“Tin roofs in St Francis Bay? – Heavens forbid!”

Over the past seven years some 100 homeowners have lost their homes through fire. Almost without exception all these homes had thatched roofs. Certainly it is not thatch to blame for in each fire there was at least one of the following common denominator – wind – overgrown bush – human negligence or possible arson, intended or unintended.

 There is very little we can do about the wind for that is part of living in this region. The human negligence or arson aspect is probably impossible to avoid but it can be minimized to some extent.

But the third denominator can be controlled by clearing bush on undeveloped land both privately owned and municipal / state owned. The municipality has to invoke the bylaws relating to bush clearing stringently and fine owners or confiscate the and of those who refuse to comply.

Of course replacing thatch with alternative roofing certainly will also go a long way to reducing the damage in future fires and without doubt many owners with thatched homes will be looking seriously at alternatives. The aesthetics committee has stuck to, and so they must, the black or grey roofing that with the white walls is so very much part of St Francis Bay.

But to date home owners have had to choose from the expensive conversions to brick / concrete tile or shingles including the rather nice looking melthoid shingle that largely can follow the contours of thatch architecture that brick / concrete cannot. All of these are expensive and possibly out of the reach of some homeowners.

But now there is talk of allowing ‘tin’ roofs in St Francis Bay village and on the canals. Now by ‘tin’ we refer to rather sophisticated alloy materials and not that awful green corrugated roofing of the past. Studying the brochures of some of these new alloys it appears they too can be modelled maybe not to fit contours but certainly to add interest to roof lines. Home owners in Cape St Francis who obviously don’t fall under the jurisdiction of the aesthetics committee, have already fitted these ‘tin’  roofs and examples can be seen in Cape St Francis Resort where the thatch is slowly being replaced by ‘tin’. Another example is the big new home under construction that one sees shortly after crossing the first speed hump as you enter Cape St Francis.

That everything needs to be done to stop more homes being so tragically lost is a given. If it means relaxing rules to fit pockets, so be it.

Example of a ‘Klip Lok’ Roof



Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs,

Epic Surfing from the World’s Best Longboard Surfers

Epic Surfing from the World’s Best Surfers on Day 2 of Longboard Classic Galicia

The inaugural Longboard Classic Galicia continued today in improved conditions for the world’s best longboarders with clean three-to-four foot surf and light winds at first. Competition resumed with the opening round of women’s action before completing men’s Round 3 and women’s Round 2 in the afternoon.

Athletes from all over the world got a chance to experience an excellent day of surfing in Galicia and displayed incredible performances with the traditional longboarding style rewarded by the judging panel with excellent scores.

Reigning WSL Longboard Champion Soleil Errico (USA) launched her campaign in Galicia with a solid 7.83 to take an easy win into Round 3. After a somewhat early exit in Noosa in equal 9th place, Errico chases a big result in Pantin to have a shot at defending her title.

Caption: Soleil Errico (USA) – Credit: © WSL / Masurel

“The practice sessions have been really busy so it was super nice to be out there with two other girls out,” Errico said. “I didn’t try to over do it on that good left and just surfed it simple, that inside section I actually didn’t think I’d make it but when I did I was stoked. I’m riding the same board I rode in Taiwan last year and it’s just the best board ever.”

Errico’s compatriot Avalon Gall (USA) went on to put together the highest combination of scores of the women’s event so far with a 14.16 in the following heat.

The current rankings leader and 2-time runner-up in the world Chloe Calmon (BRA) opened her Galician account with a good performance as well to defeat Sally Cohen (HAW) and Emily Currie (GBR) on her way to Round 3 where she’ll face form Reunion Island surfer Ophelie Ah-Kouen (FRA).

“It’s such a great opportunity for all of us to have a proper tour this year,” Calmon said. “It’s been a really exciting year for the whole longboarding community. It’s our first time here in Pantin and it’s an amazing place with great waves and incredible landscapes. Having more opportunities throughout the year and a chance to compete in very different conditions kind of takes the pressure off and I’m taking each event as a new chapter.”

Ah-Kouen and Zoe Grospiron (FRA) were responsible for the day’s biggest upset, as the pair eliminated 5-time European Champion Alice Lemoigne (FRA) in Round 2.

