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Fri, 29 September 2017

Junior surfing champions will be crowned on the beach after the finale of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel taking place at Seal Point from today until Sunday.

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LIP SLIP: Luke Slijpen has excelled in the junior series this year. Photo Alan van Gysen

The country’s best 18-and-under surfers - excluding those still at the world junior champs in Japan - will take on the fabled waves of Cape St Francis in the fourth and last event of the 20th series to compete for prestige, rankings points and prize money.

The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the careers of many South African surfers including World #1 Jordy Smith, former WSL Women’s #4 Bianca Buitendag and campaigners Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Rosy Hodge and Nikita Robb as well as current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, and Michael February.

The event features World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated events for U18 men and women, with 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) SA Surf Tour (SAST) events for U16 and U14 boys and girls and U12 boys.

"It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment"“We are excited to be crowning the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series champions at Seal point this weekend,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.”

Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) holds a solid lead in the U18 boys division after victories in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. He looks a cert to win, unless the four runners can make it back in time from Japan. Brother Max sits in the runner-up berth with fellow Kommetjie surfer Ethan Fletcher 3rd, just ahead of defending series champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay).

All top three U18 girls are in Japan, including Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) who looks set to defend her U18 girls’ series title successfully with Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) her closest challenger and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) another 500 points further adrift in third place on the rankings. The U16 boys title will go down to the wire with Dellin Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) just five points ahead of Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) is 100 points adrift of the top pair.

Nogueira holds an unassailable lead in the U16 girls after winning all three events to date. Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) has also completed a clean sweep of victories in the three U12 boys’ events while in the U14’s Daniel Emslie (East London) and Ceara Knight are the odds on favourites to collect their first series awards.

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The U18 boys’ and girls’ series champions win a trip to Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel, while the VonZipper Airshow rewards the surfer landing the best aerial manoeuvre with a winner-takes-all R2,000 prize purse. Results from the JQS1,000 (U18) events will determine the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and the top four men and two women to compete in the WSL World Junior Champs in Australia in January.

The event is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

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