‘Tin’ Roofs hit popular chord

Our article on Friday with regard to a change in the aesthetic make up of roofs in St Francis Bay seems to have hit a popular chord judging by the comments received from readers.

A note from a local architect Trevor Tennant reminds us that the building guidelines or bye-laws for the village were formulated some 60 or so years ago with the “intention of creating a homogeneous urban fabric consisting of white walls and black or dark grey roofs”. This has  certainly had the desired result and sets St Francis Bay apart from similar coastal developments as a sought after place to live.

The original roof spec was for thatch, to which concrete tiles and slate were permitted particularly after the 2012 devastating fires on the canals. More recently the rather attractive melthoid ‘shingle’ as introduced by Wattle & Daub is proving a popular alternative in spite of costs. But brick / concrete conversions are expensive as is the choice of the shingle option.

Tennant continues, “The Village area building regulations were written almost exclusively around the requirements for a domestic scale residence, with an addendum covering the industrial area where IBR was recognised as the norm for that category of building.

A separate dedicated code for commercial buildings was never produced and architects and designers were somehow expected to shoe horn their proposals into the domestic guidelines.”

St Francis Links followed the white walls black roof look as it was developed but not being limited to roofing choices as those in the village are, the Links has allowed aluminium roofing with not a single thatched roof having been added since the 2012 fire.

But choice of a ‘tin’ alternative it seems needs to be considered for not all ‘tin’ roofs are created equal and no doubt the aesthetics committee must have a say so the type and quality allowed of the roofing choice so as to ensure that St Francis Bay, if the transition to ‘tin’ is approved, that the town is not defaced with unsightly rust ridden residences in the coming years.


World’s Best Dominate Opening Day at the ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro

PLAYA DE PANTIN, Galicia – Spain (Sunday, September 1, 2019) – The QS10,000 ABANCA Galicia Classic Surf Pro got underway today in tricky three-to-four foot surf, affected by the strong Northeasterly winds of Pantin. The second, and only other event in that category after the VANS US Open of Surfing, Pantin this year will have an even greater implication in deciding next year’s class of Championship Tour competitors than ever before.

Pictured: Paige Hareb (NZL) made her way into Round 3 of the event in Pantin. – Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Some of the world’s best surfers made their debut in Galicia today and of the 12 heats of Round 2 where the top seeded surfers entered, 8 were won by current CT athletes and virtual qualifiers from the QS top spots.

Bronte Macaulay (AUS) got the show underway in the first heat of the second round with a dominant effort to post a 14.93 heat total, the second-highest of the whole round. Her highest score of 8.83 reflected the near-perfection of two big drawn-out carves on a clean open face and a little re-entry to cap off her effort on a long left.

“It was really tricky out there and tough to decide whether to sit on the right by the rocks or try to find lefts in the middle,” Macaulay said. “I feel like I was in between for most of the heat and I’m happy I got a good one at the end just to make sure I go through. This event is really important for re-qualifying and it’s our second ever QS10,000 so I just want to back myself up.”

Current World No. 8 Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) transitioned from the Pacific waters of Tahiti to chillier conditions in Galicia perfectly and posted one of the strongest results of the day as well with two solid scores. The powerful goofy foot went with the progressive approach on a big, fins-free closeout turn to seal the deal in the last few minutes of her heat and solidify her win.

“I only landed last night and am still struggling a little bit so I was just out there looking for an open wave to do a couple of turns,” Weston-Webb said. “I just came from Tahiti where I was watching the guys comp and having a little vacation. Watching big Teahupo’o from the channel is like a 7th wonder in the world, it’s absolutely amazing.”

Pictured: Sage Erickson (USA) advanced into Round 3 today. – Credit: © WSL / Masurel

Two-time winner in Pantin, Sage Erickson (USA) comes fresh off winning the US Open on home soil and carried her momentum into the opening day in Galicia. The talented regular foot did struggle to find her rhythm at first but managed to post two big scores before the horn to make her way into Round 3.

“That’s not the way I want to start a heat ever but I just thought there’s tons of opportunities out there and I embraced the challenge,” Erickson explained. “Waves have been so fun these past few days and the forecast looks good for this week so I’m excited and I hope I can perform a little better in the next heats.”

In the final heat of Round 2, Amuro Tsuzuki (JPN) demolished a left on her backhand for a 9.07 to take the opening day’s highest combined heat total. A steady riser through the QS ranks, the Japanese surfer advanced ahead of World No. 10 Johanne Defay (FRA) into Round 3.

“My ultimate dream is to be a Championship Tour surfer,” Tsuzuki said in her post-heat interview, and the level she displayed on that wave proves she’s got what it takes to battle with the best in the game if she gets the right wave.

Competition wrapped up with the first half of Round 3 early this evening and witnessed surfers go to town on the lefts again with some spectacular scores dropping again. The day’s massive upset result was the shock elimination of Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) after she received an interference in her opening heat in Pantin.

Surfers will be back for a 9 a.m call for the women’s field Monday while the men will come in later around 12 p.m for a potential start of their event.

