August 31st  to  September 2nd

2012

 

 

 

 

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Davey Brand Takes The Billabong Pro Junior 2012 in Perfect Surf At Seal Point

Cape St Francis – In perfect four-foot pointbreak surf, Davey Brand won the Pro Junior Boys final against Dylan Lightfoot with two excellent scoring rides. Jeffreys Bay local Lightfoot was chasing a small score but couldn’t find it amongst the excellent waves, and the win went to Brand. Slade Prestwich and Benji Brand were tied in third place. “This has been my best event of the year,” said Davey. “I’m just so stoked that my parents were here to see it.”

The Billabong Pro Junior in Seal Point offered US $5 000 (approx. R42 000) in prize-money with $2 000 plus 250 ranking points going to the winner of the men’s event and the women’s winner receiving $1 000 of the total $2 000 prize-purse.

In the Pro Junior Girls it was the two friends Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum, with Bianca taking the top spot. Emma Smith and Tanika Hoffman were tied in third place.

The U12 Boys was won by a very stoked Max Elkington in a tight final, with Koby Oberholzer, Brage Jongensen and Angelo Faulkner taking the minor spots.

The U14 Boys was a hard-fought final with the surfers showing incredible maturity in their surfing. Koby Oberholzer, son of the legendary Frankie Oberholzer and surfing in his second final in a row, got a great barrel in the final in his bid for victory, but the end results were Jordan Maree in first, Koby in second, Donovan Wichmann in third and Adin Nasencamp in fourth.

With perfect waves reeling down Seal Point, the U16 Girl’s final took to the water, and the final placings were Tahra Uren in first, Britney Linder in second, Anoush Zakarian in third and Inge Mclaren in fourth.

The U16 Boys final was another close battle, with a very hungry Matt McGillivray fighting all the way to the end, including a set wave on which he performed four radical turns for a score of 7.35 and the eventual heat win. He was followed by Benji Brand in second, Shane Sykes in third and Jordan Maree in fourth.

Before the finals went down it was time for the boys to take to the skies in the Red Bull Air Show. As the waves pumped through, and after a bunch of big attempts, it was Mikey February who took the R2k for a big forehand air reverse.

The DaKine Highest heat Score Of The Event award and R2k went to Bianca Buitendag with heat score of 17.9

Citroën Port Elizabeth, getting involved in their first ever surf event, awarded the Citroën Surfer Of The Event award and R2k to Koby Oberholzer for an amazing performance throughout the three day contest and two second places in two consecutive finals.

“This has been an incredible weekend of surfing,” said Billabong South Africa marketing manager Chad D’Arcy. “We were blessed with great waves for the first two days and excellent surf for the final day, and great surf is what makes a good event.”

Qualifying for the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali in October will be Beyrick De Vries, Mikey February, Slade Prestwich, Davey Brand and Dylan Lightfoot in the Men’s division, and Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum in the Girl’s division.

You can catch up on all the action that went down here:
Event site: Billabong Pro Junior
Facebook: Billabong South Africa
Twitter: @BillabongSA
Video highlights day 1 – Day 1 highlights
Video highlights day 2 – Day 2 highlights

The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport in South Africa, while the Pro Divisions are sanctioned by ASP Africa.

Citroën Port Elizabeth, VonZipper and DaKine proudly support the Billabong Pro Junior. Red Bull is in charge of energy, and Island Tribe is the official sunscreen sponsor.

For more details contact
Chad D’Arcy on
e: chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t: 079 519 5990

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Gale Force Wind and Pouring Rain For Day Two Of The Billabong Pro Junior

Seal Point – The howling wind and sheet rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the surfers competing in day 2 of the Billabong Pro Junior Cape St Francis. From first light the surfers were in the line-up, battling the elements, and getting a feel for the shifting conditions.

Slade Prestwich from Scottburgh, who currently leads the men’s rankings, made no bones about his intentions from the outset, winning the first heat of the day in the icy, offshore conditions.

“It’s been a great event so far,” said Slade in between dodging rain squalls. “I haven’t had the best scores but it’s all been going to plan so far. In this sort of wind the surf is conducive to backhand surfing, and I’ve been impressed with Davey Brand and Steven Sawyer surfing on their backhands. They’re both really surfing tight in the pocket. I surfed a slightly longer and thicker board in my last heat, thinking it would help in this wind, but I think I’m going to go back to my short board and just try to surf it tight in the pocket as well.”

Slade has been watching the event closely. “Bianca has been surfing really well, fast and smooth,” said Slade. “Koby Oberholzer has also been surfing great.”

The biggest upset of the contest was the elimination of Mikey February in one of the earlier heats. Whilst disappointing for February, he can gain solace in the fact that he has already qualified for the ASP World Junior Championships in Bali in October. The invitations to the ASP World Junior Championships go to the top two ASP Africa members on the ASP World Rankings plus the top three in the ASP Africa year-end standings. The Billabong Pro Junior women’s event is a one-off qualifier with the top two finishers awarded invitations to the ASP World Junior Champs.

