It was young JJ Van Seumeren from East London who caught the first wave of the RVCA Junior Challenge 2014, opening up the biggest junior surfing event in the country, amongst great Lower Point waves, burning sun and crowds of competitors, spectators and family.
The U20 Boys round of 32 was an action-packed affair, with surfers starting to think about that wildcard slot in the JBU Supertrial.
Slade Prestwich from Durban was the first surfer to really find form, racking up a 7 point ride and a 6.25 to give him a 13.25 points out of a possible 20 and the heat win.
In the late afternoon heats it was local surfer Matt McGillivray who was in blistering form in his backyard. He won his U20 heat with ease and is looking like a possible contender for the JBU Supertrial wildcard slot.
Other surfers in U20 round of 32 who were on form were aerial kid Diran Zakarian, and JBay local Dylan Lightfoot who won the final heat of the day with some fast surfing.
‘The swell had dropped with the full tide moving in and had become quite inconsistent. I knew wave selection was key and only picked off 3 waves throughout the heat just trying to build scores, said Lightfoot.
“I felt good to be back home and just tried to picture the heat as a free surf out at my local spot. To have the local Jeffreys Bay crowd supporting and all my good mates on the beach was really special, I definitely don’t want to let them down so I want to give it my all”.
The RVCA Junior continues today at Lower Point.