Chloe Calmon (BRA) and Justin Quintal (USA) Longboard Classic Galicia

Pictured: The winners and Finalists of the inaugural Longboard Classic Galicia.
Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

Chloe Calmon (BRA) and Justin Quintal (USA) have won the Longboard Classic Galicia in historic fashion yesterday, claiming victory in the Final bouts against Honolua Blomfield (HAW) and Kai Sallas (HAW) held in three-to-five foot surf at playa de Pantin.

Stop No. 2 of 4 on the 2019 World Surf League (WSL) Longboard Tour (LT), the Longboard Classic Galicia unfolded over the last four days and witnessed incredible performances by the world’s best surfers in testing Galician conditions.

Calmon came to Galicia ranked number one in the world after her win at the Noosa Longboard Open earlier this season and will leave in an even stronger position heading into the inaugural Longboard Classic New York and the back half of the 2019 season, as she continues to vie for a first-ever World Title.

“It’s always a really good battle against Honolua, she always pushes me to give my best,” Calmon said. “To have a proper tour this year and be able to surf in all these different conditions has been a blessing, it really allows us athletes to show our repertoire. This wave is super fun and it was an awesome place to have a longboarding event. It’s been a great week with fun times and great crowds cheering for us. I woke up this morning feeling good and my very first wave of the day was a 9 so I was just hoping to carry this momentum all the way.”

Calmon and Blomfield took on a tricky lineup in the Final with a mix of closing-out sets and fading lefts in the inside that didn’t offer quite as many sections as in the Semis. Both surfers struggled to find really high-scoring potential waves as scores remained around and under the 5 point mark.Blomfield got the better of the first few exchanges and built a thin lead over Calmon but the Brazilian finally found a first nice wave on the five-minute mark to post a 6.23 and regain the lead.

Despite a couple of last efforts from the former World Champion Blomfield, Calmon was able to effectively keep her opponent off of the last good wave in the heat, riding a beautiful left all the way to shore for a 6.17 and the win.
The ever-stylish Brazilian surfer peaked a little early in the semis with a near-perfect 9.17 ride but managed to keep her incredible roll going into the Final and added another stellar result to her career resume.

In a re-match of the Noosa Final, Blomfield had to once again settle for the runner-up spot but by reaching the last heat, the 2017 World Longboard Champion made sure to stay in fighting distance for the ultime crown when the season comes to an end. The Hawaii surfer had a spectacular road to the final as she defeated multiple former World Champions as well, namely Rachael Tilly (USA) in the Semis, Lindsay Steinriede (USA) in the Quarters and Kelia Moniz (HAW) in a previous round.

“I really wanted to make the Final coming into this event and I did just that so I’m happy with the result today,” Blomfield said. “It’s always hard losing but Chloe is such an amazing surfer. I had a really good time here and we had great waves all the way. I’m excited for the rest of the tour and this was super special to have an event here in Galicia this year. Despite being American I’ve never made it to New York so I’m super excited to go there and I’ll try to head to the city a couple of days early to check it out.”Calmon previously killed all of Justine Dupont (FRA)’s hopes of making the Final with a near-perfect 9.17 in the opening minute of their Semifinal matchup. Blomfield on the other hand had a super close encounter with Tilly in the second Semifinal.In the men’s Final, Justin Quintal (USA) was on another level and didn’t leave opponent Kai Sallas (HAW) any chance as he surfed the preferred peak to a 14.14 heat total while his opponent struggled to put any substantial score on the board.

“It was a slow final at first but this whole contest has been amazing,” Quintal said. “Surfing against Kai whom I’ve looked up to as a grom was amazing. I’ve had a blast here in Pantin and I’m really looking forward to the next events. With the big event in Taiwan at the end of the year nothing’s done but it’s good to get those early points and keep the other surfers away from them.”

The 2018 runner-up in the World Title race and perennial threat in all sorts of conditions, Sallas with this result will climb up to third on the longboard rankings and keep his chances alive for a potential first world title as well heading into the next two events.“I had such a great time here in Galicia with tons of waves and good people,” Sallas said. “It’s one of the best places I’ve visited ever and I’m stoked. Any chance I get to go experience and compete and surf I find it awesome and this was up there.”

Quintal and Sallas had previously defeated Edouard Delpero (FRA) and Taka Inoue (JPN) respectively in the Semifinals. Delpero with his result in Pantin secured a third European Longboard Champion title.

With the completion of the Longboard Classic Galicia, the World Longboard Title race continues to captivate fans, here is the new current Top 5:
World Longboard Tour Men Top 5:
1 – Justin Quintal (USA)
2 – Harrison Roach (AUS)
3 – Kai Sallas (HAW)
4 – Kaniela Stewart (HAW)
5 – Taylor Jensen (USA)

World Longboard Tour Women Top 5:
1 – Chloe Calmon (BRA)
2 – Honolua Blomfield (HAW)
3 – Rachael Tilly (USA)
4 – Emily Lethbridge (AUS)
5 – Lindsay Steinriede (USA)
Surfers will now travel across the Atlantic for the upcoming Longboard Classic New York unfolding from September 6-12.