Eight junior surfers have been selected as “Future Stars” to compete at the upcoming Quiksilver Pro Junior & King of the Groms surfing event to be held at New Pier beach on the 18th and 19th of May.
Surfing South Africa (SSA) is proud to acknowledge the eight surfers who will be competing in this annual event, “The annual Future Stars concept which Quiksilver includes as part of their contest gives eight talented surfers from around the country who are part of Surfing South Africa’s transformation and development programme the opportunity to compete on a national stage and gain an abundance of experience. Surfing South Africa is grateful to Quiksilver for continuing with the concept each year and is proud to support and endorse it,” said Robin de Kock of Surfing South Africa.
The eight surfers’ flights and accommodation in Durban have been sponsored. The surfers will compete against one another and the winner will be seeded into the main event of the ASP Pro Junior main event and will also win some great prizes. It is a valuable opportunity for any aspiring young professional surfer.
This year sees a few new faces including Dillon Fernandez (Cape Town). Fernandez has represented his province at the national championships and will be a threat at this year’s edition of the event. Ntando Msibi is another promising young talent out of Durban that is new to the event. Msibi came through the Umthombo Street Children program and has made a name for himself since taking up competitive surfing. There are also a few surfers that have competed at the event before, namely previous champion Brandon Benjamin (Cape Town), Nick Njapha and Avuyile Ndamase (East London). Ndamase began his surfing career at the notorious Second beach in Port St Johns and has since moved to East London after his younger brother died tragically following a shark attack. Ndamase is not only a talented surfer who has represented Border on a number of occasions, but he is also a qualified coach. Other surfers to be invited to compete in the event are Simo Mkhize, Sihle Mbutho and Sifiso Mhlongo (all from Durban).
Sifiso Mhlongo at last year’s Quiksilver Pro Junior. Mhlongo competed in the 2012 Future Stars division – Photo by Luke Patterson
The Future Stars division will get underway first thing at 7:30am on Saturday, May 18, with the finals held directly after the heats. Other divisions include the Pro Junior U20 division as well as King of the Groms U16, U14 and U12 divisions. The entire event boasts a total of R75 000 in prize money and is sanctioned by ASP Africa and Surfing South Africa. Sponsors include the City of Durban, Skullcandy, Red Bull and Independent on Saturday.
More information can be found at www.quikprojunior.co.za