Rotary Donates R25k To Seal Point Boardriders Club As Part Of The Billy’s Beach Season End Donation

Rotary Donates R25k To Seal Point Boardriders Club As Part Of The Billy’s Beach Season End Donation

Seal Point Boardriders Club Chairperson Dan Thornton accepts the R25k donation from Rotarian Lyn Aitken.

Photo by Si Cunneen – ‘Wild By Nature Photography’

At the end of the year, we posted this very cool story about Billy’s Beach donating R500k to Rotary for distribution among the community. 

A huge thank you to the organisers of Billy’s Beach for an incredible R500 000.00 donation towards the Rotary Club of St Francis’ charitable and community projects. The donation was presented at the Billie’s Charity Event on 2 January 2024 and gratefully accepted by Rtn Andrew Watson on behalf of the Club.
St Francis Rotarians will manage the distribution and expenditure of the donated funds on behalf of Billy’s Beach. They will consult with their management team this week to determine how the funds will be put to the best possible use through 2024.What a fantastic difference this is going to make! Thank you, Billy’s Beach and all those who supported their charity event.”

Rotary recently connected with the Seal Point Boardriders Club after they heard that the Surf Club was looking to upgrade its First Aid equipment at the beach after a recent tragic death witnessed by many surf club members. 

After discussing it with some friends at The Surfing Doctors, it was decided that the Club would purchase an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED).

(An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and can treat them through defibrillation, the application of electricity, which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm.)

Rotary donated R25k to the surf club to upgrade the Club’s First Aid kit, and Club Chairperson Dan Thornton met with Lyn Aitken from Rotary for the cheque handover. 

“The donation from Rotary will greatly help our goal of getting a fully kitted First Aid box with an AED for the beach,” said Thornton. While it is a Surf Club kit, it will benefit all beach-goers and visiting surfers, so we would like to thank Rotary and Billy’s Beach for helping us with this initiative.”

The Seal Point Boardriders Club has contacted the NSRI Station 21 St Francis Bay and had a very positive conversation with Station Commander Sara Jane Smith about CPR and first aid courses for club members and others. The NSRI Station 21 and the Seal Point Boardriders Club will be working closely in the future regarding first aid courses and a few other partnerships. 


Rory Dace Nails It – Seal Point Boardriders Grom Contest at Seals On Sunday

Rory Dace Nails It – Seal Point Boardriders Grom Contest at Seals On Sunday

Sunday, 28th January, saw the first Grom Comp for the younger members of the Seal Point Boardriders Club. The waves were onshore and small at first, and then the west came bowling through and made the conditions even more difficult. Either way, there was such a great vibe amongst the groms, especially amongst the young girls, who all joined in and paddled out for their heats, with many of them surfing in their first-ever surfing tournament.


Rory Dace Nails It

With 15-minute heats and beach starts, the competitors did not mess around. They were all determined to show their form in front of the judges – the other groms.

Rory Dace Nails It

Troye and Brin sprinting for the water in their second-round heat.


Coach and Contest Director Shane

The contest was run by surf coach Shane Thorne, who also got the groms to judge the heats and their peers under his watchful eyes, teaching the young surfers about high-scoring moves, contest strategy and specific little tips and tricks that could help them as they grow into competitive surfers.

Rory Dace Nails It

Shane Thorne contest director



There were so many good performances during the day, as well as some very excited surfers getting their first points on the board in a competition. Some of the young girls even beat some of the more favoured and experienced boys in the event.

Girls Were On Fire

Awesome performances from Jade Forsyth, Abi Jorge, Brin Jarvis, Murray-John Boonzaier, Maya Weiss, Slade, and Livvy Shooter, and everyone who surfed in the event with such gusto. We have a team of groms who will win big events one day, so the rest of the surfers in the country better watch out.

Livvy and Jade splitting the peak

At the end of the day, Rory Dace took the win over Rylan Jarvis in the first event of the year for the groms, in what will become a series of club events for the groms. Rory won a voucher for two of JP’s Friday Night burgers from the Full Stop, as well as a very cool ceremonial hammer engraved with ‘nailed it’ with a leather strap with the club name on it, a very cool addition to the trophy cabinet, thanks to Chio Moulang for the trophy and thanks to Lorrin Jarvis for patiently tabulating and time-keeping for the entire event.

