South Africa's oldest ocean sailing race - the Vasco Da Gama will see the third and last (for now) running of the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth start on Thursday 27 April in Durban at midday. The straight line distance for this 46th edition of the race is 400 nautical miles (740 kilometres), which can increase somewhat if the wind is against the yachts sailing down the coast. The course for 2018 has yet to be announced. After a large fleet in 2016 it appears that the Cape to Rio race, the Mauritius to Durban race, the economy and the drought has played havoc with the entries this year with 11 entries received and only 7 boats competing after others withdrew for a variety of reasons. The Durban to PE course for the Vasco represents a tough race along the Wild Coast which continues to test the yachts, crews, navigators and skippers all the way to the finish. The larger yachts will go far offshore looking for the extra 4 or 5 knots advantage from the Agulhas Current which sweeps down Africa's east coast. The smaller yachts with smaller crew - like ABYC's lone entry, Wallbanger with four onboard - will zigzag down the coast hoping that the shorter distance and slower flowing current will be just the ticket to beat the other entrants. Flying the Algoa Bay Yacht Club flag on Wallbanger - a Simonis 35 foot Design - will be skipper John Tudehope with crew Alan Straton, Morgan Griffiths and Mark Dawson. For Tudehope and Straton this will be their third Vasco da Gama Race on Wallbanger and they will be aiming to emulate the 2015 race when they won the Dave Cox Memorial Trophy for 1st PHRF over the line. As the only representative of ABYC, Wallbanger are quite confident of receiving the trophy for the 1st ABYC boat on handicap. Point Yacht Club organiser of the Vasco da Gama race, Richard Crockett refers to the race as; "A navigator's race giving many choices of courses coupled with the wind direction and fast flowing Agulhas current presenting unknowns . . .
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Yesterday's surfing tournament finals - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - was an exciting day on the beach with great surfing conditions, awesome weather and a good turn-out of surfers and spectators. Congrats to the winners - Crystal Hulett, Mikey February, Kayla Nogueira and Jake Elkington. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong was supported by Volkswagen, Corona, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport. The second event on the 2017 WSL Africa calendar, the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London, runs from Saturday to Monday, 15-17 April, and features QS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and JQS1,000 rated events for Junior Men & Women. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - Some Final Day Wrap Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Billabong/ . . .
February, Hulett, Elkington and Noguera Take Titles at Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong The inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong wrapped up three days of high performance surfing action on Sunday with Michael February (Kommetjie) and Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) taking out the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively while Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Kayla Nogueira (Durban) clinched the Junior men’s and Women’s crowns. The first internationally rated World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events to be staged in Port Elizabeth enjoyed contestable but testing surf and great weather for the three days and featured 128 competitors, including South Africa’s top exponents and entrants from the USA and Australia. February demonstrated why he is country’s highest ranked QS surfer by dominating throughout the QS1,000 rated Men’s event, including the final. Surfing with unparalleled speed, power and flow, the 23 year-old Capetonian effortlessly connected long rides all the way to the beach, cruising over flat sections and performing powerful manoeuvres whenever the opportunity presented itself. Fellow QS campaigner Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) kept pace for the first half of the 25 minute final, but an excellent 8.67 by February late in the heat left Lightfoot, third placed Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie) and fourth placed Beyrick de Vries, the 2016 WSL Africa champion, all requiring 16.01 points for victory. “Super happy with that result. I haven’t won an event for a couple of years and that’s my first QS1,000 event title,” said February. “The final was tricky, the waves were really far out and you couldn’t hear what the situation was, but after I’d had two decent rides I stayed close to Dylan (Lightfoot) and Jarred (Veldhuis) and used my priority to keep them off the good ones. “It’s good to be home, pick up the maximum points available and to move up the rankings. I’m feeling positive and motivated for . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Day 2- Pollock Beach, Port Elizabeth, 8 April 2017. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno, Cape Town, had an incredible day of surfing in day two of the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong that took place at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth. The waves were small and onshore throughout the day, but the conditions were highly contestable in all divisions, including the JQS divisions and the WQS divisions. Highlights were many and included a 9-point ride from Durban’s Davey Van Zyl in round 2 of the WQS event. In the JQS division Slijpen along with Luke Malherbe from East London eliminated the much-vaunted reigning WSL Africa Junior Champion Adin Masencamp from Strand and the popular Angelo Faulkner from JBay. Other surfers to excel in this division were Koby Oberholzer from Warner beach, son of famous free surfer Frankie Oberholzer, and the two Elkington brothers Max and Jake from Kommetjie. In the women’s division of the WQS event, surfers to advance through to the final day of competition from the last two days of competition include Nicole Pallet from Durban and Tayla Hanak from Australia, Faye Zoetmulder and Tarryn Chudleigh from Cape Town, Teal Hogg from uMhlanga and Crystal Hulett from St Francis Bay. Event favourite Emma Smith from JBay also advanced in second place in her respective heat. The competition is set to finish tomorrow and the forecast looks exceptional. A large east swell is predicted to push into The Bay and although the wind continues to filter through from the east it picks up a slightly more northerly drift to it tomorrow and the temperature is predicted to soar. The rankings points accumulated in the JQS events determine the top four men and top two women who will represent WSL Africa at the annual WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January. Live scoring, results, photos and video footage will be available on www.World SurfLeague.com and on the WSL App, . . .
Micheal February Produces Sensational Performance on Day 2 of Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Men, Women and Junior Men Post Excellent Scores at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth Michael February produced a sensational performance at the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong in Port Elizabeth today, starting his quarterfinal heat with an excellent ride of 9.57 and then backing that up with the first perfect 10 point ride of the event for a near perfect heat tally of 19.57 out of 20. Greeted by wild conditions with 1 to 2 metre waves breaking 150 metres offshore and onshore winds, organisers delayed this morning’s start. This paid off with conditions cleaning up as the tide filled in and two rounds of Men, Women and Junior Men were completed, While February (Kommetjie), the top seed in the QS1,000 rated Men’s event, was the day’s star performer, Women’s top seed Nicole Pallet (La Lucia) also stood out by delivering two rides in the excellent category (over 8 points out of 10) for a 16.50 heat total, while Luke Slijpen (Cape Town was the top points scorer among the Junior Men. “I started the heat super far out and that first one just popped up next me,” said February of his quarterfinal. “I did a couple of turns and the wave kept delivering so I rode it all the way to the beach. It was a long paddle back but I heard that I got a nine something, so I just needed decent backup. Then I went left on a wave that allowed me three big turns and was stoked to be awarded the10!” February was joined in tomorrow’s first semifinal by fellow Kommetjie residents Jordy Maree and Jarred Veldhuis, along with Brandon Jackson (Durban North). The second semifinal will be determined after the remaining two quarterfinals are completed on Sunday morning. Pallet, who spent a month in Australia earlier this year competing in WSL events, overcame her nervousness about the conditions and the ability of her opponents to record the best return in . . .
Top Seeds Dominate Opening Day of Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro Men’s Round 1 and Half of Round 2 Completed at The Pipe in Port Elizabeth The top seeded surfers dominated proceedings in today’s opening rounds of the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong, the first of eight events on the South African Qualifying Series (QS) leg that will crown the 2017 WSL Africa champions in September. Organisers completed Round 1 and four of eight heats of Round 2 in the QS1,000 rated men’s event which was held in lumpy, wind affected but highly contestable waves that saw the 64-man field reduced to just 32. Top seed Michael February (Kommetjie) got his campaign underway with a hard fought second place in the first heat of the day, but made amends in Round 2 where he posted the highest scores for a single ride (9.33 out of 10) and for his heat total of 16.0 out of 20. “That first heat was a bit sketchy, but it woke me up,” said February. “In the second heat I found that proper wave at the start and was happy with a couple of my backup rides. It’s great to back at Pipe where I competed in five Grommet Games about 10 years ago.” Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), the 2016 WSL Africa champion and No. 2 seed, was wearing the Skullcandy WSL Africa rankings leader’s zebra striped vest in the first event of the year. De Vries made no mistakes in his opener, racking up an excellent 8.0 and a 6.33 to advance and he will be in the first heat when Round 2 of the Men’s event recommences. Only one of the seven internationally ranked surfers is still in the event. James Tyler (USA) is yet to surf his Round 2 heat while his compatriots Braden Jones and Austin Neumann progressed to Round 2 but were eliminated there. Other standouts on the opening day included Jason Harris (Durban) and Kommetjie residents Jordy Maree and Jarred Veldhuis, all three of whom won their Round 3 match-ups to reach the last 16. The men’s QS1,000 rated Nelson Mandela Surf Pro presented by . . .
This weekend sees the first of the City Surf Series - the Nelson Mandela Bay Pro Presented By Billabong - take place in Port Elizabeth. The City Surf Series is a professional World Surf League Qualifying Series event where the best surfers in South Africa can earn points, as well as prize-money, in their bids for international success. This event comprises World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) rated events for men and women, plus Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events for men and women aged 18-and-under. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro offers a total prize-pool of R80,000 plus points counting towards international and regional rankings lists. The historic event is the first professional surfing contest to be staged in the city. "We're really happy with our involvement in this inaugural event in Port Elizabeth," said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "We are positive that the new City Surf Series will play a large role in getting our professional surfers back onto the international podiums." The historic event has notched up a slew of landmarks including being the first professional surfing contest to be staged in the city; the first of five similar tournaments in the inaugural City Surf Series, which will also visit East London, Durban (twice) and Cape Town; the first of four JQS events in the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series and the first event counting towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa regional champions in September. The QS1,000 rated men’s event features a 64 man field including the cream of South Africa’s surfers. The top seed is Michael February (Kommetjie), currently the country’s highest QS ranked surfer at No. 65, followed by 2016 WSL Africa champion Beyrick de Vries (uMhlanga), Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) and Braden Jones (USA). The men will be battling for a share of the R30,000 on offer with the winner pocketing R10,000 and 1,000 precious ranking points on the 659 man WSL QS leaderboard. The . . .
Port Elizabeth: TedxPortElizabeth is thrilled to announce its first salon event at Art on Target on Saturday 8 April from 14h00 to 16h00, with the theme “Truth or Dare.” The salon is dedicated to overturning stones and revealing hard truths about world issues. The theme “Truth or Dare” creates a platform for attendees to discuss the untold truths about Xenophobia and gender inequality in South Africa. Guest speaker, Siv Greyson - YouTuber, writer and a black queer student activist - will share her experience and views about “The Revolutionary Spectrum.” Goodness Onwuka, a man who came to South Africa in 2014 from Nigeria in pursuit of self-realization now holds a master of mechatronic engineering degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University where he currently lectures will also share his experience and will explore the concept of Xenophobia. A TEDx event is a local gathering where live TED-like talks and videos are shared with the community. TEDxPortElizabeth pride themselves in self-organized events fully planned independently on a community-by community basis that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.We are currently the only license holder of TEDx events in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. In Feb 2016 we hosted a TEDxLive event, which is a live stream of the TED2016 conference. Our theme for 2016: Through The Looking Glass. You may view our team members on our website: www.tedxportelizabeth.org.za Event Details: Where: Art on Target. 2 Target Kloof Road, Port Elizabeth Time: 14:00-16:00 Tickets: R50 Tickets are available at: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets YouTube: https://youtu.be/l8nkHl9Mesg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on "Truth or Dare" here: http://tedxportelizabeth.org.za/tickets Twitter: https://twitter.com/TEDxPLZ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tedxportelizabeth . . .