Young Max Elkington from Hout Bay was also on fire today, carving it up on the windy faces. “I found it quite difficult out there today but I managed to find a few scoring waves,” said Max, surfing the windy conditions on his backhand. “I’m through to the next round so I’m chuffed.”

The Billabong Pro Junior offers US $5 000 (approx. R42 000) in prize-money with $2 000 plus 250 ranking points going to the winner of the men’s event and the women’s winner receiving $1 000 of the total $2 000 prize-purse. The event finals will be held tomorrow afternoon, with a prizegiving on the beach afterwards.

You can follow all the action here:
Event site: Billabong Pro Junior
Facebook: Billabong South Africa
Twitter: @BillabongSA

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Great Waves For Start Of Billabong Pro Junior Seal Point

Mikey Venter in action at the Billabong Pro Junior

Clean waves and offshore winds persisted throughout the opening day of the Billabong Pro Junior at Seal Point, Cape St Francis, giving the competitors a perfect, high performance canvas to showcase all their moves. Some surfers went for speed and powerful carves, while others attempted big aerial maneuvers in a bid to impress the judges.

Mikey February from Cape Town was one surfer who mixed it up, performing high speed rail turns, floaters and big re-entries to make an impression on the judges with his repertoire of moves. February is currently ranked third in the ASP Africa Pro Junior Series men’s rankings. “It was really fun out there,” said February. “The best waves were further down the point, and I managed to get a few nice ones.”

Another surfer to stand out was Mikey Venter (DBN) who found some great waves towards the end of his heat to advance behind Max Armstrong (CPT). “It was a bit inconsistent out there for my heat,” said Venter, “Eventually I got a couple and found a bit of a rhythm out there.”

The conditions continued to pulse all day, with the late afternoon heats getting the best waves of the day. “We’re stoked with the conditions today,” said Billabong South Africa marketing manager Chad D’Arcy. “It looks like a bit of a wild day tomorrow with some strong wind predicted, but we’re hoping for a great finish on Sunday, with some good waves on the forecast.”

The Billabong Pro Junior will decide which of the country’s top junior surfers will qualify for the ASP World Junior Surfing Championships to be held in Bali in October.

You can follow all the action here:
Event site: Billabong Pro Junior
Facebook: Billabong South Africa
Twitter: @BillabongSA

Citroën Port Elizabeth will be offering R2K for the “Citroën Surfer of the Event”.
DaKine will awarding R2K for the “DaKine Highest Heat Score of the event”.
Red Bull will be hosting the “Red Bull Airshow” on the final day with a further R2K up for grabs.

The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport in South Africa, while the Pro Divisions are sanctioned by ASP Africa.

Citroën Port Elizabeth, VonZipper and DaKine proudly support the Billabong Pro Junior. Red Bull is in charge of energy, and Island Tribe is the official sunscreen sponsor.

For more details contact Chad D’Arcy on e: chad.darcy@billabong.co.za t: 079 519 5990

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Cape St Francis – A favourable surf forecast has got the competitors amping for the Billabong Pro Junior, to be held this weekend at Seal Point. Offshore westerly winds are set to blow the whole weekend and a nice little swell is expected to arrive just in time for the event. The event will commence Friday 31 August and will finish Sunday 2 September.

Jeffreys Bay local Steven Sawyer is one goofy-foot surfer who has been putting the time in at Seal Point, and is determined for a big result this weekend. “The event should be rad if we get a bit of a pulse for it,” reckoned Steven. “I’ve had a couple training sessions there in the past week, and that wave is so rippable, so let’s hope for the best.”

Another hot favourite in the U20 Mens Pro Junior Division is Michael February from Cape Town, who has just come off a great result with a third place finish in the ASP 6-Star rated Vans Pro Junior at Virginia Beach in the USA on Sunday. “I am really looking forward to the contest,” said February. “It is the last event in the ASP Africa Junior Series, and all the boys will be looking for points to qualify for Worlds, so things could get interesting.”

The opening function will be at the Cape St Francis resort on Thursday evening (30th)

Surfers will be competing in the following divisions:

The premier U20 Mens and U20 Ladies Pro Junior division

U16 boys and U16 girls division

U14 division

U12 division

The U20 division is a 1-star rated ASP Pro junior event and carries and combined Mens and Ladies prize purse of USD $7,000.
The U16, U14 and U12 divisions are sanctioned by SSA and PST points are on offer. The total prize purse for these divisions is over R12,000.

There are a further 3 specialty awards up for grabs during the event:

Citroën Port Elizabeth will be offering R2K for the “Citroën Surfer of the Event”.

DaKine will awarding R2K for the “DaKine Highest Heat Score of the event”.

Red Bull will be hosting the “Red Bull Airshow” on the final day with a further R2K up for grabs.

The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport in South Africa, while the Pro Divisions are sanctioned by ASP Africa.

Citroën Port Elizabeth, VonZipper and DaKine proudly support the Billabong Pro Junior. Red Bull is in charge of energy, and Island Tribe is the official sunscreen sponsor.

You can follow all the action here:
Event site:Billabong Pro Junior
Facebook: Billabong South Africa
Twitter: @BillabongSA

For more details contact
Chad D’Arcy on
e: chad.darcy@billabong.co.za
t: 079 519 5990