S’nenhlanhla Makhubu of Durban and Luke Slijpen of Hout Bay win the premier U16 titles in East London


Sunday April 30th –  Nahoon Beach, East London: Durban surfer S’nenhlanhla Makhubu gave a powerful performance in the Final of the U16 Girls division at the 2017 Sea Harvest Nahoon Junior Open presented by Twizza Sunday (April 30th) to take her first major South African Surf Tour victory. Using the contestable 2 foot beach break conditions to best effect, Makhubu posted 13,50 points out of a possible twenty in beating East London local, Tayla de Coning, into second place. De Coning scored 12.50 points to uMhlanga based SAST U16 Girls ratings leader Kayla Nogueira’s 11.8 points which gave Nogueira third spot ahead of Summer Sutton of Kommetjie.

Luke Slijpen of Hout Bay came into this event looking for a good result and his victory in this 3A rated SA Surf Tour event was just what he needed. He dominated the U16 Boys Final, posting a solid 14 point heat score. Thomas Lindhorst of East London scored 9.5 points to claim the runner up spot. Only ,2 points separated third placed Max Elkington of Kommetjie and East London local Bryce du Preez, who had to settle for fourth.

U14 Girls honours went the way of the talented Nogueira whose 12,5 points were ,6 points more than those of East London runner up, Zoe Steyn. Fellow Buffalo City local, Aimee du Preez scored 6.65 to finish third ahead of KZN South Coast surfer Jesse Powell.

In the U14 Boys final Nate Spalding of Durban posted 13.90 points to secure the win over Mitch du Preez, whose 12.15 points gave him second place of fellow East London surfers,Daniel Emslie, who came third and Reilly Mare, who was fourth.

River Gericke of Wilderness posted 12.30 points in the U12 Final which gave him the win over ratings leader Kyra Bennie of Vredehoek by 2.1 points while C Jay Posthumus of Port Elizabeth was third and Nathan Plomaritis of Cape St Francis took fourth place. The top girl in this mixed division was Emma Bedser of East London and Zia Hendricks of Jeffreys Bay was the second placed girl.

Josh Malherbe of Coffee Bay took the U10 win with a score of 9.25 forcing ratings leader Sergio Nogueira of uMhlanga to settle for second place after posting 7.50 points. Durban surfers Matt Canning and Kai Hall were third and fourth respectively. In addition to gold medals and commemorative cheques, all the winners were presented with special event trophies which were painstakingly handcrafted by five time South African Champion and East London legend, Greg Emslie.

Surfers from all parts of the country competed in this 3A rated South African Surf Tour Event which offered in excess of R20000 in prize money and SAST ratings points across the six divisions. In addition the U16 Boys and Girls Divisions at the Nahoon Junior Open are part of the four contests identified by Surfing South Africa as selection events for the 2017 SA Junior Squad.

The Nahoon Junior Open was sponsored by Sea Harvest and Twizza, presented by Surfing South Africa, hosted by the Buffalo City Surfriders and supported by the National Lotteries Commission. Oakhampton Guest House provided the accommodation for the officials.

The full results and photos are available here…

S’nenhlanhla Makhubu of Durban – Nahoon Junior Open U16 Girls Champion. Photo Louis Wulff

Luke Slijpen of Hout Bay – Nahoon Junior Open U16 Boys Champion. Photo Luke Goldschmidt