Final Results Of The 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships

Final Results Of The 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships

Rory Dace © Kody McGregor
Finals Day yesterday at the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes delivered testing, 2-3 foot light onshore conditions for finalists to demonstrate the surfing abilities they have been honing over the past two years.
In a close battle between Cape Town Surfriders and Buffalo City, the prestigious Freedom Cup went to Cape Town Surfriders for amassing the most collective points across all divisions throughout the week. Cape Town Surfriders reclaim the award after losing it to Buffalo City in 2019.
In the premiere U18 Girls division, Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City) displayed unwavering confidence in the small, fragmented onshore waves putting her fierce backhand attack through its paces to claim victory with an 11.93 (6.25 + 5.68) heat score total. The win marks the fourth Junior title of the young woman’s career. 
U18 Boys’ Mitch Du Preez (Buffalo City) built on his performances in every heat surfed throughout the contest. His consistency paid off in the final, where his explosive, exceptionally vertical backhand turns earned him a 13.88 (6.75 + 7.13) heat score toal and the prestigious U18 Boys division title. Du Preez will cherish this title after coming in at a close second place in both 2018 and 2019.
Sarah Scott (Cape Town Surfriders) held on to her winning streak, taking out every heat surfed in the contest, all the way through to the final. Her slicing carves and powerful surfing in the crumbly conditions of the final left no inkling of doubt that she was much-deserving of the prestigious U16 Girls division title. The win marks Scott’s third Junior title, after U12 and U14 Girls division wins in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
As conditions deteriorated throughout the day Connor Slijpen (Cape Town Surfriders) demonstrated his nimbleness in challenging, small onshore waves in the U16 Boys final, generating ample speed and powerful turns; a testimony to his well-rounded surfing abilities. His performance was rewarded with a 12.18 (6.38 + 5.8) heat score total and an U16 Boys division title. 
After winning their respective Semifinals, Louise Lepront (Ugu Surfriders) and Anastasia Venter (Cape Winelands Surfriders) went neck in neck in the U14 Girls Final, putting on a spectacular show. A combination of choice waves, beautiful forehand wraps and critical snaps propelled Venter into a significant win with a heat score total of 14.23 points, making her the 2021 U14 Girls Surfing champion. This is the young talent’s second Junior title, after winning the U12 Girls division in 2019.

Local Results:

Rory Dace: 3rd place U14 Boys

Joel Dace: 3rd place U16 Boys

 

 

St Francis Surfers Still In The Mix At Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs

St Francis Surfers Still In The Mix At Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs

Lead Photo: Rory Dace © Kody McGregor

St Francis surfers Makai Kabot, Rory and Joel Dace and Jack Erlank are still in the running at the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes

Glassy, 3-4ft offshore conditions greeted contestants on Day 3 of the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes. The classic, reeling Jeffreys Bay line-up offered the ideal canvas for excellent performances throughout the day.

Connor Slijpen (Cape Town Surfriders) dropped the highest heat score total of the day in the U16 Boys division. Between perfectly placed, arching power turns and one of the few air rotations landed in the contest so far, his surfing comfortably landed him a 16.58 heat score total (8.7 + 7.88) and a spot in the Quarterfinals.
A further standout in the U16 Boys division was Sea Harvest ambassador Surprise Maphumulo (eThekwini Surfriders), whose combination of deep bottom turns and explosive backhand cracks earned him a spot in the Quarterfinals, alongside heat winner Joel Fowles (Cape Winelands).
Rory Dace (Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders) put on a stellar performance in the U14 Boys division, Round 3. The Cape St. Francis surfer is well versed in point break surfing and picking off a set wave early in the heat, combined massive rail carves with sharp snaps to earn a whopping 8.5 point score. Backed up with a confident 6.25 points, Dace won his heat with ease.
Day 4 of the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes will see the Quarterfinals of all divisions, as well as some Semifinals surfed.

 

St Francis Bay Representing at the 24th Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs.

St Francis Bay Representing at the 24th Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs.

JBay: The country’s most prestigious annual surfing event for competitors aged 18 and under, the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes, gets underway today in the famous high-performance waves of the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay this Friday, October 1st and runs until Tuesday, October 5th.

The 24th edition of the South African Junior Championships will showcase the top young surfers from every corner of the coastline.

At stake are individual national titles for Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 boys and girls, along with the coveted Freedom Cup. This trophy was introduced in 2003 and is awarded to the District whose team members accumulate the highest points tally across all age divisions.

Representing from St Francis Bay is Franki Dace, Chloe Atkinson, Rory and Joel Dace, Rylan Jarvis, Jack Erlank and Makai Kabot. 

Rory Dace

Rylan Jarvis © Gumby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the Freedom Cup and individual titles, there are several specialty awards up for grabs. These include the Loud and Proud Team Spirit award, awarded to the team with the most spirit at the event. A male and female Surfer of the Contest will also be announced at the Award Ceremony on Tuesday, October 5th.

