Dylan Lightfoot (16 yrs) from Jeffreys Bay had an outstanding run in the Hurley Pro Jnr at Burleigh Heads, Australia over the weekend by coming 5th overall amongst a field of the top junior surfers in the world.
Lightfoot made his intentions clear in the first round when the judges awarded him a score of 8.25 in his opening heat, which was the highest scoring wave of Round One.
The next few heats were very close heats against some top competitors. In the round of 16 featuring Jack Freeman (World ASP Junior Champ) and Matt Banting (U/16 World Champ), Dylan managed to score a 7.25 in the last 50 seconds of the heat pushing him into second place to advance to the quarterfinals, knocking out Freeman in the process.
Lightfoot’s run ended in the quarterfinals and earned a highly respectable fifth place amongst the top junior surfers in the world with over 100 entrants in this U20 competition and he turned 16 on the 12th January.
He competed alongside fellow South Africans Dale Staples (ASP world number 3), Dane Staples, Berick de Vries from Durban, Shaun Joubert from Mossel Bay and Steven Sawyer from Jeffreys Bay.
The camaraderie amongst the South Africans was fantastic as the older surfers encouraged the younger surfer through his rounds. Dylan was the last South African left standing in the competition, doing the J’Bay Locals proud.
To find out more about the Hurley Pro Junior click here