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


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.


The day got off to an inauspicious start when the experienced Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) became the first South African to be eliminated from the event in 81st position in the U18 boys, contributing just 128 points to the team total.


But from then on team members progressed in every heat they contested, ending the day provisionally ranked sixth among the record 41 nations attending the event.


Adin Masencamp continued to lead by example, racking up a heat total of 13.84 as he and heat runner-up Dylan Moffat (AUS) banished adversaries from Chile and the USA to the Repercharge rounds on their way to the last 16 in the U18 boys’ Main event stream.


Despite the onshore winds and rain squalls, the rest of the team reveled in the bumpy head high waves with Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie) both posting heats wins in their U18 boys Repercharge heats.


In the U16 girls, Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) and S'nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) secured comfortable runner-up finishes to keep alive their hopes for higher honours and a sizeable contribution to the team tally.


And Eli Beukes and Max Elkington, both from Kommetjie, further reinforced the positive energy in the camp by posting convincing victories in their U16 boys’ Repercharge Round 2 heats before the contest was called off early as the conditions deteriorated.


Another 64 surfers were eliminated from the event today, leaving a total of 110 who now will be supporting their team mates in the world’s biggest event for surfers 18-and-under. Defending team champions France, Australia, the USA and hosts Japan are the only nations who still have all their team members still in contention.


South Africa and surfing powerhouses Hawaii and Brazil have lost one member each while Argentina, Portugal and Costa Rica have lost two, with the rest have lost more.


All 11 of the South Africans remaining in the event will be action on Thursday with Masencamp bidding to improve on his 13th place at last year’s event in the Azores and his team mates fighting tooth and nail to avoid elimination in their Repercharge heats.


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) posted another comfortable heat victory on Day 4 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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