Monster Expression Session presented by Zigzag

Ballito – The Monster Expression Session presented by Zigzag at this year’s Ballito Pro will once again grab the attention of all the beachgoers on final’s day. Set to go down just before the main event finals – with R20,000 up for grabs – this heat is bound to have the spectators in Ballito cheering.

Eight of South Africa’s finest will be invited to compete in the Expression Session, and it’s a winner-takes-all format  for the biggest punt. Nothing like a quick R20k to boost the travel coffers for a one – hit move. The judges will be looking for innovation, flair, height, technique and originality amongst other criteria in order to award the prize. ‘Biggest air’ wins on the day.

Outside the constraints of competition structures, an Expression Session always bring out the most outrageous and innovative surfing from those entered. The Expression Session format allows for total freedom, and as a result sees some of the most radical surfing going down.

During the day, the public can enter to win one of the three custom-shaped surfboards by guessing the winning surfer. The winning surfer will select three names from the entries that voted for him.

Last year’s winner Beyrick de Vries

“A lot of the QS 1,000’s that we compete in give you the opportunity to get points, but they don’t offer the money to get to events that you want to compete in overseas to use those points,” said previous winner De Vries. “A contest that offers R20,000 is so great financially, and even more so in that it is a good way to hype the South African surfers, and give them a chance to further their careers.”

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill takes place from 1-7 July, with the Monster Expression Session pres. by Zigzag taking place on the final day of competition.

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The price of wonderful rains – Potholes

After all the wonderful rain over the past weeks negotiating the roads in Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay to avoid destroying a tyre or two has become a test of one’s driving skills. Of course our villages are not the only ones to suffer the consequence of having lovely green lawns and flowering gardens for it would appear many villages, towns and cities in the country suffers similar pothole ‘epidemics’ some even graduating to sinkhole status.

Hopefully our good council will get around to filling the potholes ASAP but one can understand that the ‘pothole gangs’ will be hard pressed throughout the Kouga region for no doubt the problem in widespread in the region.

Of course Social Media is sure to light up with the uninformed and the anti-SRA brigade complaining as to why the SRA is not filling potholes instead of wasting money beautifying entry to the town. So if you are one of those about to throw you insults at the SRA let us help educate and hopefully prevent Mr Zuckerberg’s Facebook web servers suffering a meltdown from the overload of comment.

As set out in all the documentation on roads contained on St Francis Property Owners NPSC website, their Facebook page and at AGM in December, the SRA funds will be used for major projects only. Everyday maintenance and general upkeep of the roads and verges still remains the responsibility of the municipality for that is what part of what the rates you pay are for.

The SRA road projects are a long term process and will make improvements where the municipality simply does not have available funds and are unlikely to have in the coming decade or two as they do their best to improve the lives of the underprivileged and hopefully do away with the awful bucket system sooner rather than later.

Possibly to explain what the SRA plans have afoot for the coming decade the artist impressions set out below will give readers a better understanding of how it will benefit and beautify our town. Of course there will be those who ask why as some have commented about the waste of improving the entrance. Hopefully there attitude to the improvements don’t mean they don’t mow their lawns and generally keep their own property neat and tidy.

Top Bands Confirmed For Corona JBay Open

The four headline acts confirmed so far for the Vibe In The Park free music sessions at the JBay Winterfest 2019 are Desmond And The Tutus, Jeremy Loops, Easy Freak and Matthew Mole. Other acts include World Of Birds, The Steezies along with a host of local bands.

Desmond and the Tutus is one of South Africa’ favourite bands, and they always have an electric live performance. As one of the headliners, this band had the crowd enjoying their performance last year, and will be strutting their stuff during the Vibe In The Park sessions this year. Lead singer Shane Durrant loves what he does, and it is always a tight and exhilarating performance when he gets going. The band has been around since 2005 and has grown more and more popular over the last 14 years.   

Apart from his popular songs getting massive airplay, and the fact that he surfs, the one-man modern folk band that is Jeremy Loops is also often in the media for his approach to being environmentally conscious and looking after the planet. His most recent album, ‘Critical as Water’ deals with the environment and the water crisis that faces many. A larger than life character, his single, Waves, shows the singer showing some nice style on a few clean waves up north.

Jeremy Loops surfing video ‘Waves.’

Award-winning singer Matthew Mole is another very popular artist that will be performing at the music sessions, and he too has a huge following in the country. Combining folk music with electronic, his unique sounds captivate his audience wherever he performs and he has a number of rousing songs in his catalogue. He’s also a secret bowls fan, so maybe he’ll go along to the JBay Winterfest Bowls Tournament, happening at the JBay Bowling Club on 4-7 July.

