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 . . .
The inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Pro presented by Billabong and Volkswagen will take place this weekend at Pollock Beach and will be the first time that a World Surf League Qualifying Series surfing event has been run in the city. The event will kick off the brand new City Surf Series and will be offering QS1,000 rated events for men and women plus JQS1,000 rated events for junior men and women. The three-day tournament has a total prize-pool of R80,000 and is the first of five events in the City Surf Series. Next up is the Buffalo City Surf Pro presented by Reef Wetsuits over the Easter weekend (April 15-17), where pro surfing returns to East London for the first time in a decade followed by the Corona Durban City Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver (April 21-23). These events have the same format and prize-money as the Port Elizabeth event. “We’re really proud to be involved in this inaugural event and be a part of bringing high-level pro surfing events to Port Elizabeth,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “The sport of surfing is set up for a boom year in South Africa, and this event has garnered such attention that we even have a crew of international competitors flying out from America to surf in the event. Billabong South Africa would like to say good luck to all the competitors.” The swell forecast for the weekend looks good, but the winds might prove to be a bit challenging towards the end of the contest period. Still, a little bit of wind isn’t going to dampen the spirits of competitors as pro surfing comes to Port Elizabeth. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro Presented By Billabong Comes To Port Elizabeth here: http://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2017/mqs/2015/nelson-mandela-bay-surf-pro Twitter: Facebook: . . .
Port Elizabeth, March, 27, 2017 - Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a laid-back but vibrant location with entertainment for the whole family, Port Elizabeth is the perfect destination. It’s not only rich in award-winning wildlife destinations and some interesting museums, but also home to spectacular beaches. And it’s not known as the 'Friendly City' for nothing, as visitors will agree that people in PE are very warm, and always make you feel at home. With public holidays and the Easter weekend approaching, PE is an ideal long weekend road trip destination. Apart from the hours of sunshine visitors can expect to enjoy, here are some of the top 10 attractions in the Friendly City. 1. Addo Elephant National Park Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and is home to all of Africa’s ‘Big 7’, namely elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and the great white shark. Whether for day trips, picnics, or staying over in the caravan park, this location offers visitors a memorable wildlife experience. 2. Maitland Sand Dunes If you are looking for hours of fun and a dash of adrenaline, then you’re sure to enjoy sand boarding at the Maitland Sand Dunes. The dunes are easily accessible and, while it may be a challenging trek up to the top, it’s worthwhile for the spectacular views and scenery, and the best part - sliding down. 3. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World With a variety of entertainment, shopping, family fun, and dining, Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World offers every member of the family something exciting and fun to see and experience. 4. Beaches With more than 40 kilometers of golden sand along the Algoa Bay coast, Port Elizabeth is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in South Africa. King’s Beach is one of three beaches in the Friendly City to have been awarded Blue Flag Status, meaning that, in addition to its scenery and attractions, it is . . .
Max Elkington Continues Winning Streak in Billabong Junior Series Max Elkington continued his phenomenal winning streak by claiming his 15th national age group event title when he clinched the U16 Boys crown in the Billabong Junior Series presented All Aboard Travel at Loch Ness in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year in October was held in good waves at the Pipe in Port Elizabeth on Saturday before small waves and onshore winds saw organisers move to the open ocean ‘wildside’ where the finals were completed in tricky head-high surf. Elkington, 15, caught the best wave that came through in the final and belted a series of radical manoeuvres to register his sixth consecutive Billabong Junior Series event win, pocketing R1,200 and taking the early lead in the series rankings. Fellow Kommetjie resident Eli Beukes hung onto second place ahead of Bryce Du Preez (East London) and Dillon Hendriks (Jeffreys Bay) who were third and fourth respectively. In the U16 Girls’, Kayla Nogueira turned the tables on fellow Durbanite S’Nenhlanhla Makhubu (who won the series title last year) in a tightly fought duel where the winning points were scored on the last ride of the final. Tayla de Coning (East London) and Zoe Steyn (Kalk Bay) took the minor places. The U14 Boys was another tight affair with Daniel Emslie, up from the U12 division last year, found the best backup wave after all four finalists registered one good ride each. Nate Spalding (Durban), Mitch du Preez (East London) and Travis Pearce finished in that order. Kayla Nogueira secured her second title at the event when she dominated the U14 Girls division, winning each heat she contested including the final where the Durbanite finished in front of Lisa van Heerden (Strand) and Aimee du Preez (EL). Caroline Brown (CT) incurred a priority interference penalty that saw her lose one of her two . . .
