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Rising stars head for inaugural Cape Town Pro
- Updated: May 3, 2016
A star-studded field of 24 boys and 20 girls from all parts of the country will get proceedings in the inaugural Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver underway at Big Bay, Bloubergstrand on Friday.
Heading up the boys field is talented Angelo Faulkner of Pellsrus in Jeffreys Bay. Faulkner, who tops the ratings after his victory in the Nahoon Junior Open at the weekend, will come up against his cousin and two time national junior team member Joshe in Heat One of the Quarter Finals where they will be joined by two qualifiers from Round One.
Other surfers with excellent pedigrees who are already seeded into the Quarters are Kommetjie locals Ford Van Jaarsveldt and Max Elkington. They are in Heat Two while the two seeded surfers in Heat Three are National Junior Team member Luke Malherbe of East London and British Junior Team representative Jake Elkington of Kommetjie. Heat four features Alex Van Rijswijck of Port Elizabeth and Ethan Fletcher of Kommetjie. Eight surfers from Round One will qualify for the quarter-finals where they will take on the seeded surfers.
Current South African champion Kirsty McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay is top seed in the girls section of the Cape Town Pro with Kalk Bay surfer Anna Jellema Butler seeded second. Last year’s national team member Sophie Bell of Umdloti in KZN is seeded third with Danica Stockigt of East London the fourth seed.
Other surfers to watch are New Zealand based Kai Woolf, who won the Under-18 division at the Nahoon Junior Open over the long weekend, National team member Olivia Izzard of La Lucia, Southern cape girls Nina Harmse and Taghiti Gericke, Scarborough local Julia Ploughman, Natasha Van Greunen and Pippa Jones of Muizenberg, up and coming Sarah Ingram of Constantia and Summer Sutton of Kommetjie, who is one of the top ranked Under-16 surfers in the country.
Another exciting entry into this weekend’s Cape Town Pro presented by Quiksilver is that of Samkelisiwe Cele of Durban (pictured above) who will not only compete in the Under 18 Division but will also compete in the World Surfing League QS1000 for Women which begins on Saturday. Sam, as she is known, will be competing in the frigid Cape waters for the first time but is nevertheless looking forward to the event.
Surfing South Africa made the arrangements for Cele and fellow Durban surfer Ntando Msibi to compete in the Cape Town Pro. Msibi turns 19 next week so he is only eligible to compete in the WSL QS 1000 portion of the contest.
There is a prize purse of R5000 up for grabs in both the U18 Boys and U18 girls Divisions along with valuable 3A ratings points on the Surfing South Africa PST. In addition, the top U18 boy and girl will qualify for Round One of the WSL QS1000 Men’s and Women’s competition.
The U18 Divisions will be held on Friday, 6 May.