Instagram account

The Seal Point Boardriders Club has an Instagram account, and you can see some of the antics from the event @sealpointboardriders. Thanks to all the parents and club members who came down to assist. The next event will be towards the end of February, and we will let everyone know well in advance to avoid clashing with any other events as best as possible.

Looking forward to a great year with the club this year.

If anyone wants to join the club, please email – this year is a free membership.
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Rory Dace Nails It

Rory Gets The Hammer from Shane and the voucher for two of JP’s Burgers from the Full Stop









See also: Of Burgers and Grom Comps

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Seal Point Boardriders Club Newsletter January 2024

Seal Point Boardriders Club Newsletter January 2024


No membership fees for 2024

The club is affiliated to Surfing South Africa

Seal Point Boardriders Club Contact email:


Seal Point Boardriders Club Newsletter January 2024

This mail is the first newsletter in a while, but it will be the first in ongoing informative communications on behalf of the club.

At the end of last year, there was a surf club gathering at the Pig and Rooster, where there was a vote for the new 2024 committee.

The new club chairperson is Dan Thornton, with Lynette Stander as treasurer and Craig Jarvis as secretary. Thanks to Simon Fish, Pierre van der Walt and Graham Tugwell for their help. Pierre and Graham have stood down, while Simon remains on the committee but is no longer the chairperson. Other members are Chantal Shooter, Jade Dace and Ari Kraak.

No Membership Fees 2024

For this year, 2024, the club will not be asking for membership fees. Instead, the club is going to work towards the following:

  • Building a solid membership and establishing a database of members’ details. This includes emails and a WhatsApp group.
  • Establishing a club identity, club solidarity, pride, and loyalty amongst members.
  • Laying out a plan of goals and objectives for the club.
  • Establishing a series of grom events for grom club members.
  • Running our annual club event/AGM.
  • Establishing effective protocols for hosting other events here at Seals. Two decent-sized contests are coming to our hood plus our club events. Contest dates on the point will be communicated once calendars are confirmed.
  • Forming solid communications with Kouga Municipality, Surfing South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders, and St Francis Property Owners Association – the groynes will be constructed this year in St Francis Bay.
  • Initiating some fundraisers.
  • Purchasing some necessary items for the club to facilitate the running of events.
  • Looking for a club sponsor or two.
  • Developing support structures for our competitive surfers.

We have communicated with the Surfing South Africa (SSA) General Manager, and the Seal Point Board Riders Club is officially recognised by and affiliated with SSA, the sports governing body. Our affiliation fees are paid up for the year.

Wish List and contact details

What we would like, as a club, is the following:

  1. We want to increase our number of members and update our database of members. Right now, we are 53 people on the database. Please reach out to anyone who might be eligible and interested in joining the club. They can contact the secretary directly at . Remember, no membership fees this year. This is by far the most essential item on the agenda, as there is strength in numbers. If we need to do or say something to the Kouga Municipality about the beach’s upkeep or voice an opinion about the groynes, a club with a solid membership will resonate.
  2. The rule of thumb is that you can join the club if you have a property ‘this side’ of the Kromme.
  3. We would like to update our club logo. As a committee, we were thinking of something new and modern yet uncomplicated. No seal and no lighthouse. This logo needs to work on stickers, tee shirts, and digital formats, i.e. newsletters, social media platforms, etc. Are there any artists out there?
  4. We are looking for ideas. Anything that might be relevant to the club. Fundraising ideas, fun event ideas, social gathering ideas, possible sponsors, possible ideas around best practices with hosting events, etc.
  5. Please let us know if any parent wants to help run our grom events. The grom events that we have planned can be pretty hands-on with our crew of highly stoked little frothers running wild at the beach. Help with events, with some light catering, judging, etc.
  6. Photos and videos. If anyone happens to bang off a cool photo or video of a club member surfing, competing in an event somewhere, winning a prize, getting barreled, or charging some big surf, we want to acknowledge that person and his or her achievements. We have a Facebook page that needs some attention, and we will establish an Instagram account where we can run photos and clips/reels. Does anyone feel like helping with a bit of social media?

Most importantly, let’s keep all communication positive and upbeat. We want to have the best surf club in the country. Feel free to email/Whatsapp with any feedback, and remember our membership drive. Let’s get our numbers up.

The Committee

Seal Point Boardriders Club

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