Big Wave Surfer Bromley Does His Bit For Covid

Bromley in Indonesia before lockdown

Bromley in Indonesia before lockdown

Cape Town, South Africa – Many people are struggling to come to terms with what is happening in South Africa, and how life has changed. Others, like Cape Town big wave surfer Matt Bromley, has simply put his head down and is working towards helping people less fortunate during this time of uncertainty. 

Monster Energy athlete Bromley is moving from project to project in his efforts to help the needy during the time of COVID-19. We caught up with him.

Hi, Matt How’s Lockdown treating you?

I’m naturally quite an introverted person, so I have been enjoying the inside vibes. I’ve been trying to be productive with my time and set a strict routine between work, training, making great meals and downtime.

What have you been doing to keep surfing fit?

To stay fit I’ve been doing some breath-hold courses with our neighbours, and workouts in the car park 5-6 times a week, working on bodyweight training with sprints in between.

Lastly, I’ve tied a leash to the side of the swimming pool and doing sprints against the resistance of the leash. This exercise gets my heart rate up, and I go straight into dive downs to hold my breath with my lungs burning.

Tell us about your current project? You are donating 50% of your 101 Learn Online course income to the 9 Miles Project, and they are feeding people?

Yes. We’re giving 50% of all my 101 Learn Online surf courses, for the next two weeks, to the 9 Miles Project. I’ve been working with them for many years and know how incredible their initiatives are. They’ve ramped up their outreach to serving 1500 meals, seven days a week to the Strandfontein informal settlements. Nigel and his team are doing incredible work, connecting, educating and feeding the communities up there.

Bromley & Friends

Bromley & Friends

Tell us about the courses.

Thanks. We have three online courses: 

Learn To Surf 
High-performance Surfing and Barrel Riding
Bigger Wave Riding

How has it been going?

Last month we were working with Surf Pop and this month with 9 Miles. It’s not a time for making profits, but more the time to look outward. It’s a cliche, but we all should be so grateful. I’ve been thinking about how to add value to others. If everyone woke up and said, “who am I going to add value to today?”, our city would be such a fantastic place. There are so many in dire need of help. Now is the time to be giving, whether it is R50 or R1000 or more. We all need to seek out a cause, get behind an initiative and do our little bit to help. 

Are you getting some good results?

We helped to raise R200,000 for Surf Pop, and we’ve raised some awareness for our online courses, which is great. We’re now turning our attention to 9Miles to help them with support.

For more information on Matt’s excellent online surfing courses – https://www.101learn.online/product/learn-to-surf-matt-bromley/

For more on the 9 Miles Project – https://9milesproject.org

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World Surf League Cancels All Events in March

LOS ANGELES, Calif./USA (Thursday, March 12, 2020) – Due to the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of athletes, fans, and staff, the World Surf League (WSL) has made the decision to cancel all events yet to commence at all tour levels, worldwide for the remainder of March, including the opening event of the 2020 Championship Tour (CT) on the Gold Coast in Australia. Additionally, the WSL has canceled the Papara Pro Open Tahiti.

This decision is based on guidance from the World Health Organization, who has declared that COVID-19 is now a global pandemic, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, governments and local public health authorities where events are being held. 

“Coronavirus is having massive consequences for sporting events and gatherings of all kinds around the world, and we are no different,” said WSL CEO Erik Logan. “We did not take this decision lightly as we are aware that it has a significant impact on the surfing community. However, the health and safety of our athletes, fans, and staff are paramount. From the standpoint of social responsibility, we also take very seriously the role our events might play in accelerating the spread of the virus. We’ve been in close contact with our athletes and we feel strongly that this is the right thing to do right now.” 

“The fluid nature of this situation is forcing us to evaluate things day-by-day, and even hour-by-hour,” Logan said. “As this continues to evolve, we’ll continue to adapt, endeavoring to make the next right decision each day.”

