Clear skies, light winds and pumping 3 foot waves pouring through Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay delivered the ideal platform for the country’s top junior surfers to produce blistering performances on Day 3 of the Billabong SA Junior Champs.
Max Elkington, representing Cape Town in the U15 boys division, posted the first perfect 10 point ride of the event when he carved up an overhead wave and finished with an explosive backhand re-entry.
Elkington, last year’s U13 champion, went on to win the heat and advance to the quarter-finals along with runner-up Saxton Randall (eThekweni).
Not to be outdone, Nelson Mandela Bay’s top seed Sebastian Williams racked up a two wave heat total of 18.17, marginally less than the highest heat tally of the division (18.50) that he set on Wednesday, and will be up against Elkington in a highly anticipated matchup in the quarters.
Adin Masencamp from Cape Winelands was on fire again, earning scores of 8.67 and a near-perfect 9.77 for a total of 18.44, the highest of the U17 boy’s category.
The 2014 U15 champ continues to look a likely contender for the U17 title this year, but faces tough opposition from Bevan Willis (eThekweni), who he faces in the quarters; Tristan Lev and Joshe Faulkner (both Nelson Mandela Bay) and the Cape Town pair of Ethan Fletcher and Jordy Maree, all of whom were heat winners yesterday.
The Billabong SA Junior Champs runs until Sunday when the winners in the U17, U15 and U13 boy’s and girl’s divisions will be crowned the 2015 SA Junior Champions.
The district team accumulating the highest point tally across all divisions will be awarded the highly prized Freedom Cup and the winners of the U17 and U15 divisions will be awarded national team blazers.