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It is nearly Christmas, and time for the annual LIZZARD HURRICANE KZN SURFING CHAMPS 2018. This event is heralded as one of the most ‘fun’ family contests of the year. We see Moms and Dads, Grannies and Grandpas all surfing with their children. Anton Knoetze and his son Ben from Empangeni cannot wait for this fun contest! They're hoping to see more locals from their own beach break (Alkantstrand), as well as other KZN beaches, join them at this fun event. Pic by May Knoetze.

Pictured: Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) on his way to second place in his opening heat and a berth in Round 2 of the U18 boys Main Event stream at the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in California
Photo: ISA / Evan

VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship
Huntington Beach, California, USA
October 27 – 4 November, 2018
 
The South African team recovered momentum after a difficult start on Day 2 of the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship taking place in tricky head-high waves at the iconic Huntington Beach pier in California on Sunday.

Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) on his way to third place in the HIC Pro in Hawaii yesterday. Photo: WSL / Heff.

In an unprecedented confirmation of the rising presence of local professional surfers on the international stage, four South Africans reached the last 16 of the HIC Pro presented by Vans, a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event at Sunset Beach in Hawaii, with two going on to contest the final.
 
Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) and Slade Prestwich (Durban) finished third and fourth respectively in the final of the QS 3,000 rated event, the first time more than one South African has featured in a final of an event in Hawaii since the world professional circuit was inaugurated in 1976.
 
The event was won by North Shore local Kiron Jabour with O’Neill Massin from Tahiti the runner-up in a wave-starved final that saw the winner ride just his two counting waves, Massin catching three and the two South Africans just one eac

Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up.

Team captain Bianca Buitendag bagged a brace of medals for South Africa on the final day of the week-long 2018 Urban Research ISA World Surfing Games at Long Beach in Tahara, Japan on Saturday.