8 October, 2015 8 October, 2015

SA Team Set Off for ISA World Junior Champs

The South African Junior Surfing team left our shores yesterday afternoon to join the top Junior surfers from 38 other nations in California, where they’ll be contesting the 2015 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Champs at Oceanside between 11 and 18 October.

The contest site at Oceanside, California, looking good.

A strong squad has been assembled to take on the best the world has to offer:

Under 18 Boys: Shane Sykes, Michael Monk, Richard Kidd, Ntando Msibi
Under 18 Girls: Teal Hogg, Chanelle Botha,
Under 16 Boys: Adin Masencamp, Joshe Faulkner, Sebastian Williams, Luke Malherbe
Under 16 Girls: Sophie Bell, Olivia Izzard.
Isaac February (Manager) Greg Emslie (Head Coach), David Malherbe (Coach)

We’re well aware of the level our group can surf at having watched them compete against each other at no less than three Pro Junior events in the past few weeks, but it’s going to be interesting to see how they match-up to the top groms from around the globe.

Joshe Faulkner was SA’s top performer at the 2014 ISA World Junior Champs.

The stage is set for our young guns to make their mark on international surfing, and they’ll be doing their best to not only represent SA, but also grab some individual glory too.

Follow their progress at the 2015 Vissla ISA World Junior Champs on isaworlds.com/juniors

Read the press release below for more details.



The 2015 South Africa Junior Surfing Team prior to departure for the Vissla ISA World Junior Championships in Oceanside California which starts on Saturday.

The South African Junior Surfing Team leaves for California later today (Wednesday) to join 34 other teams from all parts of the World in the annual ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. The event gets under way at Oceanside this weekend and ends on Sunday October 18th.

The team, which is made up of four U18 Boys, two Under 18 Girls, four Under 16 Boys and two Under 16 Girls, has been preparing for this event since February and after a string of successes in local events recently they depart full of confidence and determination.

Michael Monk of East London, Shane Sykes of Salt Rock, Ntando Msibi of Durban and Richard Kidd of Ballito are the Under 18 Boys while Teal Hogg of Umhlanga and Chanelle Botha of Warner Beach are the two Under 18 Girls in the team.

Adin Masencamp of the Strand, Jeffreys Bay surfers Joshe Faulkner and Sebastian Williams and Luke Malherbe of East London are the Under 16 Boys group with Sophie Bell of Umdloti and Olivia Izzard of La Lucia the two Under 16 Girls in the side.

Isaac February is the Team Manager, Greg Emslie is the Head Coach and Dave Malherbe is the Assistant Coach.

The Teams will gather for the Parade of Nations and the traditional Sands of the World Ceremony on Saturday and the first rounds will start at 8am (5pm SA time) on Sunday.

The USA last hosted a World Junior Surfing Championships at Huntington Beach in 2005.

The annual tournament determines the World Junior Team Champions and individual medalists in the Under 18 Boys and Girls and Under 16 Boys and Girls divisions. The World Championships will be streamed live from the Parade of Nations up to and including the Final and results will be posted immediately. In order to follow the event live and check results and photos go to www.isasurf.org and click on Vissla ISA World Junior Championships.

Daily releases will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and on the Surfing South Africa Facebook page. For more information on the team go to www.surfingsouthafricateams.co.za.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.

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