Dale Staples, Chad Du Toit and Beyrick De Vries
Every year the boys from South Africa drop by to pick up a quiver for the Australia leg of the tour. They ride a selection of Silent Savage and Renegade models all customised to their surfing.
Dale Staples is a stand out from St Francis Bay and is one of the leaders of the pack of South African surfers currently making their mark on local and international surfing. Billabong team rider Dale Staples put himself firmly into contention for the 2010 ASP World Junior title with a sensational runner-up finish in the Oakley ASP Pro Junior in Bali, the first of two events that will culminate in the crowning of undisputed world’s best junior surfer in Sydney, Australia in January. The 19 year-old from St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape had a stunning run through the 48 man field of the world’s best 20-and-under surfers before ending up just short in the final against today’s winner, Australian Jack Freestone. With victories in the Billabong Pro Junior on the KZN Dolphin Coast in April and the VonZipper Wild Card Shoot Out at Jeffreys Bay in July, Dale will be looking to become the second South African to clinch the ASP World Junior title in Australia in three months time.
Umhlanga Rocks’ Beyrick De Vries is another South African junior on the rise. Beyricks got a great chance of taking out a few of the upcoming Pro Juniors as he’s got a bagful of tricks that includes clever barrel stalls, a stylish snap off the top, and an unrivalled air game that includes all the grabs. Quiksilver Marketing Manager Dane Patterson expects big things of Beyrick, saying that, “Beyrick absolutely rips and has the makings of a great surfer. He’s one of the best surfers in his age group and hopefully will grow up to be the next Travis Logie. We’re stoked to have him on the team. He’s a super cool kid who is going to fit into the Quiksilver team perfectly, and he has so much potential it’s ridiculous.”Chad du Toit won the internationally rated ASP Grade-One Billabong Pro Junior men’s title at Herold’s Bay today, defeating Nick Godfrey in powerful 1.5 metre surf that provided the country’s best 20-and-under surfers with excellent opportunities to display their talents.
Chad Du Toit, 20, is the 2009 ASP Africa Pro Junior champion.He is currently in second spot on the year end ASP Africa Pro Junior Rankings, behind 2010 ASP Africa Pro Junior Champion and Billabong team rider Shaun Joubert (Mossel Bay). Du Toit also clinched one of the three coveted invitations to compete on the inaugural ASP World Junior Tour which starts in Bali next month and crowns the ASP World Junior Champion in Sydney, Australia, in January.