Team SA started Day 2 of the DAKINE ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in style with Dylan Lightfoot comfortably winning his opening encounter in the event before Emma Smith produced the highest score by a South African in the first heat of the U18 Girls division.
As the wave size increased with the incoming tide, Smith (Jeffreys Bay) started her heat with a solid 5.0 point ride and then went on to post an excellent score of 8.83, the third highest single ride of the entire event to date, leaving her opponents from the UK and Argentina fighting for second spot and a berth in Round 2 of the Girl’s Qualifying stream.
In the earlier tricky low tide conditions, Lightfoot bagged scores of 5.33 and 5.37 (both out of 10) and with his rivals unable to deliver anything over a 3.83, he joined compatriots Josh Smit and Mikey Venter in Qualifying Round 2 of the U18 Boys division.
Yesterday’s action continued with the first eight of the 16 heats in Qualifying Round 2 for both the U18 and U16 Boys. Josh Smit (Durban) kept his teammates on the beach on tenterhooks when he only rode two waves during his 20 minute heat. However, although Smit finished well behind the 13.07 posted by heat winner Tom Cloarec (FRA), his heat tally of 9.10 was enough for second place and a spot in Qualifying Round 3 in the U18’s
Max Armstrong (Scarborough) continued his winning roll, racking up rides of 6.50 and 5.50 to move confidently into Qualifying Round 3 of the U16’s. But Matt McGillivray (Port Elizabeth) was not as fortunate and despite scouring the lineup and riding eight waves he slipped to third place behind rivals from Brazil and Australia to drop into the sudden-death Repercharge rounds.