Torrential spring made things difficult for the 70 surfers, officials and spectators alike on Day One of the 2017 Boss of Moss Pro Junior at Mossel Bay over the weekend, forcing contest organisers to cut the day short.

This was a good decision as the bad weather moved on overnight as the weather cleared up and Mossel Bay delivered huge onshore surf which produced some explosive surfing.

Eden local, Aya Gericke, East London surfers Tayla de Coning and Zoe Steyn and Kai Woolf of Jeffrey’s Bay, were the stars of the show.

Gericke won the U16 Boys Division and came fourth in the U18 Boys Final, de Coning won the U18 Girls Final and came second in the U16 Girls Division, Steyn was first in the U14 Girls final and third in the U16 Girls Division and 2016 National Junior team member Woolf won the U16 Girls title and came third in the U18 Girls division.

The U14 Boys winner was Luke Thomson of Durban, SA Surf Tour ratings leader Jake Elkington took honours in the U18 Boys division while Kyra Bennie of Vredehoek won the U12 Boys division.

This was the first ever SA Surf Tour event to use the impressive Live Heats scoring system which allows anyone to watch scores for each heat in real time. Over 3000 hits were recorded for the contest.

Full results are available on and on

Photos by Ryan Mostert can be viewed on

The third edition of the Boss of Moss attracted a host of sponsors with Mossel Bay Ford maintaining its role as the headline supported of the contest. Mossel Bay Ford has been behind the event since it was first held in 2015.

Artificial Grass produced some beautiful trophies for this year’s contest and sponsored the Surfer of the Contest prize of R1000 which went to Nathan Plomaritis of Cape St Francis.

Aya Gericke won the Casio G-Shock watch for posting the highest heat score on the final day.

Other sponsors were Sea Harvest, Gul Wetsuits, RVCA, FTB, Delphinos, Big Blue,Smooth Star and Shark Shack Back Packers.

Additional support for this year’s Boss of Moss came from the Western Cape Sports Council and the Eden Sports Council.

Aya Gericke from the Wilderness. Photo Ryan Mostert

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