St Francis College MTB Race, Saturday 11 November 2023

St Francis College MTB Race, Saturday 11 November 2023

By Richard Arderne

St Francis College MTB Race

Last Saturday, Greg West and Piero de Marco marked the 30km course for this Saturday’s St Francis College MTB Race.

They stopped every few minutes to stick bright red or bright green tape next to the route to indicate where to go. And where not to go!

I rode with them and can assure you that the 30km route is not to be missed (and apparently the 60km, too). Just see the photos.

St Francis College MTB Race

Locals and out-of-towners would be crazy not to take this rare opportunity to ride over private land. It includes vistas of the Kromme and Geelhout rivers and dairy and cattle farming operations.

No Tar

The route has NO tar .. just a jeep track and some great single track, through farmland and some pristine indigenous forests.

The 30km course is manageable for cyclists who ride infrequently, with not many hills, none too long, and there is time to walk them anyway.

The race is a fundraising event for St Francis College, with First Choice as the anchor sponsor. The event is endorsed by St Francis Cycling Club, Coimbra Cycle Centre and St Francis Sport. The sponsors are Cape St Francis Resort, Client Care, Custom Construction and Pam Golding Properties.

Dane Shaw is the race director, and he would like you to enter in advance at  You can enter on the day when there will be a 7.30 am race briefing and 8 am staggered starts for the various distances. 60km, 30km (both open to e-bikes too), 10km (only bikes), and 5km and 3km (only for kids).

Substantial Prize Money

The prize money totals a very substantial R14,400 … so stay at home at your peril!

This is the first time in about ten years that St Francis has held an MTB Race outside of the Christmas season. So, we had three very successful St Francis MTB Challenges in 2009, 2010 and 2011. They started and finished at the Links. Then it rained the following two years .. and sadly, the event faded away. And now, at last, it is revived!


SPAR Early Bird Rewards, Double-Up Specials and Wine Of The Week – What’s On At The SUPERSPAR

SPAR Early Bird Rewards, Double-Up Specials and Wine Of The Week – What’s On At The SUPERSPAR

SPAR Early Bird Rewards and more

These specials are available on 10 November only and are limited to three per customer while stocks last.

Double-Up Christmas Specials

The SPAR also offers a ‘Christmas of more’ double-up selection of specials on milk, ice cream, fruit juice, rice, Five Roses Tea and more.


Wine Of The Week

La Bri Affinity 2020

La Bri (L’Abri) is French for “The Haven” – a perfect description of our boutique wine estate nestled in the amphitheatre of the Franschhoek mountains. Here, you will find “signature-styled wines created with passion” by our winemaker Irene de Fleuriot.

Affinity 2020


Juicy and rich with spicy nutmeg nose, fresh blackberry flavours, fine tannins and supporting acidity


The components of this Bordeaux Style Blend must have a special Affinity for each other – otherwise, the wine is not made. We skipped the 2018 and 2019 vintage for this reason. The varietal percentages vary according to the vintage, with Cabernet consistently dominant. 


The components were separately vinified and matured. Barrel selection for the blend occurred after 18 months of maturation of the individual components in 10% new French oak.


61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot

14% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot 


Each of our wines is linked to a specific flower – the characteristics of the wine are symbolized by that particular flower on the label.


Geissorhiza radians (Wine Cup)

Geissorhiza radians have a very attractive deep blue flower with a red centre. The Wine cup (Kelkiewyn) represents the core wine of our range, The Affinity Blend.


Prescient Report – Top Ten Bordeaux Blends – 93 points

Tim Atkin Report – 91 points

This wine will be a favourite wine over the festive season, and you can get it at TOPS at SPAR in the Village Square outlet.

See also:  Previous Wine Specials

Surfing Today With Rip Curl – 2023/2024 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open – Check The Gallery

Surfing Today With Rip Curl – 2023/2024 WSL Big Wave Season Now Open – Check The Gallery

LOS ANGELES, Calif., USA (Monday, November 6, 2023) – The World Surf League (WSL) 2023/2024 Big Wave season is officially open. This Big Wave season will feature events at two iconic locations: the TUDOR Nazaré Big Wave Challenge in Nazaré, Portugal, and the TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge at Peʻahi in Maui, Hawaii. The holding period to run the competition at Nazaré opens today, and Peʻahi starts on November 10. Both events’ holding period closes on March 31, 2024.

Nazaré and Pe’ahi

The WSL Tours and Competition Team will closely monitor the swells and conditions needed to run these events and call the competition ON once wave heights and weather align for the best possible conditions. The best big wave surfers in the world will be on call to activate at a moment’s notice and travel to one of the two world-class venues.

These events will be a thrilling showcase of the fearless athletes who have wholeheartedly committed their lives to chasing monumental swells and conquering towering waves. With relentless year-round mental and physical training, they stand ready to tackle these colossal challenges head-on. Therefore, this is their moment to demonstrate their unparalleled prowess, pushing the boundaries of big wave surfing to unprecedented heights. They also inspire the world with their unmatched determination and skill.

Big Wave Surfers Prepare for Major Swells

Peʻahi (also known as Jaws) in Maui and Praia do Norte in Nazaré are two of the most renowned and respected waves in the big wave community. So each location is a significant proving ground for the paddle-in and tow-in disciplines, respectively, and the site of historical World Records for the largest waves ever ridden. 

Some of the most memorable moments in big wave surfing have happened during these past events. The 2019 Peʻahi event saw massive barrels and heavy wipeouts. The 2022 Nazaré Challenge witnessed the next level of tow surfing as competitors performed technical manoeuvres on giant waves. 

