Today on Social Media

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St Francis Links

Another update from our Superintendant Charl Blaauw this morning! He is in Scotland, working with the greenkeeping teams as they prepare a perfect course for the Solheim Cup … and managed to sneak away to St Andrews!

Following in footsteps

Posten by Lorrin Jarvis – Son Rylan selected for Nelson Mandela (EP) surfing

So proud to have a Western Province, Natal and now Nelson Mandela (EP) surfing blazers hanging in our cupboard. And Rylan and I share a surfing coach! Absolute legend in our presence in Hynsie! Good Luck my boy, smash it you little goofy footer 🏄‍♂️ @nmb_surf_riders #surfing #surfinglegend #proudparents @kzncentralsurfing @western_province_surfing

Hear me: An open letter to South Africa from a survivor!

“Fear me, because I’m standing up for my country and her people. Fear me because I rage against the darkness. Fear me because I’m one of many voices, one of many sparks that will set the pulse of Africa alight.”

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Superspar Village Square in Top Twenty

Out of almost 1000 stores we have been privileged to be presented with this award – the 2019 Service Excellence Top 20 Stores Award – for the 4th consecutive year. This would never happen without all of our amazing staff. So a big thank you to the staff, as well as to all of our loyal customers.

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Be Aware – it is snake time


A rather thought provoking video relevant considering recent activism against gender violence

This powerful poem by singer-songwriter Halsey about sexual abuse reduced many in the crowd to tears at the New York City Women’s March.

Warning: her poem contains themes that some viewers may find distressing.



Cathryn Hempel commenting on Talhado Children’s Haven

We need some strong men in our community able to give an hour a week (or even a month) to come in and mentor some of the children, particularly boys, in our community. Nigel Harvey thank you for starting the ball rolling. Let’s see if other strong men will follow.
Talhado Children’s Haven can provide the venue in the afternoons. We run an aftercare programme for primary and high school children.
#Aminext #sawomenfightback





At St Francis Links

St Francis Links’ sup, Charl Blaauw is representing the Links at the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles, assisting with, sharing and learning new greenkeeping methods and tips! What an experience! He shares the following video with us today!


Interesting info from local drone pilot, Riaan Pheiffer, of Drone Inspired

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The Jeffrey’s Bay, Humansdorp, and St Francis Bay area is completely off-limits to amateur drone operators (see picture). This means only registered drone pilots are allowed to operate here.
“RPAS-operators who fail to adhere to civil aviation regulations could receive a 10-year prison sentence or a fine of R50 000, or both.” – SACAA
For more information on regulations, click here:
Or visit Drone Inspired here:
#StaySafe #StayLegal #Drones

South African Women Remain in Contention After Day 2 of ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Miyazaki, Japan, 8 September 2019 – The three women in the Mercedes-Benz Buffalo City South African Surfing team all remained in contention for higher honours by posting good results on Day 2 of the ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) presented by Vans in Miyazaki Japan on Sunday.

Sarah Baum remains in contention for higher honours after delivering good results on the first two days of the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans in Japan – Photo: ISA / Jimenez

Organisers ran through Rounds 2 and 3 of the Women’s Main Event and also completed Round 1 and half of Round 2 of the Repercharge stream which saw the first competitors eliminated. The historic event will crown Men’s and Women’s individual champions, the top surfing nation, the Aloha Cup champions and decide the first continental qualifiers for next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

Recently crowned SA Women’s champion Zoe Steyn delivered South Africa’s first two heat wins of the event, easily outpointing her rivals from Germany and China in Round 1 and then finishing just 0.10 ahead of Peony Knight (GBR) in Round 2.

Competing in only her second ISA WSG event, the East London based teenager then came up against seasoned international campaigners Rachel Presti (Germany) and Anali Gomez (Peru) in Round 3. Despite her best efforts, Steyn finished in third place, a heart-breaking four/hundredths of a point (0.04) behind Gomez, and South Africa’s rising star will resume her challenge in Women’s Repercharge Round 4.

Bianca Buitendag opened her Day 2 account with a runner-up finish behind event standout Caroline Marks (USA) before going on to win her Round 3 heat and reach the last 16 women who will contest Main Event Round 4. The surfer from Victoria Bay in the Southern Cape, who reached the final of the Women’s event in France in 2017 and in Japan last year, is determined to add a third consecutive medal to the copper and bronze versions she already has.

