Tricky conditions with inconsistent waves and onshore winds resulted in four members of the South African team being eliminated on Day 4 from the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Oceanside in California yesterday.
Shane Sykes continued to lead the team by example and is the only South African left in the Main Event stream. The captain placed second in his U18 boys’ Round 3 heat to advance to the last 16 in the division and is now halfway to reaching the Grand Final.
Joshe Faulkner, Teal Hogg and Olivia Izzard all clinched runner-up berths in their Repercharge Round 2 encounters in the U16 boys’ and the U18 and U16 girls’ divisions respectively. The trio stay on track for the business end of the event while steadily accumulating additional points for South Africa in the team standings.
Ntando Msibi dropped into U18 boys’ Repercharge Round 4 after ending fourth in his Main Event Round 3 heat yesterday, as did Sebastian Williams, Luke Malherbe and Adin Masencamp who finished outside the top two in their U16 boys’ Main Event Round 3 heats. All will resume their campaigns in the repercharge rounds where competitors are given a second chance in cutthroat 15 minute heats.
The other four South Africans team members dropped out of the event after losses in their respective repercharge heats. U18 boys Richard Kidd and Michael Monk placed equal 49th overall and contributed 240 points each towards SA’s team total while Chanelle Botha (U18 girls) and Sophie Bell (U16 girls) placed equal 33rd in their divisions and added 320 points each to the team tally.
South Africa has dropped to 10th place in the provisional team standings. Hawaii, France and the USA still have all 12 team members in contention while Japan, Australia and Portugal have had one surfer eliminated, Costa Rica and Tahiti have ‘lost’ two and Peru three.
All eight South African still in the event will be competing today. See the schedule for Day 5 below with the South African team members and their heat numbers in brackets.
Surfline, the official forecaster predicts 3-4’+ (1.0 to 1.3 metre) wave faces on Friday, with occasional larger sets on the best tides. The conditions will be clean in the morning with light offshore wind, trending light onshore in the afternoon.
The VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship runs until Sunday 18 October and the action from both sides of the pier can be followed live here starting at approximately 4pm SA time daily. The latest news, results, photographs and video footage are also available on the website.
VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Schedule for Day 5 (Friday – times displayed are South African time)
South Podium (Live webcast)
4pm – 4 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 4 (Shane Sykes H1)
5:20pm – 4 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 4
6:40pm – 8 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 3 (Joshe Faulkner H1)
8:40pm – 8 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 4 (Joshe Faulkner TBD, Sebastian Williams H4, Luke Malherbe H6, Adin Masencamp H8)
10:40pm – 4 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)
11:40am – 4 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 6 (TBD)
North Podium (Live scoring)
4pm – 8 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 4 (Ntando Msibi H3)
6pm – 4 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 5 (TBD)
7pm – 4 heats Girls U-18 Repercharge Round 3 (Teal Hogg H1)
8pm – 4 heats Girls U-16 Repercharge Round 3 (Olivia Izzard H1)
9pm – 4 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 6 (TBD)
10pm – 4 heats Girls U-18 Repercharge Round 4 (TBD)
11pm – 4 heats Girls U-16 Repercharge Round 4 (TBD)