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.

The champions in the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel will be crowned this weekend when the country’s best 18-and-under surfers take to the fabled waves of Seal Point in Cape St Francis to compete for prestige, rankings points and prize money.

The South African team posted a solid set of results on Day 4 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship in Japan on Wednesday, with seven of the eight team members in action advancing to the next round of competition in their respective divisions.

Adin Masencamp (Strand) produced the best performance by a South Africa on Day 3 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship, winning his Round 2 heat to become the only team member still in the Main Event stream of the world’s biggest event for surfers aged 18-and-under.

South Africa’s Jordy Smith increased his lead at the top of the Jeep Rankings Leaderboard when he finished runner-up to Filipe Toledo (BRA) in the final of the Hurley Pro Trestles, Stop No. 8 of 11 on the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), on Friday.