Surfers amping for Billabong Pro Junior at Seals
A favourable surf forecast has competitors amping for the Billabong Pro Junior, to be held this weekend at Seal Point.
Offshore westerly winds are set to blow the whole weekend and a nice little swell is expected to arrive just in time for the event. The event will commence Friday, 31 August and will finish Sundaym 2 September.
Jeffreys Bay local Steven Sawyer is one goofy-foot surfer who has been putting the time in at Seal Point, and is determined for a big result this weekend. “The event should be rad if we get a bit of a pulse for it,” reckoned Steven. “I’ve had a couple training sessions there in the past week, and that wave is so rippable, so let’s hope for the best.”
Another hot favourite in the U20 Mens Pro Junior Division is Michael February from Cape Town, who has just come off a great result with a third place finish in the ASP 6-Star rated Vans Pro Junior at Virginia Beach in the USA on Sunday. “I am really looking forward to the contest,” said February. “It is the last event in the ASP Africa Junior Series, and all the boys will be looking for points to qualify for Worlds, so things could get interesting.”
The opening function will be at the Cape St Francis resort on Thursday evening (30 August)
Surfers will be competing in the following divisions:
The premier U20 Mens and U20 Ladies Pro Junior division
U16 boys and U16 girls division
The U20 division is a 1-star rated ASP Pro junior event and carries and combined Mens and Ladies prize purse of USD $7,000.
The U16, U14 and U12 divisions are sanctioned by SSA and PST points are on offer. The total prize purse for these divisions is over R12 000.
There are a further 3 specialty awards up for grabs during the event:
Citroën Port Elizabeth will be offering R2K for the Citroën Surfer of the Event.
DaKine will awarding R2K for the DaKine Highest Heat Score of the event.
Red Bull will be hosting the Red Bull Airshow on the final day with a further R2K up for grabs.
The contest is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport in South Africa, while the Pro Divisions are sanctioned by ASP Africa.
Citroën Port Elizabeth, VonZipper and DaKine proudly support the Billabong Pro Junior. Red Bull is in charge of energy, and Island Tribe is the official sunscreen sponsor.
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