Seal Point hosts Billabong Junior Series

Billabong Junior Series chmpions crowned at Seal Point, Cape St Francis

Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) on his way to clinching the U18 boys title at the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel at Seal Point on Sunday
Photo: Billabong / Thurtell

The 20th annual champions in the Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel were crowned at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday after the fourth and final event in 2017 series was completed in highly contestable 1 – 1.5 metre waves and glassy conditions.

Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) clinched the premier U18 boys’ and girls’ Billabong Junior Series titles which earned them each a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel. The same pair also topped the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior regional rankings lists and are the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions.

The U16 boys’ and girls’ series titles were won by Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London) respectively despite neither of them winning any of the four events. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) and Daniel Emslie (East London) each secured two event victories on their way to the U14 girls’ and boys’ series titles while Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek), the U12 boys’ series champion, won three of the four events in 2017

The seven finals run at Seal Point on Sunday produced phenomenal surfing with Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) capturing his first WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) men’s event victory after defeating Calvin Goor (Salt Rock). The lanky 18-year-old Capetonian posted a near perfect score of 9.0 out of ten plus three rides in the seven point range, the best of which was a 7.87, and his heat total of 16.87 left Goor still needing a 9.76 when time ran out.

Former Jeffreys Bay local Kai Woolf, now competing under the New Zealand flag, won both the JQS (U18) women’s event and the U16 girls’ division, delivering heat totals in the mid-teens in both finals. Woolf finished ahead of Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) in the one-on-one JQS final while Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) and Tayla de Coning (East London) challenged her throughout the U16 final.

Visiting French teenager George Pittar won the U16 boys’ title, relegating last year’s U14 boys’ winner Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) to the runner-up spot while Luke Thompson (Durban) and Zoe Steyn (East London) dominated today’s U14 boys and girls finals respectively.

Brazilian Ryan Kanailo was outstanding in the U12 boys’ final, earning a near perfect heat total of 18.70 out of 20 that left all three of his opponents needing to replace both their highest scoring rides in order to overtake him.

The highly anticipated VonZipper Air Show was staged after the finals and provided Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) with the chance to shine as he clinched the R2,000 winner-takes-all  prize purse for landing the best aerial manoeuvre.

Full results for all divisions can be found at and the heat scores, images and more JQS U18 men’s and women’s events can be found at

The Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel is supported by BOS, VonZipper, Zigzag, Surfing South Africa and the World Surf League.

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

2017 Final Series Rankings

U18 Boys
1st       Jake Elkington (Kommetjie)
2nd     Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)
3rd      Max Elkington (Kommetjie)

U18 Girls
1st       Sophie Bell (Salt Rock)
2nd     Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)
3rd      Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)

U16 Boys
1st       Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay)
2nd     Saxton Randall (Durban)
3rd      York van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie)

U16 Girls
1st       Tayla de Coning (East London)
2nd     Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga)
3rd      Summer Sutton (Kommetjie)

U14 Boys
1st       Daniel Emslie (East London)
2nd     Mitch du Preez (East London)
3rd      Luke Thompson (Durban)

U14 Girls
1st       Ceara Knight (Cape Town)
2nd     Zoe Steyn (East London)
3rd      Caroline Brown (Cape Town)

U12 Boys
1st       Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek)
2nd     C-Jay Posthumus (Port Elizabeth)
3rd      Kai Hall (Durban)

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel

Event #4 of 4 – Seal Point – Final Results

U/18 Boys
1          Ford Van Jaarsveld (Kommetjie) R8 000
2          Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) R4 000
=3        Luke Malherbe (East London) R2 500
=3        Mitch du Preez (East London) R2 500

U/18 Girls
1          Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R4 000
2          Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) R2 000
=3        Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R1 000
=3        Tayla de Coning (East London) R1 000

U/16 Boys
1          George Pittar (France) R2 000
2          Tide Lee Ireland (Durban) R900
3          Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) R600
4          Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) R500

U/16 Girls
1          Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) R2 000
2          Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) R900
3          Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) R600
4          Tayla de Coning (East London) R500

U/14 Boys
1          Luke Thompson (Durban) R2 000
2          Mitch du Preez (East London) R900
3          Daniel Emslie (East London) R600
4          Nate Spalding (Durban) R500

U/14 Girls
1          Zoe Steyn (East London) R2 000
2          Lhea Johnston (East London) R900
3          Caroline Brown (Cape Town) R600
4          Jesse Powell (Scottburgh) R500

U/12 Boys
1          Ryan Kainalo (Brazil) R1 000
2          Kai Hall (Durban) R450
3          Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) R300
4          Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth) R250

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000
Calvin Goor (Salt Rock)


More information and images are available at Billabong South Africa: Billabong Women’s South Africa:

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St Francis winners at Lilizela Awards

Lilizela Award winners – Beach Break & Chokka Trail

Fantastic news from the fourth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards held at a glittering event at the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday night where two local tourism entities walked away as national winners.

