Seal Point Boardriders Club Championships

Seal Point Boardriders Club Championships

7 May 2024
Seal Point Boardriders Club

Seal Point Boardriders Club Championships

Dear Club Members
This newsletter is an update on our highly anticipated annual Seal Point Boardriders Club Championships.
The waiting period has already opened, and it is officially from 7 May to 10 June, except for the period around the Rip Curl GromSearch at Nahoon (May 17-19).


The Club Champs will incorporate a mixed format, with Groms and Adults surfing both days. More details to follow.

Entry Fees:

Entry to the competition is R300, with prizes for U14 / U18 / Girls / Ladies / Open / O40 / O50 / O60 / Kneeboarders. There will also be a Paddle Battle with prizes.

Jol and prizegiving:

On the Saturday evening of the comp, we will have a club jol at the Pig and Rooster, and the event’s prizegiving will be at the beach on Sunday immediately after the last heat has been surfed.

Club members

We are still working on our email database and phone numbers for our Whatsapp group. Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested in entering the contest and email us at with any queries.
Dan Thornton
Club Chairperson
The St Francis Bay Bakery – Wildside Marketing Screen Advertising

The St Francis Bay Bakery – Wildside Marketing Screen Advertising

The St Francis Bay Bakery has supported Wildside Marketing and our other marketing and advertising endeavours from the beginning. As a result, we have supported them and have urged our friends and family to visit the most fantastic Bakery in the area, as well as made regular before-surf and before-school Bakery runs to feed hungry mouths of children and/or sometimes slightly hungover mouthes of irresponsible adults.

The St Francis Bay Bakery comes through every time.

Wildside Marketing: We boast about our clients!

Whether you’re looking for a steaming cup of coffee, a delectable almond croissant, a savoury salmon bagel, or the truly unique salami, olive oil, and borernkaas ciabatta roll, the St Francis Bay Bakery has it all. And if your favourite item isn’t on the shelf, they’ll whip it up for you in a jiffy. Their offerings extend beyond baked goods, with a variety of spices, condiments, fruit juices, and more to satisfy your cravings.

Barry Killian has become a very well-known and popular member of the community since he arrived, and he served us coffee and other delicious bakery items as best he could during the COVID-19 times. It is a thing that we try to avoid bringing up in conversation too often. Still, he did a great job to the people outside, keeping their distance from each other, wearing masks and looking nervously around whenever anyone coughed.

Seal Point Boardriders Club Groms

The St Francis Bay Bakery is more than just a bakery-it’s a part of our community. A recent example of this is the Seal Point Boardriders Grom Contest, where the Bakery sweetened the victories and softened the losses by supplying every surfer in the contest with a doughnut or two. This gesture not only filled our bellies but also warmed our hearts, showing the Bakery’s commitment to our community.

The St Francis Bay Bakery

There is plenty of parking at the Bakery, there is always plenty of variety on offer, friendly staff always willing to help, and a tiny crew of friendly local bees hanging over the sweet treats, making up a great and friendly vibe every morning,

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Rotary Club of St Francis Receives Prestigious Awards

Rotary Club of St Francis Receives Prestigious Awards

(pic District 9370 Governor Jacques Venter hands Award to Rotary Club St Francis President Lindsay Pearson)


At the Rotary Conference 2024, the district governor bestowed upon various clubs a series of esteemed awards, recognizing their exceptional contributions and achievements. We are thrilled to share that the Rotary Club of St Francis has been honoured with three remarkable citations:

Best Quarterly Newsletter: Our commitment to effective communication and keeping our members informed has been acknowledged through this prestigious award. See it here Rotary Newsletter – Jan Feb March 2024

Outstanding Fundraiser – Wine on Water: Our innovative fundraiser, “Wine on Water,” has not only showcased our creativity but also highlighted our dedication to raising funds for vital causes.

Most Outstanding Club of the Year: Amongst the 81 clubs in the district, our club has been recognized as the most outstanding over the course of the year. This is a testament to the collective effort and impact of our projects.

During the award presentation, the district governor highlighted some of the impactful projects that our club has been involved with, including supporting:

  • The St Francis Bay Fire Station
  • The Sea Vista Clinic
  • Sea Vista Library
  • Youth and School programs
  • Environmental Projects
  • Maternal Health Care

As a young club, we are immensely proud to have received these citations, which underscore our commitment to service and community development. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the community for your unwavering support. Without you, these achievements would not have been possible.

