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Action hotting up at Hurley SA Junior Championships..

Maree Jordan : photo Hurely/SSA



 



Hurley SA Junior Championships
presented by Durban


Surfing South Africa
New Pier, Durbam
4 - 9 October 2011


Action hotting up ahead of final weekend at Hurley SA Junior Champs


Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 October, 2011 : - - A new era of junior surfing is set to be ushered in at the Hurley SA Junior Champs presented by Durban, with a weekend of pulsating action set to decide who the 2011 Under 17, U15 and U13 Boys and Girls South African champions will be. After four days of intense competition at the weeklong (4th – 9th October) Surfing South Africa premier event, the scene at Durban’s New Pier is set for what promises to be a thrilling finale to a most exciting event.

While a number of surfers have put their hands up and identified themselves as serious title contenders by blitzing their way through their respective fields to reach the latter stages of the competition, they still have much work to do if they are to secure a place in history by claiming one of the junior national titles on offer, as well provincial honours in the team competition.

On Saturday the action will kick off at 08h00 with the semi-finals of the U17 Girls, U13 Boys, U15 Boys and U17 Boys divisions, which will be followed by the finals of the U13, U15, U17 Girls and Boys divisions respectively. The action on Sunday starts at 10am after the Springboks Rugby World Cup Quarter Final, with the Surfing South Africa Tag Team competition semi finals, which will be followed by the Red Bull Air Show. The Surfing South Africa Tag Team Final will end the championships and the Awards Ceremony will take place at New Pier at 2pm when the winners of all of the divisions, as well as the tag team champions and Freedom Cup winners will be announced. 

Friday’s action sees the running of the U17 Boys Round 4 action, as well as a number of very important heats, in this closely-fought division. Judging by the fine form that they displayed in winning their heats in tough conditions in Round 3, Byran Wigmore and David Gouws (both Southern KZN), Mikey Venter and Josh Smit (both KZN Central), Hilton Pelser (Boland), Steven Sawyer and Jarred Veldhuis (Eastern Province), Brandon Benjamin (Western Province) all look like potential title contenders. 


The U17 Girls division also saw some of the form surfers from the early rounds successfully negotiating the tricky surf conditions that Round 3 was held in. Roxy Giles (Southern Cape), Carryn McNicol and Sarah Baum (both KZN Central) and Gina Smith (Eastern Province) all continued their good form and won their respective heats. Saturday’s semi-finals are sure to be exciting, with many serious title contenders set to meet head on in their quest for Hurley SA Junior Champs glory. 


U15 Boys Round 1 heat winners Jason Harris (KZN Central), Steffen Burrows (Boland), Matt McGillivray and Jerry van Wyk (both Eastern Province), Dylan Gouws and Slater Rudling (both Southern KZN), Dylan Wichmann and Dillon Fernandez (both Western Province) and Shane Sykes (KZN Central) will all be going into their Round 3 matchups full of confidence, hoping that their fine form continues into the latter stages of the competition. Also looking to continue their winning ways in the U15 Girls division in Round 3 today will be Britney Linder and Tahra Uren (both Eastern Province), Shannon McGee (SA Development Team) as well as Courtney Ellish and Chanelle Botha (both Southern KZN). 


In the third round of the highly competitive U13 Boys division, Jordy Maree (Western Province) and Adin Masencamp (Boland) continued their fine form by winning their respective heats to progress to the fourth round, along with other title contenders and Round 3 heat winners Donovan Wichmann and Ford van Jaarsveldt (both Western Province), Tristan Lev (Boland) and Jose Faulkner (Eastern Province). In the U13 Girls division, Western Province duo Ruth Armstrong and Caitlyn October claimed a first and second respectively in the only Round 2 heat, earning them both a spot in Saturdays semi-finals along with Round 1 qualifiers Sophie Bell and Cana Foster (both KZN Central) and the youngest surfer at the event, Kai Woolf (Eastern Province).  


Defending champion Sarah Baum (Central KZN) posted a heat score of 17.5 in winning her heat late on Thursday and took pole position in the ‘I’m Off To Oz, Bru’ ratings. Event sponsors Hurley have offered a free ticket and a chaperoned trip to the Australian Open Of Surfing Presented By Hurley and Billabong at Manley Beach in Australia during the second week of February next year for the surfer who posts the highest heat total during the Hurley SA Junior Champs. 


The winners of the U17 Boys, U17 Girls and U15 Boys divisions will not only be crowned national champions in these divisions but will automatically be included in the 2012 SA Junior team that will compete in the ISA World Junior Championships in Panama next year. They will be presented with their green blazers at the Award Ceremony on Sunday, as well as their trophies and gold medals. 


Hosts KZN Central, defending champions Western Province, Eastern Province, Border, Southern KZN, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape, and a SA Development team are battling it out for the Freedom Cup which is won by the team that posts the highest combined points total. 


Robin de Kock, General Manager of Surfing South Africa, said that “the standard of surfing at the Hurley SA Junior Champs has been fantastic. Surfers starting posting good scores from Round one and we are set for an exciting final few days. Durban and New Pier have produced good weather and contestable surf so far, which makes for a great vibe. The finals should be an excellent display of South African surfing’s top talent.” 


According to Hurley SA Marketing Manager Liam Wood, “looking ahead to the weekend, we could not be more excited about what the next few days hold. Some of the top names in junior surfing have lived up to their potential, and by exposing these youngsters to the competitive arena, we are hopeful that we are helping to usher in the next era of junior surfing in South Africa.”. 


For more information about the Hurley SA Junior Champs presented by Durban, visit www.hurley.co.za, ‘Like’  Hurley South Africa on Facebook or follow HurleyZA on Twitter. Daily results and photos will also be posted on www.hurley.co.zaand www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za. Supporting sponsors are Skullcandy, Red Bull, Red Bull Mobile, Southern Sun North Beach, Container Conversions and Zigzag. The event also has the support of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, and Sport and Recreation South Africa. . The event is organised by Nerve Events and the host province is the KZN Central Surfriders Association. 


Surfing South Africa is recognised as the governing body for the sport by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA. Surfing South Africa is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA); the world’s governing body for surfing.



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