Based on the information available at this time, the WSL is not currently canceling any additional events beyond this time frame. The situation continues to evolve, and the league is closely monitoring and evaluating the status of upcoming events, including the next CT event at Bells Beach in Victoria, Australia.

The WSL is carefully considering the impact of these cancellations on its tours and will provide further information in due course.

For all events currently in progress, the WSL has implemented a range of safety protocols as well as protective guidelines for athletes and staff. These include information on travel advisories and restrictions so anyone traveling can plan their travel routes to and from events to best limit their potential exposure; additional hand-washing facilities and hand sanitizer at events; and minimizing surfer and fan interactions.

List of currently canceled or postponed events:

  • Papara Pro Open Tahiti, French Polynesia – canceled
  • Piha Pro Junior, New Zealand – postponed 
  • Corona Piha Pro, New Zealand – postponed
  • Seat Pro Netanya, Israel – postponed
  • Barbados Surf Pro, Barbados – postponed
  • Corona Open Gold Coast, Australia – canceled
  • WSL Awards – postponed
  • Red Bull Airborne Gold Coast, Australia – canceled
  • Jack’s Surfboards Pro, USA – postponed
  • Longboard Pro Espinho, Portugal – postponed
  • Caparica Surf Fest Pro, Portugal – postponed
  • Central Japan Open, Japan – postponed
  • Krui Pro, Indonesia – postponed

St Francis College Golf Day

St Francis College would like to invite you to join our Golf Day on Friday the 13th of March 2020!  @ The St Francis Bay Golf Club

R1400 per 4 Ball/R350 each – includes Good Bags, Halfway House and Fabulous Prizes

For bookings please call:
+2742 294 0467

For more information about how you could be more involved in our Golf Day please call the School Office on +27422941395 or Golf Day Coordinator – Caroline +27832299017

St Francis Rotarians assist up and coming athletes

Sea Vista Primary Athletes Shine

Three Sea Vista  Primary School athletes have qualified for the Eastern Cape Provincial competition to be held in Cradock on 13 to 15 March 2020.

The three qualified during the recent Humansdorp Zonal Athletics competition held at Nico Malan High School, and hosted by the Sea Vista Primary School.

Jennette  Jansen taking part in the High Schools Girls u/14 was selected for the  Sarah Baartman District team and will be competing at provincial level in the  Girls u/141500m  and 3000m.  Racquel Titus  (Girls u/13 long jump) and  Similile  Dyini  (Boys u/13 1500m) also  made the  Sarah  Baartman team to compete.

St Francis Rotarians and friends chipped in to provide the funds needed for the three athletes  and their coaches to travel to the Cradock Provncials. The school, and particularly the sports coaches, are very proud of their young athletes and have high hopes for their success.

Sea Vista Primary School Athletes

Front (l to r) Similile Dyini, Jennette Jansen and Racquel Titus; Back (l to r) Coach Jacob Matroos, coach Bradley Stefaans and Rotarian Tom Roux.

 

South African Sarah Baum takes title at Avoca Beach

Matt Banting and Sarah Baum Take Out 2020 Vissla and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro at Avoca Beach

Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Sarah Baum (ZAF) have taken out the 2020 Vissla Central Coast Pro and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro.    Credit: © WSL /  Ethan Smith

Matt Banting (Port Macquarie, NSW) and Sarah Baum (ZAF) have taken out the 2020 Vissla Central Coast Pro and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro. Credit: © WSL / Ethan Smith

After a runner-up finish at the 2019 Vissla Central Coast Pro, Matt Banting went one step further in 2020, taking out the top spot. Banting put on an impeccable performance over the course of the entire event, consistently posting massive scores in the majority of the heats he surfed. Banting’s performance in the final saw the Port Macquarie natural-footer post a decent 15.27 two-wave heat total to get the edge over Sheldon Simkus (Gold Coast, Qld). The win was a total turnaround from the beginning of the week for Banting as he was nearly forced to withdraw from the event due to car troubles. Banting will now head to Newcastle Surfest hoping to back up the result and put himself into a prime position to requalify for the WSL Championship Tour.
 
