Liquid Lines a winner producing winners

What an absolute winner Haydyn and Maria Holmes have given the community in Liquid Lines. Not only is it producing some really fine swimmers but also for what it offers the St Francis community at large. No matter one’s age, Liquid Lines has a programme for almost every need. From youngsters learning to swim progressing to being able to compete their school gala to those who are now competing with great success in both national and international events, Liquid lines can boast some incredible achievements.

But Liquid Lines is not just about developing world champion swimmers for the facility offers something for almost every resident of the greater St Francis no matter age, gender, fitness level or physical impairment. Early morning training sessions are held most days of the week for those more accomplished swimmers but long ago retired from competitive swimming wanting to stay in competitive shape. Many of these swimmers can be found plying the canals of St Francis Bay on a Friday evening, a weekly event that is proving both popular and a social occasion. During the day lanes are open for those merely looking to do as many lengths of the pool to keep themselves active and fit with several of these swimmers being in their seventies. Growing in popularity are the morning Aqua Aerobics classes, an ideal way of toning up muscles and loosening tired joints even if swimming is not your thing.

Amica de Jaager

But back to the achievements of some of those who use Liquid Lines to keep themselves in top competition form. Most notable is Woodridge College student, Amica de Jager who is fast becoming a national star and who has already represented South Africa in Lifesaving at the World Lifesaving Championships. Amongst her many achievement was recently winning the log running River Mile (its 93rd running this year) after a week or so earlier having won the NMB 10-kilometre. On March 21 Amica again took top honours this time at the Jendamark Bellbuoy Challenge, considered one of the toughest ocean swims on the circuit, with her younger sister Chane finishing in fourth just ten second behind her older sibling. In the men’s division Hadyn swam into 4th place, second in age group.

Masters 4 x 100 relay bronze medalists

From left – Guest swimmer, Gary Millford, Paul Nicholson, John Wilson

Not to be outdone some of the older Liquid Lines swimmers got to stand on the podium at the 2017 Master Swimming Championships held in East London. Gary Millford, John Wilson and Paul Nicholson along with an honorary member for the day to make up four for the 4 x 100 metre relay took 3rd Spot. Well done guys. But the star of the Masters Event undoubtedly goes to Maria winning no less than FOUR GOLD Medals. What a champ!

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy

The “Kromme Enviro-Trust” (St Francis Bay) is fortunate to have Dr Colleen Ebersohn address a group at 15:30 on Wednesday 5th April at the Heritage Centre. Entrance is R50 and the talk to be followed by wine and snacks

Dr Colleen Ebersohn and her daughter Janet head up Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy. This is a family run business with Colleen and Janet as the directors. Both are very well educated and versed in the topic and have many years of experience in this field.

The discussion/talk is aimed at informing residents on Environmental Law within the Greater St Francis Bay area (how it affects you: when do you need an EIA, alien vegetation clearing and the integrated coastal management act). This promises to be a very informative and educational talk.

They will address the applicability of the EIA Regulations as per the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) as well as how to deal with transgressions of the NEMA. This talk will be of interest not only to all members of the public but architects, engineers, town planners, property developers, municipal officials and of course estate agents.

RSVP Yvonne Bosman by e-mail 042 294 0842 or 083 235 8278 for catering purposes.

Kromme Enviro Trust

Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel

Event:    Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel
Status: SAST 3A events for U16, U14, U12 and U10 Boys & Girls
Venue: Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth
Dates: 25-26 March 2017
Max Elkington (Kommetjie)

Max Elkington (Kommetjie) on his way to victory in the U16 Boys division of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel in Port Elizabeth on Sunday
Photo: Billabong / McGregor

Max Elkington Continues Winning Streak in Billabong Junior Series

Max Elkington continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national age group event title when he clinched the U16 Boys crown in the Billabong Junior Series presented All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean ‘wildside’ where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf.

Elkington, 15, caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong Junior Series event win, pocketing R1,200 and taking the early lead in the series rankings. Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce Du Preez (East London) and Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) who were third and fourth respectively.

In the U16 Girls’, Kayla Nogueira of Umhlanga turned the tables on S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu of Durban (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel where the winning points were scored on the last ride of the final. Tayla de Coning (East London) and Zoe Steyn (East London) took the minor places.

The U14 Boys was another tight affair with Daniel Emslie, up from the U12 division last year, found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding (Durban), Mitch du Preez (East London) and Travis Pearce (Kommetjie) finished in that order.

Kayla Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the U14 Girls division, winning each heat she contested including the final where she finished in front of Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) and Aimee du Preez (East London). Caroline Brown (Hout Bay) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two counting rides and she dropped from second to fourth place.

The U12 Boys title went to Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) who convincingly beat local pair Nathan Plomaritis and C-Jay Posthumus with Ethan Currin (East London) in fourth. The U12 Girls result was also affected by an interference call that saw Lisa van Heerden relegated to second spot behind winner Zia Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay), with Emma Bedser (East London) and Luanne Hurst (Cape Town) collecting third and fourth places.

The newly introduced U10 division was completed in tricky waves at the Pipe before the event was moved and was dominated by Sergio Nogueira (Umhlanga). Three East London surfers,Davey Emslie, Michael Russel and Josh Malherbe finished second to fourth in the youngest division in the series events, which is supported by Sea Harvest.

Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) boosted the best aerial manoeuvre during the VonZipper Airshow and took home R2,000 from the winner-takes all 30 minute heat, while Davey Emslie was awarded the Billabong Best Claim of the Contest and a hamper of Billabong products.

Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel – Event #1 – Port Elizabeth

Final Results

U/16 Boys    

  • Max Elkington (Kommetjie) R1,200
  • Eli Beukes (Kommetjie) R800
  • Bryce du Preez (East London) R600
  • Dillon Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) R400

U/16 Girls     

  • Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga) R1,100
  • S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) R750
  • Tayla de Coning (East London) R550
  • Zoe Steyn (East London) R350

U/14 Boys    

  • Daniel Emslie (East London) R1,200
  • Nate Spalding (Durban) R800
  • Mitch du Preez (East London) R600
  • Travis Pearce (Kommetjie) R400

U/14 Girls     

  • Kayla Nogueira (Umhlanga)  R1,200
  • Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) R750
  • Aimee du Preez (East London) R550
  • Caroline Brown (Hout Bay) R400

U/12 Boys    

  • Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek) R1,200
  • Nathan Plomaritis (Port Elizabeth) R800
  • C-Jay Posthumus (Port Elizabeth) R600
  • Ethan Currin (East London) R400

U/12 Girls     

  • Zia Hendricks (Jeffreys Bay) R1,000
  • Lisa van Heerden (Jeffreys Bay) R700
  • Emma Bedser (East London) R500
  • Luanne Hurst (Cape Town) R300


  • Sergio Nogueira (Umhlanga) R90
  • Davey Emslie (East London) R450
  • Michael Russel (East London)R350
  • Josh Malherbe (East London) R300

Full results and a photo gallery are available on

Special Awards

VonZipper Airshow – R2 000

Luke Slijpen (Llandudno)

Billabong – Best Claim of the Event – Product Hamper

Davey Emslie (East London)

See all the results and a gallery of images from the event at

The Billabong Junior Series is supported by All Aboard Travel, BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag.

The event is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the recognised governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa and a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Holiday at Victoria Falls with All Aboard Travel