VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Champs
International Surfing Association
5 - 13 April, 2014
Team ZAF dropped out of top ranking 10 countries on day 5
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 11 April, 2014 - The South African junior surfing team dropped out of the top 10 countries in the provisional rankings at the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Championships in Ecuador on Thursday when all 10 surfers in action on the day were eliminated from the event.
Despite the best efforts of coaches Greg Emslie, the reigning ISA World Masters champion, and fellow East Londoner David Malherbe, the 1990 ASP World Pro-Am champion, the team members were unable to find the waves offering high scoring potential and slipped out of contention for team and individual honours.
The day started promisingly in front of the main podium when Ntando Msibi won his U18 Boys repercharge Round 2 heat and team captain Max Armstrong followed that up by advancing to Round 3 of the same division when he placed second in his heat.
Ethan Fletcher, the SA U15 Boys champion, grabbed the runner-up spot in his Boys U16 repercharge Round 3 heat but Adin Masencamp became the team’s first casualty of the day when he placed fourth in his heat and was eliminated in equal 43rd place overall in U16 Boys.
Msibi then bowed out of the U18 Boys, finishing equal 43rd overall, before Armstrong restored the team’s confidence by comfortably winning his Round 4 encounter and joining teammates Shane Sykes and Steffen Burrows in repercharge Round 5.
Repercharge Round 4 in U16 Boys saw both Jordy Maree and Fletcher place third in their respective heats, finishing equal 25th and contributing 1 440 points each to the SA team total, while Sykes, Burrows and Armstrong were all ousted in their respective U18 Boys repecharge Round 5 heats.
At the second podium in the middle the beach, Cana Foster placed fourth in the first heat of the day, finishing equal 22nd in theU16 Girls, with Chanelle Botha suffering the same fate in the U18 Girls division. Teal Hogg advanced to U18 Girls repercharge Round 4 when she placed second in her Round 3 match-up, but slumped to a distant fourth in the next round, finishing the event ranked equal 16th overall and contributing 826 points to the team tally.
Joshe Faulkner, who advanced to Round 5 of the U16 Boys qualifying stream on Wednesday and is just two good heats away from the Grand Final and a medal in the division, is the sole remaining SA competitor still in contention for individual honours and will compete again on Saturday.
The SA team does have a chance to restore its pride in the ISA Aloha Cup, a form of relay surfing where five competitors (four boys and one girl) each need to ride two waves before tagging their a teammate, with all 10 waves being completed in an hour to prevent penalty points being deducted.
The semi-finals of the Aloha Cup will be contested at the end of today’s action by teams from the top seven nations at last year’s ISA World Junior Championships, where SA finished sixth, plus the host nation, Ecuador. The top two teams from each semi will contest the final on Sunday.
The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Surfing Games resumes on Friday at 8am local time (3pm SA time). The live webcast of the event starts with the Morning Show at 2.40pm and is available at www.isawjsc.com
VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships
Program – Day 6 – Friday
3 Heats Repercharge 5 Boys U-16
3 Heats Repercharge 5 Boys U-18
3 Heats Repercharge 6 Boys U-16
2 Heats Repercharge 5 Girls U-18
3 Heats Repercharge 6 Boys U-18
2 Heats Repercharge 7 Boys U-16
2 Heats Repercharge 5 Girls U-16
2 Heats Repercharge 7 Boys U-18
Aloha Cup Semifinals (SA Team)
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and of the International Surfing Association (ISA).