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Fri, 28 September 2018

The best juniors in South Africa are at Seal Point this weekend for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series, with kiff surf set for today and tomorrow, but onshores on Sunday.


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FULL MARKS: Seal Point is one of the funnest waves, especially for the lighteys. Photo Thurtell


This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year. Much is at stake. Firstly, there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners.

The World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions will also be crowned, leading to qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, and the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018.

Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe SteynThe WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, while Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez are not far behind. Slijpen has a healthy lead , with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell third. Kirsty McGillivray and Kayla Nogueira make up the remainder of the top five positions.

Both divisions contain surfers who have improved dramatically over the last year, and there is the possibility of an upset in either division from the likes of Karl Steen and Daniel Emslie in the men’s, and Ceara Knight and Sne Makhubu in the women’s.

In the U16 Boys division, all eyes will be on Tide Lee Ireland, York Van Jaarsveldt and Mitch du Preez, while in the U16 Girls division Zoe Steyn, Kayla Nogueira and Gabi Lailvaux are three to look out for.

“It has been a good year for Junior Surfing in the country, and the Billabong Junior Series has been a great success,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We’re immensely proud of this series as it finishes its 21st year in the country, and we are looking forward to another positive year next year for both Junior Surfing as well as the Billabong Junior Series.”

The Billabong Junior Series runs from Friday to Sunday when all the event and series champions will crowned at the awards ceremony on the beach.


Facebook: Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong and Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens

Instagram: @billabongwomens_za or @billabongsa and hashtag #BillabongJNR

The Billabong Junior Series is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

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