Local surfers Ryan Lightfoot, Kai Woolf and Matt McGillivray utilised their home ground knowledge to claim victories at the RVCA Junior Surf Challenge held at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay.
McGillivray won the U20 Boys division of the RVCA Junior Challenge, outclassing Cape Town’s Jordy Maree, Bevan Willis and 16-year-old goofyfooter Luke Malherbe to claim the title.
“I thought that I might have peaked in my semi final and was hoping to keep it up in the final,” said an elated McGillivray after the event.
“So I just focussed on my wave selection to get the right waves which would offer the big scoring potential.
I tried to hustle and get on the inside and on the high tide the waves run a bit faster along the shelf,” he said.
Local knowledge shone in the U16 Girls, where Kai Woolf was unmatched throughout the event; and in the U14 Boys where Ryan Lightfoot lead from start to finish for a heat total of 15.93 (out of a possible 20).
“The waves were cooking in the final and Point offers so many possibilities and I am stoked to have won an event in my backyard,” said Lightfoot after his victory.
There were a few special awards on offer from various other sponsors:
Winner of the Paddle Battle in association with Red Bull: U14: Sam Bennie (R1500 in Stance Socks), Girls: Jade Story (R1500 in Stance Socks), Boys: Sebastian Williams (Rayne action camera)
Most progressive surfing during the event: Matt McGillivray (Firewire Surfboard)
Most impressive female surfer throughout the event: Nina Harmse (Firewire Surfboard)
Most impressive male surfer throughout the event: Luke Malherbe (flight and accommodation for two people to JBay, from JBay Travel and African Perfection).
1. Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek)
2. Ethan Currin (East London)
3. CJay Posthumous (Port Elizabeth)
4. Noah Whittle (Durban)
1. Mitch Du Preez (East London)
2. Daniel Emslie (East LOndon)
3. Christian Venter (Mellkbos)
4. Ethan Currin (East London)
1. Ryan Lightfoot (JBay)
2. Angelo Faulkner (JBay)
3. Eli Beukes (Kommetjie)
4. Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay)
1. Kai Woolf (JBay)
2. Sophie bell (Umdloti)
3. Anna Jellema Butler (Kalk Bay)
4. Kirsty McGillivray (JBay)
1. Adin Masencamp (Strand)
2. Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie)
3. Calvin Goor (Umhlanga)
4. Joshe Faulkner (JBay)
1. Nicole Pallet (La Lucia)
2. Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay)
3. Kai Woolf (JBay)
4. Robyn Van Der Merwe (Port Elizabeth)
1. Matt McGillivray (JBay)
2. Jordy Maree (Kalk Bay)
3. Bevan Willis (Umdloti)
4. Luke Malherbe (East London)