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.