World’s Best Surfers Are Back for Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch

Live competitive surfing is back this weekend with a one-day, winners-take-all surf showdown in the perfect waves at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. 

Sage Erickson

Sage Erickson will pair up with 11X WSL Champion Kelly Slater for the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch. Credit: WSL / Cestari

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble At The Ranch will see 16 of the world’s best surfers pair up for the first-ever mixed tag team event, live on Competitors include 11-time WSL Champion Kelly Slater, Olympic qualifiers Caroline Marks, Kolohe Andino, Kanoa Igarashi, Tatiana Weston-Webb and reigning four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore, alongside Championship Tour stars Filipe Toledo, Sage Erickson, Conner Coffin and Lakey Peterson. 

The full list of competitors and teams were revealed during a Selection Show on

Round 1 Match-Ups
Coco Ho and Filipe Toledo vs. Alyssa Spencer and Kolohe Andino
Carissa Moore and Seth Moniz vs. Sage Erickson and Kelly Slater
Kirra Pinkerton and Conner Coffin vs. Caroline Marks and Adriano de Souza
Lakey Peterson and Griffin Colapinto vs. Tatiana Weston-Webb and Kanoa Igarashi

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Slater, the 11-time World Champion, is teaming up with Erickson, and the pair will match up against Moore and Seth Moniz.

“Kelly is the best, so if I’m going to be paired with the ultimate perfectionist there’s very little room for error,” said Erickson. “I surf better under pressure and that’s why I love to compete because I love to put myself in uncomfortable situations. That brings the best out in me and that’s what I think Kelly will do also. If I’m going to do my best surfing, it’s going to be with him. I can’t believe it!”

Peterson, the defending Surf Ranch Championship Tour event winner, is paired with Griffin Colapinto, who finished the 2019 event in third place. The stacked team will go head-to-head with Olympic qualifiers Weston-Webb and Igarashi in Round 1.

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Judges will watch and score the event remotely. Full format details available on

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch will be broadcast live on starting at 3 pm ET / 12 pm PT on August 9, 2020. In the US, FOX Sports will telecast the event live on FS2 from 3 to 5 pm ET and then will continue on FS1 live from 5 – 7 pm ET. Check local listings for details of additional broadcasters. The WSL Surf Ranch venue will be closed to spectators and the production and event will be run by the WSL. 

Health and Safety
WSL officials have collaborated extensively with public health officials, medical experts, as well as local and state officials, to create a thorough plan to ensure the health and safety of participants, staff, and the surrounding community. This event will be strictly executed to follow the WSL’s health and safety procedures, which were developed based on guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and emerging best practices established by other sports leagues and broadcast-only live sports events. These procedures include testing for athletes and essential staff, strict social distancing measures, temperature checks, and minimal personnel on-site.

The Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Rumble at the Ranch is proudly supported by Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold, Shiseido, Red Bull, Jose Cuervo, Jeep, CLIF Bar, Havaianas, and Hydro Flask.

Rip Curl E-Pro Online Surf Contest Round Two Results

E-Pro SurfingThere were a few waves in the excellent range in round two of the Rip Curl E-Pro online surf tournament currently taking place, as well as a number of other quality rides. Top round two surfers Josh Redman and Billy Payne both revealed excellent barrels, one from the east coast and the other from the west coast, for top scores. 

Davey Van Zyl will face off against some of the best surfers in the country during Round Three of the Rip Curl E-Pro – © Dave Lindemann Photography

The only surf event of any sort taking place this year for South African surfers, the Rip Curl E-Pro has been well received by surfers and spectators alike. The Rip Curl E-Pro has been supported by Surfing South Africa, the governing body of the sport, from the outset. South African surfers, South African waves.

There is R10k for first place among the men, R10k for first among the women, the R10k Red Bull Best Tube Award, and Oakley eyewear to the value of R10k. The winning male surfer and his videographer, as well as the winning female surfer and her videographer, will win a pair of Oakley sunglasses each.

