Your 2019 St Francis Sporting Calendar

The 13th annual St Francis Sport Summer Series will kick off on Monday 16 December 2019 with a canal swim, and ends on the 31st of December with the annual MTB Challenge.

Sporting enthusiasts can look forward to the usual swimming, running, cycling and paddling events as well as combinations of these disciplines at different venues in St Francis and Cape St Francis.

All events will start at 08h00 unless differently specified, and race briefing is 15 minutes before the start.  Registration can be done on the day, 60 minutes before the event at each respective venue.  Multiple events can be done as teams or individuals, in age categories under 14, under 17 and open, and top 3 winners in each category will each receive a certificate.  The entry fees are R100 for adults, and R80 for all under 14’s.

The first event on Monday 16 December is the Canal Swim from the beach at Quaysyde Restaurant, Sea Glades Drive, St Francis Bay.  All children under 12 can participate in the fun bank2bank event, while a 500m, 1km, 2km and 3km is open to the other categories.

On Tuesday 17 December the Cape St Francis Resort will host the annual Road Run with two distances, 5km and 10km.  Then it is back to the canals on Wednesday 18 December for a road run/swim combination, the Duathlon.  Teams or Individuals can tacle the 500m swim/3km run or 1km swim/6km run.

The Trail Run (5km or 15km) follows on Thursday 19 December through the Eskom Conservation Reserve.  Registration will be at the Duneridge Country House.

New on the calendar is the Triple Challenge, where teams or individuals can take each other on in this swim, run and paddle trio.  There are two distances to choose from, the 500m swim, 3km run and 3km paddle, or 1km swim, 6km run and 5km paddle,  Stand Up Paddle boards or any other floating device is welcome.

The Extreme Duathlon, consisting of 5km trail run and 15km MTB or 10km trail run and 30km MTB will take place on the St Francis Field on Monday, 23 December.  This event again is open to teams.

This year’s charity event, the 5km Full Moon Run (or walk!) will happen on Thursday, 26 December on the Cape St Francis Main Beach.  Registration from 18h00, starting time at 19h00.

The Open Water Swim is planned for Friday 27 December at 16:00 between Port St Francis and Granny’s Pool, with reserved days the 28, 29 or 30.  Very important, prospective swimmers must pre-register by sending their details on WhatsApp to Esti Stewart on 073 825 0835 or Haydn Holmes on 074 603 9311, to be informed of final details and safety regulations.

The last two events of the Summer Series is the very popular Pam Golding Quadrathlon on Monday, 30 December  from the beach at Quaysyde.  This team or individual event consists of a 500m swim, 12km cycle, 3km run, plus 3km paddle.

Then the final event will take place on Tuesday, 31 December – the 15km or 30km MTB Challenge through the Eskom Conservation Reserve will start from Duneridge Country House, St Francis Bay.

Two charity runs will also take place during season, hosted by the Cape St Francis Resort.  Firstly the annual Talhado Road Run on Tuesday, 24 December (5km, 10km), and secondly the FOSTER Trail Run on Saturday 28 December.  The route goes through the various nature reserves in Cape St Francis with spectacular views.  For more information, phone the Resort on 042-2980054.

The St Francis Paddling Club is hosting three events this year:  the Carey Olsen Shark Point Surfski Challenge on Sunday 22 December, the Sporty Anderson Memorial Surfski Race on Saturday 28 December as well as the New Year’s Day Canal Canoe Challenge.  For more details, contact Peter Mitchley on 082 881 1193.

Don’t forget to visit St Francis Field on Friday 27 December from 07:30 for their annual Fly In, St Francis Field.

Remember St Francis parkrun takes place every Saturday at 08:00 at the St Francis Links.  This is a weekly free, timed 5km run or walk, open to all.  Get your barcode on and bring it with to get your results emailed to you.  Please take note no dogs will be allowed during season.

For more information, contact Eric and Esti Stewart on 082 394 7363 or 073 825 0835.  Entry forms are available at St Francis Tourism and Custom Bikes.  The series is hosted by St Francis Sport.

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3

Competitors Battle The Elements On Day 3 of The WSL World Junior Championships in Taiwan

Pictured: South African Eli Beukes (ZAF) going huge to score a 9.17 on Day 3 of the WSL World Junior Championships. – Credit: © WSL / Matt Dunbar

