Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge

The 14th annual Pam Golding Properties Canals Winter Challenge, hosted by St Francis Paddling Club, will be held this year on Sunday 21 July 2019. The start is at 10am, with registration from 9am at Quaysyde, Sea Glades Drive. No online entries, just enter on the day. Lifejackets are not compulsory. Beginners and non-members and visitors are welcome.

The course is the regular St Francis 5km time trial route, through the sheltered picturesque canals, with an outgoing tide, making for a fast straight down the old main canal, but some hard paddling into the tide from the small boat harbour to the Cove. The 10km route is two laps, and the 20km main race, is four laps. There are no portages! Canal owners will be warned, but paddlers need to keep a look out for boats.

It’s once again a doubles race, either 10km and 20km, with R3000 in cash prizes for the first three places in the long course, and lots of other prizes: ladies, mixed, over 59’s, juniors, first local (and first over 59 local male estate agent). Singles are very welcome, but there are no singles prizes. There will also be guppy races. 10am start at Quaysyde. Sumptuous lunch included in R150 entry fee. Big thanks to Carbonology for once again supplying one of their fantastic split paddles (valued at R2500) as a lucky draw.

The winners over the past four years were: Rob Welsh and Greg Louw (2015 and 2016), Matthew Tebbutt and Phil Smith (2017), and Ricky Talevi and Grant Ahlschlager (2018). Who will it be this year. Local Phil Smith must be a favourite, being fit as always, and he might team up with another fit (and not so young) local Stephan Vorster, who will be very hard to beat.

See you on the podium?

Duminy goes wire-to-wire in Nomads SA Boys U-17

Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship at St Francis Links.

Mossel Bay junior Jordan Duminy slept on the lead for two straight nights and on Thursday, he claimed a dominant seven-shot victory in the Nomads SA Boys Under-17 Championship at St Francis Links.

The 16-year-old put the South African golfing fraternity on alert in March when he chased former number one ranked Wilco Nienaber all the way to the 36th hole in the South African Amateur Match Play final in March.

He impressed with a top 14 finish in the East of Ireland Open Amateur at County Louth and again when he reached the match play stage in The Amateur Championship at Portmarnock in June, but never has the GolfRSA National Squad member been more impressive than over 54 holes at the Jack Nicklaus signature course.

Duminy accelerated through the field with a stunning seven-under-par 65 on day one – improving the 13 year amateur course record by one shot and setting a new junior course record.

The Louis Oosthuizen Junior Golf Academy member kept his five-shot overnight lead intact with a level par 72 in the second round and capped off the week with a final round two-under 70 for a truly magnificent wire-to-wire victory on nine-under 207.

Duminy credited the recent GolfRSA National Squad Tour to Ireland and Scotland for his good run of form.

“I’m really so pleased with this win and with the way I managed my game this week,” he said. “My ball-striking was great and the putter was hot, but mostly, it was course management that got me to the winner’s circle.

“We played on top ranked courses and I learned a lot from watching the Brits. You can’t put a price on what I learned from competing over there. The course were a lot tighter and the wind didn’t blow half as much as what we had to face in Ireland and Scotland. It definitely helped me here. I played the course far more strategically this week than I’ve ever played this course before.”

A steady front nine, highlighted by a trio of birdies, kept him clear of the chasing pack, led by Dimension Data Junior Open champion Christiaan Maas.

“I had quite a big lead, so I knew if I could make a few birdies and keep my card clean, I could pull it through,” Duminy said. “I didn’t need to do anything fancy. I birdied two, five and six, but I had a soft bogey after I hit my drive short of the bunker at the par three (7th) and two-putted.”

Duminy started the homeward loop with a seven-shot lead. He voided a drop at the par five 13th with a huge birdie putt at 14, and boxed a 12-footer at the 17th to go eight shots clear on 10-under.

“I had 150 metres flag after a decent drive the par five (13th), but I misjudged the wind and hit my 4-iron into the water.

