Road Works Warning – St Francis Bay

Warning – Road Works!

Please note that there will be partial closures of the entrance road (one lane closed and either Lyme Road North or Lyme Road South) next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (8, 9 & 10 July) to allow the contractor to undertake / remedial works for defective workmanship.

This is at the contractors own expense.

Please use Homestead or Tarragona Roads alternatives where possible.

All inconvenience is regretted.


JBay Winterfest 2019 All Set For 6 July Start

The 2019 edition of the JBay Winterfest is set to begin, and the town of Jeffreys Bay is gearing up for visitors and spectators alike. Professional surfers have started arriving in town, and the likes of two times Corona JBay Open event champion Jordy Smith has already been spotted enjoying the waves of Supertubes. It’s a great time of year for surf  and this contest is one of the few that always seems to get blessed with good waves.

The JBay Winterfest 2019 will start with the inaugural Winterfest Bowls Tournament. With prize money totaling R64,000 and 36 teams entered, this will be an exciting launch into the Winterfest event lineup. The Bowls Tournament is hosted by Jeffreys Bay Bowling Club, and is a four-day event, culminating on 7 July.

This weekend will also see the Fishing Skins Tournament take place down at Kabeljous. With R3,000 up for grabs every hour, as well as a number of other prizes, the Fishing Skins tournament will be featuring some enthusiastic entrants, all wanting his or her share of the prize-pool. This Skins Fishing is always massively popular and the competitors are a hardy bunch, not detered by trivialities like bad weather.

The Endurade JBay X Trail Run – a compact stage run – will commence on the morning of Saturday 6 July. This run has three stages of 20km, all in quick succession, with competitors running the first stage on the Saturday morning, the second stage on Saturday night, and the third stage on the Sunday morning. Intense running and a beautiful route will ensure an awesome event. The entry for the Endurade JBayX Trails Run has increased year-on-year and this year will see the bigest turn-out so far.

Endurade JBay X TRail Run © Kody McGregor

The Winterfest Comedy Fest kicks off this evening at the Bay Pasta Co. at 34 Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Bay. Tonight will see Gino Fabbri get us laughing, and the show starts around 8pm. For bookings please contact Sonya on 042 293 3564 or 078 087 2806. Alternatively mail her on Tonight’s show is R100 / ticket. Other comedians and acts include Melt Sieberhagen and Barry Hilton, as well as magician Brendon Peel. Dates and times for the Winterfest Comedy Fest can be found here –

The Funduro Moto X session is all set for Saturday 6 July, with many more activities taking place over the weekend. It is a Fun Ride and that no competitor licenses or club memberships are needed. Riders of all levels together with family and friends are welcome. The event will take place at “Seaview Adventure Farm”, just above the Mondplaas petrol Garage on the R102. Entries are R250pp, and this is an event that is great fun for the whole famiy to attend. There is also the famous Slake Pit obstacle course that impresses the crowd every year.

The Corona JBay Open will start on 9 July, and at this stage there are great waves forecast for the first couple of days of competition. A large storm moving up the coast is going to generate clean, offshore surf that will be arriving on time for the first day of the waiting period. Current World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) ratings leader John John Florence from Hawaii has withdrawn from the event due to injury, and will most likely sit out the rest of the season. His injury – the activation of an old injury – flared up at the Recent Oi Rio Pro where he had to withdraw, having already advanced al the way through to the quarterfinals. It was diagnosed as a ruptured ACL and he will be undergoing surgery.

John John Florence in action in Rio, before his injury ©WSL/Dunbar

His withdrawal from the event will make a drastic change to the ratings, with world number two surfer Kolohe Andino claiming the Yellow Jersey for the Corona JBay Open. The title race will now open up, as Florence had a substantial lead over the rest of the field.

We have developed a very cool JBay Winterfest app and we want you to have a look at it. Download the free JBay Winterfest app and stand a chance of winning a very cool R15k surf hamper. This amazing prize comprises a Firewire Slater design Gamma surfboard, a Vissla North Seas wetsuit, a Firewire Slater design traction pad and a Firewire Slater design leash. Available on both Android and iOS.

Media enquiries: –  Craig Jarvis – – 082 376 4443 

Big Wins and Tough Losses in Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill

BALLITO, KWADUKUZA, KwaZulu-Natal/South Africa – There were big wins and tough losses in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill at Willard Beach, Ballito on Wednesday. Organisers and competitors were greeted with clean but small 0.5 – 1 metre (2-3ft) waves for Day 2 of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event.

Two-time event winner Jordy Smith (Durban) won his opening heat to advance to the next round in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill.
Credit: WSL/Janssens

Former two-time event winner (2010 and 2017) and local favourite Jordy Smith (Durban), who is currently fourth on the World Tour rankings, was happy to get the win in his first heat against Luel Felipe (BRA), Ramzi Boukhaim (MOR) and Imaikalani deVault (HAW). Smith was surfing incredibly loose and fast on the small waves, and secured victory in the last few seconds, going to the air after two strong turns for a 7.77 to bring his total to 14.50.

“It’s always good to be here for this event, halfway through the year it just helps me refuel my soul and give me enough energy to go into the back half of the year,” said Smith.

It was a tough day for fellow countrymen Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffrey’s Bay) and Jake Elkington (Kommetjie), both failing to progress through to the next round. Two more South Africans, David van Zyl (Durban) and Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), are yet to surf their first heats in the event.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), the 2015 WSL World Champion, is back from a serious knee injury that kept him out of the water for eight months. Making use of the QS as a warm-up before next week’s Corona Open J-Bay Championship Tour (CT) event, De Souza was up in the second heat of the day against Kei Kobayashi (JPN), Keanu Asing (HAW) and Stuart Kennedy (AUS).

It was all about who could do the most in the slow and small conditions. Kennedy and Kobayashi opted for the aerial approach but couldn’t complete the risky manoeuvres for valid scores while De Souza and Asing stuck to a power surfing strategy, staying compressed and linking up some critical turns. The Brazilian won the heat with 13.13 and Asing also advanced in second place with Kennedy and Kobayashi eliminated.

“I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it was a long eight months trying to get back,” said De Souza. “I put everything I can in those months to get ready and fit. I’m so hungry to make heats and come back strong next year. This is a great event for me to make some points because I’m fighting for two divisions this year, on the QS and CT.”

Brazilian Caio Ibelli, who’s been surfing on the World Tour as replacement for De Souza, lit up Willard Beach in his heat against Liam O’Brien (AUS) and Hawaiians Barron Mamiya and Kiron Jabour. With an incredible 38 waves ridden in the 30 minutes, Mamiya and Ibelli advanced in first and second respectively, with O’Brien and Jabour are out of the event.

“The waves aren’t as good as yesterday and there are more opportunities in some heats than others, but it’s still a beautiful day,” said Ibelli, who was happy to see fellow countryman De Souza back on his feet.

“He (De Souza) came down to Brazil for the CT event and making that first heat after injury, I know how hard that is as I struggled with that for a long time. So I’m super stoked to see him in-form and winning heats again.”

Contest organisers will reconvene on Thursday, 4 July at 07:30 to make the call for the day’s schedule.

Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors to this coastal holiday highlight.