Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!

Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!


Inaugural Alaïa Open Winter Cup Surf Event Is Happening In Switzerland!

Alaïa Bay lefts. Pretty sick.


Sion, Switzerland – Despite some minor global challenges, the Alaïa Open Winter Cup is happening this weekend, and the warm-up sessions start tomorrow, 3 December 2021. Surfers from all over Switzerland and various hubs worldwide have begun arriving at Alaïa Bay. The wave pool is steaming with all the red-hot talent warming up for the event.

The Alaïa Open Winter Cup is the first major event at Alaïa Bay, and there is US$75,000 up for grabs in prizes and cash for those surfers who excel in this event. 

During the surfing event, Alaïa Bay is hosting the Saturday Evening Party. This party will be hosted by Lunarts, the makers of WooMoon and StoryTellers – with an eight-hour showcase direct from Ibiza. 

Despite the party on Saturday night, the Alaïa Open Winter Cup is a hardcore surf event. The temperatures in Switzerland are fresh, and there is even a chance of snow on the final day. Current weather in Sion HERE.

The Alaïa Bay competition qualifications on Saturday 4 December will have a unique format, ideally suited to the workings of the wavepool. First, surfers get to choose their best option, be it a left or a right-breaking wave. Then, each surfer gets a one-hour session with others in which to showcase their skills. After that hour, top scores will be tallied.


Zeke Lau at Alaïa Bay

Zeke Lau at Alaïa Bay


 At the end of the first day, the top riders will advance to the final day. The format for the finals day will be the standard competition format as per ISA rules. Contest Director is a Swiss-born surfer, Swiss Surfing Association’s Dario Müller.

“We’re very excited about the upcoming Alaïa Open,” said Alaïa Bay founder Adam Bonvin. The 25-year-old Swiss surfer has been the driving force behind Alaïa Bay. It will be great to have the best Swiss surfers here, and we look forward to watching them surf. We are also very excited to see the international competitors competing at our wavepool. This event is all about the surfers.

All the event information can be found here:

To see some of the action, check out the webcam:






Kouga Residents Can Submit Their Meter Readings Via Email

Kouga Residents Can Submit Their Meter Readings Via Email

KOUGA residents can now submit their water and electricity meter readings on a monthly basis via email to Kouga MunicipalitKouga Finance Portfolio Councillor, Willem Gertenbach, said, that residents who choose this option will be billed on their actual readings.

“When residents submit their self-read meter readings to Kouga Municipality, they have peace of mind that their account is accurate, and they will immediately see when their electricity or water expenditure goes up,” said Gertenbach.

“This way they can better manage their account, keep their account low and control how much they use – paying only for what they have used.”

To submit meter readings, is as easy as one . . .  two . . . three.

Readings, taken on the same day as indicated on their previous municipal account, must be sent to, with the subject clearly indicated as “Meter Readings”.

The following information must be included:

  • Account number
  • Date of meter reading
  • Meter reading
  • Photo of meter reading
  • Contact number

“Meter readings submitted without a clear photo displaying the readings and meter number will not be recorded and readings will subsequently be estimated,” said Gertenbach.

For more information, send an email to Wilma le Roux at

Water Crisis: Municipality To Throttle Water Supply with immediate effect

Water Crisis: Municipality To Throttle Water Supply with immediate effect

KOUGA Municipality is set to reduce water pressure to households across the region with immediate effect – to force the reduction of water consumption.

It is likely to result in supply interruptions being experienced in higher-lying areas for short periods during the day.

This after the Department of Water and Sanitation imposed a 70% restriction on the municipality’s approved water quotas amid rapidly declining dam levels of the Algoa Water Supply System – including the Churchill Dam, Impofu Dam and Loerie Dam.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said that due to the severity of the ongoing drought, rapidly dwindling water resources and continued high water usage in Kouga, difficult decisions had to be taken.

“The reduction of water pressure, which forms part of the stricter measures that have been introduced in Kouga, is aimed at reducing residential water consumption,” he said.

“We urge residents to cut back their combined water usage by at least 50% as a matter of extreme urgency.

“As a region, we must reduce Kouga’s average water consumption from 11Ml per day to a maximum of 6Ml per day as per strict instruction from the Department of Water and Sanitation.”

Hendricks said that the Churchill Dam and Impofu Dam, that supplies water to Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and St Francis Bay, are expected to be without water by December, while the Loerie Dam has only three to four weeks of water storage left should no significant rain fall in the catchment area very soon.

“Under these conditions, no water will be available for supply off the respective pipelines when the dams run dry,” said Hendricks.

According to him, water demand will be supplemented with existing borehole water where possible. Although slightly discoloured, he assured residents that the water is purified and safe to drink.

More Water Saving Measures

Should water consumption not significantly decrease in the next week or two, water restrictors will be fitted at high consuming households.

“Although this is not an ideal thing to do, the situation we find ourselves in calls for drastic measures,” he said. “The restrictors cut water automatically to those households that use more than the prescribed amount.”

According to him, the municipality will, furthermore, be forced to consider water rationing.

“Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry – we must do all we can to save water,” said Hendricks. “We can only save water while there is still water to be saved.