JINZUN HARBOUR, TAITUNG / TPE (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – Competition has continued at the WSL World Junior Championships as part of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing with Men’s Round 2 and four heats of Round 3 being run in solid and wind-affected surf at Jinzun Harbour. With the opening heats of Round 3 being run, the first four spots for the Men’s Quarterfinals have been filled. 
Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN) is no stranger of the WSL World Junior Championships with this being his third tilt at the trophy. In 2017, the explosive young natural footer made it all the way to the final, where he went down to Finn McGill (HAW) and finished second in the world. In 2019, Azuchi has made his intentions in Taiwan clear, and that’s to go one step further and clinch his maiden World Junior Title and set himself a spot on the 2020 Challenger Series.
“It’s always good surfing in Taiwan,” Azuchi said. “There are always waves and a lot of opportunity for competitors. I came to the Taiwan Open with hopes of winning both the QS3,000 and the World Juniors to ensure myself a spot in the Challenger Series events next year. As I didn’t get a result in the 3000, I’m really focused on winning the World Juniors.”
Tahitian Kauli Vaast (FRA) continued to storm towards Finals Day, taking down fancied Australian representative Dakoda Walters (AUS) in Heat 2 of Round 3. Walters opted to surf the wind-blown rights, looking for opportunities to take to the sky, while Vaast got busy on the face of the lefts. Once Kauli had the lead and priority, he stalked the line up to ensure Walters didn’t have any shot at locking in a score and succeeded in doing so, sending Walters packing in equal 9th place.
“That heat was really stressful heat because we were nowhere near each other, so I didn’t know if he was getting good waves or not,” Vaast said. “Once I had my scores I could try and exercise my priority which was nerve-racking again because he could easily get a score on an inside wave with a big air or something. When I let him take the last wave I was willing because if there was one that was better behind it I’d have it instead of him. I’m stoked to make it into the Quarterfinals.
Heat 3 of Round 4 was one of the most exciting matchups on paper as two of the form surfers of the event in Luke Slijpen (ZAF) and Kade Matson (USA) went head-to-head at Jinzun Harbour. Both surfers opened their accounts early but struggled to find backups leaving the much-anticipated heat to come down as a battle of average scores. Luckily for Matson, he was able to grab the leads in the dying seconds with a modest 3.50 and moves into the Quarterfinals.
“That was such a heavy heat,” Matson said. “It was so hard to find a wave out there and know where to sit. I was surfing while the event was on hold and I swear it was so much better than that. I don’t know if the wind or tide changed or something but it was tough out there. I’m glad to have made it through that one and hope the swell keeps coming because I’m loving these lefts. Going left is definitely a strength of mine so I’m stoked with the waves here in Taiwan.”
In the final heat of the day, Tane Bowden (NZL) put on an epic performance to overcome one of the event favourites in Californian Crosby Colapinto (USA). Colapinto didn’t make it easy, scoring an 8.50 on a solid lefthander for a series of huge backhand hits. Bowden answered with an 8.17 for a seamless frontside carve to crack combination and finished the heat in top spot.
Earlier in the day, South African duo Eli Beukes (ZAF) and Luke Slijpen (ZAF) put on the performances of the day with Slijpen scoring a two-wave total of 16.66 for his diverse display of power and progression at Jinzun Harbour. Beukes boosted a huge full rotation air-reverse to post a 9.17 in his heat. Eventually, Slijpen was eliminated but Beukes is yet to surf his Round 3 heat.

WSL Competition and Event Directors will reconvene at Jinzun Harbour tomorrow morning to make a call on competition at 6:30 a.m.local time for a possible 7:00 a.m. start. 

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 – December 1. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to or download the free WSL App.

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Results:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) 14.50 DEF. Cole Alves (HAW) 11.07
HEAT 2: Kauli Vaast (FRA) 12.96 DEF. Dakoda Walters (AUS) 12.74
HEAT 3: Kade Matson (USA) 8.50 DEF. Luke Slijpen (ZAF) 7.63
HEAT 4: Tane Bowden (NZL) 14.67 DEF. Crosby Colapinto (USA) 13.53

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Round 3 Upcoming Matchups:
HEAT 5: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HEAT 6: Alan Cleland (MEX) vs. Eli Beukes (ZAF)
HEAT 7: Lucas Vicente (BRA) vs. Arashi Murata (JPN)
HEAT 8: Jett Schilling (USA) vs. Ketut Agus (IDN)

WSL World Junior Championships Men’s Quarterfinal Matchups:
HEAT 1: Justin Becret (FRA) vs. Kauli Vaast (FRA)
HEAT 2: Kade Matson (USA) vs. Tane Bowden (NZL)

Men’s Round 2 at the WSL World Junior Championships Taiwan


E (Thursday, November 28, 2019) – Day 3 of the WSL World Junior Championships has been called on at Jinzun Harbour as part of the 2019 Taiwan Open of Surfing. Taiwan continues to deliver solid surf with waves in the four-foot range accompanied by strong cross-shore winds at Jinzun Harbour. Men’s Round 2 will commence at 7:00 a.m. local time with Men’s Round 3 on standby. Women’s competition is off for the day.

