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Billabong Junior Series kicks off next to JBay Open

Griffin Colapinto in action at Magnatubes © Ian Thurtell




Billabong Junior Series
Presented by BOS

WSL JQS1000 Men's & Women's event
Magnatubes, Jeffreys Bay South Africa
July 13- 17, 2015

International Surfers Shine On Day One Of Billabong Junior Series 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 July, 2015 - Magnatubes, Jeffreys Bay – Perfect surf peeled off all day for the opening day of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS Event 1 at Magntubes, and the best junior surfers in South Africa as well as an international contingent, took to the water in earnest.

The contest organisers had a quick reshuffle of heats, as the excellent but solid conditions were more suited to some of the older boys divisions. The U16 Boys were the first to hit the water, and stand-outs included Joshe Faulkner from JBay and Ford Van Jaarsveldt from Kommetjie as well as Ethan Fletcher from Cape Town.

The first round of the U20 Pro division was next, and Griffin Colapinto from USA threw down the first ten-point ride of the event, for a perfect wave that reeled through from the outside and that saw him perform multiple high-risk turns all the way through to the inside.

In the first U20 Men’s Round 2 heat 1, the international surfers Ethan Osborne from USA as well as Colapinto provided a massive dual upset by defeating both Shane Sykes and Slade Prestwich in perfect four-foot Magnatubes.

“That was the gnarliest heat I’ve ever been in," said Osborne. "I didn’t think I was going to make it at all. I mean, Slade Prestwich was surfing in the WSL event earlier. But then I got that one wave, and made it, and was so stoked. This is my first time to South Africa, and this is my third day here and the waves are some of the best I’ve ever surfed.”

Another heat that saw some dramatic action was the U20 Men’s Round 2 Heat 2. In the dying minutes of the heat, local surfer Matt McGillivray launched into a massive do-or-die full rotation air reverse to sneak into second place behind Ethan Ewing, but ahead of Adin Masencamp and Seth Moniz. “That was so stressful,” said an elated McGillivray. “I hadn’t really had a good wave until that last one. The wave didn’t offer me much so I knew I just had to throw it out there.”

“That was a great day of surfing,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “The waves were so good for the competitors. High performance walls all day, and the junior surfers really raised the bar in their performances today. It looks like another good morning tomorrow, so we’re looking at an early start again in the morning.”

The Billabong Junior Series Presented By BOS is part of the JBay Winterfest - - a multi-sports and music festival in Jeffreys Bay. 

There are a number of specialty prizes in this tournament.
The winners of each division will win a Nixon Rhythm Tide Watch valued at R1,500.  
The BOS Surfer of the Contest, for the most impressive surfer at the event, will win R1,000
The Zigzag Stepping Up Award of R2,000 is for the surfer who makes it furthest outside of his or her age division.
The DaKine Highest Heat Score is for the highest heat score of the event, and the winner will receive a DaKine Hamper valued at R5,000.
The Kinetic Racing Fins Best Carve award for the best carve of the event is a Kinetic Racing Fin hamper valued at R3,000.
There is also a VonZipper Air Show and the winner will receive R2,000 and a VZ product hamper for the best air.
The tournament has both Pro Surf Tour (PST) and World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior rated events, with valuable points and prize money up for grabs.
The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised by the Dept. Of Sport and Recreation as the national governing body for surfing.

Paul Botha

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