Cape Town surfers showed their form on the opening day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong, using their local knowledge at Long Beach in Kommetjie to outpoint their rivals and advance to the semi-finals of the junior men’s and women’s events The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events got started under cloudless skies with a light offshore wind grooming the small 1 to 2-foot waves that improved as the tide dropped. Kommetjie based competitors Ford van Jaarsveld, Ethan Fletcher and Eli Beukes and Durban’s Tide-Lee Ireland won the four Round 1 heats to advance to the quarterfinals along with their respective heat runners-up. A similar pattern emerged from the quarterfinals of the JQS1,000 women’s event where Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg) upset top seed and reigning WSL Africa champion Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) to win the first heat and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) won the next as she and Tayla de Coning (East London) eliminated fourth seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). Third seed Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Sarah Ingram (Cape Town) advanced from Heat 3 and rankings leader Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) and Danica Stockigt (East London) joined them in Sunday’s semifinals from heat 4. The junior men’s quarterfinals produced fireworks as top seed Adin Masencamp (Strand) posted the highest single ride of the day, an excellent 8.0 out of 10, to wrap up the heat win and advance to Sunday’s semis along with Van Jaarsveld, who ended runner-up. They will be joined by fellow heat winners Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Beukes, along with the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – from Kommetjie, and Saxton Randall (Durban) Similar conditions and a slight increase in swell are expected for Sunday’s finals showdown and the action will be red hot with a total prize purse of R30,000 on offer> Rankings points from the event count towards the 2017 WSL Africa titles, the selection of the WSL . . .
Surfing: BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Elkington and Nogueira Head Rankings Kommetjie the Venue for Fourth Stop in 2017 WSL Africa Junior Series Kommetjie local Jake Elkington and Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga head the rankings for the second annual BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong that will be run at Long Beach in Kommetjie this weekend (20 & 21 May). The fourth World Surf League (WLS) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event of 2017, the BOS Cape Crown comprises JQS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and has attracted the cream of the country’s 18-and-under competitors who will competing for the prestigious titles and a total of R30,000 in prize money. The rankings points earned at the event will count towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and also the selection of the top four men and top two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018. Elkington, who has reached the final of all three junior men’s events this year (winning in Port Elizabeth and finishing third in East London and Durban), holds a slender 70 point rankings lead over reigning WSL Africa junior men’s champion Adin Masencamp of the Stand, who clinched the event title in Durban last month. They will be hard pressed to maintain their current standings on the leaderboard by East London event champ, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Elkington’s younger brother Max, who has contested two finals this year. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) fill the balance of the spots in the top eight and will be going all-out to move up the rankings with a good result on the weekend. Nogueira has been the form surfer in this year’s junior women’s events, clinching two event victories and building up a solid rankings lead over Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London). But Bell . . .
Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong Long Beach in Kommetjie will see the return of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on Saturday and Sunday. The event has grown in importance and is now a selection event for the South African junior team to compete in the ISA world junior championships in Japan in September. Turning up the heat, it is also an event on the World Surf League (WSL) pro junior calendar and offers sought-after qualification points for the prestigious WSL u.18 world junior championships in Australia at the end of the season. It is also the second leg of the long-running Billabong junior series, which is celebrating 20 years of junior competition. A number of local surfers will be vying for the Cape Crown division titles and aim to secure their team spots to represent South Africa at the junior world championships. After WSL qualification events in Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban, Jake Elkington from Kommetjie leads the field among the WSL U18 boys. He is narrowly ahead of Adin Masencamp from the Strand, Koby Oberholzer from Durban and Jake’s younger brother Max. Natasha van Greunen and Sarah Ingram, both from Muizenberg, will be trying to move into the qualifying positions in the WSL U18 girls’ ranking which are currently held by Durban surfers Kayla Nogueira and Sophie Bell. Three local surfers, Max Elkington from Kommetjie, Luke Slijpen from Llandudno and Eli Beukes from Kommetjie, are currently in the top positions for selection for the u.16 boys’ South African team. Summer Sutton from Kommetjie and Julia Plougmann from Scarborough are sitting just outside the qualifying positions for the u.16 girls’ team. Other local surfers to watch out for are the Van Jaarsveldt brothers – Ford and York – and Ethan Fletcher from Kommetjie who will be keen to post solid results. The event organisers are hoping for the good conditions which helped make last year’s event such a success, but as the saying goes “a good . . .
Cape Town The second edition of the popular BOS Cape Crown returns to at Long Beach in Kommetjie next weekend and 110 surfers will compete in the event which feature a WSL QS1000 for Pro Junior Boys and Girls and a 3A rated South African Surf Tour event for the U12 Boys, U14 Boys & Girls and U16 Boys & Girls divisions. . The BOS Cape Crown is presented by Billabong and supported by Surfing South Africa’s umbrella sponsor, Sea Harvest with additional sponsorship from Lifestyle Surf Shop, SurfEars, Billabong, Greeff Village Homes and the National Lotteries Commission. Surfing South Africa has contributed half of the entry fee income to cover the official’s fees and expenses. The BOS Cape Crown is the only national surfing event taking place at Long Beach in Kommetjie this year and after the success of the inaugural event in 2016 organisers are keen to see it become an permanent fixture on both the Surfing South Africa and World Surf League calendars. The 2017 Cape Crown is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other WSL events decides which U18 Boys and Girls will qualify for the WSL World Championships in Australia next year. It is also one of the contests Surfing South Africa will use to select the 2017 SA Junior Squad and the 2017 SA Junior Team for the ISA World Championships in Japan in September. As a further incentive to the surfers competing at Long Beach next weekend, the WSL and Surfing South Africa have put up a total prize purse of over R50000. Valuable SA Surf Tour and WSL ratings points, special BOS Cape Crown trophies and commemorative medals for the four finalists in each of the seven divisions will be presented at the Awards ceremony next Sunday. The QS1000 Boys and girls divisions have attracted a star studded entry from all parts of South Africa and with so much at stake U18 Boys ratings . . .
