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Girl's Summersurf Challenge gets underway in South Africa





Girl’s Summersurf Challenge

Surfing South Africa 1A rated SA Surf Tour 
Muizenberg Pavilio, Gonubie , Addington Beach, South Africa 
11 - 12 March, 2017

3 contests for girls at three different venues in South Africa in celebration of International Women’s week

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 March, 2017 - In celebration of International Women’s week Surfing South Africa held three 1A rated SA Surf Tour contests for girls at three different venues over the weekend.

The annual Girl’s Summersurf Challenge, supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, took place at Muizenberg Pavilion in the Western Cape and at Gonubie in East London on Saturday March while Addington Beach in Durban hosted the third in the trio of contests on Sunday March 12th.

Conditions at Muizenberg were difficult due to a strong South Easter but this did not deter the contestants, many of whom posted some high scoring rides. Natasha Van Greunen of Muizenberg, who competed for Great Britain at the ISA World Junior Championships in the Azores last year, won the Under 18 Final edging up and coming Kommetjie star Summer Sutton into second place. Julia Plougmann of Scarborough was third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia took fourth place.

Plougmann put in a solid performance to take honours ahead of Sutton in the Under 16 Final with Emily Winter of Kommetjie taking third place ahead of Caroline Brown of Hout Bay. Brown won the Under 14 title from Ceara Knight, Leila Steytler,Katie Winter and Cassi Skippers.

In the Under 12 division talented Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt of Kommetjie beat Luanne Hurst into second place with Olivia Winter third and Sarah Scott taking fourth spot.

In East London organisers were forced to move the contest from Eastern Beach to Gonubie where the waves were more manageable. Current SA Champion and National Junior team member Kirsty Mc Gillivray of Jeffreys Bay took honours beating East London local Danica Stockigt into second place. Another local girl,Tayla De Coning was third and Jeffreys Bay visitor Zoe Smith took fourth.

In the Under 16 division it was an all East London final with De Coning taking the win ahead of  Zoe Steyn, Lhea Johnston and Aimee du Preez. Steyn came back to win the Under 14 title from Lisa Van Heerden of Jeffreys Bay. Lhea Johnston posted another third place and Aimee du Preez  was fourth. Van Heerden took gold in the Under 12 Division beating fellow J Bay surfer Zia Hendricks into second place while East London rookies Emma Bedser and Meka Loots were third and fourth respectively.

On Sunday contestants in the last of the three Girl’s Summersurf contests were greeted by high winds and massive surf at Bay of Plenty in Durban, the original venue for the event. As conditions worsened organisers moved the contest to Addington Beach where the set waves were in excess of 6 foot. High winds and tough conditions did not deter the plucky competitors, and all of them, including the surfers in the Under 12 division, took to the water when it was their turn to compete.

Sophie Bell of Salt Rock, the South African Team captain at the 2016 ISA World Junior Championships last year, was the standout surfer in the challenging conditions. She beat talented Gabi Lailvaux of Westbrook into second place in the Under 18 Division final while S’nenhlanhla Makhubu of Durban was third and Olivia Izzard of La Lucia came fourth. In the Under 16 Final Kayla Noqueira of Umhlanga took gold and Makhubu claimed silver. Lailvaux and Izzard were joint third.

Jesse Powell from Scottburgh posted one of the highest scoring waves of the day and won the Under 14 title with fellow Southern KZN surfer Kira Attfield taking second. Gabriella Herbst was third and Kayla Nogueira was fourth in this division.

The three Girl’s Summersurf Challenge events were all 1A rated Surfing South African Surf Tour (SAST) contests and were supported by Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Robin de Kock

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