Matt McGillivray Finishes Third in Chile – Jumps to No. 33 on QS Rankings

Jeffreys Bay Local now Highest Ranked South African on QS Leaderboard

  • Misses Opportunity to Defend Title at Vans Surf Pro Classic in Lamberts Bay this Weekend

South Africa’s Matthew McGillivray earned an equal 3rd place at the QS3,000 rated Heroes de Mayo Iquique Pro in Chile on Sunday, collecting 1,680 precious points to jump 25 places to No. 33 on the latest World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rankings.

Pictured: South Africa’s Matt McGillivray boosts his way to an equal 3rd place at the Heroes de Mayo Iquique Pro in Chile
Credit: © WSL / Diaz

The Jeffreys Bay local, who ended 2018 ranked No 30, the highest by a South African, was the country’s only representative in the event and progressed through four rounds before being defeated by eventual runner-up, Dean Bowen from Australia.

The event was won by Brazilian Joao Chianca who outpointed Bowen in a high-scoring final to claim his maiden QS event title.

McGillivray has stayed in Chile to compete in the QS3,000 Maui & Sons Arica Pro at the break known as El Gringo which is acknowledged as one of the most challenging venues on the QS with its powerful, hollow waves, shallow reef and proximity to the rocky shoreline.

He will therefore miss out on the opportunity to defend the title he won at the Vans Surf Pro Classic which gets underway in the high performance waves of YoYo’s in Lamberts Bay on Friday and runs until Sunday.

The fourth annual Vans Surf is Stop No. 5 of 8 on the 2019 WSL Africa QS Tour and features QS1,500 Men’s, QS1,000 Women’s and JQS1,000 Junior Men’s events which have attracted nearly 100 top South African and international competitors  to the fishing village on the West Coast of South Africa

The likes of 2018 runner-up Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), 2016 event winner Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), perennial standout Davey van Zyl (Glenashley) and reigning WSL Africa Men’s Champion Adin Masencamp (Strand), who is currently ranked No. 38 on QS leaderboard, will be hoping to take advantage of McGillivray’s absence to boost their rankings with the 1,500 points awarded to the winner.

A strong contingent of international women will again make it difficult for their South Africans counterparts to clinch their first victory at Lamberts Bay. Basque surfer Ariane Ochoa showed her skills by winning the second stop on the WSL Africa Tour in Port Alfred last month, while Japan’s Ren Hashimoto, Nao Omura and Hinako Kurokawa are the top three seeds, followed by WSL Africa champ Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) at No. 4.

Eli Beukes (Kommetjie), who grew up in Lamberts Bay, will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories after winning the Junior Men’s title last year. He will be pushed all the way by fellow Capetonian Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Durban’s Luke Thompson (Durban) and emerging talent Thomas Lindhorst (East London), all four of whom are just 350 points apart on the regional rankings.

More information is available at and where the scoring can be followed live during the event


Jordy Smith A Top Contender for the Corona JBay Open 2019

The Corona JBay Open, South Africa’s only World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) event is fast approaching, and the best competitive surfers in the world are starting to make their respective moves for the 2019 world title race. The Corona JBay Open is a pivotal event, coming in mid-way through the year-long tour, and a win in JBay could very easily set a competitor up for a world title going into the back half of the year.



Currently rated sixth on the Jeep Leaderboard – the rankings board for the Men’s Championship Tour – Durban-born Jordy Smith is looking like a very strong contender for a big result in JBay. Jordy has been in serious focus for 18 months now, working on fitness, diet and technique, in a serious bid for a world title, and his form is evident that he has what it takes to secure a win in JBay.

He also has an excellent record at JBay. In his first event as a CT rookie in 2006 Jordy was unstoppable and it looked likely to be a rookie victory, a rare feat in the world of professional surfing. Surfing against Taj Burrow in the semi-final, Jordy needed good score to oust Taj, and he picked up a bomb towards the end of the heat. Nerves got to him however, and he fell on his last turn, losing to the Australian by 0.5 of a point, and placing third in the final results.

