Surfing Today, presented by Rip Curl South Africa.

Surfing Today, presented by Rip Curl South Africa.

Two Major Surfing Contests Just Wrapped. The first is the Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger. 

John John Florence claimed victory at the World Surf League  Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold Haleiwa Challenger. It was the final stop of the 2021 Challenger Series. Still, after overpowering XL swell at the iconic North Shore reef break along with Jack Robinson (AUS), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), and Samuel Pupo (BRA). A thrilling, action-packed Final. It was Florence’s ninth North Shore, Oahu victory in his career to tie the late 3X WSL Champion Andy Irons (HAW). 

Two Major Surfing Contests Just Wrapped. John John won the first one.

“I’m feeling good, really good, and it’s just so much fun being here and competing again,” said Florence. “After those injuries the last few years, it just feels good to be here. I just want to say thanks to my wife, my family, my whole team, and everyone who’s there supporting me. It’s been huge going through these last couple of years, and to be here winning again is awesome.”  

Perfect 10

An early start from Pupo got the attention of eventual winner Florence. The North Shore, Oahu surfer, unleashed an array of his signature power and progression on a wave at the midway point of the Final for a perfect 10. So, it had the crowd erupting in cheers and applause. The 29-year-old, 2X WSL Champion, wasn’t to be stopped – holding the highest single-wave score and heat total throughout the event – and placing all of the remaining finalists in a combination situation.

It was Jack Robinson’s first-ever Finals appearance on the hallowed grounds of Haleiwa, and he surged through the competition on his way to a runner-up finish. The 2021 CT Rookie will return to compete against the world’s best with renewed vigour following dominant performances at Haleiwa.  

Paddle Battle

 “That was a good run, and it was funny because John and I were in a paddle battle before he just turned and went on a wave,” said Robinson. “I think that put him in a good rhythm with those two waves, and I turned around thinking what just happened. But it was such a fun event and a good tune-up for next year. It’s funny. It’s been two years since I’ve qualified now, and everything here feels so different. Still, at the same time, it’s the same beautiful place, and I’m just excited to be back here.”

 A third-place for Igarashi kept him atop the Challenger Series rankings to close the 2021 season as Pupo’s fourth-place notched a career-best in a major WSL event.

The Alaïa Open Winter Cup in Switzerland

 Sion, Switzerland – The snow and rain stayed away. It was a beautiful and fresh day for the finals of the Alaïa Open Winter Cup finals at the Alaïa Bay wavepool facility. It was the first event of this magnitude to be held at the wavepool. To celebrate, the opening day saw light snowfall throughout most of the day’s competition. 

Two Major Surfing Contests Just Wrapped. Alaïa Open Winter Pro was the second

It was top action all the way on finals day, as the surfers fought out some fierce battles to be in the cash and prizes. The day featured progressive surfing, some big aerial moves, and speed, power and flow scoring high from the judges.

Jamie Veselko was victorious in the Kids Division, beating Alejo Valedi and Fransisco into minor positions. In the junior Division, Kai Odrozola took the win from Hans Odriozola and Axel Domingues.

The Ladies Division was dominated by an experienced Maud Le Car, who beat dynamic Nadja Erostarbe Beiser into second and Lucia Martino into third place.

The Winners

The Men’s Division saw the Brazilian contingent rise up for the win, with power surfer Pedro Menezes taking the win from fellow Brazilian Franklin Serpa. Justin Becret had a great day on the opening day at Alaïa Bay. Still, had to settle for third place in the finals. 

Pedro Menezes taking the win from fellow Brazilian Franklin Serpa. Justin Becret had a great day on the opening day at Alaïa Bay but had to settle for third place in the finals. 

Last week’s column right here


An Amazing Race for the Environment

Get your Family or Corporate entry in today for this Amazing Race


The Christmas holiday will start with something different at St Francis Links – they call it the Par 3 Amazing Race.    It’s a combination of crazy golf and an environmental treasure hunt, racing round the course in a golf buggy collecting clues and executing some stylish golf shots – you hope.

The Kromme Enviro-Trust is the fiendish designer of this double whammy and the Amazing Race is their main fundraiser. Do you think you could play a Par 3 hole with just a putter, or just a driver? This is the day to find out. Some very nice single malt is on the cards too, if you can land your ball on one or two of the harder greens. You also get a quiz question on the environment on every hole, and here’s where the kids come in, looking for clues to the answers.

This is the second year of the Amazing Race and last year’s entrants are signing up as quickly as they can. Something tasty like pizza or cookies or fish nuggets is served up on every third hole. And there are snacks afterwards so no-one’s going home hungry.

There is only space for 36 teams and entries are pouring in so get your entry in NOW!

It’s on Monday 18th December, teeing off at 8 a.m. Want to enter?  Call St Francis Links 042 200 4500, or enter on-line at If you want to know more before you enter, you can call Maggie Langlands on 082 458 8063.

And if you are not into golfing and racing and having an amazing time you can always either support their efforts by becoming a member or donating to the cause

What is the Kromme Enviro Trust?

The St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO reference number 930038246) concerned with environmental issues in the greater St Francis area.

The Trust was established in 1981 by a committee of volunteers headed by Lindy Pagden and 35 years on and the St Francis Kromme Enviro-Trust’s role is just as vital now as when it was formed.


to encourage and promote environmental awareness in the Greater St Francis area to preserve and protect the environment and amenities for the benefit of future generations to encourage the preservation of all flora and fauna, shell-fish, sea life and bird life in the area, and the appropriate use of Public Open Space, coastal areas and nature reserves St Francis Bay (SFB) is situated in the Eastern Cape, South Africa about an hour and a half’s drive south of Port Elizabeth. Surfers the world over know SFB as the home of the “perfect wave” Bruce’s Beauties.

What makes Greater St Francis unique?

Botanically we fall within the Cape Floral Kingdom, and our unique vegetation in this area is referred to as St Francis Fynbos / Thicket Mosaic.The Cape Floral Kingdom into which we fall is the smallest of the Earth’s six Cape Floral Kingdoms –home to 9000 plant species, 70% of which grow nowhere else in the world. We lie at the mouth of the Kromme River estuary. Tides expose and cover the large sand bank twice a day. St Francis is flanked by the Oyster Bay Dunefield, one of the finest examples in the world of a by-pass headland dune system. The headland dune system contains Late Stone Age middens and Middle Stone Age artefacts. The Sand River flows through the Oyster Bay Dunefield.

For more information and to support the the Kromme Enviro-Trust visit their website or better still become a member  or donate

Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy

The “Kromme Enviro-Trust” (St Francis Bay) is fortunate to have Dr Colleen Ebersohn address a group at 15:30 on Wednesday 5th April at the Heritage Centre. Entrance is R50 and the talk to be followed by wine and snacks

Dr Colleen Ebersohn and her daughter Janet head up Eco-Route Environmental Consultancy. This is a family run business with Colleen and Janet as the directors. Both are very well educated and versed in the topic and have many years of experience in this field.

The discussion/talk is aimed at informing residents on Environmental Law within the Greater St Francis Bay area (how it affects you: when do you need an EIA, alien vegetation clearing and the integrated coastal management act). This promises to be a very informative and educational talk.

They will address the applicability of the EIA Regulations as per the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA) as well as how to deal with transgressions of the NEMA. This talk will be of interest not only to all members of the public but architects, engineers, town planners, property developers, municipal officials and of course estate agents.

RSVP Yvonne Bosman by e-mail 042 294 0842 or 083 235 8278 for catering purposes.

Kromme Enviro Trust

Food on the beach

Looking for a little something to nibble on without having to leave the beach?

Kromme Enviro Trust has set up a holiday Tuckshop at the Heritage centre at Granny;s Pool as a service to beach goers and surfers who regularly visit Granny’s Pool and Bruce’s Beauties. It is also close to main beach so if you are looking for a cuppa, a snack or a cool drink pop into The Tuckshop and support the Kromme Enviro Trust.

Tckshop at Granny's Pool, St Francis Bay.

And those enjoying the fabulous Cape St Francis beach a food selling delicious boerie rolls (I had one yesterday and they are delicious .  the kiosk also sells cool drinks so pop on by when you need a little sustenance without having to leave the beach.

Boerie rolls at Cape St Francis beach

Fun test of golf

It’s a treasure hunt and a test of golf

St Francis Links is putting on a fun event on the 18th December in aid of funds for Kromme Enviro-Trust with a treasure hunt and a test of golf skills you never knew you had.

Every hole will be a new experience. Can you hit your tee shot left handed? Can you hit the green with a putter from 100 meters?

Can you spot what’s around you while you zip along in a golf cart? Are you bush savvy enough to pick up clues in your environment?

Have you got a kid with sharp eyes and lots of energy, a kid to run and pick up those clues while you tee your ball up? The whole family can take part, whether they play golf or not.

Challenge your golf buddy – your family against his – and see who’s best. There’s so much enjoyment in beating a good friend. And there’s plenty of opportunity for laughing at each other’s mis-hits and mistakes in this amazing race!

Lots of second chances along the way, good things to eat and drink, great prizes, and lots of fun.

18 December, 8 a.m. tee off, shotgun start. Entries on line at

Par 3 amazing race at The Links