Cape St Francis - This weekend will see the Billabong Junior Series take place at Seal Point in Cape St Francis. The event will feature a Junior Men and Women's QS 1000 rated event. The contest will run from 20-22 September and is the final event in the JQS Series in South Africa for 2019. In the Pro Junior divisions, the top 3 men and the top 2 women will be selected to represent the Africa region for the WSL Junior Championships in Taiwan at the end of the year.
The Billabong Junior events that take place every year at Seal Point have been historically blessed with good waves and have thus become the most popular events among many of the junior surfers. The user-friendly but highly rippable walls of Seal Point are perfect canvasses for the best junior surfers in the country to go wild and perform at their best.
The WSL Africa Men's Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Thompson, the recent winner of The BOS Cape Crown pres by Sea Harvest, with Eli Beukes and Luke Slijpen hot on his heels, and Thomas Lindhorst and Mitch Du Preez not far behind. Beukes and Slijpen have chased points and prize money at every event this year, but Thompson has had a breakout year so far, and is no doubt looking to clinch it at this tournament.
In the WSL Africa Women's Junior Tour rankings, Ceara Knight, another recent winner of The BOS Cape Crown pres by Sea Harvest, is out in front with a decent lead over second ranked Zoë Steyn, and with Kayla Nogueira in third place going into this event. Aimee Du Preez and Sarah Scott make up the remainder of the top five positions. The first three positions in Knight, Steyn and Nogueira are all goofy-footers, set to battle on their backhands on the perfect right-hand point-break that is Seal Point.
Kicking off on Friday 20 September, the surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with good winds predicted, and plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges.