The Oakley X Over is heading for J-Bay

Oakley X Over presented by Seartec Countdown Starts


The Oakley X Over event, a celebrity crossover tournament, is heading for JBay. Taking place during the JBay Winterfest, this massively popular event is going to be bigger and better this year, with a select new crew joining the tournament.

First time starters this year include Jean De Villiers, Schalk Burger, Seabelo Senatla, Nick De Witt, Giniel De Villers and Kerim Fitzgerald. Former Springbok winger and one of the fastest men to have played on the wing, Tonderai Chavhanga, has also been given a wildcard into this year’s event.

The event takes place on 13 – 14 July and it consists of a 9-hole golf tournament, a 15 km mountain bike race and a surfing contest, a challenging combination of disciplines for the invited athletes.

Endurance trail runner Ryan Sandes might have incredible fitness and stamina, but his biggest challenge is playing a round of golf. MMA fighter Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, the two-time EFCAfrica champion and EFC worldwide champion, might be one of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, but it is a whole new world for him to get on a board and go surfing.

Apart from the new faces, this third edition of the event has many of the old regulars returning for their chance at snagging the X Over trophy. Jordy Smith, John Smit, 2014 winner Butch James, Dale Steyn and Ruan De Smidt will all be returning, along with the previously mentioned Ryan Sandes and Soldierboy McLellan.

Soldierboy is adamant that this is going to be his year.
“Three times the charm,” reckoned Soldierboy when contacted about his training regime for this year’s event. “We’re seeking a better performance this year, and let it be known, Soldierboy is winning something. I don’t know what it is but I am winning.”


Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan © Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

One of the competitors is usually a standout in the surfing leg of the event and that is Championship Tour surfer Jordy Smith. Returning for his 3rd year at the Oakley X Over, Smith has been working hard at his golf game in preparation for the tournament.

“The Oakley X Over is always such a great event to attend and I look forward to it every year,” said Smith. “I’m always in town for the JBay Open, and it’s great to hang with the Oakley X Over crew as it is such a fun contest with a really good vibe.”

Jordy Smith

Jordy Smith – healthy and uninjured. ©Kolesky/Nikon/Lexar

The Oakley X Over presented by Seartec takes place on 13 and 14 July, and forms part of the JBay Winterfest.

The JBay Winterfest presented by Woodlands Dairy is set to take place from 6-17 July, and will comprise the Oakley X Over, the JBay Open WSL Championship Tour surfing event, The Quiksilver Junior surfing events, extreme trail running, mountain biking, fishing, music, a kite festival, open water swim events and much more. For more info go to
The Oakley X Over event hashtag is #XOVER16
The JBay Winterfest hashtag is #JBaywinterfest

Oakley X Over Powered by Seartec and Sharp
Major sponsors: Jeep, ID Construction, JBay Winterfest, Kalas Sportswear and Corona.
Partners: Red Bull, Digicape, GoPro, Skull Candy, Giant Bicycles, Swanlite and Red-e.
For more info contact: Seth Hulley – e. t. 021 4866100
For media enquiries contact: Craig Jarvis – e. t. 082 376 4443

More on our local farm animals & speeding

Several things came out of yesterday’s post on the farm animals wandering our town and the R330. That something has to be done is without question for certainly they are a danger to motorist, particularly on the R330 not only adjacent the informal settlement but all the way to the turn-off to the dump site. That they wander the village tearing up gardens too is unacceptable but as tated yesterday, nothing is likely to happen before the Municipal Elections in August for the Kouga Municipality certainly won’t want to upset potential voters. Suggestions from painting the animals with fluorescent paint to confiscating the animals and having them killed were among the suggestions. Another suggestion maybe  is that the council fence off the land on the R330 adjoining the informal settlement but whilst this may reduce on this dangerous stretch of road it would not stop the animals wandering into the town and onto the road at other points. A comment by Willie Uys really says it all “We live in South Africa where we have the best Laws and Constitution but there is no will to apply these”. And herein lies the problem. The council no doubt knows what they have to do but do not have the will to get it done. Willie goes on to suggest that the area from the bridge be declared a “No Tolerance Zone”. We have to, no matter how unacceptable, accept that the farm animals are going to be with us in the foreseeable future. Possibly the Municipality could consider monitoring the section of road where the greatest threat exist and fine the owners or confiscate animals wandering on the road. In addition they should, as suggested, alter the speed limit in the area and monitor this too. Those speeding in this high risk area would probably  raise sufficient funds to pay for the transporting of confiscated animals to the Patensie animal pound considering as to how many drivers totally ignore the speed limit. On the subject of speeding, is the road from the temporary bridge (wonder whatever happen to the new bridge they were going to build last year) to Sea Vista not a 60K zone, the whole way? Willy’s suggestion of “No Tolerance Zone” would of course apply to speedsters! Other comments wrote of the necessity of the intersection of the R330 and the entrance to St Francis College and possibly urgent consideration should be given to ensuring our children are not in danger. Possibly the speed limit should be reduced from the present 120kph to 80 for 300 meters either side of this junction. (Thanks for bringing this hugely important matter up Dagmar). St Francis Today would like to thank all those who made comment and ask you to continue for St Francis is not only about news but also about raising awareness of problems in thee greater St Francis. Should you have any matters you would like St Francis Today to cover in our daily let  us know by e-Mailing us Yesterday’s comments can be read at the bottom of yesterday’s article “Cows, Pigs and Goats Posing a Danger on the R330”.

FOSTER needs your support


Funding appeal for fire hazard reduction: Golf Day at ST Francis Bay

Friends of the St Francis Nature Areas (FOSTER is a non-governmental organization that has been in existence for 20 years. The major objective of FOSTER is the management of a network of some 250 ha of nature reserve on behalf of the Kouga Municipality and Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency.

To date FOSTER has cleared these reserves of highly inflammable invasive alien plants (principally Acacia cyclops or rooikrans), established a system of peripheral and interior access routes for firefighting, established a network of footpaths and implemented a wide range of outreach programmes. These activities are described on our website.

In order to conduct these activities, FOSTER needs to raise funds from the public since local and provincial government do not have the capacity to manage these reserves nor do they provide FOSTER with any funding. Over the past seven years, FOSTER has raised R1.2 million to finance its activities. The accounts of the organization are in good order and FOSTER is registered with SARS as a public benefit organization.

We believe that the routine and ongoing management by FOSTER to remove invasive alien plants, manage and implement access routes for fire control, and implement controlled burns for fuel reduction, has greatly reduced the fire hazard in the Greater Cape St Francis area. In addition to managing its reserve network, FOSTER has played a catalytic role in recruiting Working for Water to clear alien vegetation on other public and private land in an around St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis. These properties include the “Thatch Farm” immediately west of Santareme Bay and Rocky Coast Farm that abuts Cape St Francis. Without these interventions, the fire damage of homes in the region would have been massive.

The recent fires in our region have placed a great burden of FOSTER to implement activities to reduce the fire hazard in the future. These include the removal of many tons of dead plant material that accumulated with the widening of fire access routes, and the control of the massive recruitment of seedlings of alien rooikrans plant that will ensue following the winter rains.

FOSTER has estimated a budget of R150 000 to implement these activities. We are appealing to individuals and organization to donate generously to the upcoming golf day in order to contribute to our efforts to reduce the future threat of fire-related damage and destruction of properties in the Greater Cape St Francis area.