The acts will all take place between two and eight o’clock at the Supertubes Park, so that everyone can gather in the late afternoon and enjoy the vibes.

Both The Steezies and World Of Birds performed last year at the Corona JBay Open, with World Of Birds playing an impressive gig, and with frontman Nic Preen particularly striking. Hailing from Cape Town and the surfing Preen family, this band has dedicated fans and followers and their performances are always packed.

World Of Birds © Kody McGregor

Easy Freak is a Durban band that has been blowing up this year and will be a welcome addition to the sunset sessions.

The performances forms part of the JBay Winterfest, which runs from 6 – 22 July. The anchor event of the festival is the Corona JBay Open Championship Tour surfing event for both men and women.

The 2019 JBay Winterfest is going to be a hive of activity, with something for everyone. There will be public shuttles from the event site into town, there will be signings with the best surfers in the world, free music sessions in the evenings, and the entire event site is a plastic-free zone.

The JBay Winterfest is sponsored by Kouga Municipality and Howler – cashless event solutions.
More information on the JBay Winterfest can be found at
The event hash tag is #jbaywinterfest

The JBay Winterfest social media channels: – Website:  –  Facebook:

  –   nstagram: @jbaywinterfest

For JBay Winterfest information contact  –  Koffie Jacobs  –

Media enquiries:  –  Craig Jarvis  –   –  082 376 4443 

Monster Cash Up at the Ballito Pro 2019

Ballito – The surfing that will go down at the Ballito Pro 2019 will be high-performance, radical and fast, with all surfers wanting to get a share of the prize money as well as those vital points available at a QS 10,000 event.

The WSL judging criteria, focused around speed, power and flow, is what the competing surfers need to adhere to in order to get the big points and beat fellow competitors. Sometimes this type of surfing is exciting and dynamic and good to watch, but at times the surfing spectator needs more.

Acknowledging that sometimes the best surfing takes place outside of the constraints of competitive surfing, and heat surfing, Monster and Zigzag have come to the party this year to reward surfing in Ballito, but outside of the contest heats.

Monster and Zigzag will be rewarding the free surfing that takes place before and after the contest with cold, hard cash. Zigzag will be scouting the most explosive surfers and maneuvers outside of the contest heats, and award the best wave ridden before and after the contest runs.

Monster and Zigzag will be giving away R1 500, along with a Groundswell Surf Store voucher, per session to the best wave surfed during the free surf session for the last five days of competition, open to anyone in the line-up after the last heat of the day finishes.

Check out some of last year’s winning entries:   


Krystian Kymerson

Jadsen Andre

Shane Sykes

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Why has there been no EIA on Sea Vista informal settlement?

A link to an article published in the Daily Maverick a couple of weeks back sent in by reader Shirley Cowling over the weekend prompted this post as a follow up to our blog post on Friday

Environmental Impact Assessment or EIA is a well-known acronym to most of us in St Francis. We heard it used regularly when Eskom was trying to push Thyspunt down our throats, we heard it used as a reason for the delays during the reconstruction of the Sand River bridge, often used in almost all the SRA’s efforts to repair the beach, spit and river. Recently for the proposed development on the old vineyard site and even a few individual property owners have been required to have an EIA before any construction can commence on their new homes.

The International Association for Impact Assessment defines EIA as “the process for identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social and other relevant effects of development proposals, prior to taking major decisions or commitments made”

So following on from our blog post on Friday, if EIA’s are so necessary for virtually any use of land how can the present expansion of the informal settlement, now almost surrounding Sea Vista, be allowed to expand without DEDEAT being involved?  If DEDEAT’s only involvement is to assess the social implications  the expanding informal settlement is having on the formal residents of our township it must be called in. Undoubtedly there will be other aspects for them to to consider but the social impact must be assessed for the human impact is simply cannot be ignored.

Possibly the municipality is unable to intervene for much of the development is on state land but the Mayor must surely be able to call in, if not the state or province, then certainly DEDEAT.

The social implications are already evident with growing crime, drug abuse, unemployment and more seriously, education. The new primary school already bursting at the seams with overcrowded classrooms surely cannot be expected to provide the levels of teaching required to educate the new generation.

Below is a links to and interesting article on EIA’s and that appeared in the Daily Maverick. It has nothing to do with the above it does give a deeper insight into EIA’s and it deals in detail with the recent Inyanda-Roodeplaat EIA which some will remember was connected to the Watson family of BOSASA fame or rather infamy.