Competitors in the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong were greeted with fine weather but small 1 – 2 foot surf on Day One of this joint WSL and SA Surf Tour event but despite the challenging conditions there were some fine performances in each of the five divisions that were held.
In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, brothers Jake and Max Elkington join fellow Kommetjie surfers Ford van Jaarsveldt and Eli Beukes, Adin Masencamp of the Strand, Joshe Faulkner of Jeffreys Bay, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Durban surfer Saxton Randall in the Semi finals.
The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls semis will feature Natasha van Greunen of Muizenberg, Sophie Bell of Salt Rock, East London girls Tayla de Coning and Danica Stockigt, Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga, Summer Sutton of Kommetjie, Sarah Ingram of Constantia and Kirsty McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay.
The 3A rated SA Surf Tour Under 16 Boys Division semi finalists are made up of three surfers from Jeffreys Bay, Ryan Lightfoot, Angelo Faulkner and Dillen Hendricks, East London’s Bryce du Preez and Thomas Lindhorst, Eli Beukes and York Van Jaarsveldt, who are both from Kommetjie.
The six surfers who will compete in the 3A Rated SAST Under 14 Boys semis are Nate Spalding and Luke Thompson of Durban, James Ribbink from Durban North, Travis Pearce of Kommetjie, Christian Venter from Melkbosstrand, Luke Van Wyk of Constantia and East London surfers Daniel Emslie and Mitch du Preez.
At stake in this SAST sanctioned event are Ratings points and prize money as well as qualification for annual awards and national teams. Ratings points in the WSL Pro Junior Division count towards the 2017 WSL Africa titles, the 18-and-under titles in the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series, qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January and qualification for the SA Junior Squad from which the SA Team for the ISA World Junior Championships in Japan in September will be selected. Points from this event and other specified 3A SAST U16 events will be used for qualification for the Under 16 Boys and Girls SA Junior Squad which, along with their Under 18 counterparts, will attend the Sea Harvest Junior Camp in Port Alfred in July.
With over R50000 in prize money on offer along with ratings points on both the WSL and SAST there should be some top class surfing across all seven division semi finals and finals. It is expected that the Finals will be completed by 4.45pm and the award ceremony will take place at Long Beach at 5pm.
Although there is be no live coverage for the event, results, images, news and more for the JQS events will be available at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, with highlights on the WSL QS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Updates and photos will be posted on the Surfing SA Facebook page throughout the day and all the heat results will be posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za
The BOS Cape Crown is presented by Billabong and supported by Surfing South Africa’s umbrella sponsor for junior surfing, Sea Harvest. The event has also received financial support from the National Lotteries Commission, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Surf Ears, Greeff Properties / Village Homes and Surfing South Africa.