- Pace bounces back with strong finish in Thailand
- Blitzboks take it easy before Las Vegas Sevens
- Maripa bags first title of the year in Bolton
- England wrap up Summer Series with 2-0 win against SA
- Five more Meet records at SA Grand Prix
- Fichardt nails 15th Sunshine Tour win at Joburg Open
- SA duo struggle at Tokyo Marathon
- Le Clos leads the way at SA Grand Prix in Stellenbosch
- SA women lead but go down to England in Summer Series
- Rain delay shortens Joburg Open still further
Elkington executes perfect 10-pointer at Jeffreys
- Updated: October 3, 2015
Clear skies, light winds and pumping one to 1.5 metre waves pouring through the Lower Point line-up at Jeffreys Bay delivered the ideal platform for the country’s top junior surfers to produce blistering performances on Friday’s third day of the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS.
Max Elkington, representing Cape Town in the U15 boys division, posted the first perfect 10-point ride of the event when he carved up an overhead wave and finished with an explosive backhand re-entry.
Elkington, last year’s U13 champion, went on to win the heat and advance to the quarter-finals along with runner-up Saxton Randall (eThekweni).
Not to be outdone, Nelson Mandela Bay’s top seed Sebastian Williams racked up a two-wave heat total of 18.17, marginally less than the highest heat tally of the division (18.50) that he set on Wednesday, and will be up against Elkington in a highly anticipated matchup in the quarters.
Adin Masencamp from Cape Winelands was on fire again, earning scores of 8.67 and a near-perfect 9.77 for a total of 18.44, the highest of the U17 boy’s category. The 2014 U15 champ continues to look a likely contender for the U17 title this year, but faces tough opposition from Bevan Willis (eThekweni), who he faces in the quarters; Tristan Lev and Joshe Faulkner (both Nelson Mandela Bay) and the Cape Town pair of Ethan Fletcher (pictured above) and Jordy Maree, all of whom were heat winners on Friday.
‘I was waiting for quite a while, the other guys had already gotten waves and then an absolute bomb came through,’ said Masencamp of his 9.77. ‘The other guys were hustling for it and I managed to get it. As I took off I told myself I wasn’t going to do cutbacks, I’m going to go deep off the bottom and find those pockets where I can hit it.’
York van Jaarsveldt (Cape Winelands) was the top scorer in the U13 boys, where Aye Gericke (Eden). Manoa Robb (Cape Town) and Tide-Lee Ireland (EThekweni) were impressive, while Summer Sutton (Cape Town) was the standout in Round 2 of the U13 girls.
The U15 girls took to the surf late in the day and Sophie Bell (EThekweni) stayed on track to defend her 2014 title with another brilliant performance. Others to shine in Round 3 included Cape Town’s Anna Jellema Butler, Bell’s teammate Olivia Izzard and Jeffreys Bay local and Nelson Mandela Bay team member Kirsty McGillivray.
The final action of the day saw the first of the lucrative specialty events decided when Cape Town won the Billabong / Bad Billy’s Tag Team Paddle Battle and earned R5 000 for the district’s coffers when they triumphed in the five person tag paddle race.
The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS runs until Sunday when the winners in the U17, U15 and U13 boy’s and girl’s divisions will be crowned the 2015 SA Junior Champions.
The district team accumulating the highest point tally across all divisions will be awarded the highly prized Freedom Cup and the winners of the U17 and U15 divisions will be awarded national team blazers.
Pictured supplied by Ian Thurtell