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The South African junior team are on their way to Hyuga, Japan, to join over 40 nations at the 2017 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Fourteen members of the 15-strong team, made up of eight boys, four girls, a manager and two coaches, left for Japan on Sunday evening. Ethan Fletcher, the 15th member of the team, left on Tuesday after writing a school exam.

Heading up the U18 boys division is Adin Masencamp (Strand) who was presented with his fifth cap at the recent colours awards. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) wins his third cap, while Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Fletcher (Kommetjie) both win their second cap.

This tour means a third cap for U18 girls division surfer Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and a second cap for Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay).

Max Elkington (Kommetjie) earns a second cap in the U16 boys group, where he is joined by new caps Luke Slijpen (Llandudno), Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) and Dellin Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay). Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga) and S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban), both new caps, are the two U16 girls in the side.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) board member Karen Elkington is team manager, with Chris Bond and Quintin Jones the two coaches. UGU Surfriders chairman and international level 3 judge Wade Botha has been invited by the International Surfing Association to officiate at the championships.

The South African team will compete in a ‘friendly’ contest against New Zealand and England on Thursday as a warm-up for the World Championships, which gets under way on Saturday.

The Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony will take place on Saturday morning, and along with all the heats on each day of completion will be streamed live on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and www.isasurf.org.

The South African junior team are supported by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa. Sea Harvest has also provided support to South African junior surfing. Flights were arranged by All Aboard Travel.

Picture of the team’s departure courtesy of Surfing South Africa


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