Seal Point, Cape St Francis – it only took a few days for the entries to max out for the Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point. This popular tournament is the final contest in a 5-event series and will be crowning event champions and the Premier U16 Division Series Winners.
What Is This Contest All About?
The Rip Curl GromSearch Seal Point is the final event of this illustrious series, and the series has proven so popular that the entries were full in just a few days. Anyone who hasn’t entered by this stage and wants to surf in the contest needs to get hold of Surfing South Africa directly and ask to be put on the alternate list.
Where Is It Happening?
This tournament is a three-day event, and with such a full entry list, it will see all the days utilised for heats. Seal Point is a fun, high-performance right-hand point break perfectly suited to the best junior surfers in the country.
Who Is Involved In Such An Event?
For starters, the country’s best junior boys and girls will be surfing in the Rip Curl GRomSearch 2023. This tournament is the culmination of a very successful Junior Series that has brought together these junior surfers to compete and interact throughout the year. Some top names include Rip Curl team riders Gemma Hanafey (East London), Kai Stubbs (Scarborough), Jack Erlank (St Francis Bay), Rylan Jarvis (Cape St Francis”, Blake Crankshaw ((Wilderness) and Ben Esterhuyse from Cape Town. Local surfers include Rory and Joel Dace, David Moussouris, Slayde Shooter, Jesse Moulang, Troy Jorge and Nathan Plomaritis.
Kai Stubbs © Louis Wulff
The contest is a Surfing South Africa event, and The Cape St Francis Resort is the presenting sponsor. TCS Wi-Fi brings the Internet to the contest site for the spectators and competitors, and Louis Wulff is the official event photographer.
When Is It Happening?
The contest starts on Friday morning, the 29th of September, and will run through to the afternoon of the 1st of October. The prizegiving will take place at the car park immediately after the event.
This tournament is a Surfing South Africa event and will have U12 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys and girls divisions competing. The competition is a Premier SAST event, with 1,000 points for the winners and prize money per a premier event.
The beautiful Cape St Francis Resort is supporting the Rip Curl GromSearch. Bordering the beach at Cape St Francis, just a few minutes from the contest venue, Cape St Francis Resort ticks all the boxes as a perfect beach holiday destination.
The Resort has a unique setting. Several accommodation options include conventional hotel rooms and three- and four-bedroom cottages. There are also luxury beach villas. The Cape St Francis Resort is ideal for couples, surfers, families and anyone who loves a beach holiday. All are suitable for either a bed and breakfast or self-catering option.
Discounted rates at Cape St Francis Resort for competitors and their families
Cape St Francis Resort Contact Details
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The contest is also supported by TCS Wi-Fi, which will supply free internet connectivity for competitors and officials.
TCS Wi-Fi was created to assist our existing loyal customers constantly struggling with slow and unreliable internet connectivity. Everyone deserves high-speed, reliable internet, and a network should be personally constructed to promote ease of use and maximise quality of life.
Surfing South Africa
This tournament is a Surfing South Africa event and will again have U12 boys and girls, U14 boys and girls, U16 boys and girls and U18 boys and girls divisions competing. The competition is a Premier SAST event, with 1,000 points for the winners and prize money per a premier event.
About Surfing South Africa
Surfing South Africa is the official National Federation for Surfing in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee
(SASCOC) and is recognised as the governing body by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
Surfing South Africa is responsible for developing the sport, hosting National tournaments, sanctioning international events and selecting the national teams. This is for all disciplines that are part of SSA.
SSA is one of the 109 members of the International Surfing Association (ISA), the World governing body for the sport. For more information about Surfing South Africa, go to www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za or find SurfingSA on Facebook.
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As waves go, this weekend was quite a tremendous affair. The giant surf (some forecasts called it 40ft on the wild side) combined with spring high tides, a southerly shift in swell direction and a 19-second swell period culminated in severe wave damage up and down the coast.
For some local video coverage, check out ST FRANCIS BAY – The Official Community Group and scroll down. Quite a few videos are in the comments sections.
Here are a few of the top headlines over the weekend, as well as a selection of reading material regards the storm damage up and down the coast
Jeffreys Bay: ‘Freak waves’ claims one life, washes up skull
Wilderness freak wave victim was retired mathematics teacher
Those Waves Were Hectic
Huge Waves In Southern Cape Kills Woman
Two Dead After Wild Seas Wreak Havoc
Cape Town and Eastern Cape Rocked by Freak Waves
PS: Thanks to all those who helped yesterday at Bruce’s after I slipped on the jump-off rock, missed the jump and got hurled over the rocks underwater at quite a ferocious pace. Apparently, it was pretty funny, but I only saw the funny side of it after the doctor at Greenacres gave me some of that proper pain medication.