“At 15, I drove it a bit too far right and I couldn’t see the flag. I hit a knock-down sand-wedge from 117 metres in. The ball pitched into the hill and sat down. I had 25 feet to the hole and I aimed it a foot left and rolled it in.”

His tee shot into the par three 17th pitched 12 feet from the hole and he made the birdie putt to move to 10-under.

“On 18, my second pitched short of the green. I chipped it, trying to use the slope at the back of the green, but it didn’t quite come off and I left myself with a 10-foot downhill putt. I barely touched the ball, and it ran straight past the hole. It wasn’t great finishing with a bogey, but I’ll take it.”

Just before he started the final round, Duminy received news that set him up for a great day.

“I am hoping to make the 12-man team International Team for the Junior Presidents Cup in December and I found out that I’ve moved into 12th place after the amateur golf world rankings were updated on Wednesday,” he said. “Hopefully this win will boost my rankings a bit more.

“It’s still a long way to the cut-off in September, but I am really hoping I will get to represent South Africa in Australia with the other GolfRSA juniors.”

Pretoria Country Club’s Maas returned an even-par 72 to finish in second on five-under, CJ van Wyk from Fancourt carded 73 to take third on two-over and former Sun City Challenge Under-15 champion Jaden Deltel finished a further stroke back in fourth after posting 71.

GolfRSA National Squad duo Yurav Premlall (73) and Nash de Klerk (71) rounded out the top five with South African Golf Development Board member Rori Nkosi (70) from Pecanwood and Pretoria Country Club’s Tobias Jan de Flamingh (74).

 

Final Result

207 Jordan Duminy 65 72 70
214 Christiaan Maas 73 69 72
218 C.J van Wyk 68 77 73
219 Jaden Deltel 73 75 71
222 Yurav Premlall 76 73 73; Nash de Klerk 74 77 71; Rorisang Nkosi(Jnr) 73 79 70; Tobias Jan de Flamingh 71 77 74
223 Jonathan Wilsenach 75 73 75; Hannes Strooh 72 78 73; Malan Potgieter 72 78 73; Tom Addy AUS 72 76 75
227 Casey Jarvis 78 75 74; Mitchel Hampson 73 78 76
228 Jordan Jung AUS 78 77 73; Jaime Clive Lewis 73 77 78
229 Eddie Ward AUS 78 74 77; Kayle Wykes 76 71 82; Dylan Melville 71 81 77
230 Herman du Plessis 78 76 76; Amilkar Bhana 76 80 74
231 Brandon Weir 75 82 74; Ian Pienaar AUS 75 76 80
232 Jacob Dundas AUS 82 77 73; Christopher Gutuza 75 81 76
233 Luke Cubitt 80 79 74; Dean Wilken 77 77 79
234 Emerson Bam 82 78 74; Reece Dyer 79 77 78; Matthew Lotz 76 78 80; Christopher Bagnall 75 74 85

Report supplied by Jeff Clause

Top Seeds Stumble in Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill

BALLITO, KWADUKUZA, KwaZulu-Natal/South Africa – The crowds gathered on Willard Beach for another full day of world class surfing in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event. Inconsistent conditions with 1.0 – 1.3 metre (3-4ft) waves made for slow, low-scoring heats and saw big names drop out of the event.

In one of the big upsets of the day, defending event winner Peterson Crisanto was eliminated in an all-Brazilian heat with Lucas Silveira and Flavio Nakagima advancing ahead of Crisanto and Rafael Teixeira. The Brazilians are known for their explosive surfing and aerial skills, but it was a surprisingly quiet heat.

“Conditions aren’t easy, but it’s fun,” said Silveira. “It’s definitely not easy with the other guys all Brazilians, they all surf really good. I started slow but it was a good heat in the end. I think this is the most important event for everyone here

The highest placed South African in the Ballito Pro pres by O’Neill will get a wildcard entry into the Corona J-Bay Open Championship Tour (CT) event next week and David van Zyl (Durban) was determined to increase his chances of earning that coveted award by advancing to the next round.

Van Zyl blasted out of the starting blocks to quickly bank two decent scores and then continued roaming the line-up to build on his total. His opponents Gatien Delahaye (FRA) and Australians  Matt Banting and Dion Atkinson waited for the set waves, but Van Zyl was surfing with a lot more commitment and won the heat with a total of 12.50. Banting advanced in second place while Delahaye and Atkinson were eliminated in third and fourth.

David van Zyl (Durban) advanced to the Round of 48 in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill at Willard Beach, KwaDukuza on Thursday
Credit: WSL/Janssens

“I knew it was a hard heat and my plan was to sit wider and shake off the nerves with a quick wave,” said Van Zyl. “I started with small scores but managed to get two decent ones. J-Bay is my favourite wave so that’s my dream, but we’ll see how it goes. I hope I can pull a good result out of the bag and make South Africa proud.”

Inspired by Van Zyl’s performance, the locals were hoping Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) could continue flying the SA flag high, but a hungry Marco Giorgi (URY) stopped him in his tracks with an incredible, last hurrah manoeuvre. Bino Lopes (BRA) finished second ahead of McGillivray and CT member and 2017 event runner-up Willian Cardoso (BRA).

The Round of 48 started with Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga) lifting the mood of the locals in a nail-biting heat against Ezekiel Lau (HAW), Noe Mar McGonagle (CRI) and Jadson Andre (BRA). With a flurry of waves ridden at the death, De Vries had one last chance and popped into the air and finished in the flats to get the score he needed to advance to the last 24.

“I knew I only had one section to throw the tail,” said De Vries. “It was nice to get the score in the last minute, because I’ve been on the other side of that situation before. It actually happened against Jadson (Andre) in Australia earlier this year, so it was so good to get that score. Sport is amazing like that!”

Following De Vries’ victory, South Africa’s Michael February (Kommetjie) couldn’t find a decent backup score in the last heat of the day and will have to watch from the sidelines for the rest of the event.

Contest organisers will make an early call at 07:00 on Friday, 5 July to decide when to get the balance of the Round of 48 underway.

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Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors to this coastal holiday highlight. 

Big Wins and Tough Losses in Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill

BALLITO, KWADUKUZA, KwaZulu-Natal/South Africa – There were big wins and tough losses in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill at Willard Beach, Ballito on Wednesday. Organisers and competitors were greeted with clean but small 0.5 – 1 metre (2-3ft) waves for Day 2 of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event.

Two-time event winner Jordy Smith (Durban) won his opening heat to advance to the next round in the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill.
Credit: WSL/Janssens

Former two-time event winner (2010 and 2017) and local favourite Jordy Smith (Durban), who is currently fourth on the World Tour rankings, was happy to get the win in his first heat against Luel Felipe (BRA), Ramzi Boukhaim (MOR) and Imaikalani deVault (HAW). Smith was surfing incredibly loose and fast on the small waves, and secured victory in the last few seconds, going to the air after two strong turns for a 7.77 to bring his total to 14.50.

“It’s always good to be here for this event, halfway through the year it just helps me refuel my soul and give me enough energy to go into the back half of the year,” said Smith.

It was a tough day for fellow countrymen Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffrey’s Bay) and Jake Elkington (Kommetjie), both failing to progress through to the next round. Two more South Africans, David van Zyl (Durban) and Matthew McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), are yet to surf their first heats in the event.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), the 2015 WSL World Champion, is back from a serious knee injury that kept him out of the water for eight months. Making use of the QS as a warm-up before next week’s Corona Open J-Bay Championship Tour (CT) event, De Souza was up in the second heat of the day against Kei Kobayashi (JPN), Keanu Asing (HAW) and Stuart Kennedy (AUS).

It was all about who could do the most in the slow and small conditions. Kennedy and Kobayashi opted for the aerial approach but couldn’t complete the risky manoeuvres for valid scores while De Souza and Asing stuck to a power surfing strategy, staying compressed and linking up some critical turns. The Brazilian won the heat with 13.13 and Asing also advanced in second place with Kennedy and Kobayashi eliminated.

