Blazing Start To The JBay Winterfest

JBay Open Kicks Off With Excellent Surf

Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – incredible surf at Supertubes saw an exciting start to the JBay Open, the first event of the JBay Winterfest 2016.

Four to six-foot surf reeled down the famous point for the best surfers on the Samsung Galaxy Championship Tour, and a massive day of surfing took place, utilizing a full day of sunlight in the process.

J-Bay Open - Day 1

Perfect morning lines ©Kody McGregor

There were many top-end performances during the day, with former world champion surfers like Kelly Slater (USA), Mick Fanning (AUS) and Gabriel Medina (BRA) winning their first round heat, along with current world champion Adriano De Souza (BRA) and two times event champion Jordy Smith (ZAF).

“It’s great to be home, and to be experiencing things like cold conditions and the hot showers afterwards,” said Jordy Smith after his heat win. “It’s typical JBay, with wind and cold, but you just need to read the waves and pick the right ones.”

Jordy finding form

Jordy finding form ©Kody McGregor

JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA winner Steve Sawyer lost in his first round heat, and came up against current tour leader Matt Wilkinson in round 2. In the pouring rain it was the current tour leader who eliminated the wildcard from the event.

This Friday sees the Quiksilver JBay Junior Pro and the Roxy JBay Junior Pro kick off at Magnatubes. This three-day event will see the best junior surfers in the country battle it out, including the Junior Pro U18 divisions.

Sebastian Williams will be an event favourite

Sebastian Williams will be an event favourite © Luke Patterson

The Winter Musicfest kicks off this Friday 8 July as well, with the Jolly Dolphin hosting Timo ODV and PHFAT. Saturday 9 July will see Jack Parow headlining. Contact Jolly Dolphin for tickets on 042 239 2624, and tickets are also available at the door.

More details on the JBay Winterfest at

The JBay Winterfest is proudly presented by Woodlands Dairy.

Woodlands Dairy

Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter ChallengeThe 10th annual holding of this popular paddling race will be on Sunday 24 July at 10am. The start and finish will be at Quaysyde Restaurant, Seaglades Drive, where breakfast, coffee and lunch can be enjoyed while watching the paddling. The entry fee is R70 per paddler.

The race has been sponsored since inception by Pam Golding Properties, who have become synonymous with paddling in St Francis.

Because the race is held on the sheltered canals, it will go ahead in any weather conditions, and compliments the other paddling races hosted by St Francis Paddling Club during the year, namely the Pam Golding Properties King of the Kromme, held at Easter each year, and numerous surfski races we hold on the sea, most notably the Investec Sporty Anderson Surfski Challenge, held each year on 28 December.

Canal residents are asked to encourage paddlers coming past their houses, and if on their boats, to give way to the racing paddlers.

Lifejackets are not required, and beginners are welcome to enter the shorter 10km course. Even if they don’t finish, it might be the start of a long love affair with paddling!

It is a doubles race, with the prizes only for doubles, but singles are very welcome, as are K3’s.

As usual, Carbonology, the PE-based surfski manufacturer have sponsored a lucky draw, a Carbonology split paddle and cover, with a retail value of R2500.

The main event is the 20km long course, with a prizes as follows: 1st 2 x R750 plus trophy, 2nd R500 x 2, 3rd R250 x 2. The balance of the prizes are as follows for both the 20km and 10km race: 1st mixed double, 1st ladies double, 1st local double, 1st over 50’s double, 1st U18 double: a bottle of wine for each paddler.

Last year the race was won by the top combination in the Eastern Cape, national paddler Greg Louw, with stalwart Rob Welsh. In 2nd place were Clint Hempel and Phil Smith, and in 3rd place Richard von Wildemann and Richard Arderne.

2015-winners-Greg Louw and Rob Welsh with Richard-Arderne

2015 winners Greg Louw and Rob Welsh with Richard-Arderne

Wendy House for TB

The Health Committee of the Sea Vista Clinic have asked Lesley Moore,  to help them obtain a Wendy House, size 6m x 5m, for their T.B. patients.

There are a growing number of patients who suffer from the drug resistant strain of T.B. who have to attend the Sea Vista Clinic for treatment and they have to share the waiting room with other patients attending the Clinic.  This poses a huge problem as the drug resistant TB strain is highly infectious.

The Clinic staff would therefore be extremely grateful for the donation of a Wendy House that could be used as a waiting room for these patients.

Anyone who is able to help in this way can contact Lesley Moore on 042-294-1332 or 082-556-1050.

Many thanks,
St Francis Property Owners