ABC Makes Waves with ‘Ultimate Surfer’

Kelly Slater will serve as on-air talent and special consultant for the show. – Credit: WSL / Poullenot

LOS ANGELES, CA/USA (Wednesday, November 13, 2019): ABC today announced the network pickup of new competition series “Ultimate Surfer.” The eight-episode series will gather some of the world’s greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League’s (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater’s man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world’s fastest-growing sport. Production will begin in 2020 and an airdate will be announced later this season. Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the show.
Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in “Ultimate Surfer” as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater’s remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series. 

“In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and ‘Ultimate Surfer’ will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion. We’re ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly’s world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes,” said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.
“This is an unprecedented opportunity for two surfers (one man, one woman) to win an opportunity to compete against the best surfers in the world on the WSL Tour,” said Slater, who will be the lead consultant for the series. “This will put some of the best up-and-comers against each other in a more direct way to see who stands above the rest, and Surf Ranch is obviously a great venue to use for ‘Ultimate Surfer.’ I’m excited to watch how they step up to the challenge.”

The series comes out of the multiplatform co-development partnership between Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, announced earlier this year. 
“Ultimate Surfer” is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios. Pilgrim CEO and President Craig Piligian, WSL Studios President of Content and Media Erik Logan, and UFC President Dana White serve as executive producers. Surfers interested in being a contestant on the show must be 21 or older and can apply at, where more details are available.

St Francis Pharmacy closing at midday


To facilitate the extensive changes being made the pharmacy will be closing from 12 noon today (Wednesday 13th) and will reopen Thursday  (14th) morning at 08:30. The closure is to facilitate the extensive changes being made to the pharmacy during which time they will be unable to process any electronic transactions.

The management apologises for any inconvenience.


Coastal Management Plan

Coastal Management Plan available for comment

The draft proposal Coastal Management Plan for the Sarah Baartman District Municipality can be accessed on the Kouga municipal website at…/coastal-management-programme

Hard copy extracts on Kouga are also available  for public participation at 

Kouga Local Municipality or
• St Francis Bay Office, Assissi Drive, St Francis Bay
• Jeffreys Bay Library (SKI BOAT CLUB PREMISES)
• Oyster Bay: Die Windmeul Winkel

Rotary Club of St Francis 

District 9370 District Governor Jaco Stander with Rotary Club of St Francis’ Charter President, Santa Zeiss

Saturday 9th November marked the occasion of the Charter of the Rotary Club of St Francis – formerly the Rotary Satellite Club St Francis, (Satellite club of Rotary Club of Uitenhage South).

The Charter President of the club is Santa Zeiss who received the club’s charter certificate from 9370 District Governor, Jaco Stander at a champagne brunch event at the Dune Ridge Country House in St Francis Bay.

“This is the little club that could,” said Zeiss, “and there’s no stopping us now!! Congratulations to all 21 of our Charter members and thanks to all the Rotary dignatories who travelled far and wide to join us in this celebration, including District Governor Elect Maud Boikanyo all the way from Lesotho.”

9370 District Governor Elect, Maud Boikanyo congratulating Charter President Santa Zeiss with immediate Past District Governor Gianna Doubell

It is time take the situation seriously

Save Water

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has issued an alert over the critical water levels Impofu Dam specifically to residents from St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says it is currently experiencing difficulties in supplying water at the Impofu water treatment works, as the Impofu dam level has dropped to below the lowest intake point of the intake tower.

Lower than average annual rainfall has seen the Impofu level fall to 16% and this has resulted in no water being able to be extracted from this dam at the moment.

It says the current consumption is approximately 280 megalitres per day, and this will leave the system with an immediate deficit of approximately 35 megalitres per day.

All the reservoirs within the NMBM are currently dropping, and this has also caused water to be discoloured, but the water remains safe for consumption.

The Metro says it is imperative that every consumer now drastically reduce water consumption to an absolute minimum so that the reduced supply can be distributed evenly and to preserve the available water.

The good news is heavy rains are expected over Kouga region today although it is not expected this will have any positive effect on Impofu Dam levels.

Note: Kouga Dam, the largest in the system dropped a further 1% over the past week.