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It’s a perfect 10 score for Angelo at SA Juniors!
- Updated: October 8, 2016
The Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay delivered ‘cover-of-the-magazine’ conditions on Friday as the country’s top young surfers revelled in peeling 1-1.5 metre waves groomed by offshore winds on day three of the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS.
The top contenders started making their mark as the quarter-finalists in the U17, U15 and U13 boys’ and girls’ divisions were determined and the battle heated up between the teams from the eight districts affiliated to Surfing South Africa, plus the squad from the SA Development Academy, as they chased points towards the prestigious Freedom Cup team trophy.
Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) posted the ride of the event to date when he was awarded a perfect 10 out of 10 by the judges for a seamless series of radical manoeuvres during his U15 boys’ Round 3 heat. The Jeffreys Bay local then added an excellent 8.50 for a heat tally of 18.50 and is a frontrunner for the BOS Highest Heat Score award.
‘Going into the heat I felt like I was going to win,’ said Faulkner. ‘When I got that 10 point ride I didn’t even hear the score, but I heard everyone clapping so I felt confident. After getting a backup score I sat on the inside and got another wave on which I scored my 8.55. I was stoked.’
Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay) produced another great display of back-hand surfing to notch up a near-perfect 9.6 in the U15 girls division.
The top seeds from each of the teams have reached the quarters of the U17 boys’ division where the likes of Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands), Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay), Ford van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders), Calvin Goor (eThekweni), Liam de Villiers (Uthungulu), Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) and Richard van Reenen (Ugu) will be pitted against each other in a battle for supremacy tomorrow.
The hosts Nelson Mandela Bay and defending Freedom Cup holders Cape Town Surfriders held sway in the U15 boys’ division where each team has four of their five team members through to the last 16. The remaining eight contenders are made up of three from eThekweni, two each from Cape Winelands and Buffalo City and one from Eden.
Defending U13 boys’ champion Brayden Bergset (eThekweni) was upset in his round 3 heat where he placed 3rd and was eliminated from the event. But Max Elkington (Cape Town Surfriders) is still on track to reclaim the U15 boys’ title he won last year after advancing to the quarters in second place behind teammate Luke Slijpen today.
Going into the last two days of the country’s most prestigious event for junior surfers, the provisional standings for the Freedom Cup show a tight contest between the powerhouse teams from Cape Town Surfriders, last year’s runner-up Nelson Mandela Bay and 2014 winners eThekweni.
The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS runs until Sunday 9 October when the winners in the U17, U15 and U13 boys’ and girls’ divisions will be crowned the 2016 SA Junior Champions. The district team accumulating the highest point tally across all divisions will be awarded the coveted Freedom Cup.
The event also offers number of lucrative specialty awards totalling more than R15 000 for both surfers and their teams. These include the Billabong/BadBilly’s Tag Team Paddle Battle, BOS Highest Heat Score, VonZipper Airshow and the Skullcandy Stay Loud Team Spirit awards.
As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.
Picture of Angelo Faulkner during his stylish display on Friday courtesy of Billabong/Van Gysen