St Francis Surfers Still In The Mix At Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Champs

Lead Photo: Rory Dace © Kody McGregor

St Francis surfers Makai Kabot, Rory and Joel Dace and Jack Erlank are still in the running at the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes

Glassy, 3-4ft offshore conditions greeted contestants on Day 3 of the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes. The classic, reeling Jeffreys Bay line-up offered the ideal canvas for excellent performances throughout the day.

Connor Slijpen (Cape Town Surfriders) dropped the highest heat score total of the day in the U16 Boys division. Between perfectly placed, arching power turns and one of the few air rotations landed in the contest so far, his surfing comfortably landed him a 16.58 heat score total (8.7 + 7.88) and a spot in the Quarterfinals.
A further standout in the U16 Boys division was Sea Harvest ambassador Surprise Maphumulo (eThekwini Surfriders), whose combination of deep bottom turns and explosive backhand cracks earned him a spot in the Quarterfinals, alongside heat winner Joel Fowles (Cape Winelands).
Rory Dace (Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders) put on a stellar performance in the U14 Boys division, Round 3. The Cape St. Francis surfer is well versed in point break surfing and picking off a set wave early in the heat, combined massive rail carves with sharp snaps to earn a whopping 8.5 point score. Backed up with a confident 6.25 points, Dace won his heat with ease.
Day 4 of the 2021 Sea Harvest SA Junior Surfing Championships presented by SMTH Shapes will see the Quarterfinals of all divisions, as well as some Semifinals surfed.


The West Wind Magazine Turns One

The West Wind digital community magazine was introduced about a year ago to cover long-read stories from St Francis Bay and further afield. The reach includes Oyster Bay, JBay, Humansdorp and sometimes other interesting spots in our region. 

The magazine was a hit, and it has around 2,000 readers each and every month. 

It consists of exciting and relevant long-read topics and reviews, restaurant reviews and interviews with personalities. It also has photo showcases from local photographers, sporting event reviews, upcoming event news and everything that happens in between.  

One of the most popular articles was Prof Cowling’s story on the demise of the surfing wave known as 69’s due to the harbour build.  This was in Issue Seven. The actual story can be read here or click on the image to see the full magazine. 

Overview, indicating where 69’s used to be


The most read issue was Issue Six which featured a cover by Christopher Scott. 

The West Wind Issue Six

Which came in at 5,245 readers and 22,090 impressions. 

The most recent issue – Issue Eleven – 

The West Wind Issue Eleven

has also been a popular read with more than 2,000 readers. The most-read stories in this issue were Si Cunneen’s photo feature, a review on Robin Auld playing at Nevermind Restaurant, and an art feature by local writer Jacquei Jorgenson on local artist Juliette Godfrey.  

The West Wind digital community magazine is monthly. Still, we have missed a few deadlines, and sometimes we consider it more like a semi-regular magazine than a monthly publication. Still, we are currently working on issue 12, and it looks like it will be a bumper issue. 

If you’re interested in advertising or contributing in any way, or even if you have an idea for some good content, feel free to reach out to the editor here 


FOSTER Launches new Website and Unveils new Logo

As the usage of the FOSTER Reserves in the greater St Francis area continues to grow and with membership numbers doubling over the last year, the committee decided it was time to rebrand and develop a new website from scratch.

Trudi Malan volunteered to take on this challenging task. Working together with DNA Online and input from the committee, a new and much more user-friendly website was developed and launched last month.

The first task was to develop a new and relevant logo for FOSTER. This now incorporates the endemic red species plant – Satyrium princeps – in the green O, representing our reserves’ green areas.

The new website contains a wealth of information. This includes the details of the many trails to be found in the reserves. In addition, it has easy to download maps and tabs to help you identify a plant or animal species and general information about the reserves and FOSTER. Becoming a member is now also made very easy and includes a scanning option for payment. The website address remains unchanged, namely or simply Google – foster cape st francis.

