Surfing: The weekend of the 21st and 22nd May will see a welcome return of junior surfing to Kommetjie in Cape Town. The BOS Cape crown presented by Billabong will see the best junior surfers from across the country competing for the spoils at Long Beach.
The South African Surf Tour divisions are Boy’s U12/U14/U16 while the Girls have U14/ 1U16, and the WSL Pro Junior division is U18.
The likes of CJ Posthumous from Nelson Mandela Bay will be leading the charge in the U12 Boys, but it is in the premier Pro Junior division where the surfers from the Eastern Cape carry the most weight.
Kirsty McGillivray from JBay is one of the biggest threats in the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division, and her stylish surfing and clean moves could easily see her bank a solid result at the Kommetjie event. She is accompanied by Zoe Smith, the young goofy-footer also from JBay, who is an underlying talent in this division.
In the U18 Pro Junior Men’s division the two Faulkner brothers Angelo and Joshe are a formidable combination. Joshe the goofy footer will relish in the left-handers of Long Beach, while natural-footed Angelo has a strong and powerful backhand. There are good right-handers as well, and Angelo will be hunting them down.
Ryan Lightfoot is also from JBay stock and is an emerging talent in this division. Groomed on the long walls of Supertubes, he will need to adapt to the shorter, punchy waves of Cape Town, as well as possibly icy water. Lightfoot has the talent and skill to do well in this event.
BOS Iced Tea has long been a supporter of junior surfing in South Africa and partnered with Billabong South Africa for any years with their Billabong Junior Series. The BOS Cape Crown is an amazing initiative to keep the junior surfers of our country engaged in competition and continuing to better their performances and competitive skills.
Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager, is also firmly behind Junior Surfing in our country. “Billabong has always been a staunch supporter of junior surfing through our Junior Series, the longest running junior series in the world,” said D’Arcy. “We’re proud of this tradition and are going to continue supporting this facet of the sport.”
For more on this event go to http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/