Mexican surfing supergrom, Sebastian Williams, 12, could impress South Africa’s top junior surfers when he competes in the RVCA Junior Series in Jeffreys Bay from 22-24 March.
On his first trip to South Africa with his father , former Durbanite Tim Williams, Sebastian impressed all who saw him with his phenomenal talent in the waves, cutting edge equipment and mature attitude. Those that watched him in Cape Town this past weekend (of 10 March) were asking: “Who is that kid?”
Rated in the prestigious Surfer Mag ‘Hot 100 Groms’ list in 2011 and 2012, Sebastian has a signature range of Firewire surfboards (the Sebastian Williams Pro Model), plus a signature deckpad by Sticky Bumps (the Williams). He endorses Futures Fins and has his own YouTube channel (YouTube.com/SebastianSurfer) which has received more than 70 000 views since 2009.
Having grown up surfing sand-bottom points on the island off the Mexican coast where he lives, Sebastian says: “I’m really looking forward riding J-Bay and competing against the South Africans,” said Sebastian. “I got to hang-out with a bunch of really cool guys in Cape Town and saw some of the local kids surfing really good. Hopefully we’ll get waves at J-Bay and I can do well in the contest.”
The RVCA Junior Series event to be held at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay, has attracted nearly 100 entries from all over the SA coastline in age divisions ranging from U10 to U20 for boys and girls with more than R100 000 in prize-money and prizes at stake, along with points on the 2013 Pro Surf Tour (PST) rankings.
St Francis Bay and Port Elizabeth’s Crystal Hulett, is competing in this event – most likely in the U16 and U20s events.
RVCA combines the subcultures of art, music, fashion and modern lifestyle making this a unique event with the young surfers encouraged to display creativity, originality and community awareness as well as performing in the waves.
An Instagram competition will be launched at the event with an ANP artist onsite creating an interactive artwork and motivating the surfers and spectators to get involved on the graffitti wall using the Plascon sponsored paints and stencils.
Special awards for the top performers in the waves include the ‘On-Fire’ awards where the two surfers displaying the most radical and expressive approach during the event will each receive a state of the art Firewire surfboard. The Firewire stand at the event will also provide expert advice and a large selection of these exciting new-age surfboards for any of the competitors to test ride in the surf.
The ‘Fly-Away’ award goes to the surfer punting the biggest aerial manoeuvre who wins a trip for two to Jeffreys Bay courtesy of J-Bay Travel that includes return flights from anywhere in SA and accommodation at ‘African Perfection’B&B overlooking Supertubes.
The highest heat score in the event ‘scores’ an Apple iPad and custom-built Nixon accessories, the biggest carve wins a Sector 9 skateboard and the winner of each division receives a set of Futures Fins.
And every competitor takes home a goodie bag of merchandise including Nixon headphones, RVCA contest tee, Lundun eyewear, Plascon spraypaint, Sticky Bumps wax and loads more.
In addition, all activities will be filmed and the photos and videos will be available for free download.
The RVCA Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised as the national controlling body for surfing and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). The events form part of the Pro Surf Tour (PST) with competitors in all the divisions earning points towards their 2013 PST rankings.
Entries for those divisions that are not already full can be submitted online at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and participants must be PST members.
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