlette van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) earned a well-warranted second place. In third was Nelson Mandela Bay rider Zia Hendricks and in fourth was Maya Figl (Cape Winelands).

The charismatic Kyra Bennie (Cape Winelands) was chaired from the water’s edge to the podium by his teammates after taking out the Under-12 boys’ title. Nate Colby (eThekweni), who on Saturday scored the only perfect ten-point ride of the contest, finished runner-up while Ethan Currin (Buffalo City) edged into third place ahead of River Gericke (Eden).

There were a number of specialty awards at stake. Newly-crowned South African Under-16 boys’ champ Beukes claiming both the BOS Highest Heat Score and the VonZipper Airshow prizes, while the Wazoogles Surfer of the Event awards went to Nate Colby (eThekweni) and Caroline Brown (Cape Town Surfriders).

“This event has been amazing with awesome waves every day here at Lower Point!” enthused Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager, Chad Darcy.

“The surfing standard has been really high – the groms have been blowing up and it’s great to see some new faces claim the titles. From Billabong’s point of view we are really stoked, it’s a great way to end the 2017 contest season.”

2017 Billabong SA Junior Champs pres. by BOS Results:

Freedom Cup

1st       Cape Town Surfriders         42,840

2nd     eThekweni                            42,777

3rd      Nelson Mandela Bay          41,792

4th      Buffalo City                           40,277

5th      Cape Winelands                  37,679

6th      Ugu                                        28,052

7th      Eden                                      25,969

8TH     Ilembe                                    15,220

9th      SA Development Academy            13,022

U/18 Boys    

1st       Ford van Jaarsveldt             13.90  CTS

2nd     Joshe Faulkner                    13.70  NMBS

3rd      Koby Oberholzer                  12.16  ETK

4th      Adin Masencamp                 12.04  CW

U/18 Girls     

1st       Kirsty McGillivray                 12.00  NMBS

2nd     Nina Harmse                                    9.83    Eden

3rd      Natasha van Greunen        7.83    CW

4th      Sarah Ingram                        4.13    CW

U/16 Boys    

1st       Eli Beukes                             16.90  CTS

2nd     Aya Gericke                          14.37  Eden

3rd      Saxton Randall                    10.17  ETK

4th      Angelo Faulkner                  9.16    NMBS

U/16 Girls     

1st       Kai Woolf                               14.17  NMBS

2nd     S’nenhlanhla Makhubu     11.83  ETK

3rd      Tayla de Coning                  11.23  BC

4th      Summer Sutton                    9.20    CTS

U/14 Boys    

1st       Mitch du Preez                     16.44  BC

2nd     Daniel Emslie                       14.90  BC

3rd      Luke Thompson                   11.67  ETK

4th      Kye Macgregor                     7.27    NMBS

U14 Girls                              

1st       Zoe Steyn                              16.33  BC

2nd     Katie Winter                          11.67  CTS

3rd      Lhea Johnston                     9.13    BC

4th      Ceara Knight                                    7.56    CW

U12 Boys                             

1st       Kyra Bennie                         14.5    CW

2nd     Nate Colby                            12.67  ETK

3rd      Ethan Currin                         11.90  BC

4th      River Gericke                        10.33  EDEN

U12 Girls                              

1st       Gabbi Herbst                         16.16  ETK

2nd     Scarlette van Jaarsveldt     12.87  CTS

3rd      Zia Hendricks                       11.36  DEV

4th      Maya Figl                               8.34    CW

BOS Highest Heat Score

Eli Beukes (CTS)

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000

Eli Beukes (CTS)

Wazoogles Surfer of the Event – Boys

Nate Colby (ETK)

Wazoogles Surfer of the Event – Girls

Caroline Brown (CTS)

Skull Candy Loud & Proud Trophy (Team Spirit)

Ugu Surfriders

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