The perfect right hand waves of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay will be the contest arena for the upcoming 2015 Billabong SA Junior Champs.
Deemed a prime location for a number of reasons, including the picturesque setting and the high performance right handers that peel down the point, Lower Point is set to pit surfing districts against one another as the best juniors in the country battle it out for team, as well as individual honours.
This will be the first year that the format has changed from a provincial contest to a district challenge.
The competing teams this year will represent Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Eden, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Ugu, eThekweni, uThungulu and the Development Academy team, with eThekweni the defending champs.
There is no team from the Sarah Baartman district.
The SA Junior Champs is a Surfing South Africa tournament, with Billabong and BOS the proud event sponsors. Surfing South Africa General Manager Robin de Kock commented on the upcoming event.
“The South African Junior Championships has been a premier event on the annual Surfing South Africa calendar since it was first held in 1996,” said De Kock.
It decides six individual national champions as well as the Team title and Surfing South Africa is stoked that Billabong have stepped up as sponsors of the event. The fact that it will take place at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay for the third year in a row is pretty special as well.
While the surfers will be battling it out for District and Individual titles, there are a few other major incentives in this contest. The winners of the U17 Boys and Girls divisions, as well as the U15 Boys and Girls divisions, will find themselves awarded National Colours and included in the 2016 South African Junior Team.”
Early October is a great time for good surf on the East Coast, and Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay has produced excellent surf consistently during this period over the years.
The expectations are high for the junior surfers to be able to perform to their best on what is a perfect contest-surfing canvas on the long and winding walls of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay.