Four ju­nior surfers out to make waves in US

Go! & Express - - SPORT - SIVENATHI GOSA

Four East Lon­don pupils are rep­re­sent­ing SA at the VISSLA In­ter­na­tional Surf­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ISA) World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Hunt­ing­ton Beach, Cal­i­for­nia in the United States.

They left on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 21 and will re­turn on Tues­day Novem­ber 6.

Bryce du Preez, 17, Mitch du Preez, 15, Tayla de Con­ing, 17, and Zoë Steyn, 14, are part of the team that will com­pete in the cham­pi­onships.

The Daily Dis­patch re­ported (“Lo­cal teen champ the youngest ever in SA” Au­gust 13) that Steyn is East Lon­don’s new­est surf­ing star when she beat the odds at Na­hoon Reef to be­come the youngest ever Mercedes-Benz South African women’s surf­ing cham­pion.

De Con­ing shared her jour­ney with The GO! (“Tayla makes waves” Septem­ber 27) about how she fell in love with surf­ing six years ago while tak­ing a walk with her grand­fa­ther at Na­hoon Beach.

“I am very happy with be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent my coun­try over­seas,” said De Con­ing.

Lau­ren, who is Bryce and Mitch du Preez’s mom, said she was proud of her sons’ achieve­ments.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

WIN­NING SMILE: Danieke de Kock will be rep­re­sent­ing SA at the Pon­teve­dra ITU Stan­dard Dis­tance Duathlon World Cham­pi­onships in Spain

Pic­ture: SIVENATHI GOSA

MAKE US PROUD: Surfers From left, Bryce du Preez, Mitch du Preez, Tayla de Con­ing and Zoë Steyn are off to (VISSLA) In­ter­na­tional World Ju­nior Champs in Cal­i­for­nia, United States

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