St Francis & JBay NSRI in action again

NSRI St Francis Bay duty crew were activated following a request for medical assistance from the skipper of a Cape Town stern trawler requiring a crewman, suffering a medical complaint that needs to be seen to by a doctor, to be patient evacuated off the trawler to hospital.

MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), Telkom Maritime Radio Services, TNPA (Transnet National Ports Authority), NSRI EOC (Emergency Operations Centre) and a Government Health EMS duty doctor assisted with the logistics and coordination of the patient evacuation to hospital for the crewman.

Private Care ambulance services were placed on alert.

We launched our sea rescue craft Spirit of St Francis II and rendezvoused with the fishing trawler 14 nautical miles off-shore of St Francis Bay.

The patient, a local man, aged 29, was transferred onto our sea rescue craft and he was medically assessed by our NSRI medics and in a stable condition we transported him to our sea rescue station where Private Care ambulance services paramedics took the patient into their care.

The patient has been transported by Private Care ambulance to hospital in a stable condition.

The operation was completed at 07h54.

JEFFREYS BAY:

Ernie Schmidt, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty controller, said:

At 17h02, Wednesday, 27th November, NSRI Jeffreys Bay duty crew were activated following eye-witness reports of a surfer appearing to be in difficulty behind the back breakers at Magnas (a popular beach and surfing spot).

We launched the sea rescue Waverunner and NSRI rescue swimmers responded to the scene.

On arrival on the scene an NSRI rescue swimmer found a male on a surfboard seeming to be stuck in rip currents behind the back breakers and a member of the public had launched his surfboard to go to assist.

Our NSRI rescue swimmer grabbed the NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy that is stationed on a pole at Magnas and he deployed into the surf and reached the casualty and swam the casualty out of the rip current and safely back to shore reaching the shoreline as our sea rescue Waverunner arrived on-scene.

NSRI medics assessed the local man and he required no further assistance, he was not injured, and he confirmed that he was not able to paddle his surfboard back to the beach after getting caught in rip currents.

This brings to 50 the number of persons assisted using an NSRI Pink Rescue Buoy.

NSRI

Blacker than Black

With all the hype over Black Friday the following  paragraph posted on musician (singer, songwriter & producer) Don Clarke’s Facebook page explains the truth about Black Friday rather succinctly 

Black Friday is a great name! I’ll tell you why. The only thing black about it is the cynicism behind a concept which says…we have ripped you off with excessive profits for years, but today we throw you a bone. For today only we cut our cruel profits so much that we force you to buy things you don’t need, and ultimately leave you poorer. Because, to tell you the truth, we’re really just teasing you into our stores to expose you to the products which are not discounted.
Go ahead. Like starving slaves released from a wooden ship you can rush at the doors of our kitchen and beat yourselves senseless for a morsel. We, the Captains of Retail love that.

As Greta Thunberg says…how dare you?!

Don Clarke – The Drakonteur.

 

More sand, more beach, better waves!

have your say on St Francis TodayWhile the sand spit teeters along precariously in the recent spring high tides and the medium southerly swells, there is a lot on the go with the Special Ratings Area and their well thought out plans and ideas.

The work that they have been doing is great and to be commended. The amount of time and effort put in, to make these plans come to fruition and to see all ideas and remedial steps put into action and run to completion is wonderful to see in this small community, and helps to garner a great community spirit and the feeling that we can get things done, as a team and as a unit, if we work together.

The groynes and the beach replenishment is what the surfers are excited about, and it is one of those projects that is now going to run to conclusion. The gates have been opened and the process is inevitable. There will be groynes builds, there will be sand – pumping of some sort and there will be nourishment of the St Francis beaches. We are just lucky that the people in charge have enough experience and indefatigability to get the various jobs done to completion.

Having said that, the workings of various SRAs across the country (there are 39 in Cape Town and more coming on line) have had incredible results and the subsequent ‘super living’ conditions as described by Anna Marie Smith from Private Property (https://www.privateproperty.co.za/advice/property/articles/special-rating-areas-a-multitude-of-benefits/1409). The radical eradication of crime, the reconstruction of slums, and in some cases, the tie-in of beaches being awarded Blue Flag Status’s by direct and indirect SRA influence.

