Durban star Luke Thompson won both the Under 16 Division and the Pro Junior Final at the BOS Cape Crown presented by Sea Harvest and supported by the Western Cape Dept. of Culture and Sport in wild condition at Long Beach in Kommetjie last Sunday.
In the International Pro Junior Final, Thompson beat Long Beach local Eli Beukes into second place with Luke Slijpen of Llandudno taking third place ahead of Mitch du Preez of East London.
All four surfers have National Junior colours and shoed their pedigrees in the tough 5 foot Long Beach surf and onshore conditions.
Earlier in the day Thompson beat another National Junior team member, Daniel Emslie of East London into second place in the Under 16 Final. Highly ranked local Luke van Wyk was third and Brad Scott of Kommetjie, another surfer with National junior colours, came fourth.
It was more success for National team members in the Under 16 and Pro Junior Girls Finals when Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga took the Under 16 title and Ceara Knight of Kommetjie won the Pro Junior crown.
Aimee du Preez of East London was second in the Under 16 Final with Knight taking third spot and Kommetjie girl, Leila Steytler, taking fourth spot.
Nogueira was runner up to Ceara Knight in the World Surf League Pro Junior Final with Aimee du Preez taking third and 13 year old Sarah Scott of Kommetjie filling the fourth place. Scott is the youngest surfer to make a Final in an internationally ranked event this year.
In the Under 14 Boys Division of the Surfing South Africa 4A rated SA Surf Tour contest, Kyra Bennie of Vredehoek took gold ahead of ratings leader River Gericke of the Wilderness. Nathan Plomaritis of Cape St Francis came third and Connor Slijpen of Llandudno was fourth.
Sarah Scott won the Under 14 Girls Final, beating Olivia Winter of Kommetjie into second place. Maya Figl of Milnerton was third and Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt of Kommetjie came fourth.
Rory Dace from Cape St Francis posted his first win in a 4A rated event when he beat local surfer Ryan Schoon in the competitive Under 12 Final. Schoon’s fellow Kommetjie surfer, Levi Kolnik came third and Levi Epenetos of Milnerton was fourth.
Talented Anastasia Venter of Melkbosstrand won another Under 12 Girls title and Meka Loots of East London was second. Third place went to Yannah Figl of Milnerton and Kommetjie girl Emma Wise was fourth.
.Thanks to support from the Western Cape Department of Culture and Sport, the 2019 BOS Cape Crown was the first internationally rated surfing event to be held at Long Beach, Kommetjie in 10 years. Support from Sea Harvest, who are integrally involved in Surfing South Africa’s youth and junior programmes, ensured that the 80 or so surfers who participated in the event were able to win prizemoney and bag a host of SA Surf Tour as well as World Surf League ratings points.
All the results of the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 divisions are available on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica
Photos are posted on Surfing South Africa’s facebook page – Surfing SA.