Jeffreys Bay played host to the inaugural Quiksilver and Roxy JBay Junior Pro’s this weekend.
South Africa’s best junior surfers were treated to good 3-4 foot surf at Magnatubes, a world-class right hand point break that allowed for some extremely explosive and competitive surfing throughout the three-day period.
The event, which catered for boys and girls surfing under the age of eighteen, was part of the 2016 JBay Winterfest which runs until the 17 July offering a number of sporting and cultural events in Jeffreys Bay and is highlighted by the JBay Open of Surfing.
Quiksilver’s sales and marketing manager Dane Patterson was very happy with the event’s outcome,”We really enjoyed being able to put this event on during the JBay Winterfest this year, it’s the best time to be in JBay.
The juniors were stoked to be surfing good waves here and also being able to watch the world’s best out at Supertubes for the JBay Open.”
Taking out the main boys division, the under 18 division, at the inaugural event this year was Cape Town’s Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay).
Maree was on top form the whole event posting numerous scores in the excellent range and was unstoppable in the final.
His lethal backhand attack was appreciated by the spectators and judges alike. Maree finished ahead of powerful natural footer Bevan Willis (Salt Rock), Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno, Cape Town) rounded up the final in third and fourth place respectively.
In the girls under 18 division Crystal Hulett from St Francis Bay pulled out all the stops late on in the heat to narrowly edge out an on-form Zoe McDougall of Hawaii.
JBay local Kai Woolf had a great event posting some impressive scores but could only manage a third place in the testing afternoon conditions. Danica Stockigt from East London finished in fourth place.
There was always going to be one winner in the boys under 16 division, Sebastian Williams (Durban) was a major standout with his progressive surfing and big heat total.
Williams exited the finals as a comfortable winner with Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen and Saxton Randall in second, third and fourth place respectively.
The Hawaiian Zoe McDougall found some form in the girls under 16 division and managed to string some big powerful turns together to impress the panel of judges.
McDougall claimed the division title ahead of other form surfers Kai Woolf and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay). Snenhlanhlana Makhubu (Durban) was surfing up a division and did well to finish up in fourth place.
In the under 14 East London’s Mitch Du Preez managed to execute two solid manoeuvres in the dying seconds of the final to get the score he needed to pip Aya Gericke (Wilderness) for the win.
Mano Robb (Kommetjie) and Reilly Mare (East London) battled to to find the waves they needed in the testing conditions and were sidelined to third and fourth places.
Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) adapted nicely to the deteriorating conditions and used her strong backhand attack to clinch the girls under 14 final.
Kayla Nogueira (Durban), also on her backhand, surfed well throughout the event finishing a respectable second place with Kelly Fenton (Jeffreys Bay) and Snenhlanhlana Makhubu rounding up the tail.
In the youngest division, the boys under 12 division, young shredder Daniel Emslie, nephew of former WCT surfer Greg Emslie, was the surfer on point, controlling the final from start to finish.
Christian Venter from Melkbosstrand surfed well to secure second place while Alex Townsend (Kommetjie) and Brad Scott (Hout Bay) ended up third and fourth respectively.
Quiksilver JBay Junior Pro
1. Jordy Maree
2. Bevan Willis
3. Adin Masencamp
4. Luke Slijpen
1. Sebastian Williams
2. Angelo Faulkner
3. Luke Slijpen
4. Saxton Randall
1. Mitch Du Preez
2. Aya Gericke
3. Manoa Robb
4. Reilly Mare
1. Daniel Emslie
2. Christian Venter
3. Alex Townsend
4. Brad Scott
Roxy JBay Junior Pro
1. Crystal Hulett
2. Zoe McDougall
3. Kai Woolf
4. Danica Stockigt
1. Zoe McDougal
2. Kai Woolf
3. Kirsty McGillivray
4. S’nenhlanhlana Makhubu
1. Gabi Lailvaux
2. Kayla Nogueira
3. Kelly Fenton
4. S’memhlanhlana Makhubu