VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Okuragahama Beach, Hyuga, Japan
September 23 – 1 October, 2017

 

South Africa dropped out of the top 10 nations in the provisional rankings at the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Japan on Thursday when nine of the 11 team members in contention at the beginning of the day were eliminated from the event.

 

Adin Masencamp (Strand) in the U18 boys division and Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) in the U16 boys are the only South Africans still in the event after a frantic day of competition filled with dozens of 15 minute repecharge heats playing out in marginal knee to hip-high short period swell chopped up by strong cross-shore winds.

 

Masencamp slipped to fourth place in his Main event Round 4 heat and will resume his challenge in Repercharge Round 6 on Friday while Beukes won his repercharge Round 3 heat and grabbed second spot in his Round 4 encounter to keep his debut campaign at the ISA Junior World Champs alive.

 

In the Girls U18 division, Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) was eliminated in Repecharge Round 2 but Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) won her heat and went on to finish runner-up in her Round 3 duel before being ousted in a hard-fought, low-scoring Round 4 clash.

 

Similarly in the U16 Girls, Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) slipped out of the event when she placed third in her Repercharge Round 3 heat while fellow debutant S'nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) secured the runner-up berth there and progressed to Round 4 where she slipped to fourth spot and out of the event.

 

The U16 boys, Dellin Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay), Max Elkington (Kommetjie) and Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) all progressed to repercharge Round 4 before coming unstuck.

 

With three days remaining in the event, the USA heads the provisional rankings after having just one of their 12 team members eliminated. France and Australia have lost two members each and are neck and neck with hosts Japan, who can no longer count on additional team points from three members.

 

South Africa is currently in 11th position, just behind Portugal and New Zealand and narrowly ahead of Canada, who still have three surfers in contention, and Israel who like South Africa have two. The team’s hopes of a top 10 finish in the standings now depend on Masencamp and Beukes and they will be supporting them loudly as they surf their way through the grueling Repercharge rounds.

 

Schedule for Day 6 (Friday)

Podium 1 (live webcast)

  • 7:00am-8:00am – 4 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 6 (Masencamp H4)
  • 8:00am-8:30am – 2 heats Girls U-18 Repercharge Round 5
  • 8:30am-9:10am – 2 heats Boys U-18 Main Event Round 5
  • 9:10am-9:40am – 2 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 7 (TBD)
  • 9:40am-10:20am – 2 heats Girls U-18 Main Event Round 4
  • 10:20am-10:50am – 2 heats Boys U-18 Repercharge Round 8 (TBD)
  • 10:50am-11:20am – 2 heats Girls U-18 Repercharge Round 6

Podium 2

  • 7:00am-8:00am – 4 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 5 (Beukes – H1)
  • 8:00am-8:30am – 2 heats Girls U-16 Repercharge Round 5
  • 8:30am-9:10am – 2 heats Boys U-16 Main Event Round 5
  • 9:10am-10:10am – 4 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 6 (TBD)
  • 10:10am-10:50am – 2 heats Girls U-16 Main Event Round 4
  • 10:50am-11:20am – 2 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 7 (TBD)
  • 11:20am-11:50am – 2 heats Girls U-16 Repercharge Round 6
  • 11:50am-12:20pm – 2 heats Boys U-16 Repercharge Round 8 (TBD)

 

*All times in Japan Standard Time, UTC +9:00.

 

All the action on Podium 1 will be streamed live on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and www.isaworlds.com from September 24 – October 1, starting at midnight SA time daily.

 

The 2017 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship runs until Sunday 1 October when the top four in each individual division, plus the top four national teams will be awarded Gold, Silver, Bronze and Copper medals.

 

The South African Junior team is supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa. Sea Harvest has also provided support to South African junior surfing. Flights were arranged by All Aboard Travel.

Surfing South Africa is the National Governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Pictured: Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) shows the form that saw him progress through two heats on Day 5 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Japan • Photo: ISA / Reed

 

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Robin de Kock
General Manager
Surfing South Africa
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