Day 5 saw wins across the board as all the boys in action won their heats, ending the day with the remaining 10 SA team members through to the Main Round 3 of the competition. Day 6 has come and gone with mixed results that has seen team South Africa move up to number 7 on the team points ratings.
“The conditions have been super challenging for everyone as it has been a solid size on a very shallow bank, so there have been a lot of one turn waves for us to analyze and compare,” said SA judge Wade Botha. “The team has been looking good but it’s going to keep getting more difficult through the rounds.”
In the u/18 Boys, Jose Faulkner and Jordy Maree were eliminated in Round 3 after putting on a brilliant display of surfing. Bevan Willis performed some powerful turns and got the score he needed in his Round 3 heat in the last 30 seconds before getting knocked in the following round. Adin Masencamp has been taking names and proving that he has the potential to go all the way. He is the last u/18 standing and has advanced through to the quarterfinal round.
Three out of our four u/16 boys remain on Day 7 of the competition. The challenging conditions got the best of Angelo Faulkner whilst Koby Oberholzer, Max Elkington and Sebastian Williams all claimed heat wins and are through to Round 4.
The ladies have had two lay days due to the heavy conditions but will finally be getting back out there today. Our u/18 girls, Crystal Hulett and Sophie Bell bowed out early in the competition but the u/16 girls are still in and looking to fly the flag high. Kirsty McGillivray and Kai Woolf will be coming up in Round 3 at Podium 2.
“It is great to see that junior surfing is in good hands. The SA team will be coming home with great experience that will have a ripple effect on the local scene,” said Wade.
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