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VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship

Okuragahama Beach, Hyuga, Japan

September 23 – 1 October, 2017


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.


Earning a fifth national team cap for this year’s event in Japan, Masencamp enjoyed today’s cleaner early morning conditions and posted scores of 7.5 and 7.0 out of 10 points to repeat his Round 1 heat total of 14.50 out of 20. This saw the surfer from the Strand tie for first place with Moroccan Bouaouda Aboubakr, although the North African was awarded the heat win on a count back where he outpointed Masencamp with a best ride of 8.10.


The three remaining South Africans in the Main Event stream were all relegated to the Repercharge rounds when they finished fourth in their respective clashes. Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) managed to accumulate 9.17 points while fellow debutant S'nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) totalled 4.7 and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) could only manage a two wave tally of 3.34 in their respective 20 minute encounters.


Despite the Repercharge round heats only being 15 minutes in duration, the three team members in action there faired better. Max Elkington showed his style with a comfortable win against opponents from Samoa, Taipei and Uruguay, while fellow Kommetjie U16 boys’ teammate Eli Beukes squeaked into Repercharge Round 2 when he finished behind his Portuguese rival and just ahead of opponents from Canada and Switzerland.


Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) waited until only seven minutes remained in her U18 girls Repercharge Round 1 heat before catching her first ride. However, the most experienced girl in the SA team with three caps made it pay off by briefly taking the lead with a 5.33, before dropping to second place and then sealing the heat win with a second ride in the last minute.


Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) was given a walkthrough her U16 girls Repercharge Round 1 heat as there were only two contestants. She will resume her campaign in Round 2 on Wednesday.


A total of 56 of the 306 surfers who started the event on Sunday were eliminated on Tuesday after they finished outside the top two in their respective Repercharge heats. South Africa is one of the 11 national teams who still have all 12 of their team members still in contention in the event.


The schedule for the fourth day of competition sees Masencamp, McGillivray and Bell competing at Podium 1, where the action is webcast live. Podium 2 will host Repercharge Rounds with South Africa’s U18 boys Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie), U16 girls Makhubu and Nogueira and U16 boys Beukes, Elkington, Slijpen and Dellin Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) all fighting for their survival in the event.


Schedule for Day 4 (Wednesday)


Podium 1 (live webcast)

Podium 2


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


All the action on Podium 1 will be streamed live on and 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: Max Elkington (Kommetjie) shows the form that earned victory in his heat on Day 3 of the VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Japan • Photo: ISA / Evans



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Robin de Kock

General Manager

Surfing South Africa


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