IT was another cold Eastern Cape morning, and clean offshore lines greeted competitors for day two of the Billabong Junior Series Finale presented by BOS at Seal Point, Cape St Francis yesterday.
There were three-foot (almost a metre) sets with long and clean walls pouring down the point – perfect conditions for high-performance surfing. The remaining contestants were all going for broke, surfing the waves all the way through to the inside rock.
There was some intense action, as the onshore gradually picked up and the tide slowly filled in.
By the time the under-18 boys' semifinals started there were some perfect ramps coming through and the boys attempted high-risk aerial moves and big power carves.
All eyes were on Slade Prestwich, who impressed with some smooth and powerful moves.
Max Armstrong from Scarborough was also on his game, pulling off multiple high-risk moves, but could not find the big scores.
Dylan Lightfoot from Jeffreys Bay was the man of the heat, getting 8.25 out of a possible 10 for his highest-scoring wave.
Lightfoot backed it up with an eight-point ride to put himself in an unassailable position for first place.
"I train here at Seal Point three times a week," he said of his win.
"Having knowledge of the wave definitely helps.
"I've also got a really good board at the moment – even though it has been broken before, it still goes well and I was enjoying the conditions. It's a lot better than it looks out there."
Lightfoot is an experienced competitor and is looking dangerous for the finals tomorrow.
"I'm obviously really stoked to have made it through to the finals," he said.
"I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment and hope to finish off well tomorrow."
Joining Lightfoot and Prestwich in the U18 boys' final will be Diran Zakarian from Melkbos and Jason Harris from Durban.
The competition resumes tomorrow at 8am and it will be an exciting day, beginning with the U18 boys' final, followed by the U18 girls' final and then the U16 boys' final.
The contest will finish off at about 4pm.