The 2007 SA Junior Surfing Team with 2007 World Veteran Champion Chris Knutsen; Back Row: Nicky Godfrey,  Lungani Memani,  Kyle Lane, Matthew Bromley, Dale Staples; Middle Row: Chantelle Rautenbach, Chad Du Toit, Chris Knutsen, Tarryn Chudleigh, Tanika Hoffman; Front Row: Howard Gold (Coach), Klee Strachan (Captain), Shaun Joubert (Vice Captain),Tasha Mentasti (Coach), Bernice Hutchison (Manager). Photo: Kirstin Scholtz

The 2007 South African Junior Surfing team leaves for the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships in Costa Da Caparica, Portugal, and are ready to take on the best when the event gets under way on May 6. 

Before competing in the ISA World Junior Championships however, the South Africans will take on the New Zealand Team in the annual Lotto SANZ Challenge.

This Junior International tournament was first held in Durban in 2003, and takes place in the host country in the week preceding every ISA World Junior championships.

South Africa are the defending champions, having won the unique trophy in Maresias, Brazil last year, but are seeded fourth behind Australia, Brazil and Hawaii.

The Lotto SANZ Challenge is a "friendly" event and the main focus of the South African team will be to defend the Tag Team title which they won in Brazil in 2006 and do well in the overall Team event which went to Australia last year.

National Under 18 champion and ASP World Qualifying Series campaigner Nikita Robb of East London, SA Under 16 Champion Tarryn Chudleigh of Kommetjie and Chantelle Rautenbach of Melkbosstrand are an experienced trio in the Under 18 Girls group, while the fourth member of the side is new cap Tanika Hoffman of Kommetjie, a former national age group champion.

The coaches are Howard Gold and Tasha Mentasti and the Manager is Bernice Hutchison.

South Africa’s Cyril Nel has been appointed as one of the two Head Judges by the International Surfing Association and Bongani Xulu has been appointed as one of the five ISA judges at the World Junior Championships.

Over 30 countries have confirmed that they are sending teams to compete in the Quiksilver ISA World Junior Championships which will take place on the beaches of Costa de Caparica just outside Lisbon  from May 6 to 13.

The South African team training camps at the Sport Science Institute and their trip to the World Championships was made possible with funding from the National Lottery.