Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel


WSL JQS1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls

SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls plus U12 Boys


Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape


September 29 – 1 October, 2017

The 20th annual champions in the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel were crowned at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday after the fourth and final event in 2017 series was completed in highly contestable 1 – 1.5 metre waves and glassy conditions.


Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) clinched the premier U18 boys’ and girls’ Billabong Junior Series titles which earned them each a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel. The same pair also topped the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior regional rankings lists and are the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions.


The U16 boys’ and girls’ series titles were won by Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London) respectively despite neither of them winning any of the four events. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) and Daniel Emslie (East London) each secured two event victories on their way to the U14 girls’ and boys’ series titles while Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek), the U12 boys’ series champion, won three of the four events in 2017


The seven finals run at Seal Point on Sunday produced phenomenal surfing with Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) capturing his first WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) men’s event victory after defeating Calvin Goor (Salt Rock). The lanky 18-year-old Capetonian posted a near perfect score of 9.0 out of ten plus three rides in the seven point range, the best of which was a 7.87, and his heat total of 16.87 left Goor still needing a 9.76 when time ran out.


Former Jeffreys Bay local Kai Woolf, now competing under the New Zealand flag, won both the JQS (U18) women’s event and the U16 girls’ division, delivering heat totals in the mid-teens in both finals. Woolf finished ahead of Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) in the one-on-one JQS final while Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) and Tayla de Coning (East London) challenged her throughout the U16 final.


Visiting French teenager George Pittar won the U16 boys’ title, relegating last year’s U14 boys’ winner Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) to the runner-up spot while Luke Thompson (Durban) and Zoe Steyn (East London) dominated today’s U14 boys and girls finals respectively.


Brazilian Ryan Kanailo was outstanding in the U12 boys’ final, earning a near perfect heat total of 18.70 out of 20 that left all three of his opponents needing to replace both their highest scoring rides in order to overtake him.


The highly anticipated VonZipper Air Show was staged after the finals and provided Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) with the chance to shine as he clinched the R2,000 winner-takes-all  prize purse for landing the best aerial manoeuvre.


Full results for all divisions can be found at http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and the heat scores, images and more JQS U18 men’s and women’s events can be found at www.worldsurfleague.com


The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.


Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

2017 Final Series Rankings


U18 Boys     

1st       Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)

2nd     Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)

3rd      Max Elkington (Kommetjie)


U18 Girls      

1st       Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)

2nd     Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)

3rd      Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)


U16 Boys     

1st       Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)

2nd     Saxton Randall (Durban)

3rd      York van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)


U16 Girls      

1st       Tayla de Coning (East London)

2nd     Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)

3rd      Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)


U14 Boys     

1st       Daniel Emslie (East London)

2nd     Mitch du Preez (East London)

3rd      Luke Thompson (Durban)


U14 Girls      

1st       Ceara Knight (Cape Town)

2nd     Zoe Steyn (East London)

3rd      Caroline Brown (Cape Town)


U12 Boys     

1st       Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek)

2nd     C-Jay Posthumus (Port Elizabeth)

3rd      Kai Hall (Durban)


Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

Event #4 of 4 – Seal Point – Final Results


U/18 Boys    

1          Ford Van Jaarsveld (Kommetjie) R8 000

2          Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) R4 000

=3        Luke Malherbe (East London) R2 500

=3        Mitch du Preez (East London) R2 500


U/18 Girls     

1          Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R4 000

2          Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) R2 000

=3        Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R1 000

=3        Tayla de Coning (East London) R1 000


U/16 Boys    

1          George Pittar (France) R2 000

2          Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) R900

3          Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) R600

4          Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) R500


U/16 Girls     

1          Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R2 000

2          Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) R900

3          Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R600

4          Tayla de Coning (East London) R500


U/14 Boys    

1          Luke Thompson (Durban) R2 000

2          Mitch du Preez (East London) R900

3          Daniel Emslie (East London) R600

4          Nate Spalding (Durban) R500


U/14 Girls     

1          Zoe Steyn (East London) R2 000

2          Lhea Johnston (East London) R900

3          Caroline Brown (Cape Town) R600

4          Jesse Powell (Scottburgh) R500


U/12 Boys    

1          Ryan Kainalo (Brazil) R1 000

2          Kai Hall (Durban) R450

3          Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) R300

4          Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth) R250


VonZipper Airshow - R2 000

Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)


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Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) on his way to clinching the U18 boys title at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point on Sunday • Photo: Billabong / Thurtell


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