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2018 Billabong Junior Series Finale

Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted surfing competitors at Seal Point, Cape St Francis for the final day of competition at the finale of the 2018 Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS.

Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning in the U12 Girls final incredible rides in the mixed conditions, including an excellent 8.0 for one ride which secured the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up.
Gabi Herbst surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleGabi Herbst
Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a near-perfect score of 9.33. Hall was closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand.
Kai Hall surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleKai Hall

The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place.
Aimee Du Preez surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleAimee Du Preez
Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his final heat to defeat James Ribbink in an exciting U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moved, proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink, Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots.
Luke Thompson surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleLuke Thompson

As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange with three of the girls. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a convincing win against her counterparts Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown who placed second, third and fourth respectively.
Zoe Steyn surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleZoe Steyn
The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few waves and low scores. Tide-Lee Ireland snagged the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a combined score of less than 9 points. Mitch Du Preez and Reilly Mare’ finished off the results with third and fourth spots.
Tide-Lee Ireland surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleTide-Lee Ireland

The WSL Junior Women’s final was a nail-biting affair as Zoe Steyn and Kai Woolf took centre stage. Both surfers had been surfing phenomenally all event and it was going to be about the surfer who caught the best waves. That was Steyn, and she won the final by a close margin from Woolf.
Zoe Steyn surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finaleZoe Steyn
Then Max Elkington and Luke Slijpen took to the water to battle it out for event honours in the WSL Junior Men’s event. It was all about Elkington who took the win and broke his year-long victory drought with his 1st place.
Max Elkington surfing in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series finale

Max Elkington

Billabong Junior Series Seal Point Final Results: 

U12 Girls
1st Gabi Herbst
2nd Sarah Scott
3rd Anastasia Venter
4th Meka Loots

U12 Boys
1st Kai Hall
2nd Joel Fowles
3rd Ntokozo Maphumalo
4th Asha Steytler

U14 Girls
1st Aimee Du Preez
2nd Olivia Winter
3rd Adrian Wolmarans
4th Kaylee Shaw Nell

U14 Boys
1st Luke Thompson
2nd James Ribbink
3rd Daniel Emslie
4th Brad Scott

U16 Girls
1st Zoe Steyn
2nd Kayla Nogueira
3rd Ceara Knight
4th Caroline Brown

U16 Boys
1st Tide Lee Ireland
2nd York Van Jaarsveldt
3rd Mitch Du Preez
4th Reilly Mare

WSL Junior Women
1st Zoe Steyn
2nd Kai Woolf

WSL Junior Men
1st Max Elkington
2nd Luke Slijpen

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Luke Slijpen

BOS Highest Heat Score Award
Zoe Steyn

2018 Billabong Junior Series Overall Results

U12 Girls
1st Gabi Herbst
2nd Anastasia venter

U12 Boys
1st Ntokozo Maphumalo
2nd Joel Fowles

U14 Girls
1st Aimee Du Prees
2nd Olivia Winter

U14 Boys 
1st Luke Thompson
2nd Dan Emslie

U16 Boys
1st Mitch Du Preez
2nd York Van Jaarsveldt

WSL Junior Women
1st Zoe Steyn
2nd Kirsty McGillivray

WSL Junior Men
1st Luke Slijpen
2nd Max Elkington

2018 WSL Africa Junior Men’s Overall Rankings 
1 Luke Slijpen 4060 points
2 Max Elkington 3090
3 Eli Beukes 2634
4 Luke Thompson 2440
5 Bryce Du Preez 2435

2018 WSL Africa Junior Women’s Overall Rankings
1 Kai Woolf 4750 points
2 Zoe Steyn 3870
3 Sophie Bell 2815
4 Kirsty McGillivray 2685
5 Kayla Nogueira 2380

Photos by Ian Thurtell and Kody McGregor.

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