Surfers don’t really want to attract more surfers to their already-crowded beaches and points. Surfing is a selfish pursuit and surfers want to catch and ride as many waves as they can by themselves. If people get in the way they get vexed, if people contest for their waves they often get angry. So why would they be behind the possible construction of more waves in our area?

The answer is clear on any light westerly afternoon down at Seal Point.

The kids. 

There is a new generation of children who are enjoying the waves and the fun times down at the beach at Seal Point, surfing the small inside waves on the beach, or getting pushed into the foamies by their dads, in front of the gathered parents. Many of the kids come across from St Francis Bay and many are local, but they hang out and scream and shout and discover the joys of surfing in a very easy and manageable environment, with everyone watching out for everyone else.

They are going to be the people who benefit from the construction of groynes and the possible introduction of some man-made waves. They will be the ones who benefit from the work of the SRA and the hard work being put in now, to fix the things that have been destroyed by human intervention.

They will enjoy the benefits of extra security and the tightening down of security measures in our village, as well as the work being done on fixing the roads.

The SRA has maintained a holistic approach to the general upliftment of the area, and as openly discussed on the St Francis Property Owners website https://stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/ they are in the game to make things happen, as opposed to watching what happens, or ultimately, wondering what happened.

The village has been in a constant state of disrepair for a long time now, and it is clear that there will never be enough help forthcoming from the Kouga Municipality. Which is why the majority of residents, permanent and holiday house owners, agreed to the SRA and to the vision and goals put forward by the steering committee.

There has been a lot of talk about the groynes, and the sand replenishment project, and it is continuing, much to the delight of not only surfers, but for beach goers and general thalassophiles who live here or visit the area to utilize and enjoy the ocean and the associated facilities available.   

It’s not just about surfers, but they’re probably the most excited. While man has destroyed many waves the world over, man is also responsible for some of the best ma-made waves in the world.

Craig Jarvis – The Truth Collection

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3 of The WSL World Junior Championships in Taiwan

Pictured: South African Eli Beukes (ZAF) going huge to score a 9.17 on Day 3 of the WSL World Junior Championships. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – Competition has continued at the WSL World Junior Championships as part of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing with Men’s Round 2 and four heats of Round 3 being run in solid and wind-affected surf at Jinzun Harbour. With the opening heats of Round 3 being run, the first four spots for the Men’s Quarterfinals have been filled. 
 
Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN) is no stranger of the WSL World Junior Championships with this being his third tilt at the trophy. In 2017, the explosive young natural footer made it all the way to the final, where he went down to Finn McGill (HAW) and finished second in the world. In 2019, Azuchi has made his intentions in Taiwan clear, and that’s to go one step further and clinch his maiden World Junior Title and set himself a spot on the 2020 Challenger Series.
 
“It’s always good surfing in Taiwan,” Azuchi said. “There are always waves and a lot of opportunity for competitors. I came to the Taiwan Open with hopes of winning both the QS3,000 and the World Juniors to ensure myself a spot in the Challenger Series events next year. As I didn’t get a result in the 3000, I’m really focused on winning the World Juniors.”
 
Tahitian Kauli Vaast (FRA) continued to storm towards Finals Day, taking down fancied Australian representative Dakoda Walters (AUS) in Heat 2 of Round 3. Walters opted to surf the wind-blown rights, looking for opportunities to take to the sky, while Vaast got busy on the face of the lefts. Once Kauli had the lead and priority, he stalked the line up to ensure Walters didn’t have any shot at locking in a score and succeeded in doing so, sending Walters packing in equal 9th place.
 
“That heat was really stressful heat because we were nowhere near each other, so I didn’t know if he was getting good waves or not,” Vaast said. “Once I had my scores I could try and exercise my priority which was nerve-racking again because he could easily get a score on an inside wave with a big air or something. When I let him take the last wave I was willing because if there was one that was better behind it I’d have it instead of him. I’m stoked to make it into the Quarterfinals.
 
Heat 3 of Round 4 was one of the most exciting matchups on paper as two of the form surfers of the event in Luke Slijpen (ZAF) and Kade Matson (USA) went head-to-head at Jinzun Harbour. Both surfers opened their accounts early but struggled to find backups leaving the much-anticipated heat to come down as a battle of average scores. Luckily for Matson, he was able to grab the leads in the dying seconds with a modest 3.50 and moves into the Quarterfinals.
 
