Excitement Mounts As Wine Estates Confirmed For Wine On Water Festival Brought To You By Investec

St Francis Bay – Sales have been brisk for the inaugural Wine on Water festival in St Francis Bay on the canals, and it seems that it is going to be a popular wine-tasting event. The local community, as well as wine lovers from far afield have been snapping up the limited offer tickets, and there could be a scramble for the remaining tickets as we get closer to the time of the event.

Wine on Water on St Francis Bay Canals

There are 20 wine states confirmed, as well as a gin and a rum producer on the confirmation list. We will be revealing the wine estates over the next few days via our Facebook Page and website, but we can confirm that Tokara Wine Estate, Warwick Wine Estate and Newton Johnson Wines will be joined by Hogan Wines, with their roots in Cape St Francis, as well as local rum distillery One33 Craft Rum. The remaining wine estates will be revealed soon, along with the gin distillery.

(Tickets are R475 pp, and for those of you who are already starting to feel some FOMO at this stage, grab your tickets here before reading on – https://bit.ly/2uIvdB5)

The brainchild of the Rotary Club Of St Francis, the Wine On Water festival is a unique concept that consists of those 20 fine wine estates setting up tasting decks at private homes on the canals in St Francis, and festival goers will be delivered on river barges to these tasting decks. It is a controlled environment, with water marshals, and systems in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone.

This water-borne wine tasting concept is something quite inimitable and can only be pulled off in a place like St Francis Bay. With the remarkable canal systems, the beautiful houses, and the generous and accommodating local owners, the event is sure to be a huge success. The WoW committee has also stated that they will be using local vendors and suppliers where possible, and will only be reaching out beyond the area if needed. TOPS at the Superspar Village Square is the retail partner, and they will be processing wine orders for all customers.

WoW will take place on the 27th and 28th March. Tastings begin at 12 noon and ends at sunset on both days, when a whole new party kicks off at the Quaysyde Restaurant and marquee tent. There will be delicious, locally produced artisanal food available, more craft drinks on offer, live music for all with the Grosvenor Road Band, and a whole lot of good times to be had at Quaysyde. The night time entertainment will add another whole dimension to the weekend’s festivities.

TCS WiFi will be setting up a free, high-speed hot-spot at Quaysydeso that revellers can upload their images and video clips to social media, or set up Facebook Live Streams to share their good times. Hashtags are #wowstfrancis #wineonwaterstfrancis

The WoW Festival is a charity event, with all proceeds going to the upliftment of the local community when and where needed. There is a cap on ticket sales, as there is only a certain number of water taxis and amenities available, and tickets are being snapped up. As an inaugural event, the organisers have stated that they will not be releasing more tickets, to ensure that the wine-tasting runs smoothly and that everyone who has a ticket can enjoy the festival to the fullest.

Tickets are R475pp and are limited. They can be booked here https://www.quicket.co.za/events/97240-wine-on-water-st-francis-bay/?preview=t#/

To find out more please visit www.wineonwater.co.za and should you have any hassles with booking your tickets online please email us on wowrotarysf@gmail.com

Media Release –  Distributed by Truth Collective  –  craig@truthcollective.co.za

CT Athletes Dominate on Day 3 of the Oi Hang Loose Pro

Yago Dora, Filipe Toledo and Jadson André all had commanding performances at the QS5000 in Fernando de Noronha.

Cacimba do Padre

The iconic background at Cacimba do Padre in Fernando de Noronha. Setting for the Oi Hang Loose Pro. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

CACIMBA DO PADRE, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – Thursday, February 13 – Action kicked off to an early start on Thursday for Day 3 of the Oi Hang Loose Pro Contest pres. by Elétron Energy with last year’s event winner Jadson André (BRA) in the opening heat of the day. In his first appearance in a jersey in 2020, André looked spry as he tagged the lefthanders at Cacimba do Padre with lightning quick reflexes.

Despite his admitted aversion to early morning heats, the Brazilian was still able to advance easily with a 12.50 total over Cauã Costa (BRA), Enzo Cavallini (FRA) and Kian Martin, the only WSL surfer based out of Sweden.

“My first heat of the year and it had to be at seven in the morning,” joked André. “Everyone knows I’m not a big fan of getting up early and today I was up at 4:40 for prep. But in the bigger picture, last year I competed in the first heat in almost every event. It was unbelievable, it was like a test. So being back here and getting ready for another year on the CT shows that all the sacrifice was worth it.”

Jadson later recollected the importance of the Hang Loose Pro in Fernando de Noronha from his childhood.

“I remember when I was a kid, I used to dream about competing at this contest on this beach,” added André. “To win the contest last year was a major accomplishment in my career and hopefully I can be on the winner’s podium again this time around.”

Jadson André

Jadson André (BRA) looking to repeat his victory at the Oi Hang Loose Pro. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Although the waves at Cacimba do Padre are best-known for their powerful barrels, conditions today offered athletes more of an open playing field where turns, airs and progression were the go-to maneuvers.

One of the most stylish surfers on tour with a complete grasp of those aspects in competition is Yago Dora (BRA), who earned the day’s best heat total of a 14.07 with high-performance surfing and lofty airs.

“My strategy today was to be ready for anything,” stated Dora. “I paddled into my first wave and felt there was really nothing on offer, so I risked going for that big air. Going to the air is something I feel confident in doing and that section just made me want to go for it. I really enjoy when there are a lot of waves and lots of scoring opportunities. That’s when it feels more like a freesurf than a comp, and you just want to keep doing bigger and better moves. I love the wave here and I feel like I’ve got a good connection with it, so I’m happy to be moving on to the next round.”

Yago Dora (BRA)

Yago Dora (BRA) took to the skies at Cacimba do Padre. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

With completion of the Round of 96, athletes and contest director Fabio Gouveia assembled together to see if conditions were still contestable to begin the next heat, which included Filipe Toledo (BRA). The athletes unanimously agreed to continue as consistent sets in the 4+ foot range peaked across the lineup.

After falling on his initial attempts, Toledo got the ball rolling and earned a 7.00 and a 6.77 from the judges with his innovative surfing. Marcos Correa (BRA) advanced in second place, eliminating Junior Lagosta (BRA) and Santiago Muniz (ARG) from the competition.

“We got together before the heat and decided to hit the water to get this round started. It was fun, the waves are still rippable and today was more about the airs than the barrels. I’m just thankful for being here. Surfing in paradise isn’t for everyone,” said Toledo jokingly. “It’s all about staying focused, but having fun at the same time. It’s the best path to victory.”


Filipe Toledo (BRA) – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Following that heat, a strong sidewind whipped up, deteriorating conditions. The contest was put on hold with the next call scheduled for 7:00am local time on Friday. Heat 2 of Round of 48 will see Luke Gordon (USA), Marco Giorgi (URY), Weslley Dantas (BRA) and Joan Duru (FRA) match up at Cacimba do Padre.

Oi Hang Loose Pro

(clockwise from top left): Ian Gouveia (BRA), Douglas Silva (BRA), Nomme Mignot (FRA) and Mason Ho (USA) at the Oi Hang Loose Pro.
Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo