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Max Armstrong claims Cape Town pro junior

Max Armstrong at Long Beach © Alan Van Gysen




50th Billabong Junior Series Event 
Presented By BOS

Billabong Junior Series
Cape Town, South Africa
8 - 10 August, 2014

Glorious Final Day for Billabong Junior Series event

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 August, 2014 - Long Beach, Cape Town - The forecast slight increase in swell arrived on cue and competitors remaining in the final day of surfing at the Billabong Junior Series Event presented by BOS had a whale of a time out amongst the small but fun peeling waves of Long Beach today. The sun came out, the waves pulsed all day, and the wind forgot to blow as hundreds of people came down to watch the best junior surfers strut their stuff in amongst the peeling Atlantic waves.

"We're stoked the way the event panned out," said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "It was looking a bit problematic with the lack of swell on the horizon, but the waves arrived for the final day and it all worked out perfectly."

The U12 boys was a tight hussle amongst the top super-groms in the country, with local boy Ford Van Jaarsveldt taking the win. Sebastian Williams, who currently resides in Jeffreys Bay, cleaned up the U14 Boys while another Jeffreys Bay surfer, Kirsty McGillivray, dominated the U14 Girls. Jake Elkington from Hout Bay was the U16 Boys champ while Ruth Armstrong used local knowledge to her advantage to win the U16 Girls division.

In the premier U20 Pro Junior Girls Division Emma Smith continued her total dominance of girls surfing in the country by winning the final ahead of sister Gina, with Anoush Zakarian and Chanelle Botha filling the minor slots. 

 "I'm super-stoked to win. This is one of the biggest events in South Africa at the moment because of qualifying for World Games, so I obviously had that at the back of my mind before paddling out," said Smith. "The waves picked up, were super fun, and we had half hour heats so there were more than enough waves for everyone. What a great event."


Local boy Max Armstrong was the popular winner of the U20 Pro Junior Men, packing the high-scoring moves in on the small waves to take the win from Steven Sawyer in 2nd, Matt McGillivray in 3rd and Joshe Faulkner in 4th. "I went into the final pretty amped. The waves were fun and I was amped to get a few little lefts, and I ended up getting one or two," said Armstrong afterwards. "It's been a great event. I'm really stoked about such a big junior event at Long Beach my home break." 

U12 Boys
1. York Van Jaarsveldt
2. Dylan Hendricks
3. Alex Townsend
4. Manoa Robb

U14 Boys
1. Sebastian Williams
2. Max Elkington
3. Luke Slipjen
4. Angelo Faulkner

U14 Girls
1. Kirsty McGillivray
2. Olivia Izzard
3. Anna Jellema Butler
4. Finn Musson

U16 Boys
1. Jake Elkington
2. Jordan Maree
3. Joshe Faulkner
4. Rewaldo Abersalie

U16 Girls
1. Ruth Armstrong
2. Cana Foster
3. Pippa Jones
4. Kia Fenton

U20 Pro Junior Men
1. Max Armstrong
2. Steven Sawyer
3. Matt McGillivray
4. Joshe Faulkner

U20 Pro Junior Women
1. Emma Smith
2. Gina Smith
3. Anoush Zakarian
4. Chanelle Botha

Specialty prizes:
BOS Surfer Of The Contest - Joshe Faulkner

Nixon WTA - Jarryd Veldhuis

DaKine Youthful Movement award - Jerry Van Wyk

KR Fins Free Award winners
Day 1 - Tide Lee Ireland
Day 2 - Joshe Faulkner
Day 3 - Kirsty McGillivray

Dennis Ellis Underground Ripper Awards
Girl - Anna Butler
Boy - Paul Sampson 

The VonZipper Brainblast Off Airshow was won by Jarryd Veldhuis. The surfers selected to represent South Africa at the World Junior Champs at the end of October in Portugal are Regional members: Max Armstrong, Diran Zakarian and Matt McGillivray. QS members: Slade Prestwich and Dylan Lightfoot. Girls: Emma Smith and Chanelle Botha. 

The event supporting sponsors: Playstation, Samsung, Techniblock, Nixon, VonZipper, DaKine, KR Fins, Dennis Ellis Surfboards, Future Life. The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), and is recognised by the Dept. Of Sport And Recreation as the national governing body for surfing.


Chad D'Arcy

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