The third annual RVCA Junior Challenge will be kicking-off this coming weekend at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay, which will once again play host to SA’s top young guns as they battle it out for a place on the podium.
Highlights from last year’s final day.
Check out the official press release below.
RVCA Junior Challenge 2015
The RVCA Junior Challenge has had unfathomable success over the few years it has been around. The sort of success that ensures that the entries to the event are full merely days after opening online, and the sort of popularity that sees the kids walking around and babbling on about how cool the event is and how much they want to compete, smash their mates in the contest and win a trophy.
It has taken RVCA as little as three years to gain so much popularity around their Junior Challenge, testament to the brilliant show that they put on. The fact that it has grown from a small, local event, to the biggest junior event in the country in such a short time is something that they are very proud of.
“We are obviously very proud to be hosting such a prominent and influential event for our junior surfers,” said RVCA Marketing Manager Melissa Williams. “For the event to grow so quickly into the most well-liked junior event in the country is a great honour and we’re super stoked to be making it happen again. It’s rad that all the junior surfers are amped on the RVCA Challenge and this year we’re looking forward to some seriously epic winter swell for them, as well as even more fun stuff to do at the contest site.”
There will be a number of surfers defending their titles from last year, as well as a bunch of new faces in each division ready to impress the judges and fellow surfers alike. In a contest of this stature, the competitive side of it gets cut-throat, as all surfers entered want the honour of winning their respective divisions.
In the U10 Boys division James Ribbink will not be there to defend his title, as he has moved up a division. Having said that, he will be defending his U12 title, as he won both divisions last year as well as the celebrated Male Surfer Of The Event prize for his double whammy. This year he has also entered into the U14 division, and still might be able to do a double-header.
“There was so much hype last year,” said Ribbink. “When you came out the water and you had won a heat there were so many people congratulating you and feeling stoked for you, which was really cool and made the event for me. I was really happy winning both divisions.”
James Ribbink @Luke Patterson
Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay will be there to defend his title in the premier U20 Boys Division, while Sebastian Williams (JBay) will not be there to defend his U14 title as he will be moving up a division and surfing U16. St Francis Bay surfer Crystal Hulett, competing in the U20 Girls is another surfer who can do well at the Lower Point in JBay, where she has been training and practicing for the upcoming contest season. York Van Jaarsveldt from Kommetjie placed second in the U12 division last year, and he too will be competing in the U14 division this year.
RVCA will also be handing out quality goodie bags to everyone at the event, as well as being involved in a number of exciting side-events for the kids with their co-sponsors.
These co-sponsors include Stance, Firewire, Future Fins, Posca, Havaianas, Nixon, Rayne Cameras, Zigzag Magazine, Posca and Red Bull.
The RVCA Junior Challenge is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa. Surfing South Africa is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), and recognised by the Dept. of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for surfing.
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t: 072 488 4279
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