Thank you to all our Rotary members and to the community for being an integral part of our journey towards making a positive difference in St Francis and beyond!



WSL J-Bay Classic Presented by Corona Specialty Event Invitees Announced – Local Contingent Included

WSL J-Bay Classic Presented by Corona Specialty Event Invitees Announced – Local Contingent Included

Pictured: The eight-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) will compete at the WSL J-Bay Classic Specialty Event at Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay. Credit: © WSL / Ryder


WSL J-Bay Classic Presented by Corona Specialty Event Invitees Announced

  • Stephanie Gilmore and Mark Occhilupo to Return to Supertubes
  • Stacked Field For Local Trials Competition
  • More Available at

JEFFREYS BAY, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Monday, May 6, 2024) – The invitees for the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) specialty competition, the J-Bay Classic Presented by Corona, have been announced. The specialty event will take place at the iconic Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. It will host a competition window from June 14 through June 23, 2024.

WSL J-Bay Classic Invitees and Format Announced

The invitees for the WSL J-Bay Classic include a cross-section of talents from around the world. World Champions, free surfers, elite competitors, retired pros, and up-and-comers will converge at this unique event to showcase their surfing within a specialty format, as well as within a Team Division. 

The main event will consist of two rounds of competition, where surfers will compete on twin fin and thruster surfboard setups, showcasing how Supertubes can be surfed on alternative and high-performance surfboards, to earn points on the leaderboard. The top four men and women will progress to Finals Day. The Team division will feature six mixed teams, each competing in a 45-minute session.

WSL J-Bay Classic Invitees*

*Final competitor lists subject to change

Women’s Invitees:

Alana Blanchard

Sage Erickson

Sally Fitzgibbons

Stephanie Gilmore

Coco Ho

Sierra Kerr


Men’s Invitees:

Adriano De Souza

Michael February

Jack Freestone

Josh Kerr

Mason Ho

Sean Holmes

Josh Kerr

Travis Logie

Mark Occhilupo

James Ribbink

Steven Sawyer

Kelly Slater 

Owen Wright

Mark Occhilupo of Australia (Photo by Ed Sloane/World Surf League)

Stephanie Gilmore and Mark Occhilupo Returns To Supertubes

The eight-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) has stepped away from the WSL Championship Tour (CT) in 2024 to take a break from the jersey, but will make an appearance in this special event. As the winner of the J-Bay event in 2018, Gilmore is undoubtedly one of the best to surf the Supertubes canvas. 

The 1999 World Champion, Australian goofy-footer Mark ‘Occy’ Occhiluporeturns to the famed right-hand point break where he first grabbed the surfing world’s attention. He won the 1984 Country Feeling Classic in J-Bay as a young 18-year-old with a backhand attack that was unmatched. Occy was the only goofy footer to have won an event at Supertubes until Gabriel Medina finally broke through the ceiling at the Corona Open J-Bay in 2019.

I‘m really excited to head back to Jeffreys Bay and I’m honored to be invited to the inaugural WSL J-Bay Classic,” Occhilupo said. When J-Bay gets big it’s actually better to surf on your backhand. On a low tide, it gives you room to throw some big hacks. It’s one of the best waves in the world for sure.”

Stacked Field For Local Trials Competition

A stacked field of men and women representing the WSL Africa region will compete in the local trials’ competition, with one men’s and one women’s spot into the main event up for grabs. The local trials’ winners will get the opportunity to compete against the best at Supertubes in what will surely be an unforgettable moment in their young careers.

WSL J-Bay Classic

Daniel Emslie (Photo by Cait Miers/World Surf League)

Local Trials Invitees

Women’s Invitees:

Sarah Baum

Sophie Bell

Louise Lepront

Zoe Steyn

Jessie van Niekerk

Faye Zoetmulder

Men’s Invitees:

Aboubakr Bouada

Teva Bouchgua

Eli Beukes

Sung Min Cho

Chad du Toit

Max Elkington

Daniel Emslie

Joshe Faulkner

Tide-Lee Ireland

Shaun Joubert

Dylan Lightfoot

Thomas Lindthorst

Surprise Maphumulo

Jordy Maree

Adin Masencamp

Remi Peterson

Slade Prestwich

Connor Slijpen

Luke Slijpen

Dale Staples

Shane Sykes

Luke Thompson 

The J-Bay Classic presented by Corona holds a competition window from Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 23.