Thank you

A big THANK YOU to St Francis residents

St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Logo

As always the greater St Francis community responded to the call for help and Liezl Clause manning the recently opened St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Command Centre at the Fire Station reported “response from the community was as usual great”.

Donation Drop Off Information:

Here are some extra drop-off points for donations. Tin food would be especially welcome to help in the days ahead.

* ST FRANCIS: The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group Command Centre at the St Francis Bay Fire Station in St Francis Drive.

* PORT ELIZABETH: The office of Ruby Steenkamp Brokers at Metropolitan Office Park, 281 Cape Road, Newton Park

These are in addition to:

* JEFFREYS BAY: Kouga Municipality, 33 Da Gama Road

* HUMANSDORP: Kouga Fire Department on the entry road from the N2 to Humansdorp

Financial Donations can be made to SF DVG to the following account:

Standard Bank
Branch: Humansdorp – 051001
Account #: 186512139

SFDVG ladies manning control centre

SFDVG ladies manning control centre to receive donations


Local wins JBU

Local surfer Dale Staples Wins The 2017 JBU Supertrial

JBU Supertrials Jeffreys Bay

In firing surf at Supertubes, Dale Staples from St Francis Bay won the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial by powering through some of the biggest and deepest barrels of the day. Staples was in rhythm with the ocean from the start, picking up all the best waves on his route to the final.

It was a cold and blustery JBay morning, but there were sets at first light and the contest organisers showed no hesitation in calling the event on. As the freezing offshore wind picked up, so the invited surfers hit the perfect lineup, with consistent six-foot waves pouring through.

Former Championship Tour surfer Greg Emslie was a surprise elimination from round one, after leading for most of the heat. Greg caught a particularly long wave, and after his final turn and kicking out, found himself facing a huge set in front of the reef.  “I got caught inside by a big set and pushed onto the reef,” said Greg. “By the time I surfaced from the first wave there was another one, and more behind it. I hit the reef again and eventually got washed all the way down and came in.”

Former event champion Dylan Lightfoot and defending champion Steven Sawyer did not disappoint however, and both won their first round heats. With a wildcard into the Corona Open JBay as well as $10k (R127k) up for grabs there were some determined performances in the breezy conditions with no one giving any quarter.

WQS competitor and perennial Supertubes standout Dale Staples from St Francis Bay shone during the first semifinal. With the swell still rising, Dale found some deep barrels, including one ridiculous 10-point barrel ride at the Impossibles section to emerge with a near-perfect heat score of 19.93 out of a possible 20 points, throwing away a 9.7 as his third wave.

“It’s really good to get such great waves for a contest,” said Dale after his heat. “That ten-pointer was a nice set wave. It looked like it was going to run off away from me, but it actually held all the way to the end.”

Staples continued his form all the way through to the final, which turned into a barrel frenzy as Supertubes, one of the best waves in the world, delivered wave after perfect wave throughout the afternoon. Staples jumped into the lead early on in the final with one incredible double tube ride, followed by a second high scoring ride, and his lead was unassailable from then on.

Mikey February from Cape Town has been having an excellent season but couldnt find the good ones out there and finished in fourth place. Local surfer Matt McGillivray had been looking good all event and some had him touted for the win, but he couldnt match Staples incredible tube riding. Former event champion, a fit and determined Dylan Lightfoot from JBay, found some of the biggest waves of the final, but was unable to string together enough combination moves to get close to Staples, who won the final with a comfortable lead.

“After I got that early one I was feeling really good, and it’s always great to bank a good score in the beginning, ” said a jubilant Staples on the beach afterwards. “Then I got that second nine, and I was stoked and hoping that it would just go flat.”

Dale Staples wins JBU Supertrial

Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen came down to support the event and to hand the winner’s trophy to Dale Staples, as runner-up Dylan Lightfoot cheers on. © Van Gysen

The wind was howling offshore the whole day, and quite a challenge for all competitors, but it actually worked for the victorious Staples.

“The wind was actually beneficial for me in this event,” said Staples. “It was like the wind was just holding the main barrel section up the whole day. Some of the barrels looked like they were going to shut down on you and then they just opened up in the wind.”

First prize in the JBU Supertrial consists of a wild card into the Corona Open JBay, $10k (R127k) as well as the valuable Championship Tour competitive experience that comes with it.

Kouga Mayor Elza Van Lingen was in attendance at the event and was rapt with the action in the water. “I’m so proud of all the surfers in he competition, and proud of the fact that we were able to host such an amazing contest,” said Van Lingen. “There is nowhere else in the world where we can run such an event, and I can’t wait for this all to happen again when the JBay Winterfest comes to the town of Jeffreys Bay next month. I hope to see you all there.”

The Corona Open JBay has a waiting period from 12th – 23rd July, and is part of the JBay Winterfest.

Final Results:

  1. Dale Staples (St Francis Bay).
  2. Dylan Lightfoot. (JBay).
  3. Matt McGillivray (JBay).
  4. Mikey February (Kommetjie).


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The JBU Supertrial is co-sponsored by RVCA. is the media partner.


The JBU Supertrial is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, the recognised governing body for the sport in South Africa.

About Surfing South Africa

SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

The JBU Supertrial also is sanctioned by the World Surf League (WSL).

About the World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL), formerly the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP), is dedicated to celebrating the world’s best surfing on the world’s best waves through a variety of best-in-class audience platforms. The League, headquartered in Santa Monica, is a truly global sport with regional offices in Australasia, Africa, North America, South America, Hawaii, Japan and Europe.

For more information contact the event organiser

Koffie Jacobs –

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College Sport

St Francis College vs Greenwood Bay Annual Fixture

St Francis College (SFC) has an annual home and away fixture with Greenwood Bay College of Plettenberg Bay for their Under 11 and Under 13 pupils. On 17 and 18 February this year, the SFC summer tour was held at GBC where the boys played cricket and the girls played beach volleyball on the first day with a swimming gala taking place on the second day.

The follow-up fixture took place on 2nd and 3rd June when GBC visited SFC in St Francis. The boys played soccer and the girls played netball on the first day, and the under 13 boys and girls played hockey on the second day.

Our Under 11 soccer boys beat GBC by 3-0 while our Under 13 boys drew 2-2 in a nail biting match. The netball girls didn’t fare quite as well with the Under 11 netball girls losing 5-8 while our Under 13 girls lost 0-8.

In the hockey on the second day, our 1st team girls beat GBC by 5 goals to 3 after trailing 1-2 at one stage. The 1st team boys had a similar experience, after trailing 1-2 at half time, they rallied together in a clinical second half display to win by 5-2.

A Burgers and Bingo Evening at Port St Francis Ski Boat and Yacht Club followed the first day’s matches to give pupils and parents of both schools an opportunity to set aside the competition and enjoy some social interaction.

SFC Head, Franzyl Bause is deeply committed to continue with this tradition.  “I was really proud of the grit shown by both our hockey teams and the exhilarating senior soccer match. Our netball girls continue to improve and displayed the same ‘never say day attitude’ of their hockey counterparts.

Compliments must go to GBC Head Luke Perkins and Chad Wright (GBC Sport Head) and their friendly, engaging pupils. We look forward to our 2018 fixtures,” he said.

St Francis College sport fixture

Pic : GBC and SFC Under 13 Netball girls played in fine spirit

Article & Photo – Lyn Aitken