Surfing: The weekend of the 21st and 22nd May will see a welcome return of junior surfing to Kommetjie in Cape Town. The BOS Cape crown presented by Billabong will see the best junior surfers from across the country competing for the spoils at Long Beach. The South African Surf Tour divisions are Boy’s U12/U14/U16 while the Girls have U14/ 1U16, and the WSL Pro Junior division is U18. The likes of CJ Posthumous from Nelson Mandela Bay will be leading the charge in the U12 Boys, but it is in the premier Pro Junior division where the surfers from the Eastern Cape carry the most weight. Kirsty McGillivray from JBay is one of the biggest threats in the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division, and her stylish surfing and clean moves could easily see her bank a solid result at the Kommetjie event. She is accompanied by Zoe Smith, the young goofy-footer also from JBay, who is an underlying talent in this division. In the U18 Pro Junior Men’s division the two Faulkner brothers Angelo and Joshe are a formidable combination. Joshe the goofy footer will relish in the left-handers of Long Beach, while natural-footed Angelo has a strong and powerful backhand. There are good right-handers as well, and Angelo will be hunting them down. Ryan Lightfoot is also from JBay stock and is an emerging talent in this division. Groomed on the long walls of Supertubes, he will need to adapt to the shorter, punchy waves of Cape Town, as well as possibly icy water. Lightfoot has the talent and skill to do well in this event. BOS Iced Tea has long been a supporter of junior surfing in South Africa and partnered with Billabong South Africa for any years with their Billabong Junior Series. The BOS Cape Crown is an amazing initiative to keep the junior surfers of our country engaged in competition and continuing to better their performances and competitive skills. Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager, is also firmly behind Junior Surfing in our country. “Billabong has . . .
JBay – The waiting period for the 2017 edition of the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy is coming up fast, so without any further ado here are the next four invited surfers into this prominent event. Local surfer Steve Sawyer won the event last year, and has had numerous good results in JBay over the years. The young goofy-footer also won the recent Buffalo City Surf Pro in East London, proving his versatility. Coming into the JBU Supertrial event as a defending champion, he will be determined for another big result this year. Matt Bromley from Cape Town is another surfer who will no doubt be out to impress. A gifted big wave surfer and all-round charger, Matt is a likeable guy but has a strong Big Match Temperament. Matt is a tenacious competitor and can often be found up in the JBay area practicing his barrel riding at Supertubes. Another goofy-footed surfer in the mix is young local surfer Joshe Faulkner. Growing up surfing Supertubes makes Joshe a shoo-in as an invitee, and he has a solid and exciting backhand approach to surfing Supertubes. Joshe is also strong in the tube and could easily cause an upset at this event. Davey Van Zyl is a powerful natural-footer who excels in the beach break barrels of Durban, but translates that skill set to virtuoso performances out at Supertubes as well. Van Zyl is also confident when the surf starts getting a little bit bigger, and when other surfers might be feeling a little uncomfortable in the big stuff he revels in it. Should we get a solid swell for the event he could come out on top. These four surfers join Mikey February, Matt McGillivray, Beyrick De Vries and Dylan Lightfoot who have already been invited to compete in the event. There will be an announcement shortly regarding the rest of the invited surfers. The JBU Supertrial presented by Monster Energy is an exclusive invite-only tournament, with first prize being the coveted Wild Card entry into the World Surf League Championship Tour . . .
Cape Town, Western Cape , 03 May 2017 – Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters at 2 Berkley Road, Ndabeni , Cape Town yesterday with clients and suppliers.. Servest, Africa's leading Integrated Facilities Management Company clearly signalling their commitment to the growth of the business in Cape Town and the region. Servest currently employ over 4,500 people in the Cape Town area and planned expansion would see this double in the next 3-5 years, creating thousands of entry level, semi-skilled, supervisory and management positions across the city. “The Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” says Farhaana Mohdien Group Head Marketing and Sales Servest The location of the new building is visible and accessible to one of the main arterial routes in Cape Town, the M5 freeway, a north – south freeway that links the N1 and N2. The location also places Servest in a central location between the already developed city and the expanding Northern and Western regions of the city to best serve the needs of their customers. The opening of the new Servest headquarters will provide positive benefits related to economic and employment opportunities and a vibrant urban environment in which all local businesses can thrive. In a statement on the opening of the regional headquarters, Servest Chief Executive Officer Steve Wallbanks said: "I am extremely pleased to see the completion of this project. The new facility will enable us to integrate all of Servest’s service lines in one building. The completion of the move is a key element in our drive to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of Servest’s operations and service delivery to our customers." Servest is committed to a long term strategy of broad based black economic empowerment and local economic development and in the spirit of this commitment, most of the contractors and sub-contractors involved in . . .
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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