The completely revamped trail maps, which were done with the help of Wentzel Coetzer of Conservation Outcomes, make the routes easy to follow. They also indicate the time the average person will take to walk them, the difficulty level and the length of the trail. Most people will be surprised as to how many trails there are in the 4 reserves. Visit the website to find out more and plan your next walk, hike or run. The website also features many photos taken by our members and some from the installed camera traps. Our thanks to Wentzel Coetzer from Conservation Outcomes, whose expertise made this task possible

As most of FOSTER’s work is around preserving the unique and beautiful flora of the area, all the plant species are listed. This gives the reader additional information about the plant, such as genus, vulnerability status and location. Very topical at the moment, as the flowers in our reserves are blooming, making the reserves well worth a visit.

An aerial map showing the location of the Seal Point, Irma Booysen, Seal Bay and Cape St Francis Nature Reserves is also helpful to locate and plan your walks depending on the weather and wind conditions.

The above gives you a taste of what information is available on the new website. Still, to really appreciate Trudi and the team’s work to revolutionise the website, please visit it at . We would also love to get your views and feedback. For the website to remain relevant, we will continue to update and improve it. Have fun!

The Karting Kids From St Francis

Josh and Jack Moore from St Francis Bay are two young kids who are competitive karting stars, with a long list of podium finishes behind them. They are part of an elite crew that will be heading overseas to compete shortly.

They do have it in their blood, as both Josh and Jack started karting, at the ages of 8 and 6, after watching their mom race karts for a season!

After winning the 10-year-old class last year, Josh competed in the MiniRok National Championship this year for drivers up to the age of 13. This is the biggest and most competitive class in the National Championship. Josh finished this year’s season 4th overall. He was also the best Rookie of the Year! He is one of only 6 kids to get a ticket to race and represent South Africa in the ROK World Super Finals in South Garda, Italy, this month. They are all heading over to Italy shortly.

Jack Moore won the 2020 Africa Open Championship last year, racing in the Bambino class. This year, he moved up to the KidRok class and won the National Championship with 9 wins and 3 runner-up spots! Jack also won a ticket to the ROK World Super finals in Italy and will compete in the MiniRok 13-year-old class and in the MiniRok under 10 class.

They both love racing and have a huge passion for learning and bettering themselves. Both assist Dad and their mechanic in setting up and checking their karts before races. They are responsible for feedback about the kart’s performance after practice sessions and races to set faster lap times. They analyze data and go-pro footage to see where they can make up time and better their driving lines on the track.

Racing karts leads to big things. Who knows, we might have a future F1 driver or two in our midst. Good luck in Italy, Josh and Jack!


Notes From The Editor

Thanks for all the support after the first version of St Francis Today 2.0 went out last Friday. Positive and encouraging, it was also good to learn how much St Francis Bay’s local community enjoys and needs the newsletter and website.
As mentioned, there will be a load of local news and information because a lot is going on in St Francis Bay. We have a bustling village with many highly skilled and talented people in it.

Wild Flower Walk
Next weekend sees the return of the St Francis Field Wild Flower Show with guided walks, fynbos displays and slideshows, organized by Dave Bowmer and FOSTER.
It is a wonderful way to learn about and enjoy our natural fynbos beauty around the greater St Francis area.

Registrations for the Wild Flower Walk can be done through Colleen Smith. No cost but donations will be taken for FOSTER. The flowers are looking stunning and for any further details, contact Colleen. or cell 0826733754.


St Francis Market
Next weekend also sees the local St Francis market’ outdoor shopping experience’ on Saturday 89th, weather permitting. The St Francis market has become extremely popular, and there are so many great products to buy. The homemade food and farm products are great, the local clothing is awesome, and we all like to Support Local.

For both the Flower Show and the Market, all COVID protocols will be strictly adhered to, so please wear a mask, sanitize and keep your distance.

Movember is Coming
Before you know it, it’ll be November, the weather will have warmed up, and we will be heading into summer. No better time for the men in the village to grow a bristling moustache. This year Movember in St Francis is organized by the Rotary Club Of St Francis. All proceeds go to St Francis Hospice Kouga. They are in dire need of funding right now. There are loads of fun prizes for those men entering.
All details are below.