Crystal shines in the surf on Day 1 at at Seals
Solid lines greeted the competitors for day one of the Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS at the classic right-hand point-break of Seal Point in Cape St Francis.
Crystal Hulett from St Francis used her local knowledge at Seals with a fine performance in her U16 Girls quarter-finals, to win ahead of Pippa Jones (PE), Kia Fenton (PE) and Paige Wheel from George.
Competition got off to an early start and the first to hit the water were the U14 bBys, with Saxton Randall from Durban showing excellent form to win his heat comfortably. His performance was followed by another excellent show of form by Luke Slipjen from Llandudno.
Eli Beukes from Kommetjie took to the highly contestable surf with relish, tearing into a few of the clean faces along the inside section and also won his heat to advance through to the semi-finals.
The swell continued to pulse throughout the morning, despite the onshore slowly starting to build. The waves remained clean and the surfers were all showing their talent in the long right-hand walls.
“There was a strong rip out there, but once you got up to the top end of the point it was fine,” Crystal said. “The big sets were washing through a bit so the best waves were the in between ones.
“I know this wave so well and managed to find the good ones. I didn’t get too tired out there despite the conditions. I’m feeling good for the event this year and am going to try my best out there.”
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