“Getting to the final last year was a great feeling but to go one step further feels even better,” said Banting. “At the beginning of the week I busted the radiator in my car and I wasn’t sure if I would even make my first heat in time and I thought I might need to pull out of the event, but everything from there fell into place after that. The 3000 points and the prize money will help me so much and takes a huge amount of pressure off. If I can back up this result with a decent result in some of the higher-ranked events then I’d be even more stoked.”
 
Sarah Baum’s (ZAF) stellar beginning to 2020 continued today as she took out top honours in the final against Cedar Leigh-Jones (Avalon, NSW). Baum used her deadly backhand attack to notch up a giant 15.60 two-wave heat total, which also included a near-perfect 9.00 point wave score, which ultimately allowed her to gain some space between her and Leigh-Jones. In a year that has already seen her win the Carve Pro and post a runner-up finish at the recent Mothernest Great Lakes Pro, Baum will now head to her adopted hometown of Newcastle for the Doyle Partners Women’s Pro at Merewether.

Sarah Baum – 2020 Vissla Central Coast Pro and Sisstrevolution Central Coast Pro. Credit: © WSL / Ethan Smith

 “This is totally surreal,” said Baum. “These 3000 points and the prizemoney from this event will go such a long way to helping me to qualify. I’m so excited for the rest of the year now. The result hasn’t really sunk in yet, but I think it will in a few hours. I now have to head home to Newcastle and prepare for the QS5000 there, so hopefully, this bit of momentum will help me when that event begins.”
 
Sheldon Simkus (Gold Coast, Qld) put on a valiant performance over the course of the entire Vissla Central Coast Pro with the final being no exception. Simkus found a handful of decent waves that allowed to post some above-average scores but ultimately fell short of the 8.27 wave score required to jump ahead of Banting.
 
“That was a lot of fun and was a perfect warmup for the QS5000 and the Challenger Series events that are coming up. I think this may be my best result ever,” said Simkus. “At the beginning of the week, I was sick and hadn’t free surfed to prepare at all. It was awesome to feel like I was just improving with every heat I had and improve throughout the contest.”
 
Cedar Leigh-Jones notched up her best result to date, taking out the runner-up position. After a stellar run through the quarter and semifinals, Leigh-Jones was unable to find waves with enough scoring potential to gain the upper hand against Baum. At only 15-years-old, the young natural-footer will now look to move her focus to the Sydney Surf Pro Junior at Manly later in the week.
 
“I didn’t even think I was going to make it through to Friday in this competition, so I’m super stoked with this result,” said Leigh-Jones. “I came into this event just looking for a half-decent result but I didn’t quite expect this. Unfortunately, I didn’t any great waves in the final, but I’m still happy. This is definitely my biggest result to date.”

The 2020 Vissla and Sisstrevolution Pro will run from February 25 – March 1. Please visit WorldSurfLeague.com or download the free WSL App for more information and results.

The Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series was developed for Australian and International surfers to gain ranking points and prize money on the WSL Qualifying Series. The series also creates a NSW coastal road trip for all to explore the variety of waves, visit local communities and enjoy NSW surfing culture.

 

Ramzi Boukhiam Wins the Oi Hang Loose Pro

Boukhiam defeated Weslley Dantas in the Final of the QS5000 in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

Finalists Oi Hang Loose Pro Contest

Finalists at the Oi Hang Loose Pro Contest in Fernando de Noronha. (left to right) Jadson Andre (BRA), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) and Weslley Dantas (BRA). – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

CACIMBA DO PADRE, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – Sunday, February 16 – Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) was victorious over Weslley Dantas (BRA) by a final score of 14.40 to 11.23 to take home the World Surf League (WSL) QS5000 Oi Hang Loose Pro Contest pres. by Eletron Energy at Cacimba do Padre in Fernando de Noronha, Brazil. The Moroccan was consistent throughout the week and was in complete sync with the waves on Finals Day, which included a Semifinals win over former event winner Jadson Andre (BRA). With today’s win, Boukhiam has jumped from 163rd to number 2 on the Qualifying Series rankings behind Wiggolly Dantas (BRA), who took the rankings lead with his Semifinals finish today.