“It made me a little nervous to surf against my friends out there but I found a couple of waves and had fun,” Grospiron said. “Alice always pushes me to surf better and she usually beats me so I’m happy to get one over her this time.”

In the men’s event, the heavy-hitters entered the show in Round 3 with the likes of Tony Silvagni (USA), Edouard Delpero (FRA) and 3-time WSL Longboard Champion Taylor Jensen (USA) surfing their first heats. But instead of taking over discussions, it was yesterday’s standouts who continued to build momentum and take out heats.

Kaniela Stewart (HAW) was the first surfer to find the excellent range of scores on a right that peeled forever and allowed the Hawaiian to spend most of his time hanging 5 then 10 toes out the nose of his board all the way in for an 8.00 point ride.

“I just saw this right lining up really good and I just went for it,” Stewart stated. “It’s really fun out there with plenty of opportunities to get good scores and I was lucky enough to get one of those good waves.”

Rankings leader Justin Quintal (USA) racked up the event’s highest heat total with 14.86 points. The stylish regular foot stepped up his game again both on the nose and in his carves and even pull his signature hang-heels move on one of his two best scoring waves.

“This little left looked like it was going to work better as the tide came in and I managed to get a couple and link them up,” Quintal said. “Taylor is a great surfer and he’s been doing this for along time so it was a little nerve-wracking to surf against him. I remember as a grom in Florida going to see him and Kai Sallas and Joel Tudor, so to be here years later and competing against those guys is pretty cool.”

Pictured: Antoine Delpero (FRA) styles his way into Round 4.Credit  – : © WSL / Poullenot

Probe to determine cause of St Francis fire

An independent forensic investigation is under way to help determine the cause of the devastating fire at St Francis Bay last week.

Eight houses were razed and four were damaged when the fire tore through Lyme Road North near the St Francis Bay Golf Course on Thursday evening (22 August).

Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said more than 80 fire-fighters, members of the St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group and two helicopters battled for over five hours to bring the blaze under control.

“The fire was contained at about 7pm and fire-fighters spent the remainder of the night and following two days dousing the debris to prevent flare-ups,” he said.

He said in addition to the forensic probe commissioned by the municipality, the police were investigating a case of arson.

According to a police statement, two men were seen calming bees with smoke in the area where the fire broke out. Police have urged anyone with information to contact the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Lwazi Solombela, at 071 475 1831. The information can also be shared anonymously via Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks expressed his condolences to all those who lost their homes and belongings in the fire.

“We are very grateful that there was no loss of life and would like to thank everyone who contributed to the fire-fighting efforts and helped to prevent further devastation,” he said.


Owen Wright wins Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley

Owen Wright (AUS) won the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o presented by Hurley Stop No. 7 of 11 on the World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour (CT), in six-to-eight foot (2 – 2.5 metre) waves at the world-famous Teahupo’o reef pass. The rematch of the 2018 Tahiti Pro Final with Gabriel Medina (BRA) was one for the books with some of the best conditions since 2014. 

Wright  claimed his first event win in Tahiti after defeating Gabriel Medina (BRA), the two-time WSL Champion and defending Tahiti Pro winner. This is Wright’s first CT victory since the 2017 Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast when the Australian inspired the world with his incredible comeback from a traumatic brain injury he suffered at Pipeline in 2015.

Pictured: Owen Wright (AUS) on top of the podium with runner-up and reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) at the Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o pres. by Hurley. Credit: © WSL / Cestari

“I can’t be happier,” said Wright. “Gabby (Medina) was always going to be the toughest matchup and I had no priority and I snuck into those few on the inside. I tried to get as deep as possible and still make it. I teared up out there when the hooter went. I’ve been working hard and I am stoked to win.” 

In a rematch of last year’s Tahiti Pro Final, goofyfoots Wright and Medina battled once again at Teahupo’o but this time in heavy barrels. After a slow start, the heat turned into a barrel shoot-out at the twenty-minute mark and saw both surfers go wave for wave. Medina broke away with a 7.83 (out of a possible 10) and backed it up with a second 7-point ride, but Wright fought back with his own 7.73, only needing a 7.21 to win with eight minutes left. Under priority, Wright scored a near-perfect 9.17 to steal the title from Medina.

