South Africa’s top junior surfers will be vying for coveted invitations to compete in the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour when the Billabong Pro Junior is run at Victoria Bay from 1-4 September.
The event is the fourth and final contest on the 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior Series and the top four surfers in the year end rankings will be awarded the sought after invitations to take on their peers from around the globe in the quest to be crowned the World Junior Champion in Sydney, Australia in January 2011.
Up and coming local surfer Dylan Lightfoot is in the running for one of the four slots and is currently ranked 7th in the series. Dylan would probably have to win the contest to gain a slot as Shaun Joubert and Dale Staples look firm favourites for the top two positions, with Joubert already having secured first spot.
Staples, a previous winner at Vic Bay, has been in stellar form recently, winning the VonZipper Super Heat to earn a wildcard into the Billabong Pro J’Bay event where he posted impressive performances against superstars Taj Burrow and Bede Durbidge in the opening rounds.
The Billabong Junior Series also sees the country’s top Under 16, U14 and U12 boys and the Pro Junior (U20) girls in action competing for prize money and ratings points that count toward the annual Surfing South Africa titles.
Steven Sawyer also from Jeffreys Bay, who reached the last four in both Pro Junior and U16 divisions in April, and Benji Brand (Kommetjie), winner of the U16’s on the Dolphin Coast and also a favourite in the U14 division, head a highly competitive field in the U16 boys division.