The first event in the Billabong Junior Series Presented By BOS is taking place during the JBay Winterfest, and here are all the facts pertaining to the surf contest.
What is it all about?
It is the first event in the 2015 Billabong Junior Series, which is the longest running junior series in the world, having started way back in 1997.
It is also the richest junior series in the world, already having paid out R 1,3M to junior surfers in South Africa since the series inception. The series hashtag is#BillabongJnr
Who will be surfing?
The competition will see the best junior surfers in the country all vying for points and prize money. There are both PST (Pro Surf Tour) and World Surf League (WSL) Pro Junior rated divisions.
The U12 Boys is a 1A PST rated division, while the U14 Boys, U14 Girls, U16 Boys and U16 Girls divisions are all 2A PST rated.
The U20 Boys and the U20 Girls divisions are both WSL 1000 Pro Junior rated.
There are also a number of international surfers entered into the event, including Ethan Ewing (Aus), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Seth Moniz (Haw), Shaun Manners (Aus), Eithan Osborne(USA), and Liam Obrien (Aus).
Where is the contest venue?
This year will see the event take place at Magnatubes – the perfect right-hand break around the corner from Supertubes.
Magnatubes is a long and fast right-hander and the ideal canvas for the best junior surfers in the country to strut their stuff in front of the event judges.
With a lot at stake at this event, including prize money, PST and WSL points as well as Billabong Junior Series points, the junior surfers will be going all-out at this new contest venue.
When is it happening?
The tournament is going to be held over three days in July.
For the first time in Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS history, the event is going to utilise a waiting period.
The contest needs three days of competition over a five-day waiting period, from the 13 – 7 July.
The contest will also take place during the waiting period of the JBay Open WSL Championship Tour event.
The JBay Open is the anchor event of the www.jbaywinterfest.com – a multi sport festival that takes place in JBay with eventsthat include the Core Sokkie Jol, the Infood Blu Cold Water Swim Classic and the JBay Mountain Bike Open.