Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The 14th annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge, hosted by St Francis Paddling Club, will be held this year on Sunday 21 July 2019. The start is at 10am, with registration from 9am at Quaysyde, Sea Glades Drive. No online entries, just enter on the day. Lifejackets are not compulsory. Beginners and non-members and visitors are welcome.

The course is the regular St Francis 5km time trial route, through the sheltered picturesque canals, with an outgoing tide, making for a fast straight down the old main canal, but some hard paddling into the tide from the small boat harbour to the Cove. The 10km route is two laps, and the 20km main race, is four laps. There are no portages! Canal owners will be warned, but paddlers need to keep a look out for boats.

It’s once again a doubles race, either 10km and 20km, with R3000 in cash prizes for the first three places in the long course, and lots of other prizes: ladies, mixed, over 59’s, juniors, first local (and first over 59 local male estate agent). Singles are very welcome, but there are no singles prizes. There will also be guppy races. 10am start at Quaysyde. Sumptuous lunch included in R150 entry fee. Big thanks to Carbonology for once again supplying one of their fantastic split paddles (valued at R2500) as a lucky draw.

The winners over the past four years were: Rob Welsh and Greg Louw (2015 and 2016), Matthew Tebbutt and Phil Smith (2017), and Ricky Talevi and Grant Ahlschlager (2018). Who will it be this year. Local Phil Smith must be a favourite, being fit as always, and he might team up with another fit (and not so young) local Stephan Vorster, who will be very hard to beat.

See you on the podium?

Cup-of-Soup raises over R13000 for Hospice

The Cup-of-Soup day held at Cape St Francis Resort last Friday raised R13 150 for St Francis / Kouga Hospice. The organisers were ecstatic with the amount of support they received on the day and increased to amount raised last year by almost R3000.

Photo courtesy Krystal Scott

committee member Lisa Harrison said “we had a wonderful day and would like to thank all those those who made soup and those who came to support the cause and buy soup to make this such a successful event. We would also like to thank Cape st Francis Resort for their continued support. They were incredible as were Village SuperSpar for their donation of rolls that were served with hot soup at Joe Fish Restaurant that was turned into our ,Cup-of-Soup’ venue for the morning. Thanks too to The Farmyard Nursery for donating some fresh vegetables.

If you missed the opportunity to buy your soup and thus make a donation to Hospice, donations will be very welcome.  Lisa can be contacted on 083 215 1708

Photo courtesy Krystal Scott

Four South African Surfers To Compete in the Corona Open JBay

De Vries, February and Buitendag to Join Jordy Smith in Jeffreys Bay

Three local wildcards have been announced to join Jordy Smith in the Corona Open JBay – event number six on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) event, set to kick off on Tuesday 9 July. Beyrick De Vries from Durban, Mikey February from Cape Town and Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay will all get a chance to shine amongst the perfect waves of Supertubes during the upcoming contest.

Beyrick de Vries at the Ballito Pro @ Van Gysen

De Vries secured his slot by reaching the round of 16 at the Ballito Pro on the weekend, and in doing so accumulating enough points on the Qualifying Series to become the highest placed South African on that series. De Vries went into the Ballito tournament in 61st place, and Adin Masencamp was sitting at a comfortable 29th place, but after the dust had settled De Vries jumped up to 26th slot, while Masencamp dropped to 38th.

“I have been working towards this for a long time,” said a very excited De Vries after his slot into the JBay event was officially confirmed in Ballito. “I’m obviously very excited to be competing against the best surfers in the world in JBay and I’m going to give it my best shot because I have nothing to lose.”

Mikey February from Cape Town is no stranger to this event, having competed in it twice as a wildcard before, as well as a full CT member last year. He is a superb surfer at Supertubes, knows the wave well, and has a unique style of surfing, that makes him stand out from so many of his peers. He draws different lines on the perfect waves of Jeffreys Bay, and could very easily cause some upsets in the competition.

Bianca Buitendag from Victoria Bay is the Women’s wildcard and is also a former CT surfer. Her powerful backhand style is well suited to the waves of Supertubes, and last year, competing as a wildcard, she went all the way through to the semifinals where she was defeated by Lakey Peterson (USA) for a third place finish.

Bianca Buitendag © WSL/Cestari

The three surfers will join two-times event champion Jordy Smith, currently rated 4th on the Jeep Leaderboard. With the withdrawal of ratings leader John John Florence from Hawaii, Smith comes into the event as a favourite, and will enjoy his share of local support from the South African fans and spectators.

Download the JBay Winterfest app and stand a chance of winning a hamper comprising a Firewire Slater design Gamma surfboard, a Vissla wetsuit and more.

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Media release: Craig Jarvis  –  – 082 376 4443

Winterfest Bowls Tournament Results & Comedy Lineup


24 teams entered the first Winterfest bowling tournament over the weekend and the tournament was a huge success. 10 Games were played over 4 days.

The Plate Event results:

  1. The Woods BC,
    2. Western Subu,
    3. Jeffreys Bay B,
    4. Jeffreys Bay B,
    5. Humansdorp,
    6. Jeffreys Bay B,
    7. Kouga Nomad,
    8. Jeffreys Bay B,
    9. Uitenhage BC,
    10. St Francis Bay,
    11. Jeffreys Bay B,
    12. Jeffreys Bay B

In the Cup Event the results went like this.

  1. WestView
    2. The Woods BC,
    3. Jeffreys Bay B,

    4. Knysna,

    5. Jeffreys Bay B,

    6. Mossel Bay B,
7. The Woods BC,

    8. Jeffreys Bay B,

    9. Jeffreys Bay B,

    10. Port Elizabeth,

    11. Jeffreys Bay B,
    12. Jeffreys Bay B

Winterfest Comedy Lineup

Savanna & The Bay Pasta Co. presents smoking hot comedians served up by the coolest joint in town from 2-16 July 2019.

Brendon Peel on Tuesday 9 July at 8pm. Tickets R100.

Melt Sieberhagen on Thursday 11 July and Friday 12 July, 8pm. Tickets R100.

Barry Hilton on Tuesday 16 July at 8pm. Tickets R150.

For bookings please contact Sonya on 042 293 3564 or 078 087 2806, or mail her on The Winter Comedy Fest will take place at The Bay Pasta Co. 34 Jeffreys Street, Jeffreys Bay.

Corona JBay Open, Vibe in the Park and the JBay Winterfest are all operating on a cashless system.

Howler is a cashless event solution, and you can load up cash and tap your wristband to pay for food and drink at the Corona JBay Open event site and the Vibe In The Park music sessions. All the information can be found on our website

Download the JBay Winterfest app and stand a chance of winning a hamper comprising a Firewire Slater design Gamma surfboard, a Vissla wetsuit and more.

Download for Android

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Media release: Craig Jarvis  –  – 082 376 4443