Billabong Junior Series
Presented by BOS
ASP Pro Junior
Mossel Bay, South Africa
25 - 27 April, 2014
Day 2 action charges through bad weather
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 26 April, 2014 - Mossel Bay - a golden morning with excellent waves pouring down the reef at Outer Pool soon gave way to the odd bursts of rain, as a little taste of winter came whistling around the corner at The Point area of Mossel Bay and attempted to cool down all the excitement on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS. The action in the water however, stayed red-hot and continued unabated through the bad weather.
The swell had increased slightly overnight, and some solid sets were showing up on the Outer Pool reef and running through into the inside, providing a perfect canvas for the junior surfers to boost their futuristic moves and impress the judges. Some of the waves bent at a perfect angle over the reef, allowing for a few great barrel opportunities, with surfers pulling into barrels unperturbed by the hungry Outer Pool rockshelf.
Matt McGillivray from JBay was the first surfer to turn heads, showing that he is fast becoming a real talent and a serious threat in any conditions. Throwing caution to the wind, Matt projected into the air on a decent sized set wave, to perform a perfect forehand air reverse move, landing perfectly in front of the wave to carry on surfing through to the inside. The wave scored him 8 points, and saw him advance from his heat in first place.
Matt has been out of the water for a few months following an operation, and is now back to strength and showing that he is determined to regain his place as one of the best and most dynamic young surfers in the country.
Another surfer who blew minds happens to be the one surfer in the event who is not from our country. Sebastian Williams from Mexico found his rhythm in his heat, easily deposing of some highly touted South African surfers in the process. Riding a FireWire shaped by Gary Linden, Sebastian dominated his heat and showed the boys some BMT as he casually waited for the set waves with high scoring potential. His patience saw him rewarded with two tube rides, the highest scoring move, as well as the heat win.
"I had a great heat out there, and had loads of fun as well," said Sebastian. "There are so many of my friends here from last year, so I'm glad to be seeing them again as well. My new board has been going really well, and it has helped boost my confidence levels. The wave out in front is so much fun. So rippable. It reminds me of Trestles."
In the Women Pro Junior round of 12 heat 1, it was JBay surfer Emma Smith who surfed confidently to secure first place, with Crystal Hullet in second and also advancing. "I was a bit nervous in that heat as I didn't get a wave for the first 9 minutes or so, and I always like to start off quickly," said Emma. "The waves are fun though, and once I started catching a few I got into a good rhythm."
Today also saw the launch of the Billabong Surfers Helping Surfers initiative, where surfers can hand in their old fullsuit wetsuits at certain drop off spots around the country for distribution to surf outreach programs that Billabong support, and in the process receive a voucher for 20% off their next Billabong wetsuit purchase.
"We wanted to reach out to less fortunate people out there who might not have equipment like wetsuits," said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "It would make us happy to see some of these people getting into the water and going surfing through this initiative."