3 October, 2016 3 October, 2016

Final Day Of The 2016 Billabong Jnr Series

After two days of near perfect conditions the ocean decided to throw a spanner in the works for the final day of the 2016 Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS. Howling onshore winds battered the surfers and spectators but did little to deter the stoke after so many days of cooking surf. High performance boards were swopped for those buoyant sticks designed for summer slush and strategies were reassessed with the surfers opting to keep busy in the tricky surf.

To the less experienced eye the conditions may have seemed unsurfable – until the groms were let loose. White wobbly ripples suddenly appeared to be bowly runners on the bricks. From the moment the siren sounded it was evident that the surfing was still going to be exciting.


Calvin Goor may not have been a finalist but earned the BOS Best Carve of the Event with a rail game like this. © Kody McGregor

After the Pro Junior semi finals, the u/12 boys finals hit the water. The lightweights had to fight hard to hang onto their boards through the chop. At the end of the heat Luke Thompson was unbeatable after opening his account with a 7.00. James Ribbink settled for 2nd after being on form the entire event. Daniel Emslie and Christian Venter finished 3rd and 4th respectively.


Previous event winner, Daniel Emslie working a slush puppy section. © Ian Thurtell

The u/14 girls final was a low scoring affair that saw new comer Snenhlanhla Makhubu take the win over Kayla Nogueira. Summer Sutton clinched a 3rd place over previous series winner, Gabi Laivaux.

Nate Spalding was then crowned the u/14 boys champ as Tide Lee Ireland was unable to keep up his dominating streak and finished 2nd over York Van Jaarsveldt and Sam Bennie.


Tide Lee Ireland in action on the cleaner walls of day 2. © Kody McGregor

After losing out in the u/18 girls semi finals, a determined Kai Woolf cracked a series of backhand hacks to claim the win in the u/16 girls final. Sophie Bell put up a good fight for 2nd place with Kirsty McGillivray at her heels in 3rd place and Anna Jellema Butler in 4th.

The u/16 boys finalists put on a spectacular show earlier on in the contest but struggled in the deteriorating conditions. Max Elkington snagged the win over Koby Oberholzer with Karl Steen in 3rd and Luke Slijpen in 4th.


Kirsty McGillivray has been a dominating force with her fast and compressed style. © Kody McGregor

The Pro Junior u/18 finals saw exciting man-on-man match ups. Kirsty McGillivray had been dropping excellent scores all weekend but couldn’t find her feet in the finals whilst Sophie Bell achieved some decent scores and was a well-deserved winner.

The difference between the heat totals in the Pro Junior men’s finals was just 0.13. Sebastian Williams held the lead with a pair of 6-point rides whilst Adin Masencamp was left hunting for a back up ride for his 7.67. In the dying seconds of the heat Adin took off on a wave and was close to nailing the score – before he fell, much to the relief of Sebastian.


Sebastian Williams loving the onshore ramp sections. © Ian Thurtell

Being the second and final event in the 19th annual Billabong Junior Series, the competitors were also surfing.

2016 Billabong Junior Series Results:

U/12 Boys

1st Luke Thompson

2nd Daniel Emslie

3rd James Ribbink

U/14 Girls

1st Snenhlanhla Makhubu

2nd Kayla Nogueira

3rd Gabi Lailvaux

U/14 Boys

1st Tide Lee Ireland

2nd Nate Spalding

3rd York Van Jaarsveld

U/16 Boys

1st Max Elkington

2nd Eli Beukes

3rd Luke Slijpen

U/18 Girls

1st Sophie Bell

2nd Kirsty McGillivray

3rd Kai Woolf

U/18 Boys

1st Adin Masencamp

2nd Sebastian Williams

3rd Jordy Maree

The series winners. © Kody McGregor

The series winners. © Kody McGregor

Special Awards:

VonZipper Airshow – Eli Beukes

BOS Best Carve of the Event – Calvin Goor

Neff Forever Fun Award – Mitch Du Preez

Skullcandy Stay Loud Award – James Ribbink

*Featured Image By: Kody McGregor / Surfer: Adin Masencamp


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