Pictured are (from left) Christa Venter (Kouga Environmental Management Manager), Timothy Jantjes (Kouga Executive Deputy Mayor), Deon Goosen (Dorp van Drome Elder), Loulita Vosloo (General Manager Dorp van Drome), Nomvula Machelesi (Community Services Director), Rochelle Ludick (Kouga Parks and Open Spaces Manager), Councillor Daniel Benson (Community Services Portfolio Councillor), and Nomvelo Siwela (Kouga Environmental Specialist).
Third place win and R150 000 prize
KOUGA – Kouga Municipality is proud to announce its outstanding achievement of securing the third position in the highly coveted National Arbor City Awards 2023.
This prestigious accolade recognises municipalities that have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to the Ten Million Trees Programme and have successfully embraced greening initiatives within their communities.
As a testament to their hard work and dedication, the municipality has been awarded a generous prize of R150 000.
This achievement could not have been possible without the invaluable support and partnership of the “Dorp van Drome”, “Patensie Pronk” and other voluntary individuals and organisations,” said Kouga Deputy Executive Mayor, Timothy Jantjes.
“It is worth noting that the Dorp van Drome organisation previously played a significant role in the municipality’s success by assisting Jeffreys Bay in winning the ‘Dorp van die Jaar’ title on the Kwêla platform in 2018.”
The NACA ceremony, organised by the National Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment, was held on Friday, 01 September 2023, in Polokwane, Limpopo, and marked the launch of National Arbor Month.
Marco Engelbrecht and Nomvelo Siwela of Kouga Municipality, alongside representatives from Dorp van Drome, were honoured to receive certificates acknowledging their outstanding contributions to this vital cause.
Deon Goosen, an elder of the Dorp van Drome organisation, expressed his pleasure in collaborating with the municipality, saying, “It has been an absolute pleasure working with the municipality, who wholeheartedly support our projects to beautify and enhance the town of Jeffreys Bay. The municipality has dedicated four of their employees to assist with our special projects, with the mutual goal of maintaining gardens, trees, and public parks.”
According to Jantjes, this achievement is on par with the commitment of the municipality’s Keep Kouga Clean and Green campaign, which launched in 2019.
“This campaign aims to develop a comprehensive greening plan that not only showcases current and future greening locations within the municipality, but also raises awareness about the numerous benefits of greening programs,” he said.
“The greening initiatives also serve as a platform to highlight the indigenous tree species native to the region, fostering a deeper connection with our environment.
“The greening plan, which will be implemented over the next five years, has already seen the successful planting of more than 3 000 trees within the municipality.”
According to Jantjes, collaborative partnerships with local non-profit organisations and the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and Community Works Program (CWP) are fundamental to the success of many projects within the municipality’s Community Services Department.
These partnerships not only contribute to Local Economic Development in the region, but also enhance the skill sets of program beneficiaries.
Jantjes expressed his delight at this achievement, stating, “We are immensely proud of this accomplishment. The municipality remains committed to the sustainable development and beautification of our region through greening initiatives.”
“This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our team and our contributing partners.”
The municipality extends its heartfelt gratitude to Patensie Pronk, JBay Surfers, Kromme Enviro Trust, Dorp van Drome, Woodlands Dairy, Gamtoos Irrigation Board and many others for their unwavering support and commitment to enhancing our environment. The prize money will be reinvested in further greening initiatives and community beautification projects.
We had a few quiet drinks last night over dinner. When I went to bed, I felt fine. A small meal and a decent day’s exercise, and I fully expected a sound sleep.
So why did I wake up at about 4 a.m. this morning with my bed vibrating and shaking? As I lay there thinking what could have happened, the bed continued to shake, and the outside sliding door of our hotel room started banging. That was strange as well. I locked that door last night. Also, sliding glass doors shouldn’t really bang, should they? Why were the dogs barking outside?
It was stifling hot. The Air Conditioner was not working optimally, and I needed to check the settings in the morning. Waves were going to be small, but I needed to get another surf in, as the water was still sitting at around 28 degrees, and the air temperature forecast for the day was 32 degrees.
My mind wandered off a bit. It was, after all, in the 4’s part of the morning, and at that time of day, thoughts sometimes fail to coalesce.
Then it dawned on me. Bed spinning, sliding door banging. Dogs barking. Had something more serious happened?
I grabbed my phone and hit Mrs Google with a quick ‘earthquake Bali’ ping.
