Sunday February 3rd: Although the team of Brad Scott, James Ribbink Luke Thompson, Ceara Knight and Tayla de Coning took honours in the Tag Team event at the Junior International between the SA Junior Squad and a group of visiting French Junior surfers at Dairy Beach in Durban on Sunday, the French youngsters took gold in the Main Finals of all three Divisions.
Bahia Frediani won the U18 Girls Main Final, Hina Conradi won the U16 Girls Main Final and Noa Ledee won the U16 Boys Main Final.
The top performer in the South African Junior Squad was Brad Scott from Kommetjie who produced a fine performance in the difficult conditions to finish second behind Ledee in the U 16 Boys Final. James Ribbink of Durban North was fourth in this Final while Tayla de Coning of East London and Ceara Knight claimed fourth place in the U18 Girls and U16 Girls Main Finals respectively.
Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga won the U16 Girls Plate Final beating Jesse Powell of St Mikes into second and Katie Winter of Kommetjie into third spot.
Luke Thompson of Durban took gold in the U16 Boys Plate Final while Gabi Lailvaux of Westbrook and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie came third and fourth respectively in the U18 Girls Final.
The Main Finals in each division featured the surfers who finished first and second in the Semi Finals and the third and fourth placed semi finalists competed in the Plate Finals.
The “friendly” Junior International involved members of the South African Junior Squad, a group of junior surfers from all parts of France who were holding a training camp in Durban, and a group of invited surfers from KZN.
The members of the 2019 SA Junior Squad will compete in a selection trial in Port Elizabeth on March 30th & 31st This trial will be used to select the three U18 Boys and Girls and three U16 Boys and Girls who will represent South Africa at the 2019 ISA World Junior Championships.
The full results of the contest are available on www.liveheats.com/surfingsouthafrica
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