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Crunch time in California for SA’s top juniors

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A 12-strong South African junior surfing team left for California on Wednesday and will join 34 other teams from around the world at the annual ISA World Junior  Championships.
The event gets under way at Oceanside at the weekend and ends on Sunday, 18 October.
The team, made up of four U18 boys, two U18 girls, four U16 boys and two U16 girls, has been preparing for this event since February and, after a string of successes in local events recently, they depart full of confidence and determination.
Michael Monk of East London, Shane Sykes of Salt Rock, Ntando Msibi of Durban and Richard Kidd of Ballito make up the U18 boys squad while Teal Hogg of Umhlanga and Chanelle Botha of Warner Beach are the two U18 Girls.
Adin Masencamp of Strand, Jeffreys Bay duo Joshe Faulkner and Sebastian Williams and Luke Malherbe of East London are the U16 boys with Sophie Bell of Umdloti and Olivia Izzard of La Lucia the two U16 girls.
Isaac February is team manager, Greg Emslie head coach and Dave Malherbe assistant coach.
The teams will gather for the Parade of Nations and the traditional Sands of the World Ceremony on Saturday and the first rounds will start at 5pm SA time on Sunday.
The USA last hosted a World Junior Surfing Championships at Huntington Beach in 2005.
The annual tournament determines the world junior team champions and individual medalists in the U18 boys and girls and U16 boys and girls divisions. The championships will be streamed live from the Parade of Nations up to and including the final and results will be posted immediately.

 

In the picture are (back row, left to right: Richard Kidd, Adin Masencamp, Shane Sykes, Luke Malherbe,
Jose Faulkner, Sebastian Williams and Michael Monk
Front row (l to r): Chanelle Botha, Sophie Bell, Teal Hogg, Olivia Izzard


1 comments
Jonty Alexander
Jonty Alexander

Girls wearing ties... Seriously..... Fashion fail in this century , good luck to the team , wonder how much personal finances they had to fork out to represent SA,