St Francis Features In Provincial Tourism Awards

Congratulations to Cape St Francis Resort for their Beach Break accommodation winning the provincial Lilizela Award in the Self Catering Shared Accommodation Category. Beach Break was a National winner in 2018.

Lilizela Award winner - Beach Break at Cape St Francis Resort

And congratulations too to Eric and Esti on taking home two awards in, one for the ever popular Chokka Trail selected as the Best Beach Experience and for the Baviaans Camino in the Action and Adventure category. Chokka Trail was also a National winner in 2018.

Lilizela Awards - Chokka Trail


The Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown is ON

LEMOORE, California/USA (Thursday, September 19, 2019)

Pictured: Defay stalls for the ultimate vision to garner a near-perfect 9.33 to kick off her Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown debut.
Credit: WSL/ Cestari

The opening day of the World Surf League (WSL) Freshwater Pro presented by Outerknown, the seventh stop of the women’s Championship Tour (CT) and eighth stop of the men’s CT, fired into action with the world’s best taking on perfection at the Surf Ranch. The pressure-cooker was in full effect with men’s Round of 36 powering through half of their contingent and the women’s Round of 18 getting underway. The implications of this event are paramount and tested the world’s best with all eyes on them as some thrived and others merely survived.  

Medina and Defay Tip The Scale Toward Perfection

Pictured: Colapinto debuted in stunning fashion compared to his 2018 start and sits at No. 2 on the event leaderboard. Credit: WSL/ Van Kirk

It was current No. 4 on the Jeep Leaderboard and two-time, reigning WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) who decimated his debut with an immaculate 17.77 (out of a possible 20) heat total, surfing alongside the likes of wildcard Barron Mamiya (HAW) and 11-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA). Medina’s signature “Kerrupt Flip” aerial maneuver finish earned him an excellent 8.27 before dismantling the righthander to earn an equivalent 8.27. The World Champ looks to defend his Freshwater Pro win and showed that desire to perform by improving opening scores with an 8.77 and near-perfect 9.00. 
“I just want to thank God for this opportunity and we have perfect waves, all we have to do is surf our best,” Medina said. “I’m happy with my performance. The turns I wanted to do on both waves I was able to do so it feels amazing to not have any mistakes. It’s important to be toward the top of the leaderboard but there’s still so much to go but I’m feeling good and confident. I like this pressure situation and I feel that pressure, I think everyone does. Hopefully, I can keep this going and get another good result.”

Current World No. 10 Johanne Defay (FRA) is searching for a breakthrough result, only accruing a Quarterfinal appearance so far in 2019, and started off in near-perfect form during her second run with a 9.33 and 17.50 (out of a possible 20) heat total. Defay was in disbelief coming out of the basin and can rest easy heading into cut day atop the event leaderboard. 
“I can’t believe it, usually I get my best score on the left and honestly I’m just so surprised,” Defay said. “I was really feeling good and didn’t feel a lot of stress when I got here after stressing at home since it was such a long day, overthinking everything. So just getting in the water, I wanted to have fun after I felt like I had some good waves on the training day. I’ll just take it all and I’m stoked to get another chance to surf.”

Medina’s fellow countrymen and World Title threat Italo Ferreira (BRA) is on a whirlwind of competitions after competing in Tahiti, Japan, and now the Freshwater Pro with a great debut to put him third on the leaderboard despite feeling the fatigue. Current World No. 1 Filipe Toledo (BRA) and No. 2 Jordy Smith (ZAF) await their starts on Friday, but current No. 3 Kolohe Andino (USA) continues his World Title chase here in Lemoore and currently sits at No. 16 on the event leaderboard with 12 surfers still to take their opening run

Americans Peterson and Colapinto Unphased by Surf Ranch Stakes 


CT sophomore Griffin Colapinto (USA) took early control of the leaderboard with explosive maneuvers throughout the entirety of his first righthander, garnering an excellent 8.00 (out of a possible 10) and followed up with a brilliant execution of his second left opportunity to back it up with a 7.50. The 21-year-old made vital improvements from his opening performance last year and held the top spot through the day’s first competition break. 
“It’s a totally different story when the jersey’s on just getting a few waves before the event but it’s good because you get used to the pressure of the contest,” Colapinto said. “I feel like every day I’ve been warming up the same and doing everything exactly how I would before my heat. I’m really happy about that after bettering my left by 1.50 which is huge for me – I think last year my score was a 5.67 on the left. To do that, all the hard work I feel is paying off.” 

women made their debut to close out qualifying day. The Santa Barbara, California, native opened up on her forehand attack and showcased multiple power turns in critical sections from start to finish and accrued an excellent 8.17

Rookie Moniz Starts Strong, Wildcards Falter 

Pictured: 2019 CT rookie Seth Moniz (HAW) stood apart from his fellow rookie contingent and handled the nerves brilliantly, sitting at No. 12 on the event leaderboard. – Credit: WSL/ Cestari

Rookie sensation Seth Moniz (HAW) put himself into the Top 10 with a showcase of barrel-riding technique and powerful forehand turns. The young Hawaiian currently sits at No. 9 on the 2019 Jeep Leaderboard coming into the Freshwater Pro in his first year among the world’s best and withstood the pressure of his first exhibition at the Surf Ranch. Fellow rookies Deivid Silva (BRA) and Peterson Crisanto (BRA) also got their first experience of perfection but couldn’t find their rhythm.

