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Hurley SA Junior Champs to showcase the country’s top young surfers at Jeffreys Bay PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robin de Kock   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:25

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The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs will showcase the country’s top surfers aged 17-and-younger in the iconic, high-performance waves of the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay when the premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October.

Competing for coveted team and individual national titles, national team blazers and lucrative specialty awards, the event features the best surfers from the entire coastline who have qualified for their respective provincial teams via cutthroat selection trials.

“Junior surfing is the future of our sport in South Africa and the South African Junior Champs has to be the most exciting event of the year for any Junior surfer hoping to make their mark on the local scene,” says Hurley South Africa MD, Jevon Le Roux. “We are proud to be associated with junior surfing and everyone is looking forward to an exciting event in Jeffreys Bay.”

Defending team champions Western Province will be determined to take the prestigious Freedom Cup home again after dethroning hosts Eastern Province at Jeffreys Bay last year. Meanwhile perennial top contenders KwaZulu-Natal Central along with Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be going all out to clinch individual national titles and rack up team points.

“The Hurley SA Junior Championships is the most important junior tournament on the South African calendar and attracts the best young surfers from around the country to the best wave in the country,” says Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA). “This is where the future of South African surfing takes centre stage and we are extremely grateful and proud to be associated with Hurley whose support and commitment has seen the event become really special.”

Adding to the prestige of the coveted national titles at stake and securing their place in South African surfing history, surfers will also be competing for several special awards totalling more than R12 000. These include the Red Bull Best Air, Oakley Highest Heat Score, Island Tribe Best Tube, Skullcandy Team Spirit Award and two surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos from Mayhem.

All Aboard Travel (www.all-aboard.co.za) will be giving one lucky surfer a flight to join a photo-shoot surf trip with Zigzag Surf Mag (www.zigzag.co.za) that will see them featured in one of the magazine’s photo editorials.

For a taste of the action see the video preview for the 2014 event at http://bit.ly/1nqvMp0

The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:

Facebook:
Hurley South Africa | www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA

Twitter (Official):
Hurley SA | @HurleyZA | www.twitter.com/HurleyZA

Twitter (Results Only):
SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps | www.twitter.com/sajuniorchamps

Websites:
Daily blogs, interviews, photos, videos and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results also to be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za

As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.

The Hurley SA Junior Champs is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) which is recognised by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.

The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.

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Pictured: Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs
Photo: Alan van Gysen

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:31
 
Eastern Province take the Presidents Cup PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robin de Kock   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:37

Eastern Province win the President’s Cup for only the second time in 49 years at the South African Surfing Championships in Mossel Bay
 
Outer Pool, Mossel Bay (Thursday September 25 – Saturday September 27) – An ecstatic Eastern Province team won the coveted President’s Cup at the 49th South African Surfing Championships for only the second time in the history of the event today (Saturday) thanks to a well structured performance in good 6 foot surf at Outer Pool in Mossel Bay. Ironically their only other victory at the South African Championships was in 2008 at Victoria Bay which is located some 50 kms away from Mossel Bay.
 
Eastern Province’s neighbours, Border, were the runners up and Western Province came third. 2013 Champions Southern KZN had to settle for fourth place but will be happy to have finished ahead of the powerful KZN Central Team. Hosts Southern Cape came sixth, Boland were seventh and Zululand were eighth.
 
In addition to the team win, Eastern Province can proudly return home not only with the Presidents Cup but also with two Jeffrey’s Bay based individual South African champions. The 2013 U20 Girls Champion Emma Smith successfully defended her Under 20 title on a tie break against Nina Woerman of Western Province while her close friend Dylan Lightfoot posted 15,9 to edge out teammate Steven Sawyer to win the U20 Boys gold medal. Sawyer was presented with the Zigzag Blowing Up Award for his consistent high quality surfing throughout the event.
 
Joining Lightfoot and Smith as 2014 South African Champions are current World and South African Masters Champion Greg Emslie and defending South African Women’s Champion and Border teammate, Nikita Robb. Both Emslie and Robb are East London born and bred and it showed in their power surfing in the difficult 6 foot Mossel Bay Surf.
Emslie, who was runner up in 2013, posted 11,5 points to add a fourth South African Men’s Title to his name while Robb’s 12 points in the Final secured her an incredible fourth South African Women’s title in a row.
 
Balmy conditions and no waves on Day One ensured that not a single heat of the twenty three scheduled for Day one could be held. This forced contest officials to scrap the repercharge or “second chance” rounds so that the event could be completed in two days.
The predicted surf arrived overnight along with poor weather but the 4 to 6 foot waves made for some good surfing and produced high scores from the country’s best surfers. There were some upsets but in the end the best surfers in the event made their way to the finals and onto the podium.
 
Emslie’s fourth SA Championship Title ahead of last year’s U20 Boys Champion and National Team member Mikey February of Western Province sees him go into the history books as one of South Africa’s best surfers in 49 years.
 
Third in the Men’s Final was Mossel Bay local Llewellyn Whittaker, who was representing Southern Cape, while fourth place was claimed by Scott Venter who was surfing for Zululand.
Robb’s fourth title win in a row gives her a special place in South African surfing history. Her good friend and former SA Masters Champion Tasha Mentasti had a great contest and her teammates at Southern Cape will celebrate her silver medal in this premier division. 2014 South African team member Tanika Hoffman came third ahead of her Western Province teammate Tarryn Chudleigh.
 
