New Writing Contest Announced – Win R1000

New Writing Contest Announced – Win R1000

Dear wordsmiths and storytellers extraordinaire,

Hold on to your pens and buckle up because we’re about to embark on a literary adventure like no other! We’re thrilled to announce our brand-new writing contest where you have the chance to win not just fame and glory, but a cool R1000 cash prize.

New Writing Contest Announced

Here’s the lowdown: We want you to unleash your creativity and spin a tale that captivates, entertains, and leaves us wanting more. But here’s the twist—we’re giving preference to stories with a local slant. Yes, that’s right! We want to hear about the colorful characters, the hidden gems, and the quirky happenings right in our own backyard.

Now, we know R1000 is nothing to scoff at, so we’re expecting nothing short of literary brilliance. Maximum word count? 600. That’s right, we’re challenging you to pack a punch in just 600 words. The clock is ticking, and your keyboard awaits.

The heart of our community

Think about it: your story could be the one that transports us to the heart of our community, introduces us to characters we never knew existed, or leaves us laughing until our sides hurt. The more entertaining, the better!

So, whether you’re a seasoned storyteller or someone with a tale itching to be told, this is your moment. Dive into the vibrant tapestry of our local scene, weave a narrative that grabs our attention, and who knows, that R1000 could be yours.

Submit your masterpiece in the next 30 days, and let the literary games begin. The journey to the grand prize has never been this exhilarating. Get those creative gears turning, and may the most entertaining story win!

Happy writing,

The editor

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Notes From The Editor: Write A Comment, Win Cash Or Beer For Christmas

Notes From The Editor: Write A Comment, Win Cash Or Beer For Christmas

Dear Reader

As a result of some well-meant feedback, it has come to our attention that our comments section is rather neglected lately. So, we thought, why not give it a little rev? Introducing the “Write A Comment, Win One Thousand Rand Cash and/or a Case Of Beer” extravaganza!

Here’s the deal: Scroll down to the comments section and unleash the wordsmith within you. Pen a comment that makes us chuckle, raises our eyebrows, or just generally leaves us in awe of your linguistic prowess. The best part? You stand a chance to win not only the admiration of your peers but also cold, hard cash or a case of beer. Because let’s face it, nothing says “congratulations” like a refreshing beverage or a little extra moolah.

Win Cash Or Beer

One grand hard cash to the person who comes up with the best comment as judged by our panel of comments specialists and a case of St Francis Brewery beer for the most hilarious, snort-your-coffee-through-your-nose type of comment. There are also 4 x beer tasting vouchers for the St Francis Brewery for second place in the Funniest Comments section.

So, whether you’re a seasoned commentator or a first-time contributor, don’t be shy. Dive into the comment section like you’re plunging into a pool of wit and charm. Who knows, your comment might be the gem that earns you the title of Commenter Extraordinaire and some sweet rewards to go along with it.

As per usual, there are rules. Sorry, we have to do this.

No horrible comments, including the usual ‘haters gonna hate, yo!’ style of comments. If we don’t like your comments, we won’t publish them. It’s pointless making nasty remarks about anyone or anything; those sorts of comments won’t win anything. You can make as many comments as you want, but you have just under a month to enter.

If there are no good, award-winning comments, then no prizes will be awarded.

You could start off by commenting on this article, and see how that works out.

The editor

2023 South African Junior Team off to Brazil to compete in the ISA World Surfing Championship.

2023 South African Junior Team off to Brazil to compete in the ISA World Surfing Championship.

Local surfer Rory Dace is representing Cape St Francis in ISA World Surfing Championship.

The 2023 South African team is in for Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to join surfers from over 40 nations at the 20th ISA World Junior Surfing Championship. Furthermore, this will take place at Macumba Beach from Friday, November 24th to Sunday, December 3rd

First For Rio

The ISA World Junior Championship was first held in Durban in 2003. In addition, this is the second time in 20 years that Brazil has hosted this popular tournament. It is the first time it will take place in Rio de Janeiro. The event is hosted by the Brazilian Surf Confederation (CBS). With support from the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the State of Rio de Janeiro.

The South African team is captained by Ntokozo “Surprise” Maphumulo of Durban, who competes in the U18 Division. Forward to that he is joined by David Emslie of East London and Luc Lepront of Scottburgh in KZN. Both Maphumulo and Lepront represented South Africa in the 2022 ISA World Junior Championships in El Salvador last year. Emslie is a new cap.

Rip Curl Surfer Gemma Hanafey

The U18 Girls team is made up of East London surfers Gemma Hanafey and Zia Hendricks. They also competed in El Salvador in 2022 and new cap, Lily Heny of Port Alfred.

Levi Epenetos of Melkbosstrand, Rory Dace of Cape St Francis and Kai Hall of Durban make up the U16 Boys team. Further, all three are representing South Africa for the first time.

ISA World Surfing Championship

Rory Dace from Cape St Francis representing South Africa in the ISA World Champs in Brazil. © Louis Wulff

The U16 Girls group consists of new caps Louise Lepront of Scottburgh, Anastasia Venter of Jeffreys Bay and Indiphile Osinachi of Durban. Further, this is a second cap for Osinachi, who competed in the 2022 World Championships in El Salvador.

Managers and Coaches

SSA Operations Manager Rezar de Nicker is the Team Manager, while Natasha Van Greunen and Danielle Powis are the Coaches for the 2023 SA Junior Team. Thus all three are based in the Western Cape.

Furthermore, the team is supported by the National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Sea Harvest.

Surfing South Africa is the National Governing body for the sport in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Commission and Olympic Committee (SASCOC). Also the African Surfing Confederation (ASC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

What Is King Of The Whip?

What Is King Of The Whip?


King of the Whip 2023 – SA’s premier FMX Event – Returns to Montecasino

King of the Whip has sold out for the second year in a row. It takes place on Saturday, 25 November, at Montecasino in Fourways. Doors open at 2pm, and proceedings are underway at 4pm. 

Julien Vanstippen from Belgium (Multiple X Games medalist) will be back to defend his 2022 title. 

Spain’s Marc Linyol and Edgar Torronteras are new international riders joining the roster. 

SA’s No1 Freestyle Motocross rider, Dallan Goldman, will compete for a podium position. He has podiumed at every single KOTW. 

Motocross riders to look out for are Yamaha Monster Energy’s Jesse Wright (who placed 3rd last year) and Dalton Venter. 

Youngest Competitor

SA’s MX1 and MX2 2023 National Motocross Champion, Cameron Durrow, will be entering for the first time. 

13-year-old Trent Valsecchi will be competing, the youngest rider to ever compete in KOTW.  

“Last year’s event exceeded all expectations, and we’re ready to bring the excitement back to Montecasino this November,’ said event organiser LW’s Ryan Van Der Spuy.

“Fans can expect an experience like none other as we bring this production to new heights. Our event partners play a huge role in making this possible, and we’d like to extend the biggest thank you to them. The countdown has officially begun; bring on King of the Whip 2023.”

Whip (Noun): Explainer…

 A manoeuvre is performed on a motorcycle, usually during a motocross or freestyle motocross contest, in which the rider brings the rear of the motorcycle abruptly around to either side. Performed while the machine is airborne off a jump. In extreme whips, the rear of the motorcycle will end up perpendicular to the direction of travel, and the motorcycle is laid flat. The purpose of the whip is to show off, alter the bike’s trajectory in flight, and scrub speed over jumps.

King of the Whip event details:

 Date: 25 November 2023

 Time: 2pm onwards

 Venue: Montecasino – Montecasino Boulevard (Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen), Fourways, Johannesburg