Brandon Jackson

The Surfing South Africa (SSA) Board of Director's have ratified the selection of the South African Surfing Team which will compete in the 2009 International Surfing Association (ISA) World Surfing Games at Playa Hermosa near San Jose, Costa Rica in August.

The South African Team's preparations, training and attendance at the ISA World Surfing Games will be supported by a R400,000 grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). Since 2004 the NLDTF have supported all the South African teams which have competed in ISA World Junior Championships, ISA World Surfing Games and ISA World Masters Championships.

The 2009 South African Surfing Team consists of four Men, two Women, two male Longboarders, three coaches and a manager.

The Men's team comprises three new caps in Brandon Jackson (Durban), Rudy Palmboom (Bluff) and Damien Fahrenfort (Durban), who are the highest ranked available South Africans on the ASP World Qualifying Series ratings. All three have represented South Africa at ISA World Junior Championship level.

The fourth member of the team is 2008 SA Team captain Ryan Payne (Cape St Francis) who qualified for the team after winning the trials held during the South African Championships ten days ago. Llewellyn Whittaker (Mossel Bay) is the non-travelling reserve.

The Women team members are Rosanne Hodge, South Africa's only representative on the ASP Women's World Tour, and fellow East London surfer Nikita Robb, who is currently ranked 10th on the ASP World Qualifying Series.

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Nat Young

Nat Young won the Arnette All Day Antics Pro Junior in two-to-three foot (1 metre) surf at 56th street in Newport Beach, California topping fellow finalists Keanu Asing (Ewa Beach, HI), 16, Cory Arrambide (Ventura, CA), 19, and Cody Thompson (Jacksonville, FL), 19.

All surfers competing on the ASP North America Pro Junior Series are battling for their spot at the ASP World Junior Championships held in Narrabeen, Australia each January. ASP North America will send the series’ top three finishers at year’s end to the coveted event, where each surfer earns the chance to claim the prestigious title of ASP World Junior Champion.

Young’s dominating performance in the Arnette All Day Antics explained why he is a threat in every ASP North America Pro Junior Series event. The humble goofy-footer annihilated his competition today and jumped out to an early lead in the Final, posting two average scores before smashing an 8.25 out of 10 on his last wave to solidify the win.

“The Final was kind of weird,” Young said. “There weren’t many good waves, so I just tried to stay busy and keep improving my scores and luckily on that last wave I got two good turns in and got a solid score.”

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Bonga Perkins 

Beautiful summer sunshine and improved surf conditions greeted the world’s best longboarders for the final day for ASP LQS 2-Star event, the Real B Voice Longboard Pro Taito presented by Kaido, today. The packed audience showed up at Taito Beach to witness the high-performance action.

The surf conditions at Taito, Isumi City, Chiba, Japan today were two-to-three foot (1 metre) with onshore winds, but the winds did not stop the highest caliber of action as the final day started with the Round of 32 as the top-seeded surfers went straight to action. As the event went into the final rounds, reigning ASP World Longboard Champion Bonga Perkins took on Christian Wach in the 30-minute Final with soft onshore winds two-to-three foot beachbreak waves made a great Final heat this afternoon at Taito beach in Chiba, Japan.

Perkins showed high-performance en route to his winovers North America young gun Christian Wach (USA).

Domestic longboarders also went straight to action as 2008 ASP Japan Tour top ranked Nobuhiro Ogashira (JPN) has always shown the world with his classic style nose ridings to blend to excellence.

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