2 May, 2014 2 May, 2014

RVCA Junior Challenge 2014 Blasts-Off

Kicking-off in Jeffreys Bay today and running through the weekend is the RVCA Junior Challenge, which is the country’s biggest Junior event outside of the massive inter-provincial champs held annually.

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Lower Point is primed and ready.

This one is all about individual performances and with loads of prizemoney for all the divisions, as well as a spot in the JBU Super Trial up for grabs for the Pro Junior Mens winner, heats are going to be fiercely contested at Lower Point.

J-Bay local Dylan Lightfoot, who finished runner-up in last year’s event, will be looking to go one better in 2014 with his eye set firmly on the slot in the JBU Super Trial – which offers the chance to grab a wild card into the J-Bay Open Dream Tour event this July. The 19 year-old regularfoot knows what it takes to win a heat at Lower Point, and suggested the following to his fellow competitors.

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Dylan Lightfoot will be making sure he blasts a variety of turns from his large repertoire.

“Point is such an easy wave to surf and you can fall into the trap of doing the same thing over and over. If there is an air section you’d have to throw up an air just to kind of mix it up. And do the rail carves but not the same turn over and over again, so maybe say one with a lay-back or a drop-wallet style or maybe a grab rail vibe or instead of extending the carve out long, like you may have in the previous one, tighten it up and whip it back.”

The RVCA Junior Challenge features the country’s best Under 20 surfers, from the mini Under 10 division all the way through to the premier Pro Junior division – which features some surfers already on the WQS as well as those that will be looking to make their mark on world surfing in the next few years.

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James Ribbink claimed the mini Under 10 division title at last year’s event.

Stay connected with the results via RVCA South Africa’s Twitter account, or check out highlights and photos on RVCA South Africa’s Facebook page.

Official press release below.

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THE 2014 RVCA JUNIOR CHALLENGE IS UPON US

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Top junior surfer York Van Jaarsveldt from Kommetjie will be competng in the RVCA Junior Challenge

Jeffreys Bay – Thursday, 1 May – The weekend is around the corner, and amongst all the public holidays, extended weekends, parties gone and parties to come, the RVCA Junior Challenge is set to rear its head. It’s by far the most exciting and biggest junior surfing event on the calendar – apart from inter-provincial team events – and it’s set to take place in RVCA’s back yard of JBay from Friday to Sunday.

Here are some of the finer details, so that everyone can plan their weekend accordingly.

It’s going to be a busy schedule, so there will be surfing all day for three days, starting early on Friday morning. Remember that the schedule could change at any time should the contest director deem a change necessary, so make sure that you keep tabs on the daily schedule.

Today – Thursday 1 May – is registration day. There will be a convenient registration process set up at the contest site at Lower Point between four and six pm. Apart from registration, this is also time for the competitors to pick up their insane goodie bags.

There will be a Photo Station set up at the beach throughout the event. There will be photographers capturing as many waves of as many surfers as humanly possible over the weekend, and then putting all these photos up on three RVCA computers in the Photo Station. All competitors will receive a Flashdrive in their goody bag courtesy of FireWire Surfboards, and they can download any images they find of themselves or their friends onto this flashdrive. Photos can either be posted onto FaceBook, or the high res versions can be printed out – with all images courtesy of RVCA.

There is also going to be the Plascon Paint Wall, on the back of one of the containers. This paint wall will open on Saturday at 11am, when the resident RVCA artist will explain what needs to be done on the paint wall, and guide the surfers-who-are-artists through it.

During the event there will also be the Nixon Weird Board event, where some of the competitors will have a chance of riding one of 8 weird boards shaped by 8 weird surfboard shapers from around the country. They are Thys Strydom, Glen D’Arcy, Glen Row, Eric Stedman, Anton Butler, Simon Fish, Dutchie and David Stubbs.

The event divisions are Boys U10, U12, U14, U16 and U20, and Girls U14 and U20. The event has a 2 Star PST rating.

On Saturday night there will be a braai down at the contest site, as well as some funky tunes playing. Good food and chilled vibes on what promises to be a fun evening.

The prize giving will be at the contest site after the event on Sunday late afternoon.

The contest venue, The Lower Point in JBay, is a classic wave on so many levels. It was discovered many years ago by some intrepid soul,  and it has been one of the most popular surf destinations in the country ever since. While older sister Supertubes grinds away in the distance, the Lower Point is a high performance ramp city, conducive to state-of-the-art junior surfing.

“We can feel the excitement in the town already,” said RVCA South Africas’ Chio Kraak. “We have got so much in store for the juniors, and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. Apart from just the competition heats, there is going to be a total buzz at the beach the whole weekend.”

Then there is wildcard slot up for grabs into the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. This wildcard will be awarded to the winner of the U20 Men’s division. The JBU Supertrial is an event set to take place on a single day during the month of June that will award one person a wildcard into the JBay Open ASP World Tour event.  For more on the JBU Supertrial go here: on.fb.me/1maOi3x

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You can follow the event on the RVCA South Africa FaceBook Page here: www.facebook.com/RVCA.South.Africa
We are going to be tweeting all the fun and games throughout the event here: twitter.com/RVCA_SA

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