2016 South African Masters Surfing Championships

Full field for SA Masters Surfing Champs

A full field of 144 contestants from eight Districts will be in action at Seal Point from next Thursday to Sunday when the 2016 SA Masters Championships presented by the Cape St Francis Resort takes place.

Seal Point will host the 11th edition of this annual event for the first time and the iconic surf spot will see five World Champions, numerous National, Provincial and District Champions and a host of International, National and Provincial surfers in action over the four days of competition.

The tournament gets under way with an Opening Function at the Cape St Francis Resort at 7pm on Wednesday May 18 and the first rounds of competition start at 8am on Thursday May 19. Al the Semi finals and Finals in the eight divisions will take place on Sunday May 22.

Over the years the SA Masters Surfing Championships has always produced the highest quality surfing and if Seal Point comes up with some special conditions next week there will be some outstanding surfing on to watch.

Current ISA World Champions, Greg Emslie (Buffalo City) and Chris Knutsen (eThekweni), two former ISA World Champions, Andrew Banks and Heather Clark (both Ugu), former World Pro/Am Champion David Malherbe (Buffalo City), fifteen surfers who have represented South Africa in international competition and a host of current and former South African champions will be in action over the four days

Chris Knutsen

Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, five time World Champion : photo : ISA

All seven age group champions from last year’s event in Richards Bay will be representing their respective Districts at this year’s event. The 2015 Champions were Tasha Mentasti from Eden, Manfred Adrio (over 35) from eThekweni, Wayne Monk (over 40) from Buffalo City, Rob Moore – Boyle (over 45) from eThekweni, David Malherbe (over 50) from Buffalo City, Chris Knutsen (over 55) from eThekweni and Dave Fish (over 60) from Buffalo City. Devyn Mattheys of Buffalo City, who won the over 30 Division title in 2014 when this division was last held will be back to defend it this year.

The Buffalo City Team from East London are the defending champions and eight time winners of the Masters Cup which is awarded to the team with the highest total points and they will be going all out for an incredible ninth victory in this unique event which celebrates the competitive longevity of the sport of surfing.

Buffalo City will face tough competition from 2015 runners up eThekweni, hosts Nelson Mandela Bay, Ugu and 2015 hosts uThungulu. The Cape Town Surfriders Team, who were runners up in 2014, have put together a solid group of surfers while Cape Winelands and the Garden Route based Eden District will be bringing full teams to Seal Point and could challenge the front runners.

The 2016 SA Masters Championships will decide eight individual champions and determine the top District team. Each team member’s points will count towards the Masters Cup, which was won by Ugu in 2006 and 2007 and by Buffalo City in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The 2016 South African Masters Championships is presented by the Cape St Francis Resort, supported by Skullcandy and hosted by the Nelson Mandela Surfriders. Red Bull will provide the energy.

Heats and the provisional format are posted on www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and each day’s results will be available from 8pm on this website.

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Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is recognised by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association as the governing body for the sport in South Africa.
SSA is made up of four provinces and eight districts.
SSA coordinates and runs National Surfing Championships, selects National teams, sanctions and presents events on the annual Domestic Surf Tour, and is responsible for the general administration of the sport.

Busy day at St Francis Bay Bowling Club

St Francis Bay Bowling Club Novices Championship

St Francis Bay Bowling Club was a hive of competitive activity on Wednesday, 11 May when the finals of the “Novices’ Championship” was played, as well as the Personal Trust Sponsored Competition.

There was fierce, but friendly sibling rivalry when brother and sister, Peter Talbot and Margie Young, competed for the title of “Novice Champion”. After some fierce competition Peter finally emerged as the winner and Margie a gracious runner up.

Newcomers to the sport are considered “Novice” bowlers for the first four years of competition, no matter what their age may be, whether 8 or 80. Then, depending on their ability, they are promoted to a different level. There are currently sixteen “novices” in the club.

Once the finals were over, thirty-six bowlers joined the brother and sister and competed in the first “Personal Trust Sponsored Competition” of the year. Johan van der Westhuizen of Personal Trust joined in the fun and participated with great enthusiasm. There were several prizes up for grabs but because the complicated scoring system had not been properly applied, Club Captain Toby Haring eventually declared that the prizes would be drawn for rather than won. Club members thought that this was an excellent idea and expressed their approval with loud applause.

A friendly sociable spirit prevailed throughout the afternoon and, after a very informative talk on the economy by Johan, everyone enjoyed some liquid refreshment and tucked into the sandwiches provided by the sibling novices Peter and Margie.

Margie Young, runner up in the “Novices Championship”, with her brother Peter Talbot who beat her to become the Novices Champion at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club.

Margie Young, runner up in the “Novices Championship”, with her brother Peter Talbot who beat her to become the Novices Champion at the St Francis Bay Bowling Club.

St Francis Bay Bowling Club

Johan van der Westhuizen of Personal Trust congratulating Peter for winning the “Novices” title.

Article& photographs – Yvonne Bosman

St Francis College news

St Francis Collegs celebrate Mothers Day and visit a farm

Oh My Hat! We Love Our Moms

Young St Francis College pupils celebrated Mother’s Day this month by treating their moms to a Mad Hatters Tea Party Picnic.
Kids and moms made homemade ‘mat hats’ for the occasion, with each class having its own theme : Safari style for Grade 00, a Fairy Garden for Grade 0, Nautical for Grade 1 and The Beach for Grade 2

After a hat parade, everyone relaxed on the grass with a picnic, where moms were handed delightful handmade gifts.
Happy Mother’s Day (and month!) to all our moms of St Francis Bay!

Marais Farm awes kids

College parents Grant and Shona Marais opened their beautiful home to the Grade 00 and 0 classes last month – and boy, was there lots to see! From sheep and pot-bellied pigs, to horses, rabbits and chickens, the kids were enthralled by life on a farm. After enjoying a picnic and ice-cream cones, the little ones waved goodbye to their four-legged friends and hinted that they’d be visiting again soon.

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A Fairy Garden for Grade 0

A Fairy Garden for Grade 0

Grade 00 on Safari

Grade 00 on Safari

Nautical but nice for Grade 1

Nautical but nice for Grade 1

Life’s a beach hat for Grade 2

Life’s a beach hat for Grade 2

Mother’s Day Mom: Didi De Bruyn with her children Layla and Roux enjoying their “hats” and picnic

Mother’s Day Mom: Didi De Bruyn with her children Layla and Roux enjoying their “hats” and picnic

PHOTOGRAPHS: Caroline Anderson and Elizabeth Carpenter

Farm Visit

Farm-Outing-Meeting-a-Pot-Belly-Pig

Up, down and all around….. Grade 00 and Grade 0 pupils enjoying the fun, freedom and farm animals at the Marais Farm.

Up, down and all around….. Grade 00 and Grade 0 pupils enjoying the fun, freedom and farm animals at the Marais Farm.

Photographs by Zoe Henn