OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SET TO GO IN PORT ALFRED

Friday, April 30, 2010

Port Alfred, Eastern Cape -The 2010 edition of the Oakley Pro Junior is set to go in Port Alfred, and the top junior surfers in the country are ready to pit their skills against each other in a bid for victory. The event is a World Pro Junior Grade 2 event, and has US$2,500 (R18,500) first prize for the boys and US$1,000 (R7,500) first prize for the girls division. The total prize pool is an impressive US$12,500 (R93,000) and the best junior surfers in the country will be chasing this along with the contest points. The Oakley Pro Junior is set to take place on the 30 April – 2 May 2010.

The Oakley Pro Junior is part of a world-wide series that culminates with the Oakley World Pro Junior in Bali in October. These events are part of the qualifying series to find the top junior surfers in the world for the Bali tournament, and include Oakley Pro Junior contests in Australia, France, Japan, Brazil and North America.

The South African junior surfers have been in serious training over the last few months and have been competing regularly. By the time they arrive in Port Alfred there will be some clarity as to who are the top junior performers in their respective divisions in the country. Then it will be down to the serious business of competing for first place honours in amongst the waves of Port Alfred.

Oakley South Africa team manager Greg Emslie is excited for the event and for the surfing that is going to ensue.”I am really looking forward to the Oakley Pro Junior getting underway next week,” said Emslie. “Last year the waves and the surfing were top notch. This year we still have most of the juniors that were in the event last year including the finalists Shaun Joubert and Brendon Gibbons.”

Shaun Joubert in action at the 2009 event. ©Kolesky/SanDisk

Greg has also been monitoring the conditions for the week ahead.”Together with a few years experience that these surfers have gained, there are great sand banks and a spring low tide next weekend at East Beach. We should see the best junior surfing ever in South Africa!”

Also included in the Oakley Pro Junior will be a stop-over from the Coast 2 Coast 4 CANSA expedition crew who will be present at the Oakley Pro Junior launch function on 29th April. Coast 2 Coast 4 CANSA supported by SPAR will see 5 jetski pilots travel 2800kms from Mozambique to Namibia on Yamaha Waverunners from 20 April until mid-May 2010. The expeditions aims to raise awareness about early cancer detection and promote healthy lifestyles whilst fundraising for CANSA.

Oakley has backed the team by providing eyewear and protective H20 riding goggles for the jet ski pilots which include big wave charger Jason Ribbink (Durban North), Expedition Leader Russel Symcox (Clansthal/ Scottburgh), marine expert Mark Addison (Widenham), SA Paddler Barry Lewin (Durban North) and former SA cricketer Lance Klusener (Mt Edgecombe).

C2C4C Expedition Leader Russel Symcox said, “We are proud to be associated with such a high performance sports brand as Oakley. The Oakley eyewear have proved to be invaluable during our training rides and we are confident that our H20 riding goggles will protect us from the long hours at sea and harsh conditions. We are really looking forward to catching up with the guys in Port Alfred and can’t wait to see SA’s top junior surfers in action at the Oakley Pro Junior.”

The event will be judged under accordance with the 2010 ASP judging criteria. ASP Africa sanctions the Pro Junior division.

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