Tricky Conditions and Mixed Results for SA Surfers on Day 2 of World Junior Surfing Championships

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 16:31

Tricky conditions with small waves, onshore winds and high tide in the morning saw members of the SA Junior Surfing Team post mixed results on Day 2 of the VISSLA ISA World Surfing Championships in Salinas, Ecuador on Monday.

Waves providing high scoring potential were hard to find on La FAE beach and although some of the world’s best 18-and-under surfers managed to score decisive victories, many of the 56 heats run in front of the two podiums were low-scoring encounters with positions decided by fractions of a point.
Cana Foster got the South African challenge off to a great start by winning her heat in the U16 Girls. Foster scored a heat total of 6.83 points (out of 20) with the runner-up earning 6.23, third place recording 6.10 and fourth totalling 4.67.

All 12 SA team members were in action at the two venues and Foster proved to be the country’s only heat winner on the day. Teal Hogg and Chanelle Botha (both U18 Girls), Shane Sykes and Steffen Burrows (U18 Boys) and Jordy Maree and Joshe Faulkner (U16 Boys) all placed second to secure their berths in the next round of the qualifying stream in their respective divisions.

Five Saffas have dropped into the challenging repecharge rounds and while they are still in contention to win their divisions, the route will be much more demanding with almost double the number of heats to contest and any result other than first or second place seeing them eliminated from the event.

The likes of team captain Max Armstrong (U18 Boys), Ethan Fletcher (U16 Boys) and Ruth Armstrong (U16 Girls), who finished third in their respective heats, and Ntando Msibi (U18 Boys) and Adin Masencamp (U16 Boys), who placed fourth, will be well prepared for the task by coaches Greg Emslie and David Malherbe both of whom have extensive experience at the highest levels of world surfing.

The seven South Africans remaining in the qualifying rounds will be in action at the main podium on Day 3 of the event (Tuesday). Those in the repercharge rounds will be back in action again on Day 4 (Wednesday)

Follow the SA Junior Team’s progress in Ecuador and post your support at
The 2014 VISSLA ISA World Surfing Games resumes on Tuesday at 8am local time (3pm SA time). The live webcast of the event starts with the Morning Show at 2.40pm and is available at


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