“I’m super happy with this result today,” said Boukhiam. “Weslley (Dantas) and Jadson (Andre) are extremely tough competitors and great all-around surfers. So, I just tried to focus on myself and surf to my strengths and use powerful turns. It seemed like everything went my way today. I caught the best waves and took advantage of every opportunity.”

Boukhiam also reflected on his career up-to-date and his intentions for 2020.

“Beginning the year with a victory at a QS5000 really gives me a boost for qualification onto the CT and I’m going to give it my best effort this year. I’ve been on the QS for a long time and I know I’ve made mistakes in the past. I know what I need to do and even though things might not always go your way, I think I have what it takes to be on the CT. We’ve got the Olympics coming up, I’ve got a great coach and it just feels like things are moving in the right direction for me this year.”

Ramzi Boukhiam

Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in action at the Oi Hang Loose Pro. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Runner-up Weslley Dantas was impressive all week long at Cacimba do Padre, putting together a full array of surfing and superb technique including tuberides, powerful carves and tweaked out airs. In addition to earning 4,000 QS ranking points, Weslley also took home bragging rights by defeating his older brother, Wiggolly, in the Semifinals.

“I feel good, my head is in the right place and I believe that I only lost the Final because I didn’t find any good waves, because I feel like my surfing has been good all event long,” said Weslley Dantas. “It’s all part of God’s plan, second place is a great result to start the year and now I’m headed to Australia psyched and ready to go.”

After his first event of the year, Weslley sits at #10 on the QS rankings.

“To be honest, I never really think about the rankings,” continued Dantas. “Your position changes a lot during the year and the only one that really counts is where you are after Sunset in Hawaii. There are a bunch of Challenger Series events this year, I feel like I surfed really well here in Noronha and I look forward to a great 2020.”

Weslley Dantas

Weslley Dantas (BRA) in the barrel at Cacimba do Padre. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Runner-up Weslley Dantas was impressive all week long at Cacimba do Padre, putting together a full array of surfing and superb technique including tuberides, powerful carves and tweaked out airs. In addition to earning 4,000 QS ranking points, Weslley also took home bragging rights by defeating his older brother, Wiggolly, in the Semifinals.

“I feel good, my head is in the right place and I believe that I only lost the Final because I didn’t find any good waves, because I feel like my surfing has been good all event long,” said Weslley Dantas. “It’s all part of God’s plan, second place is a great result to start the year and now I’m headed to Australia psyched and ready to go.”

After his first event of the year, Weslley sits at #10 on the QS rankings.

“To be honest, I never really think about the rankings,” continued Dantas. “Your position changes a lot during the year and the only one that really counts is where you are after Sunset in Hawaii. There are a bunch of Challenger Series events this year, I feel like I surfed really well here in Noronha and I look forward to a great 2020.”

Wiggolly Dantas

Wiggolly Dantas (BRA) deep in the barrel in Fernando de Noronha. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo

Last year’s event winner Jadson Andre was one of the standout surfers of the event, but came up short to an in-form Boukhiam in the Semifinals.

“Sometimes things just don’t go your way. I maybe ended up forcing it a little too much against Ramzi (Boukhiam), and he was on all the best waves in our heat,” said Andre. “I’m a little upset for not making it to the Finals, but I’m still pleased with my performance, it’s still a great result to start the year and look forward to getting the CT started in Australia.”

Event-organizers Oi Hang Loose Pro

(clockwise from top): Event organizers and athletes, tropical wave at Cacimba do Padre, Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) being chaired up the beach. – Credits: WSL / Daniel Smorigo