Port Alfred, Eastern Cape – Save The Dates. Tourism Port Alfred presents the Port Alfred Easter Festival 2024. This four-day festival will take place in Port Alfred over the Easter Weekend, 29 March – 1 April 2024.

Two surfing tournaments anchor the Easter Festival. the Rip Curl GromSearch, presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel and the inaugural Rip Curl Cup, presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel, an Open Speciality Surfing Event.

Rip Curl GromSearch and Rip Curl Cup

The Rip Curl GromSearch is part of a five-event series along the South African coastline, with events in Cape Town, East London, Port Alfred, Scottburgh and Seal Point, Cape St Francis. The U16 Division is the premier division in this series, and it has U12, U14, U16 and U18 Boys and Girls divisions.

Further, the Rip Curl Cup is an open speciality event, with all surfers of any age invited to enter. Both events are Surfing South Africa contests, and Sea Harvest is a supporting sponsor.

Along with the two surf events, the festival will include a South African Bodyboarding Challenge. Also, the Sunshine Coast Tennis Open, a Bowls event, a Golf Tournament, a Music Festival and a Beer Garden. Furthermore, there will be an Open Water Swim event in the Marina, the Port Alfred Park Run, a Handball tournament at the beach, and the Ski Boat Club are going to hold a Fishing competition.

Port Alfred Easter Festival

The 2023 Rip Curl GromSearch presented by the Royal St Andrews Hotel was a huge success © @Louis Wulff

So, the finer event details will be published soon, along with any other tournaments, races, competitions, or events that might still become part of the inaugural festival.

Also, the ocean events at the Easter Festival will be in the safe hands of the local branch of the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) station.

Port Alfred Easter Festival

“We are very excited about the Port Alfred Easter Festival,” said the chairperson of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Board’s Tourism Events Subcommittee Justin Bekker. “We have wanted an event of this magnitude in Port Alfred for a while now to benefit the whole town, and it is finally coming together.”

The two surfing events will take place at East Beach, while the SA Bodyboarding Challenge will take place at West Beach. The contests and the Easter Festival have the support of the Kowie Boardriders.

“We are very pleased to be a part of the Port Alfred Easter Festival. We are also stoked to be partnering with The Royal St Andrews Hotel, as well as with Sea Harvest for the Rip Curl events,” said Rip Curl South Africa CEO Stuart Daykin. “It’s also a great thing to have the positivity from the Kowie Boardriders behind the events and the very appreciated assistance of the NSRI at the surf competitions. Working with Surfing South Africa over the last two years with our GromSearch Series has been very successful and rewarding. Also, we are excited to introduce the Rip Curl Cup into the mix this year.”

For any queries about the Port Alfred Easter Festival, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Craig Jarvis at 082 376 4443 or email info@craigjarvis.co.za. Marketing and advertising opportunities are still available on the Port Alfred Easter Festival Platforms.

Port Alfred Tourism

The Port Alfred Easter Festival is supported by Port Alfred Tourism.

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.


About The Royal St Andrews Hotel

The historic Royal St. Andrews Hotel, Spa and Conference Centre has an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art conference centre and offers free high-speed WiFi throughout. The elegant rooms and suites at the hotel are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, private bathroom and tea-and-coffee-making facilities.

The Thistle Restaurant is ideal for intimate dinners or special occasions, serving fine cuisine and a good selection of South African wines. Locally crafted beer and traditional pub cuisine can be enjoyed at The Highlander Pub. Overlooking a courtyard and a garden, the casual Paper Nautilus Deli serves coffee and breakfasts.


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About Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.

Surfing South Africa is responsible for developing the sport, hosting National tournaments, sanctioning international events and selecting the national teams. This is for all disciplines that are part of SSA.

SSA is one of the 109 members of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. For more information about Surfing South Africa, go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za or on Facebook.

Rip Curl South Africa

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Port Alfred Tourism


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