Alaïa Open Winter Cup Champions Crowned in Switzerland

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Champions Crowned in Switzerland

Michel Roque and Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri Victorious at the Alaïa Open Winter Cup.

Maria Salgado and Lukas Skinner Claim Junior Titles 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup
Open men’s Finalists © Maxime Schmid
Alaïa Bay, Sion – It was an action-packed final day at Alaïa Bay for the second edition of the Alaïa Open Winter Cup. But, despite the frigid 10-degree water, the surfing was red-hot and a testament to the amazing wave quality that Alaïa Bay produces. 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Open Men’s

The Open Men’s Final was an incredibly close affair, with the lead changing a few times. Yago Dominguez from Basque Country has been the on-form Open Men’s surfer throughout the event. Still, in this final display, the powerful Brazilian goofy-footer Michel Roque put on an amazing show of aerial surfing and lightning-fast lip hits to snatch victory.

Roque opened up with a full air rotation and a series of powerful whips off the top for an opening ride of 8.73. However, he backed this up with an incredible left-hand, where he performed a series of fast and powerful turns off the top. Executed with speed, power, flow and variety for a 9-point ride and victory with a 17.73 tally. In addition, Dominguez was the runner-up with 16.50 points to his name. While surfing in his second final, Lukas Skinner came in a respectable third place and German surfer Dylan Groen in fourth place.

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Open Women’s

The Open Women’s Final was one of the closest heats of the entire event, with the lead changing hands throughout the final.

The Basque Country surfers, Janire and Annette Gonzalez Extbarri were going toe-to-toe throughout the final. Both were surfing with skill and precision. However, Anat Lelior from Israel was fighting hard and was also in the game for a possible win. It all went down to the final exchange. At the end of the final, it was Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri with the win, with Anat Lelior in second. Furthermore, the scores were incredibly close, and Janire took victory by a mere .07 of a point against the Israeli surfer. Annette Gonzalez Extbarri was third, and Noah Klapp was fourth.

Alaïa Open Winter Cup

Janire Gonzalez Etxbarri © Maxime Schmid

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Junior Girls

The Junior Girls’ final was an exciting affair. Maria Salgado from Portugal was on fire and was the clear winner with 15.33 points in her tally. She had all the other surfers in the final in a combo situation, with all three needing two waves to get in the game. At the final siren, it was Salgado in first with Lila Skinner (UK) in second place. Fabiana Klein (SUI) and Vera Oliveira from Portugal finished third and fourth, respectively.  

Junior Girls Finalists © Maxime Schmid

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Junior Boys

One of the most competitive divisions in the entire event was the Junior Boys division. The final was action-packed, with the juniors going all out to win the contest. In the end, Lukas Skinner (UK) emerged victorious with an excellent display of high-performance surfing for a heat total of 18.33. His rides consisted of an incredible 10-point ride with a clean rotation followed by two powerful hits for the perfect score. Combined with a follow-up 8.33 ride and he had the decisive win. In addition, the runner-up was Rivan Rock Rosskopf, with Killian Rosskopf and Antione Habashi in third and fourth positions. All three of these surfers are from Switzerland. 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup
Lukas Skinner © Maxime Schmid

“It was super cool to come to Alaïa Bay in Switzerland to compete, and it was such a great atmosphere here in Alaïa Bay,“ said Skinner after the results were announced. “Also, I think it was also great to see the progression of the Swiss surfers. It was good to surf against surfers like Michel and Yago. Furthermore, I was getting such high scores because I was getting pushed by them.” 

Alaïa Open Winter Cup Swiss Wavepool Champions

In the Swiss Wave Pool ratings, it was Rivan Rosskopf who was crowned the Junior Swiss Wavepool Champion. Olman Morales was awarded the Men’s Swiss Wavepool Champion, and Rachel Bonhote-Mead Swiss was declared the Women’s Swiss Wavepool Champion. 


80 Surfers To Compete In The Alaïa Open Winter Cup – In Sion, Switzerland. Yes, Switzerland.

Photo Of The Day – Switzerland Wave Pool At Full Output

Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Landlord? 

Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Landlord? 

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Before renting your home out or investing in a “buy to let” property, prospective landlords should consider some essential things. 

Being a landlord does not stop when the lease is signed. 

  • It involves effort and commitment. 
  • Not only do the Tenants need to be managed to ensure they abide 
  • By the terms of the lease and look after your investment; 
  • The Landlord must maintain the property well and ensure all bills are paid. 
  • These issues must be actively managed. However, if ignored, it can swiftly get out of control. That said, property has proved to be an excellent investment over time. 
  • Being a landlord can be a richly rewarding way to build legacy wealth for yourself and your family. Every cent earned from a tenant towards the rent goes towards enabling you to grow your wealth through your property. 
  • Property can be an excellent investment, but you must take a long-term view to achieve real value. You also need to be realistic about whether you can afford to be a landlord. 