Wildcards Barron Mamiya (HAW), reigning WSL World Junior Champion Mateus Herdy (BRA), and Crosby Colapinto (USA) also got their first competitive taste of the Surf Ranch and have plenty of work ahead after struggling in their opening run.

Rookies Macy Callaghan (AUS) and Brisa Hennessy (CRI), along with wildcard Gabriela Bryan (HAW) will surf tomorrow in the women’s Round of 18 starting at 12:22 p.m. PT.

Men’s Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown Leaderboard Top 8

  1. Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.77
  2. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.50
  3. Italo Ferreira (BRA) 14.97
  4. Conner Coffin (USA) 14.07
  5. Kelly Slater (USA) 13.87
  6. Yago Dora (BRA) 13.63
  7. Jesse Mendes (BRA) 13.30
  8. Owen Wright (AUS) 13.26

Women’s Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown Leaderboard Top 4

  1. Johanne Defay (FRA) 17.50
  2. Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.70
  3. Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.00
  4. Paige Hareb (NZL) 13.00

Freshwater Pro pres. by Outerknown Schedule

The Freshwater Pro will be broadcast LIVE on and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners. 

International delegates to plant 100 trees

One hundred trees are set to be planted at the Kruisfontein Multisport Complex in Humansdorp this October when municipalities from across the world will be in Kouga for an international climate change workshop.

Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said the municipality was looking forward to welcoming more than 100 delegates from nine countries to the workshop.

Set to take place from 9 to 11 October at Mentorskraal Country Estate, the workshop will bring together representatives from Germany, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua.

“As part of the programme, delegates will be visiting climate change hotspots in our region and take part in a massive tree-planting drive at the Kruisfontein Multisport Complex,” he said.

“The complex was upgraded a few years ago and is home to our region’s top-performing rugby club, Kruisfontein United, who has been keeping Kouga’s flag flying high in the EP Rugby Union’s Super League.”  

Hendricks said the three-day workshop would be a continuation of Kouga’s climate change partnership with the German municipality Ilsfeld.

Twelve German municipalities and their respective partners from Africa and South America will be in attendance. Two South African municipalities, Kouga and the Alfred Nzo District Municipality, also from the Eastern Cape, will be among the delegates.  

“The purpose of the workshop is for the partner municipalities to present the joint programmes of action they have been working on since the kick-off conference in Germany in October 2017.

“It will serve as a platform for municipalities from different parts of the world to learn from each other’s shared experiences and to unlock potential funding for projects aimed at minimising the impact of climate change on local communities.”

The partnership programme is being spearheaded by Global Engagement’s Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW), a unit specialising in cooperative local development, together with an amalgamation of stakeholders called the Landesarbeidtsgemeinschaft Agenda 21 NRW.

It is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BZN).

“It is a golden opportunity for participating municipalities to prepare their communities for climate change through the development and implementation of concrete programmes of action, including objectives, measures and allocated resources,” he said.        

Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 Presented By BOS Heads for Cape St Francis This Weekend

Event: Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019

Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls.

Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape

Dates: September 20 – 22.

Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 this weekend. Kicking off on Friday 20 September, the surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with good winds predicted, and plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges.

Seal Point lineup © Thurtell

This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. In the WSL Pro Junior divisions, the top 3 men and top 2 women will be selected to represent the Africa region for the WSL World Juniors in Taiwan at the end of the year.   

Apart from the biggest annual surfing event of the year, there is a lot more going on in town this weekend, with the nearby town of St Francis holding their Calamari Tops Wine Festival on Friday. There is the annual local Calamari Cook-Off on Saturday in the village, The Calamari Classic Golf Tournament is taking place at the St Francis Golf Club over the weekend, and the St Francis Runners are holding their Nautical Half Marathon through St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis on Sunday. It promises to be a busy but action-packed weekend in the neighbourhood.

The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Thompson, the recent winner of the BOS Cape Crown, with Eli Beukes and Luke Slijpen hot on his heels, and Thomas Lindhorst and Mitch Du Preez not far behind. Luke Thompson has had a breakout year this year, and is no doubt looking to clinch it at this tournament.

In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Ceara Knight, another recent BOS Cape Crown winner, is out in front with a decent lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, and with Kayla Nogueira in third place going in to this event. Aimee Du Preez and Sarah Scott make up the remainder of the top five positions.

In the SAST U16 Boys division, all eyes will be on Daniel Emslie, Luke Van Wyk and Reilly Mare, while in the U16 Girls division it is also about Zoé Steyn, Ceara Knight and Kayla Nogueira.

In the SAST U14 Boys division there is much excitement and anticipation for this event. The powerful River Gericke is currently leading the pack, but Seal Point stand-out Nathan Plomaritis is in second and must be confident going into this event. Similarly, Connor Slijpen is in third, but local ripper Joel Dace is snapping at his heels.

“We are looking forward to the Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “Our junior surfers are on the up, and we are immensely proud to support junior surfing in the country as we have for the last 22 years in various forms and over many different sponsorships. Good luck to all contestants.”

Seals early morning set-up © Thurtell

Billabong Seal Point Pro Junior 2019 runs from Friday to Sunday and there will be a prize giving on the beach afterwards. 

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