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Superb conditions see young aces shining at Seal Point
- Updated: October 1, 2016
The second and final Billabong Junior Series event for 2016 got underway in epic conditions as the country’s top young surfers took full advantage of flawless one to two-metre waves and offshore winds at Seal Point in Cape St Francis to deliver spectacular performances as they chased titles, prize-money and rankings points in the world’s longest running series for surfers aged 18-and-younger.
With a full schedule of Under-18, U16 and U14 boys and girls, as well as U12 boys divisions to complete in the three-day event, organisers wasted no time in getting the event started in the pristine setting this morning.
Competitors in the premier 18 Boys event, who are also pursuing the coveted 2016 WSL Africa Junior title, thrilled those present by posting a host of excellent scores as they ran through two rounds, leaving just eight surfers still in contention by the end of the day.
Both Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) earned scores in the excellent range – 8.0 or more out 10 – in their Round 1 encounters and advanced to Round 2 with fellow heat winners Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) where they came up against the top seeds.
Top seed Adin Masencamp (Strand) got his campaign started with the biggest heat total of the day, notching up scores of 7.50 and 8.50 for a 16.0 heat total on his first two rides. He eased his way into the last eight where he was joined there by second seed and WSL Africa rankings leader Jordy Maree, fellow Kommetjie resident Ford van Jaarsveldt and Sebastian Williams (Durban) and their respective runners-up.
Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) came out of the blocks firing in the U18 Girls, posting the first 9.0 point score of the event and then adding a 5.83 to leave her heat rivals combo’d and needing more than a perfect 10 point ride to catch up.
Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Cape St Francis local Crystal Hulett had a see-saw battle in their match-up, with Woolf just shading it as both girls progressed to the last eight. Danika Stockigt (East London) and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) were the other heat winners.
Reigning Billabong Junior Series U16 boys’ champion Sebastian Williams, Capetonians Eli Beukes and Max Elkington along with KZN’s Calvin Goor, Saxton Randall and Koby Oberholzer all won their respective heats and advanced to the last 16 in the U16 boys division.
Anna Jellema-Butler, Summer Sutton, Christy Gilmour and rising star S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu were the standouts in Round 1 of the U16 girls, finishing first in their match-ups and advancing to the next round where the top seeds in the division make their debut.
And in the U12 boys, the youngest division in the event, Christian Venter, Luke Thompson, Alec Townsend and James Ribbink displayed their prowess in the overhead surf and will be joined by the their respective heat runners-up in the semi-finals.
Picture of Faulkner revelling the excellent surf courtesy of Billabong/Thurtell