In 2010 he pushed it further and took the win, defeating Australian Adam Melling in the final with some huge aerial turns in small surf. He repeated this in 2011, this time beating four times event champion and three times world champion Mick Fanning from Australia in the process.

Last year Jordy looked like he was lining up for another victory, with some amazing performances throughout the day, but Wade Carmichael from Australia eliminated him in the semi-finals.

Jordy in bail for the Corona Bali Protected © WSL/Dorsey

Jordy has often stated that JBay is his favourite wave, and the town is his favourite stops on the tour, and he always enjoys vocal support from the home crowds. “It’s amazing to surf here in front of the crowds and fans,” said Jordy after last year’s event. “You can hear them cheering you, as you take off, and it kind of energizes you and makes you want to surf better. Sometimes, while you’re actually riding a wave, the cheering quietens a bit, like when you pull into a barrel or something, but then it all comes pouring through again when you finish your ride.”

Jordy also acknowledged that the local support gave him so much drive last year. “When you have your friends and your family watching and supporting, it’s a great feeling,” said Jordy.

There is also the possibility of Smith representing South Africa in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. If he continues to perform at his current level, maintains a top 10 ranking and fulfils certain other qualification criteria, then he could be eligible to qualify for the Olympic team and compete at this level.

The Corona JBay Open is the anchor event for the JBay Winterfest, and takes place from 9 – 22 July.

More information on the JBay Winterfest can be found at
The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest
The JBay Winterfest social media channels:

Instagram: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact – Koffie Jacobs –

Media enquiries: – Craig Jarvis – – 082 376 4443 

Borehole success at Hankey and Patensie

Kouga Municipality is another step closer to achieving water security for the communities of Hankey and Patensie.


In spite of good rains our major dams are still below the 50% mark  with Kouga Dam at 45% and Impofu at 25% and we are in our dry season so we need to make every effort to save water.

Back to Hankey & Patensie … 

“Groundwater exploration in and around the towns has finally borne fruit and the municipality will soon start equipping and connecting boreholes to the water treatment works,” Executive Mayor Horatio Hendericks said.

“Our hope is that the combined yield will be sufficient to stop water rationing, a measure we were forced to take when the national Department of Water and Sanitation cut the quota from the Kouga Dam to both towns.

“While the quota is under review, early indications are that the national Department will not be increasing the allocation.

“This means alternative sources must be secured and developed to augment the supply to the towns and bring an end to watershedding.”     

The municipality last year secured more than R41-million from the Provincial Disaster Relief Fund for groundwater and borehole development at Patensie and Hankey.

“Three boreholes were drilled in Patensie. Two boreholes delivered good blow yields of 20l/s and 40l/s while the salinity of the water is also at an acceptable level,” Hendricks said.

“Pump tests are currently under way and we are awaiting the detailed data analysis.

“The next step will be equipping and connecting the boreholes to the Patensie water treatment works, situated about 1,3km from the site.”

According to the Mayor, finding viable groundwater sources at Hankey had proven far more challenging.

“Our exploration team initially focused their efforts on municipal land to the south of Hankey. Four exploration boreholes and one production hole were drilled, but the results were disappointing.

“They then moved their focus to the neighbouring property, which is privately owned. A total of 17 exploration and five production holes were drilled, with the latter delivering promising blow yields of up to 21l/s,” he said.

“As with Patensie, the results of the pump tests are being awaited. The next step will be equipping and connecting the boreholes to the Hankey water treatment works, situated about 12km away from the site.”

He said the municipality’s legal team was drafting an agreement between the municipality and land-owner for the drilling of boreholes for municipal use while servitude rights were also being formalised.

“We are very pleased that we will soon be in a position to break Hankey and Patensie’s dependency on the Kouga Dam.

“Despite the dam being situated in Kouga, it belongs to the national Department of Water and Sanitation and is also used to provide water to the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro,” he said.

“As a result, it is not managed in the best interest of the Hankey and Patensie communities. This has led to an intolerable situation, both for Kouga Municipality and the communities we are sworn to serve.”

Water restrictions are still in place and in spite of good rains our major dams are still below the 59% mark.