Minimum of 25 Feet

The WSL Tours and Competition team will look for consistent surf, with a minimum of 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the competition. Also, other conditions, such as wind, tide, and fog, will be assessed in the decision to run the competitions. If a large swell tracks toward the contest location(s) with favourable weather conditions, the WSL Tours and Competition team will issue a probable start “Big Wave Yellow Alert” as far as 72 hours out from the potential event run date. Thereafter, if the conditions continue to track favourably, the “Big Wave Green Alert” will be issued, meaning the competition will be ON. Thereon, fans can prepare to watch surfers push the limits of what is possible in the next 24 hours. 

The WSL is also thrilled to announce the commencement of our Big Wave season in collaboration with Red Bull, marking the fifth consecutive year of the partnership. Thus as a testament to Red Bull’s unwavering commitment to Big Wave, fans and extreme sports enthusiasts worldwide can experience every heart-pounding moment LIVE via Red Bull TV and

TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge

About the Venue: Peʻahi, Maui, Hawaii 

The TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge will showcase paddle-in surfing at the famed break off of Maui, Hawaii. Due to its power, velocity, and ability to be one of the most perfect big waves on the planet, Peʻahi is the standard venue for paddle-in big-wave surfing. 

Recognizing the devastating Maui wildfires, the WSL continues to work with local surfers and civic and community leaders to ensure that this event benefits Maui’s people and economy. It is a source of support and community revitalization along the lengthy road to recovery.

As with all Big Wave competitions held at Peʻahi since the event’s inception, due to safety and environmental concerns, there is no location available for on-site spectating during the TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge. Thus, there will be no parking available to non-residents on either side of Haña Highway anywhere near the event location on the day of the competition. As a result, All the action from the competition will be broadcast live, and fans are encouraged to tune in to the live broadcast or support local businesses that air the event live.

About the Format and Invitees 

The TUDOR Jaws Big Wave Challenge will feature paddle-in surfing in an individual competition format. The men’s division, 24 competitors are divided into four heats of six surfers for the first round. Thereafter, the three highest-scoring surfers advance to the Semifinals, which run in the same format, and the top three surfers from the Semifinals advance to the Final. The women’s division runs similarly, with 12 competitors participating in two six-surfer Semifinals, with the top three surfers in each heat advancing to the Final. 

This season will be the first time six-surfer priority will come into play in a big wave competition. Priority is the system that controls who has the first option to ride a wave. The priority system was requested by the surfers and is beneficial for Peʻahi because it creates organization and adds safety to the lineup in massive swells. Also, heats are generally 45 minutes, and surfers may catch as many waves as they wish, respecting priority, with a panel of five judges scoring each ride on a scale of 1 to 10. Each competitor’s two best waves are counted, with their best-wave score doubled. 

Confirmed competitor lists and heat draws will be shared closer to the event being called on as athletes verify their participation.

Men’s Invitees

1 – Billy Kemper (HAW)

2 – Ian Walsh (HAW)

3 – Nathan Florence (HAW)

4 – Kai Lenny (HAW)

5 – Makua Rothman (HAW)

6 – Lucas Chianca (BRA)

7 – Russell Bierke (AUS)

8 – Nic von Rupp (PRT)

9 – Eli Olson (HAW)

10 – Torrey Meister (HAW)

11 – Koa Rothman (HAW)

12 – Nic Lamb (USA)

13 – Grant Baker (RSA)

14 – Jamie Mitchell (AUS)

15 – Albee Layer (HAW)

16 – Tyler Larronde (HAW)

17 – Jojo Roper (USA)

18 – Ty Simpson-Kane (HAW)

19 – Matt Bromley (RSA)

20 – Francisco Porcella (ITA)

21 – Trevor Carlson (HAW)

22- Tom Lowe (GBR)

23 – Aaron Gold (HAW)

24 – Greg Long (USA)

Women’s Invitees

1 – Paige Alms (HAW)

2 – Felicity Palmateer (AUS)

3 – Annie Reickert (HAW)

4 – Keala Kennelly (HAW)

5 – Emily Erickson (HAW)

6 – Michaela Fregonese (BRA)

7 – Bianca Valenti (USA)

8 – Skylar Lickle (HAW)

9 – Justine Dupont (FRA)

10 – Raquel Heckert (BRA)

11 – Laura Enever (AUS)

12 – Izzy Gomez (COL)

See also: Photo Of The Day – Biggest Wave Ridden By A Woman Scoops Awards

Easing the burden: Kouga to take water tariffs down a notch

Easing the burden: Kouga to take water tariffs down a notch

Kouga Municipality to reduce water tariffs, alleviating the high cost of living

Jeffreys BayKouga Municipality is set to reduce water tariffs for its residents in a bid to provide some financial relief in the face of the ever-increasing cost of living and to stimulate economic growth.

The decision to lower water tariffs (from category Part C to Part B) was approved by Council at a Special Council meeting held on 7 November 2023.

The new tariffs will take effect at the end of November.

Welcome Decision

This welcome decision was taken even though the Department of Water and Sanitation has not yet declared an end to the ongoing drought in the region, and other drought-affected areas are still maintaining high water tariffs.

“The existing water tariffs had been quite punitive, a necessity during the height of the water crisis that saw dam levels plummeting to below 4%,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Hattingh Bornman. “However, given the significant increase in dam levels, it was deemed appropriate to decrease these tariffs.”

Soaring Cost Of Living

According to Bornman, high water tariffs can exacerbate the already soaring cost of living, particularly for the most vulnerable members of society.

“To address this issue and provide much-needed relief to the poorest of the poor, the municipality has decided to reduce water tariffs,” he said.

“By implementing lower water tariffs, we, as a caring municipality, can strike a balance between sustaining essential water services and ensuring affordability for all – mitigating the financial strain on households, while promoting social and economic well-being.

“In doing so, we create a more just and equitable society where access to clean water is a right, not a privilege.”

See also: Council declares amnesty period for high water accounts