J-Bay delivers Day 3 of Hurley South Africa Jrs
Hurley South Africa Junior Champs
Surfing South Africa (SSA) event
The Point, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
3 - 7 October 2012
Classic waves at Jeffreys Bay for Day 3 of Hurley SA Junior Champs
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 5 October, 2012 : - - A rising swell producing classic overhead waves at the Point in Jeffreys Bay set the stage for another action packed day of competition by South Africa’s top young surfers at the Hurley SA Junior Champs on Friday. Starting at 8am, all the girls’ Round 2 heats were completed followed by Round 3 of the boys’ U17 and U15 divisions and the contest action ended with Round 3 of the girls’ U17’s before an impromptu session was staged featuring a host of SA’s legendary surf stars such former ASP world No. 7 Mike Burness, ASP Africa champion and Hurley SA head honcho Jevon le Roux, multiple SA champ Wayne Monk and former five-time ISA world kneeboard champ Gigs Celliers.
The girls’ U17 division was narrowed down to the semi-finalists with all three KwaZulu-Natal Central team members, Nicole Pallet, Caryn McNicol and Jade Story, still in contention and giving their province’s points tally a boost in the chase for the coveted Freedom Cup team trophy.
They have been joined in the last eight in the division by Tahra Uren and Gina Smith from the hosts Eastern Province, Inge McLaren from Border, Robynne Theron from Southern KZN and Nina Woerman from defending Freedom Cup champions Western Province.
KZN Central surfers also powered through to the last 18 in the U17 boys with Bryce Burness, Wade Simkiss and Jason Harris all posted their second successive heat victories. Others to impress included Boland’s Diran Zakarian and fellow SA national junior teammate Benji Brand (WP), who both used their repertoires of powerful backhand manoeuvres to win their respective clashes, and Dan van Greunen (EP) whose local knowledge served him well.
Once again the U15 boys brought renewed energy to the waves and had their supporters on the beach cheering every ride in the overhead waves. Dillan Fernandez and Donovan Wichmann (both WP) won their heats, Stef Burrows (Boland) impressed with his dynamic style and Nthando Msibi (KZNC) came back from third place in his heat with two great rides in the dying minutes to snatch victory. Jerry van Wyk (EP) and Michael Monk (Border) won their encounters as did Shane Sykes and Bevan Willis (both KZNC).
Although the Hurley Surfer of the Contest, in association with All Aboard Travel, the Red Bull Airshow, Zigzag Blowing Up and Skullcandy Team Spirit awards will only be decided on the final day of the event, the Citroën Highest Heat Score award and its R3 000 payout is being closely followed by everyone as it could be won in any heat.
Today Matt McGillivray came really close to overtaking the mark of 16.75 out of 20 set by Adin Masencamp (Boland) on the opening day. The EP dynamo recorded a 9.0 point ride early in his U15 Round 3 heat and needing 7.76, he took off on a set wave and delivered a series of critical turns but fell attempting a high risk aerial at the end of the ride that would have sealed the deal, to earn 6.50 from the judges.
Saturday’s schedule sees the U17 girls get the day off while all the other divisions will be narrowed down to the semi-finalists.
The Hurley SA Junior Champs runs until Sunday when the 2012 SA champions in U17, U15 and U13 categories for boys and girls will be decided along with the Freedom Cup, which goes to the team accumulating the highest combined points total across all divisions.
Daily blogs, interviews, video uploads, images, event schedule and results from the Hurley SA Junior Champs are posted on sajuniorchamps.co.za with results and info also found at surfingsouthafrica.co.za at the end of each day’s action. Follow the event via the Hurley Facebook fan page at facebook.com/Hurley.ZA, on Twitter @HurleyZA and on Instagram HURLEY_ZA, both using the hashtag #sajuniorchamps.
The South African Development Academy Team is supported by a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa. Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised as the national governing body for surfriding by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing. The 2012 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Citroën Port Elizabeth, Skullcandy, Red Bull, Zigzag and All Aboard Travel.
Source: Life's a Beach Communications
Author: Paul Botha
Tags: Jeffreys Bay, Surfing South Africa, Hurley, Junior Champs