Sunday June 24th – Siblings Mitch and Aimee du Preez and fellow East London surfer Zoe Steyn won three of the six titles on offer in the 4A rated Surfing South Africa Billabong Ballito Junior Series event which was completed in 2-3 foot surf at Willard’s Beach in Ballito.
The Billabong Ballito Junior Series presented by BOS featured surfers competing in six divisions for over R27000 in prizemoney at the first ever 4A rated SA Surf Tour event.
After three days of competition at the venue that will host the WSL QS 10000 2018 Ballito Pro presented by Billabong over the next seven days, six gold medal winners were decided.
Mitch du Preez of East London won the U16 Boys Final beating new U16 Division ratings leader York Van Jaarsveldt of Kommetjie into second place. Sam Bennie of Vredehoek was third and Reilly Mare of East London came fourth.
Zoe Steyn cemented her top spot in the U16 Girls ratings with a good victory over Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga in their Final. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie took third spot and Gabi Lailvaux of Westbrook was fourth.
Durban surfer Luke Thompson took the U14 Boys division victory but runner up Daniel Emslie of East London still heads the ratings after the first six months of competition on the SA Surf Tour. Kyra Bennie of Vredehoek took third spot ahead of first time finalist Nathan Plomaritis of Cape St Francis.
U14 Girls Division ratings leader Aimee du Preez took gold in the U14 Girls division in Ballito, beating Lisa Van Heerden of Jeffreys Bay into second place and Olivia Winter into third.
Brazilian surfer Ryan Kainalo beat Nate Colby of Durban to take the competitive U12 Boys crown but the most stoked surfer at the contest must be Ntokozo Maphumalo of Durban, who took third place ahead of Julian Carbonel of Ballito.
This was the first SA Surf Tour contest that Ntokozo had ever competed in and his coach and mentor Jason Ribbink only decided to enter him last Tuesday, the day the entries closed. Competing against twenty three other surfers in the biggest division at this event, Ntokozo, who is known as Surprise, made his way through the rounds and reached the final where he fought hard for third place.
Current SA U12 girls Champion Gabi Herbst of Durban pushed Anastasia Venter of Melkbosstrand into second place while South Coast girl Mayah Potgieter was third and Sea Harvest sponsored surfer, Zia Hendricks of Jeffreys Bay, took fourth place in the U12 Girls final.
Full results and photos will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
The next SA Surf Tour contest is the Sea Harvest South Coast Gromcomp which will take place at St Mikes near Margate on September 9th.
Surfing South Africa is the national governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA)