St Francis Bay – a loose and impromptu meeting took place between members of the SRA, a few members of the St Francis Community, some surfers as well as representatives of the Seal Point Boardriders Club last week.

St Francis Bay – © Darren Peens

Groyne placements

This gathering was set up in order to discuss the proposed groyne placement, the outside reefs, the wave formations and the predominant ocean current direction and strength, with everyone throwing their information and their experience into the pool in a total and open sharing of information.

Seal Point Boardriders Club

With strong representation, The Boardriders Club exercises certain control over the surf spots from Seal Point to the Kromme River Mouth, mainly to ensure that anyone who wants to run a contest or contests does so through the correct channels and adhere to the local by-laws. The Seal Point Boardriders Club is also affiliated to Surfing South Africa, the national governing body of the sport, and recognized by The Government and South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

Surfing South Africa

“We support our affiliates, so we would support the decisions made by the Seal Point Boardriders Club Committee,” said Robin De Kock, General Manager for Surfing South Africa. “I think the development of groynes and the sand nourishment of Bruce’s Beauties would be wonderful for the sport of surfing and for surfers throughout the country.

Community

In a spirited conversation at the Anne Avenue car park, the surfers, locals, fishermen and SRA representatives had maps and diagrams out, were pointing out reefs and waves and surf spots and currents, and where the best waves break, as a crew of local groms headed out to get a few of the tiny lefts breaking in front of the car-park. A local homeowner who was watching the gathering, came down to introduce himself and give his point of view as well, which was pertinent and well received.  

The planning of the groynes and their location is crucial, and there will still be more open discussions on the matter going forward 

More on the SRA projects here – https://stfrancispropertyowners.co.za/sra-projects/

Seal Point Boardriders Facebook Page here – https://www.facebook.com/SealPointBoardRidersClub/

Press Release

SFT Comment 17 Jan 2020 – R Suter