JBay local Kirsty McGillivray dominated day 4 of the Billabong SA Junior Surf Champs with a perfect 10 score as South Africa’s top young surfers revelled in the fabled waves of Jeffreys Bay.
All six divisions were in action on Day 4 with the semi-finalists decide in the U13 and U15 age categories and the finalists in the U17’s to set up a great final day on Sunday.
Kirsty McGillivray, who has been a standout in her home break, posted the second perfect 10 point ride of the event and the first for the girls.
Catching one of the set waves in her U15 girls Round 4 heat, the JBay local seamlessly combined radical manoeuvres and then finished strongly to advance to the semi-finals.
“There were some really nice sets out there, it was really clean and there were some nice sections,” said McGillivray. “When that wave came through I really wanted to get a good score and have fun on it.
I did some snaps and at the end I did a floater that I almost fell on, but managed to land it.”
The U17 boys completed their quarter-finals early in the day and then took their performances to another level in the tightly contested semis.
This year’s South African Champion will be one of Ethan Fletcher, Jordy Maree and Jake Elkington, the first to third seeds in the Cape Town team, and Ford van Jaarsveldt, who is represented Cape Winelands but also lives in the South Peninsula.
The U17 girls also competed twice today with local standout Chrystal Hulett (Nelson Mandela Bay) and rapidly improving Taghiti Gericke (Eden) moving through to tomorrow’s final from the first of the semis.
They were joined by Pippa Jones (Cape Town) and Kia Fenton (Nelson Mandela Bay) from the second semi to set up what promises to be an exciting encounter with the SA Junior title and a spot in the SA national team at stake.
The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS 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.