Warning of strong rip currents for the next week

NSRI has put out a warning to people on the South African coastline or visiting there to be cautious about stronger rip currents owing to the  twice monthly Spring Tide.

The Spring Tide peaks on 2 July during the Full Moon phase and will last till around 8 July. Spring Tide brings a higher than normal high tide, a lower than normal low tide and with it stronger than normal rip currents.

Stronger than normal rip currents are experienced along the coast for a few days leading up to the full or the new moon, peaking on the day of the full or the new moon, and lasting for a few days after the full or the new moon, every month of the year.

Anyone going down to the beach and anyone visiting along the coastline, bathers, paddlers, surfers, seafarers and anglers, during the winter vacation and between now and at least Monday 6 July are advised to be aware of the Full Moon Spring Tide bringing stronger than normal rip currents.

These currents  are a result of the higher and lower than normal high and low tides brought on by the full moon phase and which are now building up. They will peak on 2 July and will last between now and the next 6 to 8 days. Extreme caution is advised around the coast during this time.

JBay’s Matt McGillivray advances to final

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Matthew McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay – Photo Credit: WSL / Ballito Pro / Cestari

Matthew McGillivray of Jeffreys Bay, South Africa (pictured) advanced to the final of the Ballito Pro Presented by Billabong at Ballito trials event at Ballito, on Sunday.

First Zulu woman surfer in a World Surfing Event

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Sam Cele making history – photo by Kelly Cestari

Sixteen year old Sam Cele of North Beach, Durban, South Africa (pictured) made World Surf League history by becoming the first Zulu female surfer to compete in a World Surf League Event when she competed in the Ballito Pro Presented by Billabong at Ballito, South Africa today, 28 June 2015..

Nikita Robb takes Ballito Pro Women’s

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Nikita Robb turning it on – photo by Kelly Cestari

Nikita Robb from East London  (pictured) won the Ballito Women’s Pro presented by Billabong at Willard Beach in KwaDukuza today, 28 June, producing an assured performance in the tricky one metre waves to outshine South Africa’s top women surfers.

A World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 event, the Ballito Women’s Pro is the first internationally rated event to be run in South Africa since 2009. The event offered total prize-money of R30 000 and coveted points on the QS rankings.

Robb, who competed at the highest levels of the sport, including a spending a year on the elite Championship Tour (CT) in 2010, defeated Fay Zoetmulder (Port Elizabeth), local junior Teal Hogg (Umhlanga) and veteran Heather Clark (Port Shepstone) in the Final to claim the R10 000 winner’s paycheque and 1 000 points.

“It’s just such an honour to have won this event,” Robb said. “I came up to Ballito a couple of days early and just surfed every day. It’s been a long time since I surfed an event and I really had to get my head into it.”

“I started in Round One and had to surf four heats, so I worked hard for it. It wasn’t just a matter of one day and I’m getting 10 Grand, it was a matter of me putting the effort in the water, spending endless hours being the only girl out there and really getting to know the wave. I put the effort in and that’s what really counts.”