The 2017 Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS is underway at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay and runs until Sunday 8 October. The 21st edition of the five-day surfing event will showcase the top young surfers from every corner of the coastline who have qualified for the SA Junior Champs.
At stake are individual national titles for Under 12, Under 14, U16 and Under 18 boys and girls along with the Freedom Cup.
The host Nelson Mandela Bay team will be determined to retain the Freedom Cup while Cape Town Surfriders, the 2016 runners-up, will be hoping to return to the winning ways that saw them clinch the 2015 team title. The eThekweni team from Durban will present a strong challenge again and Cape Winelands, Buffalo City, Ugu, Eden and the team from the SA Development Academy will be going all out to improve on their final placing in the team standings. Newcomers Ilembe will be participating in the event for the first time,
The change in format from the U13, U15 and U17 age categories used over the past few years means that new champions will be crowned in all eight divisions. Many of the 2016 champions will be back to try and win back-to-back titles, including Adin Masencamp, Kirsty McGillivray, Kai Woolf, Max Elkington, James Ribbink and Kayla Nogueira.
Alongside the Freedom Cup and individual titles at stake, there are a number of specialty awards up for grabs including the BOS Highest Heat Score, VonZipper Airshow and the Wazoogles Surfer of the Event for Boys and Girls.
Photos by Ian Thurtell.