“I’ve been waiting for this for so long, it was a long eight months trying to get back,” said De Souza. “I put everything I can in those months to get ready and fit. I’m so hungry to make heats and come back strong next year. This is a great event for me to make some points because I’m fighting for two divisions this year, on the QS and CT.”

Brazilian Caio Ibelli, who’s been surfing on the World Tour as replacement for De Souza, lit up Willard Beach in his heat against Liam O’Brien (AUS) and Hawaiians Barron Mamiya and Kiron Jabour. With an incredible 38 waves ridden in the 30 minutes, Mamiya and Ibelli advanced in first and second respectively, with O’Brien and Jabour are out of the event.

“The waves aren’t as good as yesterday and there are more opportunities in some heats than others, but it’s still a beautiful day,” said Ibelli, who was happy to see fellow countryman De Souza back on his feet.

“He (De Souza) came down to Brazil for the CT event and making that first heat after injury, I know how hard that is as I struggled with that for a long time. So I’m super stoked to see him in-form and winning heats again.”

Contest organisers will reconvene on Thursday, 4 July at 07:30 to make the call for the day’s schedule.

Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors to this coastal holiday highlight.

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Sarah Baum Wins Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by O’Neill

BALLITO, KWADUKUZA, KwaZulu – Natal/South Africa – South African Sarah Baum (Durban) was crowned the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill Women’s winner after a ful-l day of surfing. The day started with trying and tricky conditions, but improved with a strong offshore and 0.5 – 1 metre (2-3ft) waves. The World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 1,000 rated event was the last stop on the WSL Africa Tour.

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Baum was the lone South African in the 4-women Final, with Leilani McGonagle (CRI), Anne dos Santos (BRA) and Rachel Presti (GER). It was an exciting final that saw the lead change between McGonagle and Baum, with a tight wave exchange right until the end. The judges took their time to compare the last waves, but in the end, Baum won with a total of 13 points out of 20, bumping McGonagle into second place. Presti was in third and Dos Santos in fourth.

“I’m on top of the world! I’m just so happy to be at home with friends and family, to have this event right here and everyone supporting me, I can’t wipe this smile off my face,” said Baum, who is the first South African woman to win this event since Nikita Robb in 2015.

“I was a bit slow in the beginning of the heat, just patiently waiting for those good ones. The waves died off and I had to make do with what I could, but in the end it paid off,” said Baum. With this result, Baum moves up to 39th on the WSL QS rankings.

In a funny twist of events, McGonagle predicted that she will be in the Final with Baum.

“I thought that was pretty funny. I knew all the girls in the competition were good surfers, but I had the names picked out even before it started so it’s funny how it worked out. I really wanted to win, but it’s alright. Next time!” said McGonagle.

Rachel Presti (GER) was off to a blistering start in the first Semifinal, opening her account with a 7.25 for two critical manoeuvres on a beautiful right-hander. Presti backed it up quickly with a 5.25 to take the lead. The light and nimble Brazilian, Anne dos Santos, was chasing Presti with a 6.75 and 5.45. Goofy-footer Zoë Steyn (East London) was stuck in combination situation and couldn’t find any decent waves until the end, but it was a little too late. Presti and Dos Santos advanced to the Final, eliminating Steyn and Lucia Martino (ESP).

The second Semifinal featured two South Africans, Ceara Knight (Kommetjie) and Sarah Baum (Durban) up against Pacha Luque-Light (AUS) and Leilani McGonagle (CRI). Luque-Light was leading the heat with a 4.50 and a 2.75, but McGonagle came back strongly to take the lead with a 6.00 and 5.00 with 5 minutes left on the clock. After a slow start, Baum jumped from fourth to first, going right and throwing two powerful hacks for 8.25 and then found a left-hander to take the win with a 6.35, for a total of 14.60. McGonagle was in second, sending Luque-Light and Knight home.