“The expected huge surf and super strong winds haven’t quite arrived at Jinzun Harbour yet and the surf is still looking really fun,” said WSL Event Director Travis Logie. “It’s a pleasant surprise for us this morning so we are going to get underway with men’s Round 2 as soon as possible. We are still expecting conditions to deteriorate later in in the day so we will continue to assess conditions throughout the day and make a call on whether to continue as the wind comes up. For now, there is plenty of opportunity for competitors so we are going to start with Heat 1 of Men’s Round 2.”

Heat 1 of Round 2 will see local’s cheering on their wildcard Sheng Fu Chen (TPE) as he takes on Japan’s Joh Azuchi (JPN).

Kiwi Tane Bowden (NZL) will do battle in his first elimination heat of the World Junior Championships with Tiago Carrique (FRA) in the second heat of the morning.
Photos and newsfeeds will be uploaded to the links above throughout the day. A final press release will be distributed following the close of competition with standout performances, athlete quotes and competitive highlights from the day. For a full list of results, please visit the

The Taiwan Open World Junior Championship runs from November 26 – December 1. For more information and to watch all of the action from the Taiwan Open of Surfing, head to or download the free WSL App.

WSL Junior Championships Men’s Round 2 Matchups
HEAT 1: Joh Azuchi (JPN) vs. Chen Sheng Fu (TPE)
HEAT 2: Tiago Carrique (FRA) vs. Tane Bowden (NZL)
HEAT 3: Luke Slijpen (ZAF) vs. Raul Rios (PER)
HEAT 4: Eli Beukes (ZAF) vs. Monnojo Yahagi (JPN)
HEAT 5: Fernando Junior (BRA) vs. Xavier Huxtable (AUS)
HEAT 6: Luke Thompson (ZAF) vs. Arashi Murata (JPN)
HEAT 7: Robert Grilho (HAW) vs. Dakoda Walters (AUS)
HEAT 8: Cole Alves (HAW) vs. Sage Tutterow (HAW)

Watch Men’s Round Two Action @ 7:00 am CST

(11:00 pm GMT / 8:00 pm BRT / 10:00 am AEDT / 3:00 pm PDT / 1:00 pm HST)


JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Moves Into Championship Tour Qualification Position

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay is primed to qualify for the elite World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) for 2020 after placing third at the Hawaiian Pro 10,000 tournament on the weekend.

Matt in action at Haleiwa © WSL/Heff

Third-placing surfer and Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray had the weight of qualification on his shoulders, as a win would have officially gained him his first year on the CT. But he surfed with casual confidence and found a barrel in the Final to lock in a 5.83, his high score of the heat. 
The 22-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay took on a veteran field in the Semifinals and eliminated two-time Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) and eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) en route to the Final.

Stealthily stacking the results, McGillivray is in a strong position heading into the Vans World Cup, where his best result was a Quarterfinal finish in 2018.

With this result, McGillivray moves into the top ten on the QS at number 6, jumping eight slots up the rankings. The top 10 surfers qualify for the Championship Tour, if they have not already secured their place by requalifying on the CT.

Matt is looking good for qualification © WSL/Keoki

Matt will be looking forward to the Vans World Cup Of Surfing at Sunset Beach. He is always a standout at this venue, and it will be the final event of the year for him to bank one more good result, and to secure his berth on the Championship Tour for next year.

Once his qualification has been made official, Matt will be joining fellow South African surfer Jordy Smith on the elite Championship Tour of Surfing.

Distributed by: The Truth Collective

2x WSL Champion Tyler Wright to Compete in lululemon Maui Pro

17 months ago, two-time World Surf League (WSL) Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) fell ill in South Africa. Temporarily hospitalized, Wright was forced to pull out of the Corona Open J-Bay and was diagnosed with Influenza A with complications that sidelined her from competition since.

Today, Wright announced that she is ready for her next phase of recovery – pulling on the jersey and surfing in a WSL Championship Tour (CT) event once again. The 25-year-old will compete in the final event of the 2019 season, the lululemon Maui Pro, with hopes of re-joining the WSL CT in the 2020 season.

2x World Champion Tyler Wright (AUS) will compete in the lululemon Maui Pro, which opens this Monday, November 25, 2019. Credit: © WSL / Poullenot

“Maui is the next step in my recovery process,” said Wright. “I’ve taken a lot of steps to get to this point, and it’s been a lot of hard work. And after Maui, there’ll be another step. I’m not sure what pulling the jersey on will be like, or what is going to happen. But I’m okay with that. That’s part of the reason why I’m here, to expose myself to that competitive environment again. It’s part of the recovery process and I’m ready to embrace it.”

Prior to competing in Maui, Wright has spent the past few weeks chasing swells around the Hawaiian Islands, testing her strength in bigger waves.