Reuters, of all people, came back to me with a concise
‘Earthquake of magnitude 7.1 strikes Bali Sea, Indonesia. 3.55 a.m.’
I was now wide awake. We are here on the coast in Bali, with easy access to the sea and the surf. We are on top of the Bali Cliffs, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there would be no danger from a tsunami.
I started scouring the sites and the US GOV earthquake and tsunami.gov sites.
The news was coming through. Full on 7.1 on the Charles F. Richter scale, in the Bali Sea. That’s a decent hit for an earthquake. Common sense always sets off a klaxon when the scale goes north of seven.
By the time it reached us, however, the force of the quake had lessened to what could be described as a slight shaking of the earth’s surface. The earthquake happened so deep (514km depth) that there were no tsunami warnings. I haven’t been outside yet as it is still dark, but the Bali night is silent and still.
My mind drifted to Ernest Hemingway for some reason. Did you know the great writer survived two plane crashes in two days?
With a bed vibrating and shaking a little and a sliding door banging, we would be fine.
Top 10 Ranked Surfers To Compete for 2023 World Titles
Finals Format, Brackets, and Seeding Explained
LOWER TRESTLES, San Clemente, California (Thursday, August 24, 2023) – The World Surf League (WSL) Final 5 have been decided and are set to compete at Lower Trestles in San Clemente, California, at the Rip Curl WSL Finals, the one-day winner-take-all event to crown the World Champions. This year’s WSL Final 5 features a mix of World Champions and Tour newcomers, all eager to take home the 2023 World Titles. The competition holds a window between September 8 – 16, and will run on the best day of waves determined by the WSL Tours and Competition team.
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 8: Event Site at the Rip Curl WSL Finals on September 8, 2022 at San Clemente, California. (Photo by Thiago Diz/World Surf League)/
Top 10 Surfers To Compete in One-Day Rip Curl WSL Finals
Each finalist earned their place in the Rip Curl WSL Finals based on competition results during the ten 2023 regular-season Championship Tour (CT) events. Now, the Top 5 men and the Top 5 women from those leaderboard rankings will battle it out for the World Title.
Five-time World Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and defending World Champion Filipe Toledo (BRA) return as the top seeds. Moore will be joined by two-time World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) and a field of up-and-coming women: Caroline Marks (USA), Molly Picklum (AUS), and Caitlin Simmers (USA), who are all hoping to earn their first World Titles.
Jack Robinson (AUS) will make his second Rip Curl WSL Finals appearance as he narrowly clinched a spot in the WSL Final 5 by winning in Tahiti. He will have to fight his way past Joao Chianca (BRA), Ethan Ewing (AUS), and San Clemente’s own Griffin Colapinto (USA) in order to meet Toledo in the Title Match.
Last year’s competition saw Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) win her historic eighth World Title after starting the event as the No. 5 seed, showing all Final 5 contenders what’s possible in the WSL Finals.
Rip Curl WSL Finals: How It Works
The World No. 1 ranked male and female surfer will both receive a bid directly into the Title Match, a best two-of-three-heat showdown to determine the World Champion. The remaining surfers will enter the Rip Curl WSL Finals bracket based on their year-end rankings.
Each Match will be a traditional heat format where two competitors will have 35 minutes to lock in their two highest-scoring waves, each wave out of a possible 10 points for a possible 20-point heat total.
Match 1 for the women will see two new faces to the Rip Curl WSL Finals in rookie Caitlin Simmers (USA) and Molly Picklum (AUS). For the men, Match 1 will see Jack Robinson (AUS) up against CT sophomore Joao Chianca (BRA). The No. 4 seed will have priority over the No. 5 seed to start the Match.
Whoever wins Match 1 will then advance to face World No. 3 in Match 2: Caroline Marks (USA) for the women and Ethan Ewing (AUS) for the men.
The winner of Match 2 will then face off against the No. 2 ranked surfer: Tyler Wright (AUS) for the women and Griffin Colapinto (USA) for the men. The winner of Match 3 will then move on to the best-of-three Title Match where they will face World No. 1, Carissa Moore (HAW) and Filipe Toledo (BRA). The first surfer to win two out of three Title Matches becomes the 2023 World Champion.
The crowning of the 2023 World Champions will immediately follow the final Title Match of the day.
About the Host Venue: Lower Trestles in Southern California
Due to its unique cobblestone setup, Lower Trestles is one of the most high-performance and iconic waves in the world. The A-frame wave provides a natural arena for the world’s best to showcase their talents and put on one final performance of the year. The venue also allows fans to watch their favorite surfers compete up close and personal.