Ask yourself whether : 

  • The rent will cover your bond, rates, and insurance. 
  • Ongoing maintenance 
  • Have enough to put extra aside when you have a vacancy or an expensive repair. 
  • Unexpected costs will inevitably arise, so ensure you have budgeted the money and time for routine maintenance and emergency repairs. 

Do you have the time? 

  • It takes time and commitment. Once your tenants have moved in, you will need to be able to respond rapidly to their requests and complaints. 
  • Sometimes maintenance issues cannot wait. Good tenants are worth keeping happy, and a quick response is essential to them. At the same time, your property is a significant investment, and you want to minimise potential damage. 
  • Ongoing property management and maintenance require a significant number of hours. They can be difficult if you have a demanding full-time occupation. 

Use professional agents to screen your tenants. 

Getting stuck with a bad tenant can be mentally, emotionally, and financially disastrous. Therefore, do not cut corners when vetting your tenants – thorough credit checks must be done, and all references should be followed up. Strict tenant vetting and monthly management procedures ensure landlords have peace of mind. This equates to their tenants likely to pay their rent on time, every time. 

Harcourts look at more than just a credit score – factors like account payment patterns, nature and age of judgements are also considered when vetting tenants. 

Just as essential is a professionally drawn-up lease that is fair and watertight. A good understanding of South Africa’s landlord-tenant laws is critical. These are governed by the CPA (Consumer Protection Act), the RHA (Rental Housing Act), the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Property Act, and Common Law. 

Should you hire an outside estate agency, like Harcourts, to assist you? 

Managing your rental can be pretty taxing, and it’s best to have a professional agency with skilled and experienced individuals doing the work for you. 

Harcourts Services offered to include: 

  • Property marketing, viewings and tenant vetting include the due diligence of credit and other checks before tenants can move in. 
  • Comprehensive contracts and advice regarding the legal obligations of landlords and tenants. 
  • Prompt attendance to maintenance & management issues that saves you time and money. 
  • Transparent processes, established routines, standardised documentation and regular feedback, maintain high service standards. 
  • On-line accounting system for investment, receipt and payment of all funds. Proactively actioning slow and non-payment by tenants with the involvement of the Landlord. 
  • Harcourts offers all this and more to our landlords. We have a long history and excellent track record built on our experience of what landlords and tenants need. We are very optimistic about the rental market, and our agents are happy to discuss and offer advice where required. We believe that property provides a unique wealth-building opportunity for South Africans, and we want to help you to make that happen. 


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Medina Claim Victories at the Corona Saquarema Pro – Surfing Today with Rip Curl

Medina Claim Victories at the Corona Saquarema Pro – Surfing Today with Rip Curl

and three-time WSL World Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) defeating Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in the men’s Final. The stage is now set for the remaining 2023 Championship Tour (CT) spots to be clinched at the final Challenger Series event of the season in Haleiwa, Hawaii.

Medina Delays Qualifications for Top Ranked Surfers

Medina once again made history, winning the first-ever Challenger Series event in Latin America. The Final between Medina and Boukhiam was a rematch of the 2013 World Pro Junior Championship which took place in Florianópolis, Brazil, where Medina clinched his first title prior to becoming the first Brazilian WSL World Champion in 2014. Medina and Boukhiam have remained friends since then and may potentially be on the 2023 Championship Tour (CT) together.

Three-time WSL Champion Gabriel Medina of Brazil -Photo by Daniel Smorigo/World Surf League

“Ramzi (Boukhiam) is a really good friend of mine, we’ve had a Final together before and he’s someone I admire a lot,” said Medina. “I know he trains hard, surfs incredibly well and I hope he makes it onto the CT because he deserves it. I’m stoked that I got the chance to finally win an event in Brazil, especially during such a challenging week here in Saquarema. I’m also happy that I’m 100% healthy and now we’re only one month away from when the real work begins when I arrive in Hawaii.”

Medina’s path to the Final was not an easy one having to go through Maxime Huscenot (FRA), in the Quarterfinals and local hero João Chianca (BRA), in the Semifinals. Both Huscenot and Chianca had a chance to guarantee their qualification onto the 2023 CT with an event win at the Corona Saquarema Pro, as did Boukhiam. Chianca has now moved up into 8th place on the Challenger Series rankings and Boukhiam now sits in 4th place.

Ramzi Boukhiam of Morocco s – Photo by Daniel Smorigo/World Surf League

“I really like Brazil a lot. I have a great connection with the country, with the people here and I’m really stoked with my result,” declared Boukhiam. “Medina is my favorite surfer and I know I’d have to surf my best to have a chance of beating him. It was a close one and he got the score at the end, but for me, he’s the best surfer in the world. I had a great time here, I think I was able to move up in the rankings and now I’m hopeful to make it onto the CT.”