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


Do yourself a favour

A really evil flu virus is doing its rounds

Apologies readers but some advice if we may – It’s that time of the year again when nasty bugs infest our bodies taking major toll on health, particularly the elderly.

This is a rather hastily put together newsletter today, a direct result of ignoring good advice to have a flu shot a couple of weeks back. We have all suffered flu from time to time but I must say this virus is flu on steroids. Having spent three days flat on my back with no sign of it letting up today it was indeed sage advice which I now regret not following.. Possibly my immune system was a little lowered by a short stay in hospital but if you haven’t yet, do yourselves a favour and visit your doctor or the pharmacy for a flu shot today.

Hopefully we will be up and running tomorrow so we can bring you some news on the amazing feats of the Liquid Lines swimmers.

Sending the news out a little earlier so I can crawl back into bed.

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy

Invitation to a discussion on the environmental legislation

Invitation to a discussion on the environmental legislation pertaining to properties in the greater st francis area.

This discussion is aimed at informing relevant stakeholders and the general public of the applicable Environmental Legislation pertaining to Erven and Houses that are for sale, being re-developed or constructed within Environmentally Sensitive Areas in the greater St Francis.

The discussion will include the following topics:

  • Alien Vegetation clearing including the clearing of erven
  • Applicable National Environmental Management Act ( NEMA) and EIA Process
  • Integrated Coastal Management Act


Venue: Heritage Centre
Date: 5/04/2017
Time: 15:30
RSVP: Yvonne Bosman or 083238278 (for catering purposes)

Kromme Enviro Trust

Let’s work together!

Let’s work together and forget the pettiness.

With the announcement in parliament that only nine percent of the 2017 / 18 budget will be spent on municipalities, possibly those opposed to the St Francis Property Owners SRA proposal should reconsider their NO votes and actively engage themselves in finding a way forward. Only those who choose to ignore the Minister’s assertions in his budget speech and Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen’s confirmations that priority will be the upliftment of the poorer areas of Kouga can be in any doubt that there is not going to a magic wand that will see the Kouga municipality finding the funding to address our deteriorating infrastructure.

St Francis Today was yesterday given a copy of a flier that is being distributed in St Francis soliciting property owners to reverse their YES vote. Considering the government’s decision is it not time that the anti SRA body reconsider and rather start working with the SFPO to find a solution to what realities are facing our little (affluent) hamlet. One would have to be without social conscience to ignore the plight of the poor for there is a growing restlessness throughout South Africa with the general feeling amongst the poor that nothing has changed since the demise of apartheid 22 years ago.

Certainly there may be flaws in the SRA proposal that need to be addressed but discounting it as unworkable is rather like burying one’s head in the sand. Leaving it to the politicians to solve is not going to work and if we are going to ignore the experience of well qualified business people and their well researched suggested solutions, who are we going to turn to. If nothing is done and the input of the present SFPO committee is totally ignored, their value may be lost to us forever. Like David Cameron resigning when he lost the Brexit vote, will this committee too decide to throw in the towel? And who of those so against the SRA are going to step into the void and fight for St Francis should these proven business leaders decide to step down.

This is not a pro SRA post but rather an appeal to forget the petty arguments and come together as a community and find solutions not only for St Francis but also for our close neighbours in Sea Vista.

The SRA is not about the canals, the spit and beachfront properties. It is about St Francis and our future. Maybe it is time to again read the SFPO “Vision 2030” document.

Bowls Pairs

Men’s and ladies Bowls Pairs

Men’s pairs and ladies pairs played this last weekend, Saturday and Sunday 11 and 12 March 2017 at St Francis bay Bowling Club.


Men’s pairs: Willie Louw, Toby Haring, ladies pairs: Jo Townend and Jo Allison.