Max Elkington top goofy as South Africa series launches
26 March, 2017 – Port Elizabeth – The Bay welcomed competitive surfing back into her arms by providing excellent waves for the best junior surfers in the country.
Three-to four-feet peaks with plenty of power and fun, was the setting for the first Billabong Junior Series event in South Africa in a revamped surfing program for the year. Billabong’s Junior Series, currently enjoying its 20th anniversary, have upped their events back to four events, and are enjoying full entries across the board for their prestigious series, the oldest in the world.
Some of the best surfers cutting loose in the ultra competitive U16 division in the early rounds were the like of Luke Slijpen from Llandudno in Cape Town, Max Elkington from Kommetjie in Cape Town, Dillon Hendricks from Nelson mandela Bay, Saxton Randall from Durban Anelo Faulkner from JBay
Max Elkington, the standout goofyfooter, was pumped on his performance and on the upcoming heats. “I had a good heat. I started off with two really good waves pretty quickly so I was stoked,” said Elkington. “The waves got really good with the high tide with some nice bowls. It was super fun out there. Eli and Luke look like the people to beat out there, as well as Karl Steen and Angelo Faulkner. They all look like they’re on their game at the moment.”
Summer Sutton was one of the standouts in the fierce U16 Grs division, winning her opening heat and going through to the next day of competition. “It was really fun out there and I was so happy to win my first heat. The waves are great and it’s a great way to start this Junior Series,” said Sutton. “The waves are great and I’m just really happy that I got my two good waves and managed to get through.”
Another surfer, Kayla Nogueira from Durban, was the real standout in this division. Kayla, who is currently working with the High performance Surfing Academy in Durban, showed great maturity and competitive knowledge in her heat, going out and looking for her two good waves, the ultimate requirement for heat advancement. She did well, hooking in a combined two-wave total of 16 points out of her possible 20, and picking up the highest heat score of the day in the process.
“It’s been a great day of surfing and an exciting start to our year,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “The Billabong Junior Series has gone from strength to strength, and we’re in the 20 th year of the series. It’s a legacy we’re proud of, and we’re going to continue to support junior surfing in South Africa into the future.”
The series has been successful over the years, with surfers like Jordy Smith Bianca Buitendag and Travis Logie graduating from it to launch successful professional careers. Current graduates bubbling under consist of Mikey February, Beyrick De Vries, Dylan Lightfoot and Matt McGillivray, all digging in deep on the QS and vying for spots on the Championship Tour.