The first heat saw Josh Redman from Durban jump into the lead with a solid east coast barrel. He was followed by Manoa Robb in 2nd, Dan Emslie in 3rd and Ari Kraak in 4th. Bowing out of the tournament was Luke Thompson in 5th and Tom Lindhorst in 6th.

In the second heat Billy Payne from St Francis Bay got first with a solid west coast bomb. He was followed by Eli Beukes, Luke Slijpen in 3rd and Joshe Faulkner in 4th. In this heat, Luke Van Wyk and Simo Mkize were eliminated in 5th and 6th place respectively.

Tomorrow will see round three take place. This will see 16 surfers eliminated and 16 surfers advancing to round four. Remember to vote for your favourite surfers on Instagram @surfwebseries or on Facebook page Surf Web Series

Rip Curl, the Ultimate Surfing Company…

The Rip Curl E-Pro is presented by Shaka Surf

Shaka Surf is an eco surf store specialising in 100% sustainable surf products, including surf fins made from recycled plastics. Their mission is to reduce plastic waste and create awesome eco surf fins.

Oakley is an event partner

Wavescape is the Rip Curl E-Pro media partner

The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by Surfing South Africa.
The Rip Curl E-Pro is powered by TCS-WiFi
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by the Kouga Municipality
The Rip Curl E-Pro is supported by The Travel Collective

Councillor caring for the elderly 

Kouga Municipality - logoA Jeffreys Bay councillor is helping to look after the frail and elderly in his ward.
Ludwig Vorster, the ward councillor for ward eight, recently delivered six new wheelchairs to the Amala Nursing Home.
The wheelchairs were bought through Kouga Municipality’s Ward Development Fund (WDF).
Amala matron, Estelle Botha, said the wheelchairs were heaven sent and would go a long way towards ensuring quality care for those who live at the nursing home.
Other projects that have been completed in ward 8 through the Ward Development Fund include new street name boards and speed bumps.
Ludwig Vorster Jbay

Speaker Hattingh Bornman joined Clr Vorster for the delivery of the wheelchairs.


Four Nature Reserves each offering a different experience

Not all who reside in the area and certainly most holiday makers, are aware that there are 4 separate nature reserves in Cape St Francis, all offering nature trails and different experiences.

The smallest being Seal Bay Nature reserve, about which I will elaborate today. The others being the Cape St Francis Nature reserve between Santereme and Cape St Francis which include several cycle tracks. The Seal Point Nature Reserve, around the Lighthouse area,  has a separate cycle track which is maintained by the St Francis Cycling Club and lastly, the largest and most varied, the Irma Booysen Nature reserve which again includes a cycling route.

The Seal Bay Nature Reserve which lies to the right of the lower end of Da Gama road is a small reserve and is populated by tall and hedge-like thicket which provides excellent protection from the wind for those wishing to take a walk in a pristine environment on those well-known local windy days. Due to its size, terrain, and sensitive vegetation there are no cycle tracks in this reserve.

There are many trees such the quar, milkwood, knob thorn to mention a few, that are common in the Seal Bay Reserve but rare in other reserves. Many of these are labelled with tags, so it is a great place to learn about these trees. It is therefore also an ideal place to see shy forest and thicket birds for the birders and people interested in the local bird life.

In the centre of the reserve, there is a lookout point with beautiful views of Seal Bay and the whole of the Cape St Francis beach, from Shark to Seal point. This part of the beach is also fairly remote, so the good access onto the beach that the paths provide, means that visitors can often have this stretch of beach to themselves, especially in the off season.

All the reserves are managed by FOSTER (Friends of St Francis Nature Areas) in accordance with an MOU with the Kouga Municipality. Through membership fees and monies raised, FOSTER looks after and maintains the walking paths and trails and removes alien vegetation. In partnership with the Municipality and Working on Fire, the fire breaks are set to be maintained over the next few weeks, helping to fireproof Cape St Francis.

The website offers those interested in the vegetation, birds and wildlife an extensive list with photographs of the fauna and flora to be found in the reserves. It also provides maps of the walks and membership details.


Map of nature reserves in St Francis region