Over 100 frothing Juniors representing nine districts, along with their coaches, parents and entourage will be descending on Jeffreys Bay for the 2015 Billabong SA Junior Champs at Lower Point between 30 September – 4 October.
For the third consecutive year, Jeffreys Bay will host the SA Junior Champs.
You’ve heard it before and it’s still true; you’d be hard-pressed to find a better arena for the country’s best Junior surfers to perform. The perfect lines that roll down Lower Point’s rocky ledge break close to the long, sandy beach that is usually packed with spectators and coaches cheering the groms on, urging them to raise their performance. There’s that, plus of course those dreamy walls that are perfect for showcasing their skills they’ve been working on since last year’s champs.
As well as the coveted team trophy that is up for grabs (currently held by eThekwini), individual honours in six different division – ranging from Under 13 to Under 17 – will also be decided in the 5-day tournament. And as an added incentive, the winners of the Under 17 and Under 15 Boys and Girls divisions will find themselves awarded National Colours and included in the 2016 South African Junior Team. So there’s a lot at stake and the match-ups are going to be hotly contested.
Check out the press release below for more details.
BEST JUNIOR SURFERS HEADED FOR THE BILLABONG SA JUNIOR CHAMPS
Jeffreys Bay – The perfect right-hand waves of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay will be the contest arena for the upcoming Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS. Deemed a prime location for a number of reasons, including the picturesque setting and the high-performance right-handers that peel down the point, Lower Point is set to pit surfing districts against one another as the best juniors in the country battle it out for team, as well as individual honours.
This will be the first year that the format has changed from a provincial contest to a district challenge. The competing teams this year will represent Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Eden, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffalo City, Ugu, eThekweni, uThungulu and the Development Academy team, with eThekweni the defending champs.
The SA Junior Champs is a Surfing South Africa tournament, with Billabong and BOS the proud event sponsors. Surfing South Africa General Manager Robin de Kock commented on the upcoming event.
“The South African Junior Championships has been a premier event on the annual Surfing South Africa calendar since it was first held in 1996,” said De Kock. “The popular tournament is the biggest contest to take place each year in terms of number of team and participants. It decides six individual national champions as well as the Team title and Surfing South Africa is stoked that Billabong have stepped up as sponsors of the event. The fact that it will take place at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay for the third year in a row is pretty special as well. While the surfers will be battling it out for District and Individual titles, there are a few other major incentives in this contest. The winners of the U17 Boys and Girls divisions, as well as the U15 Boys and Girls divisions, will find themselves awarded National Colours and included in the 2016 South African Junior Team.”
Early October is a great time for good surf on the East Coast, and Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay has produced excellent surf consistently during this period over the years. The expectations are high for the junior surfers to be able to perform to their best on what is a perfect contest-surfing canvas on the long and winding walls of Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay.
“We’re looking forward to this event, our first SA Junior Champs contest,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “We’ve always been focused on nurturing our junior surfers in the country and affording them the experience and skills to enhance their surfing careers,whether it be professional surfers, within the surf industry, or surf media and administration. The SA Junior Champs also dovetails perfectly with our Billabong Junior Series that we have been running to much success in the country since 1997.”
The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS is proudly supported by DaKine, VonZipper, Skull Candy, Neff and Zigzag Surfing Magazine.
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