Port Alfred Easter Festival presented by Sunshine Coast Tourism – Quick Facts

Port Alfred Easter Festival presented by Sunshine Coast Tourism – Quick Facts

The inaugural Port Alfred Easter Festival is approaching quickly, and we wanted everyone to know what is happening in Port Alfred over the Easter weekend. 29 March – 1 April.

What: 

The Port Alfred Easter Festival is Justin Bekker’s brainchild. Furthermore, he is the chairperson of the Sunshine Coast Tourism Board’s Tourism Events Subcommittee. So, it is a multi-sports and music festival with 15 events lined up over the four days of Easter. 

The events are: 

 1. The Rip Curl GromSearch and the 

 2. Rip Curl Cup, with both contests presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel. 

 3. The South African Bodyboarding Challenge.

 4. The Species Spectacular Easter Fishing Competition

 5. Port Alfred parkrun.

 6. The Cycle Asylum 10km Fun Ride

 7. The Marina Easter Swim

 8. Sunshine Coast Open Tennis Tournament

 9. Sunshine Coast Junior Tennis Tournament

 10. Easter 2 Ball Alliance Golf Tournament

 11. Sunshine Coast Open Pairs Bowls Tournament

 12. Port Alfred Easter Croquet Tournament

 13. Nemato Change A Life Handball

 14. Wharf Street and Van Der Riet Street Market

 15. Bands At The Beach Music Festival In Aid Of NSRI

The full calendar can be viewed HERE.

 

Port Alfred Easter Festiva

Local surfer Lily Heny © Louis Wulff

Where: 

The events, contests, races, tournaments and competitions are happening all over Port Alfred. Furthermore, the surf and bodyboarding events are split between East Beach and West Beach. Other venues include the Port Alfred Tennis Club, the Marina, the Royal Port Alfred Golf Club, the Port Alfred Bowls and Croquet Club, Guido’s, the deep ocean for fishing and the streets of Port Alfred for the cycling.  

 

Port Alfred Easter Festiva

Royal Port Alfred Golf Course

Why:

“I have wanted to do something of this magnitude for quite some time now,” said Justin Bekker, adding, “The goal of the Easter Festival is to bring people into our wonderful town, to explore and experience what we have to offer, to enter some fun events, and to listen to some great live music. In the process, we aim to put Port Alfred on the map as an amazing venue to host events and as a serious destination for people to visit and enjoy our town, restaurants, beaches and sports clubs. We have planned for a minimum three-year project, and we hope this festival becomes a permanent fixture and a highlight on many calendars for athletes, holidaymakers and spectators across the country.”

 

Port Alfred Easter Festiva

Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club

Who:

The Port Alfred Easter Festival is presented by Sunshine Coast Tourism. 

The Rip Curl GromSearch and the Rip Curl Cup are both presented by The Royal St Andrews Hotel and supported by Sea Harvest,

The Fun Cycle is presented by Cycle Asylum and Round Table 177 Port Alfred.

The Species Spectacular Fishing Tournament is presented by Buco

The Royal Port Alfred Golf Club 2-ball Alliance is presented by Buildit. 

The Marina Easter Swim is hosted by Halyards Hotel and presented by Edge Finance. 

There will be free high-speed WiFi at the beach events, sponsored by LinkOnline.

The Surf and Bodyboard Tournaments have Port Alfred NSRI Station 11 doing water safety.  

 

 

NSRI Station 11 in action.

 

Port Alfred Easter Festival Platforms:

Website

Facebook Page

Instagram 

Email 

 

 

Review Jordy Smith Premier of Plus 27 at Billy’s Beach

Review Jordy Smith Premier of Plus 27 at Billy’s Beach

Last night saw the premier of Jordy Smith’s new movie at Billy’s Beach. Surfers visiting the area from all over the world congregated to catch up, say howzit to Jordy and filmer Nick Christy and watch some A-grade surfing.

Review Jordy Smith Premier

The movie, Plus 27, was some of the most radical and inspiring surfing seen from Jordy over the year, as well as some footage of some new right-hander that was seriously massive, with Jordy charging hard as the gathered surfers cheered on.

 

The 2024 Campaign

Jordy has been chilling at home in JBay while hanging out with his family and preparing for his 2024 campaign on the World Championship Tour of surfing. He had an average year last year, with a 5th place at Pipeline as his best result. Jordy was runner-up to the world title in 2016 and came third on the world tour in 2019, so a world title is still in his grasp.

Review Jordy Smith Premier

No Event In JBay

This year is Jordy’s ‘serious’ year; he has been training and getting fit and ready for the gruelling year on tour. The only bummer is that it is a year that we will not see an event in JBay, and the JBay event is the one contest that Jordy usually excels in.

The Demise Of Surf Media

Still immensely popular, the surfers came out in their droves to see the movie, and with the demise of both Boardtalk Magazine as well as Zigzag Magazine in South Africa, there isn’t too much in the way of specific surf media anymore apart from Insta and Tiktok. Hence, seeing the amount of hard work and effort put into this production is gratifying.

Local Filmer

Nick Christy, a St Francis Bay local, has worked with Jordy for several years as his filmer and has amassed some incredible footage. This was his moment to put the unseen footage together and edit it into a package that the surfers would love, which they did.

Review Jordy Smith Premier

Seal Point legend Nick Godfrey (left) and filmer Nick Christy

Billy’s Beach Big Jol

When it was over, it was time for everyone to leave Billy’s arena, as the big jol was set to kick off at 8 pm. As another surfer, Wade ‘Needles’ Lewis, got behind the decks for the first set of the night, we all headed home, inspired by the radical surfing we had witnessed of Jordy in top form.

Review Jordy Smith Premier

See also Jordy Smith’s Profile on the World Surf League.