Australia based former Durbanite Sarah Baum simply could not find a high scoring second counting ride to add to the 6.17 (out of 10) she posted early in her Round 2 heat. Baum slipped to third place and into the cutthroat Repercharge Rounds where any heat result other than first or second will see her eliminated from the event.

However, the winner of the Ballito Women’s Pro in KZN in July bounced back with a 7.17 and a 4.33 to easily clinch the runner-up berth in her Repercharge Round 2 encounter and faces opponents from Spain, Switzerland and Thailand when Round 3 is run on Monday.

With Olympic qualification at stake, the ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans has attracted the crème-de-la-crème of the world’s surf stars and the standard of surfing among the record setting 103 women competitors has been exceptional.

2016 ISA World Junior Champion Caroline Marks from USA continued her hot streak in the event, earning the highest heat total for the second consecutive day with 17.23 points (out of 20). Marks’ teammate, three-time World Champion and current World No. 1 Carissa Moore was also a standout, excelling in the clean, morning conditions with the second highest heat total of 17.06.

But Moore was unable to back up her strong performance during her next Round 2 heat, falling to the Repercharge Rounds due to a strong showing from Brazil’s Tatiana-Weston Webb. Webb’s impressive surfing continued in Round 3 where she earned the highest single wave score of the event thus far with 9.77 points and advanced into Main Event Round 4.

The Australian pair also suffered mixed fortunes with seven-time World Champ Stephanie Gilmore winning all three of her heats and moving into the Main Event last 16, while defending event champion Sally Fitzgibbons stumbled in Round 3 and will have to take the gruelling, do-or-die longer route through the Repercharge rounds to defend her title.

The swell is forecast to provide 2 metre plus waves, up to double-overhead on the sets, on Monday with light and variable winds trending onshore during the afternoon.

The tentative schedule for the remainder of the competition is as follows:

Monday, Sep 9

  • Open Women

Tuesday Sep 10

  • Aloha Cup (TBC)
  • Open Women
  • Start to Open Men 

Wednesday Sep 11

  • Finals Open Women
  • Open Men competition continues

September 15

  • Finals Open Men
  • Closing Ceremony 

The 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans is streamed live from September 7-15 on starting at approximately 1 am SA Time daily.

South African Surfing Team off to Good Start at Historic ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Mercedes-Benz South African Surfing Team off to Good Start at Historic ISA World Surfing Games in Japan

Sarah Baum (with flag) and Zoe Steyn (pouring sand) represented the Mercedes-Benz South African Surfing team at the Sands of the World ceremony to open the historic 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans which started in Japan on Saturday – Photo: ISA / Reed

Miyazaki, Japan, 7 September 2019 – Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum both progressed directly to the next round with runner-up finishes in the their opening heats to get the Mercedes-Benz South African Surfing team off to a good start in the historic 2019 ISA World Surfing Games (WSG) presented by Vans in Miyazaki Japan on Saturday.

A record setting 240 of the world’s best surfers hailing from 55 nations will be competing from 7-15 September in the first event where athletes can qualify for surfing’s inaugural appearance as an Olympic discipline s in the Tokyo 2020 games.

The event opened with the colourful Parade of Nations which saw the teams marching in full national colours among thousands of spectators lining the streets of Myazaki. That was followed by the symbolic Sands of the World Ceremony where Baum and Zoe Steyn, the third woman in the SA team, took to the stage and poured sand from their local beaches into a container, symbolizing the peaceful gathering of all 55 nations through surfing.

The games were officially opened by ISA President Fernando Aguerre who contributed sand he had collected from the beach at Barra da Tijuca in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil the day the official vote to include Surfing in the Olympics took place during the Rio 2016 Games.

“I would like to give a warm welcome to the 55 national teams, especially to Sri Lanka, Thailand, American Samoa and Lebanon for their first time at the World Surfing Games,” said Aguerre. “It’s great to have the WSL Championship Tour surfers here today, returning to their National Surfing Teams as part of the Olympic qualification process.“

The competitors were treated to a traditional Wadaiko Japanese drum performance to give them a taste of the local culture of Miyazaki. Among the dignitaries was  

Yoshiro Mori, President of Tokyo 2020, who made a scheduled visit on day 1 of the WSG to observe the action and support the surfers and nations on their road to next year’s event.

The opening rounds of women’s competition took to the water following the Opening Ceremony, and with most of the world’s top surfers representing their countries the action was electric.

