Following on from an exciting 49th edition of the SA Surfing Champs this past weekend in Mossel Bay, the country’s best Under 17 surfers will be competing for the 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs title at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay next week.
Check out the teaser for this year’s event.
The event kicks off on Wednesday 8 October and will continue through the weekend until Sunday 12 October, when the new champs in six different divisions (Under 17; 15 and 13 Boys and Girls) will be crowned.
And if the waves are anything like last year’s event, then be prepared for another excellent display of surfing from the country’s best junior talent.
The waves cooked at the 2013 Hurley SA Junior Champs.
You can follow the event on sajuniorchamps.co.za, which will be updated as the event progresses. Or right here on zigzag.co.za as we bring you all the best action from one of the biggest events on South Africa’s junior surfing calendar.
Check out the official press release below.
HURLEY SA JUNIOR CHAMPS TO SHOWCASE THE COUNTRY’S TOP YOUNG SURFERS AT JEFFREYS BAY
The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs will showcase the country’s top surfers aged 17-and-younger in the iconic, high-performance waves of the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay when the premier junior event on the South African surfing calendar runs from 8 to 12 October.
Matt McGillivray (EP) was crowned the South African U17 Boys Champion in the perfect waves at Jeffreys Bay in 2013 and will be going for his second successive title at this year’s Hurley SA Junior Champs
Competing for coveted team and individual national titles, national team blazers and lucrative specialty awards, the event features the best surfers from the entire coastline who have qualified for their respective provincial teams via cutthroat selection trials.
“Junior surfing is the future of our sport in South Africa and the South African Junior Champs has to be the most exciting event of the year for any Junior surfer hoping to make their mark on the local scene,” says Hurley South Africa MD, Jevon Le Roux. “We are proud to be associated with junior surfing and everyone is looking forward to an exciting event in Jeffreys Bay.”
Team spirit will be high with eight provinces as well as the SA Development Academy going head-to-head at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay.
Defending team champions Western Province will be determined to take the prestigious Freedom Cup home again after dethroning hosts Eastern Province at Jeffreys Bay last year. Meanwhile perennial top contenders KwaZulu-Natal Central along with Southern KZN, Border, Boland, Zululand, Southern Cape and the SA Development Academy will be going all out to clinch individual national titles and rack up team points.
“The Hurley SA Junior Championships is the most important junior tournament on the South African calendar and attracts the best young surfers from around the country to the best wave in the country,” says Robin de Kock, GM of Surfing South Africa (SSA). “This is where the future of South African surfing takes centre stage and we are extremely grateful and proud to be associated with Hurley whose support and commitment has seen the event become really special.”
Ethan Fletcher (WP) will be looking to add another SA title to the trophy he won last year.
Adding to the prestige of the coveted national titles at stake and securing their place in South African surfing history, surfers will also be competing for several special awards totalling more than R12 000. These include the Red Bull Best Air, Oakley Highest Heat Score, Island Tribe Best Tube, Skullcandy Team Spirit Award and two surfboards shaped by Matt Biolos from Mayhem.
All Aboard Travel (www.all-aboard.co.za) will be giving one lucky surfer a flight to join a photo-shoot surf trip with Zigzag Surf Mag (www.zigzag.co.za) that will see them featured in one of the magazine’s photo editorials.
For a taste of the action see the video preview for the 2014 event at http://bit.ly/1nqvMp0
The Hurley SA Junior Champs can be followed via:
FACEBOOK: Hurley South Africa | www.facebook.com/Hurley.ZA
TWITTER (Official): Hurley SA | @HurleyZA | www.twitter.com/HurleyZA
TWITTER (Results Only): SA Junior Champs | @SAJuniorChamps | www.twitter.com/sajuniorchamps
WEBSITES: Daily blogs, interviews, photos, videos and results will be posted on www.sajuniorchamps.co.za with results also to be found at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
As part of Surfing South Africa’s commitment to transformation, the South African Development Academy team is participating thanks to a grant from Sport and Recreation South Africa.
The Hurley SA Junior Champs is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA) which is recognised by the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and Sport and Recreation SA as the national governing body for the sport. SSA is a member of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the world’s governing body for surfing.
The 2014 Hurley SA Junior Champs is supported by Red Bull, Vans, Skullcandy, Neff, Island Tribe, Oakley, All Aboard Travel, Christian Surfers, Zigzag, Supertubes Foundation and Surfing South Africa.