In the Under 20 Boys Final Jordy Maree of Western Province came third behind Lightfoot and Sawyer with Steff Burrows of Boland taking fourth spot. Nina Woerman of Western Province tied for first place with Emma Smith in the U20 Girls Final and was eventually placed second on a count back. She was named Surfer of the Contest for her overall performance and won the prize that was sponsored by Bluegum Country Estate in Stanford. Nicole Pallet was third and her KZN Central teammate Teal Hogg came fourth.
 
All the finalists won Skullcandy Headphones and Neff watches while the winners won Primi Piatti vouchers, a bottle of Campbells Peak red wine and a portable speaker set.
 
49th South African Surfing Championships

Final Results
  1. Eastern Province
  2. Border
  3. Western Province
  4. Southern KZN
  5. KZN Central
  6. Southern Cape
  7. Boland
  8. Zululand

24 050 pts - President’s Cup
23 244 pts
22 940 pts
19 370 pts
18 720 pts
17 644 pts
15 660 pts
9 500 pts

Men

  1. Greg Emslie (Border)                                   
  2. Mikey February (WP)                                   
  3. Llewellyn Whittaker (SCape)                         
  4. Scott Venter (Zul)



11.50 - Gold Medal
11.00 - Silver Medal
09.00 - Bronze Medal
08.35 - Copper Medal

 Women
  1. Nikita Robb (Border)                                    
  2. Tasha Mentasti (SCape)                                
  3. Tanika Hoffman (WP)                                    
  4. Tarryn Chudleigh (WP)                                  


12.00 - Gold Medal
09.15 - Silver Medal
08.00 - Bronze Medal
04.95 - Copper Medal
U20 Boys
  1. Dylan Lightfoot (EP)                                    
  2. Steven Sawyer (EP)                                    
  3. Jordy Maree (WP)                                       
  4. Steff Burrows (Bol)                                        


15.90 - Gold Medal
15.75 - Silver Medal
14.65 - Bronze Medal
05.40 - Copper Medal
 U20 Girls
  1. Emma Smith (EP)                                          
  2. Nina Woermann (WP)                                     
  3. Nicole Pallet (KZNC)                                       
  4. Teal Hogg (KZNC)                                          


9.50 - Gold Medal
9.50 - Silver Medal
9.00 - Bronze Medal
9.00 - Copper Medal

Surfer of the Contest
Nina Woermann (WP)

Zigzag Blowing Up Award
Steven Sawyer (EP)

All the results from the event can be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and photos are available from www.liquidimages.co.za

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Greg Emslie : 2014 SA Men’s Champion Nikita Robb: 2014 SA Women’s Champion
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Dylan Lightfoot : 2014 SA U20 Boys Champion  Emma Smith: 2014 SA U20 Girls Champion

Photos Courtesy of Liquid Images

The event was supported by:
Reef Wetsuits, Skullcandy, Primi Piatti, the Point Village Hotel, Bluegum Country Estate in Stanford, Zigzag and Campbells Peak wines.

About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA) as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.?SSA is made up of eight provinces: Boland, Border, Eastern Province, KwaZulu-Natal Central, Southern Cape, Southern KZN, Western Province and Zululand.?The South African Bodyboarding Association, the South African Longboarding Association, Stand Up Paddle South Africa and USASSA (student surfing) are all affiliated to Surfing South Africa.?SSA sanctions the annual Pro Surf Tour (PST), coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams and is responsible for the administration of the sport.

Compiled by Surfing South Africa
Contact:          Robin de Kock - General Manager
Mobile:            082 454 1149
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 13:25
 
Zululand takes on Mossel Bay at South African Surfing Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by ZSA media   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 09:22

This weekend Mossel Bay will be making its anticipated debut as South African Surfing Championship hosts. participating in this event will be over 100 of SA's top surfers, representing the eight provincial teams.

This will be the 49th South African Surfing Championships, the contestants will be vying for the coveted iconic 43 year old Presidents Cup. There will also be the four individual champions of 2014 to be determined, so the heat will definitely be on. Also attending this pivotal event will be the current World Champion, all four defending SA Champions, and a number of World Championship medal winners.

Surfers will not only be competing for honour, medals and trophies, but also to accumulate Surfing South Africa Pro Surf Tour rating points, since The SA Championships is a 3A Rated contest on the Pro Surf Tour.

Zululand will be fielding a talented team yet to take on the defending champions Southern KZN on the rough waters of Mossel Bay. Allan Johns, Scott Venter, Byron Lindsay, Braiden Coates, Monique Gresse and Liam de Villiers make up the team who will proudly represent Zululand in this star studded clash of SA Surfing Titans. Joining them will be Anton Knoetze for support and Lourens de Villiers as coach and manager.

The 49th South African Surfing Championships kicked off with an Opening function for all the teams and officials at the Ochre Room in the Protea Hotel in Mossel Bay at 7pm for 7.30pm last night. This function included the presentation on National Colours to the members of the 2014 South African Team which will defend the ISA World Title in Peru fin a months’ time.

The heats started at 8am this morning and the championships will end at approximately 2:30pm on Saturday September 27th .

The Heats and provisional schedule for the Championships are available at http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/?page_id=7947

The 49th South African Surfing Championships is supported by event partners Reef Wetsuits, Skullcandy Headphones, Neff watches, The Point Village Hotel in Mossel Bay, Bluegum Country Estate in Stanford, Campbells Peak Wines from Bluegum Country Estate, Primi Piatti and Zigzag, presenters of the Blowing Up Award.

Article contents derived from Surfing South Africa.

Last Updated on Friday, 26 September 2014 10:29
 
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