BC Surfriders crowned Champs
Buffalo City Surfriders Junior Team recorded their first-ever Team Title at the 2019 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships in Jeffreys Bay on Sunday.
The closest the East London team had ever come to winning the national Freedom Cup in its 23-year history was in 2003 when they came second at their home break, Nahoon Reef. Last year they were placed third behind Cape Town Surfriders and eThekweni Surfriders.
Buffalo City won with 45 221 points to runners up, Cape Town with 43 264 points. They were followed by eThekweni in third, host Nelson Mandela Bay (4th), Cape Winelands (fifth), UGU from Southern KZN (sixth), Eden from the Garden Route (seventh), Ilembe from Northern KZN (eighth) and the small but determined SA Development Academy Team came ninth.
The competition saw four female and four male South African Champions in the U12, U14, U16 and U18 Divisions. Buffalo City’s U18 secured the double with Bryce Du Preez and Tayla de Coning crowned champions while de Coning was also awarded the Surfer of the Contest title.
Daniel Emslie took gold in the U16 Boys final edging teammate, Mitch du Preez into second place.
Zoe Steyn successfully defended her U16 Girls title beating Kayla Nogueira of eThekweni, while Gemma Hannafey took third in the U14 Girls. Gutsy Meka Loots secured fourth in the U12 Girls.
After Buffalo City's Masters' team claimed the Championship title at Nahoon Reef for the fourteenth consecutive year just a month back, the city now holds the Championship Team Titles in all the Junior, Senior and Masters divisions.
General Manager of Surfing South Africa, Robin de Kock extended his gratitude to the main sponsor, Sea Harvest, the Department of Sport and Recreation, TCS-WiFi and the Kouga Municipality. “Jeffreys Bay is a special place and we are already looking forward to the 2020 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships,” de Kock concluded.