“I said I really wanted Gabby in the Final just to have that rematch and it was such a special time last year,” continued Wright. “The waves were just so perfect and to share that with a great mate was really special. When you come out here and in your first heat you get a 10, it makes things feel like things are coming. I haven’t won since Snapper and it has been so long. I won so early back then in my recovery and it has been so up-and-down and it has finally felt up and up and up in the last few months. I’ve tried to win this event a lot of times and it is amazing to finally get that today.”

Medina was not able to defend his title in Tahiti but still has the opportunity to defend his win at the Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown, the next stop on the WSL Championship Tour. The second-place finish vaults him up to fourth on the Jeep Leaderboard and another step closer to a third World Title. 

“Owen (Wright) really deserved that one,” said Medina. “He started the day off with a 10-point ride and when someone starts like that, I think you feel like it is going to go your way. I am happy for him and stoked to be in the Final against him again. Last year it was me and today he got me. I love to compete against him, he is one of the best so it was good to get second to Owen.” 

“I have to enjoy the momentum,” continued Medina. “It is hard to get the rhythm but now I feel like I am there. The win in J-Bay felt good and I think that will help me at the end of the year. Now I am just thinking about the wave pool. I cannot wait. I just want to thank God for the opportunity to have another Final with my great friend. This contest was unbelievable.”

Rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) captured his career-best performance today after making the Semifinals. Although the 22-year-old fell to runner-up Medina, he showcased his talents in heavy-water conditions in his freshman year on the elite CT. Moniz eliminated injury replacement Caio Ibelli (BRA), who sat right on the requalification cut-line before this event. Ibelli now moves up to 18th on the Jeep Leaderboard and betters his chances of qualifying for the 2020 CT next season after falling short last year. 

Jordy Smith (ZAF) lost to Wright in the Semifinals. Earlier today Smith dispatched 2015 WSL Champion Adriano de Souza (BRA) to claim a third-place result, which moves him up to World No. 2 on the Jeep Leaderboard. The earlier eliminations of Top 5 competitors Kolohe Andino (USA), Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) opened the door for Smith to strengthen his World Title campaign

Pictured: Reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) fell just short of clinching back-to-back titles in Tahiti. Credit: © WSL / Cestari

Surf Fins From Recycled Bottle Caps

A new company Shaka Surf makes top quality surf fins out of recycled bottle caps.

It is estimated that here are some 5-trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans and it takes about 450 years for a plastic bottle to totally degrade. Something has to be done and here is a start up that is trying to make a difference.

The crew behind Shaka Surf decided that there were enough bottle caps floating around for them to be able to source enough plastic waste to produce a very funky and eco-friendly surf fin.

The Shaka Surf eco surf fins are made from recycled bottle caps and other recycled materials to form a composite material, which then goes into the moulding fabrication. The fins are eco friendly, and with their composites, offer great performance.

The man behind Shaka Surf, Dominick Taylor, describes his ideology behind the concept. “We’re taking plastics out of the ocean and putting them to better use,” said Taylor of the basis of his company. “I think that most surfers and non-surfers alike appreciate what we do.”

The Shaka Surf 9″ eco single fin uses approximately 70 plastic caps, while their medium G5 high performance fins use approximately 50 plastic caps in their fabrication. The fins are available in FCS 1, FCS 2 and Futures.

The Shaka Surf fins are designed for use with longboards, SUPs, single fins, retro boards, cosmic cruisers and high performance shortboards. They are environmentally friendly, high performing and ultimately helping reduce plastic waste in our oceans and beaches. Their fin guide is right here https://shaka-surf.com/our-fin-guide

“To be a surfer is on the one hand a very selfish pursuit,” said Taylor. “It often means you’re going to let down people close to you because you want to go surf good waves at the drop of a hat. On the other hand, I think most surfers have some level of environmental awareness and will do their best to be good custodians of Mother Earth. So, being a surfer for me is about surfing when there are good waves, and trying to give back a little whenever I can.”

As well as recycling waste materials and plastics to make their recycled fins Shaka Surf also wanted to create a standout design. So they enlisted the help of a street artist to come up with a unique aesthetic. This lead to the development of the Swell LinesCollection, paying homage to surfing culture and oceanography. See more here https://store.shaka-surf.com/products

The Shaka Surf store is here –  https://store.shaka-surf.com/ – remember to drop the code SHAKA10 at checkout for 10% off all orders.


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