As the last stop on the WSL Africa Tour, this result determined the 2019 WSL Africa Title winners. It was a close battle between Steyn and Knight, with both being eliminated in equal 7th place in Ballito, but Steyn pipped Knight to the top.

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Ballito Women’s Pro pres. by O’Neill Final Results:

  1. Sarah Baum (ZAF, Durban) 13.00
    2. Leilani McGonagle (CRI) 12.20
    3. Rachel Presti (GER) 9.90
    4. Anne dos Santos (BRA) 7.60

Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors to this coastal holiday highlight. 

Hiroto Arai Wins Ballito Pro Trials pres. by O’Neill

BALLITO, KWADUKUZA, KwaZulu-Natal/South Africa – It was an all or nothing approach from the 32 surfers competing in the Ballito Trials pres. by O’Neill as only the winner stood to earn the coveted Trials entry into the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill. And it was Japanese surfer Hiroto Arai who grabbed the opportunity to compete in the first World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event of the year.

After a fierce day of competition, the final four saw Arai up against Luke Dillon (GBR) and South Africans Luke Slijpen (Llandudno) and Chad du Toit (Durban).

“I’m so happy to make the trials, because I’ve flown 24 hours from Japan to be here. Hopefully I can make a couple of heats and get the points to make the Championship Tour (CT) at the end of the year,” said Arai.

Hiroto Arai (JPN) won the Ballito Trials pres. by O’Neill at Willard Beach on Sunday Credit: WSL/Janssens

The Japanese surfer stayed patient and waited for the best waves in the heat, while his opponents were going for riskier aerial manoeuvres to improve their situation.

“My game plan was to sit on the left side and wait for the lefts, and I got a really good one in the first few minutes of the heat. I was so nervous with the last couple of waves, because everyone was going for airs and I didn’t know if they were making it or not. I checked my phone on the beach and saw I won, so I was stoked!”

Arai relied on the local knowledge passed down from his coach, South African Wade Sharp.

“He knows the break so well, so he told me when it gets high tide the wave will do this and that and it helps a lot.”

While Arai’s focus is making it onto the Dream Tour, the 24-year-old is excited for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where surfing will be included for the first time.

“I’m really looking forward to the Olympics in my home country. I want to join the guys like Kanoa Igarashi, Hiroto Ohara and Reo Inaba and represent Japan,” said Arai.

It was an exciting final that got off to a quick start with Dillon opening up the scoreboard. He quickly got a right-hander and completed three sharp manoeuvres, going vertical to hit the lip for a good 7-point ride. He backed it up with a 4.75 and was leading for the majority of the heat, when Arai took the lead with four minutes to go.

Slijpen and Du Toit were going for big airs, but couldn’t seem to complete most of them for a decent score and they will have to wait another year for a chance to compete in the main event.

The trialists consisted of 16 international surfers and 12 local surfers. The South African surfers were determined by the WSL Africa Men and Junior rankings, Surfing South Africa (SSA), O’Neill and the winner of the Ballito O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior.

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill features a 112-man entry field with 10,000 points and a prize pool of more than R3-million.

Ballito Trials pres. by O’Neill Final Results:

  1. Hiroto Arai 12.00
  2. Luke Dillon 11.75
  3. Luke Slijpen 11.35
  4. Chad du Toit 11.10

The call for the start of the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill is at 6:30AM for a 7AM start.

Alongside the surfing, visitors will be spoiled for choice with non-stop activities providing even more entertainment throughout the Ballito festival site. South Africa’s hottest musical acts appealing to all tastes – rock, pop, hip hop, kwaito, electro and dance – will be performing live on Salt Rock Beach over the last weekend. Beach and extreme sports, culinary contests as well as quality retail and food stalls will captivate visitors to this coastal holiday highlight. 

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The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill is proudly supported by the KwaDukuza Municipality, O’Neill, Capitec, Casio G-Shock, SMTH Shapes, OAKLEY, 5FM, Monster Energy, Zigzag Surfing Magazine, North Coast Courier, SMG MINI, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA).