Local surfer Rory Dace is representing Cape St Francis in ISA World Surfing Championship.

The 2023 South African team is in for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to join surfers from over 40 nations at the 20th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Furthermore, this will take place at Macumba Beach from Friday, November 24th to Sunday, December 3rd

First For Rio

The ISA World Junior Championship was first held in Durban in 2003. In addition, this is the second time in 20 years that Brazil has hosted this popular tournament. It is the first time it will take place in Rio de Janeiro. The event is hosted by the Brazilian Surf Confederation (CBS). With support from the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The South African team is captained by Ntokozo “Surprise” Maphumulo of Durban, who competes in the U18 Division. Forward to that he is joined by David Emslie of East London and Luc Lepront of Scottburgh in KZN. Both Maphumulo and Lepront represented South Africa in the 2022 ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador last year. Emslie is a new cap.

Rip Curl Surfer Gemma Hanafey

The U18 Girls team is made up of East London surfers Gemma Hanafey and Zia Hendricks. They also competed in El Salvador in 2022 and new cap, Lily Heny of Port Alfred.

Levi Epenetos of Melkbosstrand, Rory Dace of Cape St Francis and Kai Hall of Durban make up the U16 Boys team. Further, all three are representing South Africa for the first time.

ISA World Surfing Championship

Rory Dace from Cape St Francis representing South Africa in the ISA World Champs in Brazil. © Louis Wulff

The U16 Girls group consists of new caps Louise Lepront of Scottburgh, Anastasia Venter of Jeffreys Bay and Indiphile Osinachi of Durban. Further, this is a second cap for Osinachi, who competed in the 2022 World Championships in El Salvador.

Managers and Coaches

SSA Operations Manager Rezar de Nicker is the Team Manager, while Natasha Van Greunen and Danielle Powis are the Coaches for the 2023 SA Junior Team. Thus all three are based in the Western Cape.

Furthermore, the team is supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Sea Harvest.

Surfing South Africa is the National Governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Also the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).