“I love being back in the water,” continued Wright. “I haven’t surfed this much since I was 14.  I’ve got boards everywhere, I’m exposing myself to bigger and heavier waves and love it.

“When I started feeling sick, they said I had Influenza A. I obviously had complications from that. It’s taken me 17 months to recover. It messed up my brain and my body. I can feel that I’ve been out of the water for a year-and-a-half. I can feel that I’m 10 kilograms lighter. Things are different. It is an adjusting period. But like I said I haven’t surfed as much as I have in the past few months as I have in the last couple of years. I’m excited about that and I’m excited about everything that I’m doing. It really is all a trial at the moment…it’s part of taking those steps to come back.”

The last time Wright surfed at the Maui Pro, she claimed her second World Title in 2017. This year, the lululemon Maui Pro at Honolua Bay will host the World Title showdown between current World No. 1 Carissa Moore (HAW), No. 2 Lakey Peterson (USA), and No. 3 Caroline Marks (USA), and will also serve as the final provisional CT qualification pathway for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Can Carissa Moore Clinch Four Titles?

Wright will be against Peterson, the 2018 World Runner-up and 2019 World Title contender, and Silvana Lima (BRA) in the second heat of Seeding Round 1. This heat will follow Marks in Round 1, who will face Australians Nikki Van Dijk and rookie Macy Callaghan

Moore will surf against event wildcard Summer Macedo (HAW) and Coco Ho (HAW) in Heat 3. Maui local Macedo made a splash last year at the Maui Pro with a big opening-round win. Hoping to repeat that success and go even further in the event, Macedo could shake up the World Title race in the process. 

Lakey Peterson’s Run for Her First World Title


The World Title scenarios ahead of the lululemon Maui Pro:

  • If Carissa Moore wins Maui, she clinches the World Title;
  • If Moore gets a 2nd, Lakey Peterson needs a 1st to take the World Title from Moore;
  • If Moore gets a 3rd, Peterson needs a 2nd & Caroline Marks a 1st;
  • If Moore gets a 5th/9th/17th, Peterson needs 3rd & Marks a 2nd to force a 3-way Tie Surf Off for World Title decision in Maui
lululemon Maui Pro Seeding Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Caroline Marks (USA), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 2: Lakey Peterson (USA), Silvana Lima (BRA), Tyler Wright (AUS)
Heat 3: Carissa Moore (HAW), Coco Ho (HAW), Summer Macedo (HAW)
Heat 4: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Brisa Hennessy (CRI), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 5: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Keely Andrew (AUS)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
The holding period for the lululemon Maui Pro opens on November 25 and runs through December 6, 2019. The event will be broadcast LIVE on and the free WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Head For The Hills 2019

South Africa’s first bespoke ride out festival

Kromrivier Cedarberg Park – Attendees were spoiled at South Africa’s first bespoke ride out festival in the heart of the Cederberg mountains. Head For The Hills is a collaboration between The House of Machines & Bonafide Moto Co. inviting riders and non-riders from across the country to join together for a weekend of outdoor fun, live music and fireside tales.

The ride group departed from Cape Town, led by The House of Machines and Bonafide Moto Co respectively, picking up riders en route, ultimately meeting at Kromrivier Cederberg Park.

In the heart of the Cederberg 280km North of Cape Town lies a farm Kromrivier, home to Cederberg Park.
This breathtakingly beautiful part of the world, with its aroma of buchu, rooibos tea and Cederwood, has been home to the Nieuwoudts’ for seven generations. Found in 1960’s by Rensie & Olive Nieuwoudt, today it is the oldest tourist destination in the Cederberg Mountains.Kromrivier, bordering the Cederberg Wilderness area, with its chalets and camping sites, is intended primarily for those seeking rest and quiet. Camping was the primary accommodation, with a deluxe glamping set up option (including cots, linen and electricity) as well as ‘bring your own’. Acclaimed chef Wesley Randles of The Commissary stoked Traeger Grills smokers — slow-cooked the weekend meals to perfection.

Activities were set up throughout the weekend with main partner BMW Motorrad, who kindly brought motorcycles for guests to utilise on the weekend’s dusty out rides, while our friends from Just Like Papa entertained with log-splitting, hammer-the-nail, axe-throwing, knife sharpening and general manly tomfoolery!

Monster Energy added to event by not only supplying world class event infrastructure in the form of staging, lighting, tenting and hydration, but also allowed participants to walk away with a permanent reminder inked on to their skin thanks to talented artists, Lee and Rico from Sins of Style!

Evenings consisted of great food and live music by The House of Machines family favourites, Jules Terea, Jak Tomas and Dave van Vuuren. The real driving force behind the weekend was a collective getaway from the city for a weekend of adventure-inspired fun.

Thanks to our partners.

The House Of Machines
BMW Motorrad South Africa
Just Like Papa
Monster Energy
The Commissary