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Mon, 1 October 2018

Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell hit competitors for the final day of the Billabong Junior Series Finale, with winners everywhere, writes Craig Jarvis.


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SERIES WINNERS: Aimee Du Prees (U14), Luke Thompson (U14), Luke Slijpen (U18), Zoe Steyn (U16, U18), Mitch Du Preez (U16), Gabi Herbst (U12), Ntokozo Maphumalo (U12 front) Pic Thurtell


The first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final - saw Gabi Herbst pull a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up.

Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand.

The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place.

Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots.

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A TO ZOE: Winner of the U18 Women's division Zoe Steyn crosses the line. Photo Thurtell


As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively.

The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a combined score of less than 9 points. Mitch Du Preez and Reilly Mare’ finished off the results with third and fourth spots.

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MIXING MAX: Max Elkington broke a year-long drought of junior title wins. Photo Thurtell


The Pro Junior Women was a nail-biting affair as Zoe Steyn and Kai Woolf took center stage. Both surfers had been surfing phenomenally all event, and it was going to be about the surfer who caught the best waves. That was Steyn, and she won the final by a close margin from Woolf.

Then Max Elkington and Luke Slijpen took to the water to battle it out for event honours in the Pro Junior Men’s division. It was all about Elkington who took the win and broke his year-long victory drought with his first place. “I haven’t had a win this year, and for a bit of last year, so I am really happy with the win today,” said a stoked Elkington. “I also won it last here two years ago, so just very happy with the win.”

Contest Results
U12 Girls
Gabi Herbst
Sarah Scott
Anastasia Venter
Meka Loots

U12 Boys
Kai Hall
Joel Fowles
Ntokozo ‘Surprise’ Maphumalo
Asha Steytler

U14 Girls
Aimee Du Preez
Olivia Winter
Adrian Wolmarans
Kaylee Shaw Nell

U14 Boys
Luke Thompson
James Ribbink
Daniel Emslie
Brad Scott

U16 Girls
Zoe Steyn
Kayla Nogueira
Ceara Knight
Caroline Brown

U16 Boys
Tide Lee Ireland
York Van Jaarsveldt
Mitch Du Preez
Reilly Mare

Pro Junior Men
Max Elkington
Luke Slijpen

Pro Junior Women
Zoe Steyn
Kai Woolf

VonZipper Expression Session
Luke Slijpen

BOS Highest Heat Score Award
Zoe Steyn

Billabong Junior Series Results:
U12 Girls
Gabi Herbst
Anastasia venter

U12 Boys
Ntokozo Maphumalo
Joel Fowles

U14 Girls
Aimee Du Prees
Olivia Winter

U14 Boys
Luke Thompson
Dan Emslie

U16 Boys
Mitch Du Preez
York Van Jaarsveldt

Billabong Junior Series Pro Junior Champions - Women
Zoe Steyn
Kirsty McGillivray

2018 Billabong Junior Series Pro Junior Champions - Men
Luke Slijpen
Max Elkington

2018 WSL Africa Pro Junior Champions
Men – Luke Slijpen
Women – Kai Woolf

2018 WSL Africa Juniors to attend the WSL World Junior Champs – Taiwan
MMen – Luke Slijpen, Max Elkington, Eli Beukes, Luke Thompson
Women – Kai Woolf, Zoe Steyn

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