The first was in the accommodation category where for the second year in a row, Beach Break, a Cape St Francis Resort facility, won the “Shared Vacation Five-Star Accommodation” award.   Beach Break is made up of 5-Star luxury villas set on the edge of the dunes overlooking the pristine Cape St Francis beach between Seal Point and Shark Point Nature Reserves. The villas offer intimate world class bed & breakfast accommodation which has proven extremely popular with the many international tour groups that Cape St Francis Resort attracts to St Francis throughout the year thanks to their marketing efforts both in South Africa and abroad.

Commenting on the award Anita Lennox simply stated “all this would not be possible without dedicated and committed staff “.

Lilizela Award winner - Beach Break at Cape St Francis Resort

The second national award went to the Chokka Trail for “Best Visitor Beach Experience in South Africa”. This category recognises and rewards businesses that enable visitors to experience our beautiful beaches and the Chokka Trail certainly does.  Commenting on their Facebook page Chokka trail had this to say. “The Best Visitors Experience in SA… how amazing! Thank you to each member of this team”.

Lilizela Awards - Chokka Trail

Presenting the awards Minister of Tourism, Mr Derek Hanekom said this of the winners “”They offer the standard of service and quality of product that make the experience of every domestic and international tourist enjoyable and memorable. The National Lilizela Awards are the hallmark of excellence in our industry.”

The prestigious “Minister’s Award” a prestigious award that recognises tourism innovators and pioneers, went to renowned Mpumalanga artist, Esther Mahlangu. A previous Lilizela category winner in the Roots and Culture category, Mahlangu’s colourful Ndebele designs have been exhibited around the world and have graced global brands such as BMW, British Airways, Fiat and Belvedere luxury vodka, placing South African traditional art and design on the international map.

The 80-year-old Mahlangu joined Cape St Francis’ Beach Break, the Chokka Trail and 51 other national winners of the Lilizela Tourism Awards who travellers had voted the best of the best in various categories ranging from service excellence and entrepreneurship to sustainable development.

Lilizela Awards - Esther Mahlangu

Well done to both our winners for flying our St Francis flag high and proud for the world to see.

Lilizela Awards

Jordy Smith ‘drops in’ at Cape St Francis

Jordy Smith in Cape St Francis

Jordy Smith at Liquid Lines

Jordy Smith with St Francis College kids outside Liquid Lines in Cape St Francis – Photo by Lorrin Jarvis

South Africa surfing hero, Jordy Smith, snuck quietly into Cape St Francis yesterday just days after winning the last WSL contest at Trestles in California, a win that could see him win the title race if his European and Hawaiian legs are successful. He is presently lying in 4th position in the current world rankings

Jordy was totally under the radar on a photo shoot for an American Magazine and after surfing Seal Point, he had lunch at Liquid Lines where he met some St Francis College kids. Says Lorrin Jarvis whose son Rylan was one of the lucky kids to meet their hero, “ Jordy is a great chap. He had a chat to my son Rylan on the phone after his Trestles win so you can imagine how stoked Rylan was to meet him today!

Watch Jordy in the final at Trestles


Seal Point Boardriders Club Contest

Seal Point Boardriders Club Contest On This Sunday.

It’s all Seal Point on Sunday and DA Mayor Elect, Elza van Lingen will be visiting!

Seal Point Boardriders Club will be having their annual surf club contest this Sunday 7 August. The forecast looks good, the wind looks favourable, and we’re all set to go.

1. You can enter tomorrow or Saturday at the Billabong Surf Shop in St Francis Bay village, or you can enter on the day at the beach.

2. The tee-shirts will be available at the beach for all members who pay up for the year and who enter the contest. Thanks to Billabong for the tees. If you’re out of town and want to pay your membership for the year and get your club tees, it’s R100 per person per year. You can pay here eft

Standard Bank
account no. 186544065
branch no. 050015
account type. savings account.

Please use your full reference wen paying by EFT and mail the proof of payment, along with details like phone number, shirt size, age and whether you’ll be surfing on Sunday or not.

3. The contest will start at 8 am sharp. Don’t want to miss your heat. Talking about heats, the divisions are such:

  • U13 boys
  • U18 boys
  • Open men (18 – 35)
  • Men 35-45
  • Men 45-55
  • Men 55 and over
  • Kneeboarders. Should there not be enough kneeboarders to make up a heat, they will be surfing with their stand-up counterparts.
  • Open Longboaders expression session
  • Ladies. Should there be enough ladies entered we will divide this into a junior and a senior division.

After the contest we will go straight into a prize giving and AGM at Rock Lily. This will take place as soon as we gather at the pub. There are prizes for all finalists as well as a number of specialty prizes, all sponsored from the good people at Billabong.

In an exciting addition to the day’s proceedings, newly appointed Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen, a Seal Point local, will be popping in at the contest site at 11:30 am on Sunday to say hello. Her sons are keen surfers and she is delighted to be attending and supporting a local surf contest on her doorstep in what is going to be her first social outing as Kouga Mayor.

Please remember that this is a fun event, a day at the beach for local families, and we are all there to enjoy the day, get a few uncrowded waves and have a great time at our beach. Hope to see you all there.

If you have any queries about the event please mail club chairman John Elliot on

If you have any moans, gripes or complaints about the divisions, the late decision or anything else please email to state your case.