A spokesperson for Surfing South Africa said, “The Sea Harvest Junior Championships is the most significant annual surfing tournament for South Africa’s Under 18, Under 16, Under 14 and Under 12 surfers. Surfing South Africa is stoked that it is taking place at Lower Point in J-Bay for the seventh year and is especially proud to be partnering with Sea Harvest.  

In addition, we are stoked to welcome SMTH Shapes as the presenting sponsor for the event. Furthermore, we are delighted that legendary surfboard shaper Graham Smith and his son, WSL CT surfer Jordy, have linked their brand to this important event. 

We are also grateful for the support received from the Kouga Municipality and the Department of Sport Arts and Culture”.

Liveheats will provide up to the second heat scores to all mobile devices as they are determined by the judges every day of the event. To access this information, go to either www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and click on the Liveheats box or go directly to www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica. Heat results are updated on this platform as they are completed.

 

Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once again, flawless offshore surfing conditions.

Sam Christianson

KwaZulu Natal surfer Sam Christianson scores high in entertainment value Photographer: Mike Ruthnum

To start the day, the Veteran division took to the sizable 4-6ft conditions in style. This is no small feat considering that this division comprises surfers aged 60 and older.

Barry Campbell, representing KwaZulu Natal, put together an excellent heat, locking in the second highest heat score total of the day with a 17.00 total (8.00 + 9.00). The 63-year old, former Springbok surfer comes fresh off a win at the South African Surfing Masters Championships last week and proved to be a standout for the day, across all divisions. 

As the wind turned onshore in the late morning, the Open Men’s abilities were put to test in somewhat trickier conditions. Standouts from the first day of competition who shone in the trials of more difficult conditions included Thomas King (Western Province), Sam Christianson (KwaZulu Natal) and Michael Hill (Eastern Province), marking them as surfers to watch for possible podium finishes. Each of these surfers achieved at least one excellent score (range 8.00 – 10.00) in testing surf.

The contest site was graced by representatives of the Kouga Municipality, who took the opportunity to snap a photo with World Tour surfer Jordy Smith. As the main sponsor, the Kouga Municipality has shown unwavering support for the event.

The day was cut short by a rising onshore wind that rendered the conditions sub-par. Action will resume tomorrow with the Quarterfinals taking place in what are expected to be smaller, clean offshore conditions. 

For Live Heat score updates from the event, head to https://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ and click on the “LIVEHEATS” Button.

For media use only, images from the day available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rvstnz46i1cdli1/AAD6s4TBzCIWNVxoDgfYcyJ4a?dl=0 

Photographer credit: Mike Ruthnum

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 

 

 

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

 

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The first day of the South African Longboarding Championships presented by RYD Brand, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, opened today with magnificent weather and flawless conditions at Point, Jeffreys Bay. The world famous right-hand point-break did not disappoint, delivering nothing short of perfect, lined-up waves throughout the day.
Alfonzo Pieters

Gqebhera local Alfonzo Pieters carving through to the next Round. Image: Mike Ruthnum

 
A well-equipped contest site, experienced staff and strict enforcement of Covid regulations set the stage for a successful first day of the event. 
 
Longboard surfers through the ages took to the waves with stylish manoeuvres. Standouts of the day included Greg Smith, a Cape St. Francis local representing the Eastern Province. With a combination of arching turns and long, steady nose rides, Smith secured an impressive 9.17 points out of a possible 10.
 
Western Province power couple Thomas and Tarryn King impressed in their respective divisions. Tarryn put together a near perfect heat with two excellent scores (9.17 and 8.4) and Thomas followed suit with an equally outstanding combination in the Masters division (9.67 and 8.33) and a further win in the Open Mens division.
 
Jeffreys Bay local Coert Venter put on a spectacular show with his stylish, traditional-inspired longboard surfing, knocking World Tour surfer Jordy Smith into the elimination round. Much to the crowd’s delight, Venter spiced up his successful heat with a perfectly executed handstand, followed by a bow in response to the spectators’ cheers.
 
Crystal Hulett of Cape St. Francis put together a beautiful heat with well-timed turns and tidy nose-rides on the best waves, securing a spot in the Quarterfinals with ease.
 
KwaZulu-Natal surfer Sam Christianson wrapped up the day’s proceedings with the highest heat score total of the day, putting on a spectacular, confident performance to earn him a total of 18.33 points (9.33 + 9.00).
 
The week ahead promises fair weather and brilliant waves. Stay tuned for updates on contest action.
 
Photographer Credit: Mike Ruthnum

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 

 

 

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

 

Distributed by Truth Collective.

e. craig@truthcollective.co.za 

t. 082 376 4443