Youngsters steal lifesaving buoy

Youngsters steal lifesaving buoy in Jeffreys Bay

CCTV footage captured footage of a group of youngsters who appear to have made off with an NSRI Pink Rescue Floatation Buoy.  NSRI is appealing to those who appear to have taken the buoy to return it to NSRI or return it to its pole on the beach at Jeffreys Bay.

The buoy was taken from Point, at Jeffreys Bay, a popular surfing spot.

The footage shows what appears to be 3 young males taking the buoy to their car. Bystanders have come forward saying that they had confronted the group in a heated exchange but despite being advised to return the buoy to the pole they continued to load the buoy into a a small hatchback red car with Eastern Cape registration plates and drove off.

If anyone recognises the persons in the CCTV footage please contact NSRI.

These Pink Buoys are a joint NSRI and public effort in one of many campaigns launched this year to prevent drowning around our coast.

A pink buoy in Wilderness has already contributed to saving the life of a teenager.

Dr Cleeve Robertson, NSRI CEO, has urged anyone finding a pink buoy that is in anyones possession and is not on a pole on a beach it belongs to NSRI and to the public in the interests of public safety.

New ward committee Ward 11

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New ward committee to be elected for Ward 11

A new ward committee is set to be elected for Ward 11 at Jeffreys Bay on October 27.

Kouga Speaker Horatio Hendricks said all Ward 11 residents were encouraged to attend the election.

“Ward committees are important because they represent the aspirations of various constituencies in a ward. They are also good platforms through which residents can keep us, their elected leaders, accountable,” he said.

The first election for Ward 11 had to be postponed due to a misunderstanding about the scheduled date. The second meeting, at which a committee was elected, was nullified by the Council after an appeal was lodged by one of the residents.

Hendricks said it was important that all ward committees were fully functional and were in a position to perform their tasks.

The elective meeting will take place at the Newton Hall at 18:00 on October 27. Ward 11 covers the areas of Jeffreys Bay Central and C-Place.

Breaching Seekoei mouth

Breaching the Seekoei mouth could lead to bigger problems

Kouga Municipality would like to appeal to residents of Paradise Beach not to breach the mouth of the Seekoei estuary unlawfully. The appeal comes in the wake of concerns that the causeway connecting Paradise Beach to Aston Bay could flood due to heavy rains.

Mayor Elza van Lingen said Council had great sympathy for the plight of Paradise Beach residents but cautioned that breaching the mouth could lead to bigger problems for residents in the long-term. “The estuary is no longer healthy and working as it should. That’s why fish were dying in great numbers only a few months ago,” she said.

“At this stage breaching the mouth simply disturbs the eco-system more and increases the risk of the embankments actually flooding and properties being damaged.”

She said the municipality had submitted an urgent request to the East Cape Department of Roads and Public Works that the alternative gravel road to Paradise Beach from the R102 be graded so as to improve the safety of motorists should the causeway have to be closed.

The gravel road, that exits onto the R102 between Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, falls under the jurisdiction of the Department.

She assured residents that the municipality was working on both short and long-term solutions to the causeway dilemma in partnership with the EC Department of Environmental Affairs.

“Wave deflectors are being considered for the short-term. While this won’t necessarily prevent flooding, it will reduce the amount of salty spray vehicles are exposed to,” she said.

“In order to identify a permanent solution we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Nelson Mandela University.

“Specialists from the university are putting together an Estuarine Management Plan specifically for the Seekoei estuary.

“The plan will enable Council to make an informed decision about the causeway, as well as the possible development of an alternative crossing in the long-term.”

Press Release – Laura-Leigh Randall,
Kouga Municipality
Media Liaison Officer
084 2055 388

Rotary Club

Rotary Club of Jeffreys Bay Awards Recognise Service to Community

Tracy de Jager was inducted as President of  the Rotary Club of Jeffreys Bay for 2017/18 at the 19th induction ceremony of the Club held at  De Viswijf Restaurant on July 15th.  At the same event, Ivan Beaumont was inducted as Chairman of the Rotary Satellite Club St Francis marking the club’s 6th birthday.

A highlight of this year’s ceremony was the awarding of no less than six Paul Harris Fellows to members of the Kouga community in recognition of their outstanding contribution to their communities and their selfless dedication to service.

The first of these prestigious Rotary awards was presented to Sister Bertha Strydom for her selfless and dedicated service to the Sea Vista and greater Kouga community through her work running the St Francis Community Clinic in Sea Vista and in particular for her work in educating her patients on improved family health, child care and HIV and TB treatment.

Next in line for the award was Rotarian Francis Becker, for her outstanding work in establishing the Nomvula’s Knitters Trust and the resulting contribution to poverty alleviation through job creation and skills development in Sea Vista.

Hilton Thorpe and Trudi Malan were both recognised for their dedication to the fight to save Thyspunt from nuclear development through the Thyspunt Alliance and protecting the interests of the greater Kouga community.

Also honoured was Maryke Pretorius of the Jeffreys Bay Trauma Counselling Centre, whose selfless dedication over the past 11 years to the counselling of those suffering any kind of trauma from rape to home invasions to motor vehicle accidents.

Last, but certainly not least, Community Service awards were conferred upon both Jan Rademeyer and Mias Janse van Rensburg of Jeffreys Bay for their tireless efforts in transporting donated food, water and other emergency supplies to the fire fighting teams and victims during the recent wild fire disaster.

Rotary Club Jeffreys Bay

2017/2018 Chairman of Rotary Satellite Club St Francis, Ivan Beaumont and President of the Rotary Club of Jeffreys Bay, Tracy de Jager are congratulated by past St Francis Chairman, Arthur Baggott

Article & Photo: Lynette Aitken

Shark interrupts Corona Open

3-metre great white shark interrupts Corona Open J-Bay

Perfect Surf, 10 Point Rides, Re-Surfed Heats, Champions Eliminated and a Shark at Corona Open J-Bay

In the most dramatic day of competition surfing experienced at Jeffreys Bay, the world’s best surfers competing in the Corona Open J-Bay revelled in perfect two metre waves, re-surfed two heats, recorded three 10 point rides, had an extended two hour break, saw two world champions eliminated and went on hold for 30 minutes during the first quarterfinal while a three metre Great White Shark cruised through the lineup.

Shark interrupts Corona Open J-Bay

Response and Safety Teams placed the athletes onto boats and monitored the shark as it exited the lineup. After discussion with the Commissioner’s Office and the athletes, competition resumed with Medina besting Fanning and advancing to the Semifinals today Wednesday July 19, 2017. PHOTO: © WSL / Gumboot.camera SOCIAL : @wsl @gumboot.camera.

The day started with the remarkable sight of a six metre inflatable boat surfing an enormous 3.5 metre wave and ended with rookie Frederico Morais (PRT) posting a last minute perfect 10 point ride in a come-from-behind quarterfinal upset over reigning WSL champion John John Florence (HAW).

The inflatable boat, part of the Dolphin Coast Water Patrol team who handle the water safety at the event, was sitting outside the break as South Africa’s Jordy Smith (Durban), Filipe Toledo (BRA) and Julian Wilson (AUS) paddled out to re-surf their Round 4 heat which was abandoned yesterday when a shark was sighted breaching in the vicinity.

Realising that an approaching set of waves was going to swamp the boat, the quick-thinking skipper headed across the wave, skilfully avoiding capsizing and preventing a possible disaster by outrunning the broken wave until he could turn out over the top and speed into deeper water.

Smith, who was leading the heat when it was abandoned yesterday, started well this morning but was overtaken by Toledo. The Brazilian utilised the NW crosswind to stick a massive 360 degree aerial for a 9.0 and then repeated that with two similar manoeuvres on the next wave to earn his second perfect 10 point ride of the event, advancing directly to the quarterfinals and relegating Smith and Wilson to Round 5 elimination battles.

With overhead waves pouring through the lineup, current No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard Matt Wilkinson (AUS) outpointed Conner Coffin (USA) and Michel Bourez (PYF) to secure his quarterfinal berth.

In Round 5 World Champions Mick Fanning (AUS) and Florence put paid to the chances of Joan Duru (FRA) and Owen Wright (AUS) in Heats 1 & 2 to set up quarterfinal clashes against Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Frederico Morais (PRT) respectively.

Smith did battle with Coffin and defeated the Californian before Julian Wilson applied his patented sweeping turns to great effect in his duel with Michel Bourez (PYF).

WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow then put the event on hold for two hours over the high tide, making dozen of locals really happy as they took to the long lines of overhead swell peeling down the rock-lined point.

During the break a decision was taken to re-surf Heat 3 of Round 5 after video evidence was produced that showed that part of one of Coffin’s ride had not been seen by the judging panel and the young Californian had been awarded a score that was too low.

Restarting at 1.30 pm in classic conditions in hollow tubes and an offshore breeze grooming the faces of the waves, an in-form Smith opened with an excellent 9.37 and quickly backed it up with his third Perfect 10 of the event. Two excellent scores from Coffin were not enough and his was eliminated in 9th place while the two-time event winner advanced on to the quarterfinals where he will face Toledo.

“I’m pretty stoked to get that one out the way,” said Smith. “Filipe (Toledo) surfed a great heat this morning and went absolutely mad. I tried my best but Filipe took to the air and did what he does best. You have to start fresh every day and it’s pumping out there so you just want to try and dominate.”

The first of the quarterfinals saw 2015 WSL Champion Gabriel Medina (BRA) in sync with the set waves, carving vertical backhand turns to bag a pair of eight point rides. His opponent Mick Fanning (AUS),  the three-time world champ and four-time J-Bay winner,  needed a combination of two rides totalling 17.41 for the win when the contest was put on hold after a Great White Shark was spotted 300 metres away at the Lower Point.

Fanning, who had previously experienced a previous shark encounter during the final of 2015 J-Bay event, and Medina were immediately picked up by jetskis and taken to the inflatable boat behind the lineup, along with Florence and Morais who had paddled out for their quarterfinal clash.

Incredible footage of the shark being followed by a jetski taken from a drone positioned overhead and broadcast on the big screens at the event site enabled the crowds at the beach and the tens of thousands of people watching online to follow its progress right through the contest area.

After 20 minutes, when the had shark exited the area and passed through the Boneyards section of the point, the organisers consulted with the surfers on the inflatable boat and  Fanning and Medina were dropped back in the lineup and heat resumed with five minutes remaining. No waves were ridden and Medina advanced to the semifinals while Fanning was eliminated in equal 5th place overall.

“I’m really glad they got us out of the water but I felt really safe out there with the skis, the drones and the plane so it was an easy decision to paddle out,” said Fanning. “We had a slow start to the heat and I made a few mistakes but Gabe (Medina) is just surfing so well at the moment. It’s been such an incredible contest though. I think we’ve seen some of the best surfing to see how many 10-point rides have gone down. What else could happen here?”

Morais, who caused an upset by defeating WSL Champion Florence yesterday to reach the quarterfinals, upset the reigning WSL champion again today to earn a spot in the in the Semifinals for the first time this season where he will face Medina.

Florence put the pressure on early with two big nine-point rides. The rookie rose to the challenge and selected a beautiful wave to score 9.77 but Florence answered back and improved his situation with a 9.10. With three minutes on the clock and first priority, Morais let go of all the pressure, found a perfect looking set wave and was rewarded with a Perfect 10-point ride, his first on the CT and the eighth of the event, to send home the World Champion.

“The waves are so much fun out there,” Morais said. “We had a little adventure out there with the shark at the beginning but everything was great and we’re safe and taken care of. Every time I surf against John (Florence) we have really close heats and really tough match-ups. He had me on the ropes until the last minute but I had priority and I used it well. I love a good challenge and this heat was a big, big challenge and I loved it and I’m into the Semis. Honestly I hate sharks, we don’t worry about that in Portugal so I’m not used to it, but we were safe so we surfed and it was fine. When you’re focused on the heat you forget all about that. It’s my first 10 point ride on the Championship Tour and on day like this and against John is emotional.”

The action was called off after the second quarterfinal and when it resumes Jordy Smith (ZAF) will be up against Felipe Toledo (BRA) in Quarterfinal 3.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. local time to assess conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Corona Open J-Bay, are calling for:
Very solid SW swell will build through the day on Thursday, peaking overnight, before trending down on Friday (although still quite strong through Friday morning). Strong offshore flow on Thursday will give way to much lighter offshore wind on Friday. The surf will drop over the weekend with much smaller leftovers. 

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com.

Corona Open J-Bay Round 4 Results:

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 18.74, Joan Duru (FRA) 16.07, Owen Wright (AUS) 13.10
Heat 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) 19.07, John John Florence (HAW) 17.17, Mick Fanning (AUS) 14.90
Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 19.00, Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.40, Julian Wilson (AUS) 13.50
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) 17.93, Conner Coffin (USA) 15.33, Michel Bourez (PYF) 15.20

Corona Open J-Bay Round 5 Results:

Heat 1: Mick Fanning (AUS) 16.80 def. Joan Duru (FRA) 15.27
Heat 2: John John Florence (HAW) 16.50 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 10.00
Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) vs Conner Coffin (USA) – Result Void
Heat 4: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.94 def. Michel Bourez (PYF) 8.83

Re-Surf of Round 5 Heat 3

Heat 3: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 19.37 def. Conner Coffin (USA) 17.74

Corona Open J-Bay Quarterfinal Results:

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 17.40 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.33
Heat 2: Frederico Morais (PRT) 19.77 def. John John Florence (HAW) 18.67

Corona Open J-Bay Upcoming Quarterfinal Match-Ups:

Heat 3: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Jordy Smith (ZAF)
Heat 4: Matt Wilkinson (AUS) vs. Julian Wilson (AUS)

Corona Open J-Bay Upcoming Semifinal Match-Ups:

Heat 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Frederico Morais (PRT)
Heat 2: TBD vs. TBD

The Corona Open J-Bay is the showcase event at the J-Bay Winterfest, a multi-sport and cultural festival in Jeffreys Bay from July 12-23. More details at www.jbaywinterfest.com. .