“That was such a heavy heat,” Matson said. “It was so hard to find a wave out there and know where to sit. I was surfing while the event was on hold and I swear it was so much better than that. I don’t know if the wind or tide changed or something but it was tough out there. I’m glad to have made it through that one and hope the swell keeps coming because I’m loving these lefts. Going left is definitely a strength of mine so I’m stoked with the waves here in Taiwan.”
 
In the final heat of the day, Tane Bowden (NZL) put on an epic performance to overcome one of the event favourites in Californian Crosby Colapinto (USA). Colapinto didn’t make it easy, scoring an 8.50 on a solid lefthander for a series of huge backhand hits. Bowden answered with an 8.17 for a seamless frontside carve to crack combination and finished the heat in top spot.
 
Earlier in the day, South African duo Eli Beukes (ZAF) and Luke Slijpen (ZAF) put on the performances of the day with Slijpen scoring a two-wave total of 16.66 for his diverse display of power and progression at Jinzun Harbour. Beukes boosted a huge full rotation air-reverse to post a 9.17 in his heat. Eventually, Slijpen was eliminated but Beukes is yet to surf his Round 3 heat.

WSL Competition and Event Directors will reconvene at Jinzun Harbour tomorrow morning to make a call on competition at 6:30 a.m.local time for a possible 7:00 a.m. start. 

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 – December 1. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to www.worldsurfleauge.com or download the free WSL App.

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Results:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) 14.50 DEF. Cole Alves (HAW) 11.07
HEAT 2: Kauli Vaast (FRA) 12.96 DEF. Dakoda Walters (AUS) 12.74
HEAT 3: Kade Matson (USA) 8.50 DEF. Luke Slijpen (ZAF) 7.63
HEAT 4: Tane Bowden (NZL) 14.67 DEF. Crosby Colapinto (USA) 13.53

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Upcoming Matchups:
HEAT 5: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HEAT 6: Alan Cleland (MEX) vs. Eli Beukes (ZAF)
HEAT 7: Lucas Vicente (BRA) vs. Arashi Murata (JPN)
HEAT 8: Jett Schilling (USA) vs. Ketut Agus (IDN)

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) vs. Kauli Vaast (FRA)
HEAT 2: Kade Matson (USA) vs. Tane Bowden (NZL)

World Aids Day commemoration at J’Bay

All Kouga communities are invited to the official commemoration of World Aids Day at Jeffreys Bay next week.

The programme will take place at the Tokyo Sexwale Sportfield from 10am on Tuesday, 3 December.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the theme for this year’s World Aids Day, marked across the globe on 1 December, would be: “It’s my right to know my status; prevention is my responsibility”.

“The theme speaks to the biggest challenge around HIV/Aids in our country,” Hendricks said.

“While great strides have been made in reaching and treating those living with HIV/Aids, preventing new infections of the virus remains a challenge.”         

He said recent research by the University of Cape Town suggested that approximately 7,4 million South Africans were HIV positive while 4,9 million people were on treatment.

“The goal is to roll out treatment to at least 2 million more people over the next year.”

He said of concern was the around 250 000 new infections recorded annually in South Africa.

“The target is to keep new infections to below 100 000 in 2020. Raising awareness of the disease and how it can be prevented is, therefore, critical.”

He said young people between the ages of 15 and 24 were particularly vulnerable to being infected.

“We would, therefore, like to encourage young people, parents and caregivers in particular to attend the programme.”

He further called on communities not to discriminate against those living with HIV/Aids.

“The stigma attached to the illness is one of the biggest challenges we must overcome if we are to win the war,” he said.

“Illnesses such as Aids and TB do not discriminate by age, race, gender, class or socio-economic status. They affect all people and communities, prompting the need for a truly united and compassionate approach.”      

He said this tied in with the slogan for World Aids Day 2019: “Let our actions count. Let’s make this year’s World Aids Day the biggest ever yet!”.

The Kouga event is being presented jointly by the municipality, Department of Social Development, Department of Health, the Sarah Baartman District Municipality and Khethimpilo.