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Sat, 13 May 2017

A large contingent of 110 junior surfers will vie for local and global bragging rights at the second BOS Cape Crown to be held next weekend at Kommetjie's Long Beach near Cape Town.


ADIN AND ABETTED: Masencamp from Strand is in the QS1000 Boys. Photo Thurtell

The WSL QS1000 event is a Pro Junior Boys and Girls, as well as a 3A rated South African Surf Tour event for the U12 Boys, U14 Boys & Girls and U16 Boys & Girls divisions.

The BOS Cape Crown is presented by Billabong and supported by Surfing South Africa’s umbrella sponsor, Sea Harvest with additional sponsorship from Lifestyle Surf Shop, SurfEars, Billabong, Greeff Village Homes and the National Lotteries Commission. Surfing South Africa has contributed half of the entry fee income to cover the official’s fees and expenses.

The BOS Cape Crown is the only national surfing event taking place at Long Beach in Kommetjie this year and after the success of the inaugural event in 2016 organisers are keen to see it become an permanent fixture on both the Surfing South Africa and World Surf League calendars.

The 2017 Cape Crown is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other WSL events decides which U18 Boys and Girls will qualify for the WSL World Championships in Australia next year. It is also one of the contests Surfing South Africa will use to select the 2017 SA Junior Squad and the 2017 SA Junior Team for the ISA World Championships in Japan in September.

the WSL and Surfing South Africa have put up a total prize purse of over R50,000

As a further incentive to the surfers competing at Long Beach next weekend, the WSL and Surfing South Africa have put up a total prize purse of over R50,000. Valuable SA Surf Tour and WSL ratings points, special BOS Cape Crown trophies and commemorative medals for the four finalists in each of the seven divisions will be presented at the Awards ceremony next Sunday.

The QS1000 Boys and girls divisions have attracted a star studded entry from all parts of South Africa and with so much at stake U18 Boys ratings leaders Jake Elkington (Kommetjie), Adin Masencamp (Strand), Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Max Elkington (Kommetjie) and U18 Girls ratings leaders Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and will not be able to rest on their laurels.

Competitors in the SA Surf Tour U12 Boys, U14 Girls and Boys and U16 Girls and Boys Divisions are all just as competitive as the QS Pro Juniors, so next weekend’s 50 or so heats should provide plenty of action.

Contestants must meet at Long Beach at 7.30am on both Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st and the heats will start at approximately 8am each day.

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