Stop 3: South Africa
Oakley Pro Junior Global Challenge Qualifier: South Africa
Location: Port Alfred, ECP, South Africa
Holding Period: April 30-May 2, 2010
Junior’s Rating: World Pro Junior Series Men’s Grade 2/Women’s Grade 1
Prize Purse: $10,000
Field of Competition: 80
2008 Shaun Joubert (ZSA) – event held in Durban
2009 Shaun Joubert (ZSA)
Labeled as the “Heart of the Sunshine Coast”, Port Alfred saddles the Kowie River splitting the small city in two. The river dumps into the Indian Ocean via two rock jetties, producing a very consistent, hollow, and powerful right-hander on the East Beach and more of a wedging and hollow A-frame to the west. The paddle can be vicious on bigger swells due to strong rip tides, but the hollow rewards are well worth the burn.
Port Alfred gets consistent surf all year round, loving a southwesterly swell and a touch of Northerly winds.
The locals in Port Alfred enjoy great surf year round with a mild climate, making it no wonder why most travelers to the area describe the locals as laid back and friendly.
Jack Freestone and Ezekiel Lau's journey though the toughest competition in junior surfing
Jack Freestone wins the Oakley World Pro Junior and reclaims the ASP World Junior Title
Joins current ASP WCT No.1 Joel Parkinson (AUS) and Pablo Paulino (BRA) in an elite club of three surfers to have claimed multiple men's ASP World Junior Titles.