Australia based former Durbanite Sarah Baum was the first South African to take to the waves. The winner of the Ballito Women’s Pro in July showed her class by easing though to Round 2 of the Winner’s stream in the double-elimination format used in ISA events by finishing second behind a fired up Noah Klapp (Germany), who posted the day’s fourth highest heat total of 13.50 out of 20.

Bianca Buitendag’s experience on the Championship Tour (CT) stood her in good stead in the next heat and the Victoria Bay resident hung on to second place and avoided dropping into the gruelling Repercharge Rounds that is the fate of those finishing outside the top two in a heat

Recently crowned SA Women’s champion Zoe Steyn (East London) faces her first match-up in the event in Heat 28 on Sunday where she faces opponents from Germany and China.

The men in the Mercedes-Benz South African team include current WSL No. 2 Jordy Smith (Durban), who won the ISA U16 title in 2003 in his hometown and the ISA Open Men’s Open title in 2006 at Huntington Beach in California.

“It’s always an honour to represent one’s country and I’m stoked to be included in the SA team,” said Smith of his bid for another ISA title and qualification for next year’s Olympic Games. “Training is a daily routine for me. Whether it is surfing events, free surfing or gym training I ensure that I’m totally prepared for any situation.”

The other two men are 2018 CT member Michael February (Kommetjie) and experienced Qualifying Series (QS) campaigner and multiple event winner Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga),

“I’m extremely proud to make this year’s SA team for the ISA games and really hope to make the Olympics,” said de Vries. “I never thought that going to the Olympics would be possible in my lifetime, so I’ve been training really hard and can’t wait to have a go at the top dogs in this event.”

The SA team is expertly managed by the vastly experienced Isaac February (Cape Town) and coached by Greg Emslie (East London), one of South Africa’s all-time greatest surfing competitors.

The team will be going all out to equal or better their copper-medal winning fourth place finish in achieved in the 2018 team standings. They will also be challenging for a medal in the ISA Aloha Cup, a form of relay surfing contested by the top seven nations from the previous year’s World Surfing Games, plus the host nation.

The team faces tough opposition from the world’s best surfers including multiple world champions Kelly Slater (USA), Stephanie Gilmore (Australia), Gabriel Medina (Brazil), Carissa Moore (Hawaii) and defending event winners Santiago Muniz (Argentina) and Sally Fitzgibbons (Australia).

The swell is forecast to provide 1.5 to 2 metre waves on Sunday and Monday with light and variable winds trending onshore during the afternoons.

The tentative schedule for the remainder of the competition is as follows:

Sunday & Monday, Sep 8/9

  • Open Women

Tuesday Sep 10

  • Aloha Cup (TBC)
  • Open Women
  • Start to Open Men 

Wednesday Sep 11

  • Finals Open Women
  • Open Men competition continues

September 15

  • Finals Open Men
  • Closing Ceremony 

The 2019 ISA World Surfing Games presented by Vans is broadcast Sept 7-15 on

Man drowns in surf at Main Beach Jeffreys Bay

NSRI STATION 21 - St Francis Bay

During an NSRI Junior Academy routine lifeguard training, NSRI Jeffreys Bay were alerted by the public reporting to have had lost sight of a person swimming at Main Beach when they lost sight of the person they feared for their safety

An NSRI lifeguard using a Malibu Rescue Board initiated a search and NSRI Waverunner launched to join in the search with duty crew launching the sea rescue craft Project Group Rescuer.

The SA Police Services, Private Care ambulance services and EC Government Health EMS also responded.

An NSRI lifeguard located and recovered the swimmer onto a Malibu rescue board who it was found was a 34 year old man. He was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) efforts commenced.

The patient was brought to shore where paramedics continued with extensive CPR efforts but sadly after all efforts were exhausted the man has been declared deceased.

The body of the man has been taken into the care of the Forensic Pathology Services and Police have opened an inquest docket.

Condolences are conveyed to family of the deceased man.


On Sunday, 08 September, NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from a Chokka fishing boat that was heading towards St Francis Bay after lifting fishing gear and anchor from deep-sea fishing grounds reporting a 49 year old Port Alfred crewman onboard suffering a medical emergency.

NSRI Oyster Bay were placed on alert and Private Care ambulance services were activated to stand by at our NSRI base.

The sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II was launched and rendezvoused with the fishing boat just off-shore of Oyster Bay Point.

The patient was transferred onto the sea rescue craft and brought to the NSRI station at Port St Francis where the patient was transported to hospital in a stable condition by Private Care ambulance for further treatment.