That’s A Wrap! Billabong Junior Series Presented By All Aboard Travel event # 1 done and dusted. Competitive surfing has returned to Port Elizabeth, and it came back with a bang. The only way to describe the Billabong Junior Series event # 1 was a resounding success. From the excellent waves that were had by all competitors on the opening day at Pollock beach, to the decision to go mobile and relocate to Lochness on the wild side, it was the sort of event that people will remember. On top of that, Billabong always put on a good event, with surfers well looked after and kept warm and fed, so the vibe for the event was pretty amazing. Being the first event of a series there is always much excitement and a little bit of desperation as surfers want to set their tones for the year so to speak, to come across as fierce and strong and determined for the year. The standout girl of the event was without a doubt Kayla Nogueira from Durban who took top honours in two divisions and proved her self as a force to be reckoned with going forward. Kayla is a product of the High Performance Surfing Academy in Durban and has been hard at work for the last six months to up her game and get to a place where she is comfortable in competition and knows the way to get those two high scoring waves and maximize her chances of victory. Winning both the U14 Girls and U16 Girls is no small feat, and big congratulations must go to her. In the boys division there were so many surfers who were on fire and at the end of the day it was young Max Elkington who took top honours in the competitive U16 Boys division, catching one of the best waves of the final day with just a few minutes to go in the final. he beat fellow Capetonian surfer Eli Buekes into second place while another top cape town surfer Luke Slijpen won the VonZipper air show for a huge forehand waft. Nelson Mandela Bay surfer Dillen Hendricks as the highest placed local surfer in the U16 Boys final, where he placed . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Event # 1 Day 1 Frothing groms is all the signs you need that there is going to be a whole lot of fun at a surf event. It’s the one indicator that shows that everyone is going to be in for a treat. It all starts off with waves though. When the ocean provides then everyone has his or her winner faces on. Down at Pollock beach that’s exactly what happened to kick off the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard. There were some lekker three-foot waves, a few bigger sets, and clean and crisp conditions to kick the whole thing off. “The waves were pretty good throughout the day,” said an enthused Chad D’Arcy, Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager. Billabong have put a lot into their Junior Series over the last 20 years, and it has proven to reap benefits for the surfing community at large. Products include the inimitable Jordy Smith, tenacious Travis Logie and the elegant Bianca Buitendag. Modern day surfers to benefit and to use the tour as a launch pad include surfers like Beyrick de Vries, Mikey February, Dale Staples and Matt McGillivray. “Apart from the four-part junior series we are also involved in the City Surf Series,” continued D’Arcy, adding “we will be back here in Port Elizabeth in two weeks time, where Billabong will present the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro, so exciting times ahead.” The waves continued to pour through throughout the day, and with a smaller forecast predicted for the second day of the event, contest organisers pushed through. Summer Sutton was one of the stand-outs of the day, comfortably winning her opening heat in the Girls U16 division. “The waves were really fun and I’m really glad that I came first,” said Summer after her heat. “It's a nice way to start the first Billabong Junior event and I’m excited for the next round. The waves are really nice for Pipe and I hope we get some good waves again tomorrow.” Sumer, who hails from Cape Town, felt at home in the . . .
The Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel gets underway at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth this weekend with the first of four surfing events that will crown champions in five age divisions for boys and girls for the 20th successive year. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless local surfers including 2016 world title runner-up Jordy Smith and former CT campaigners Bianca Buitendag, Travis Logie, and Rosy Hodge along with current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and Matt McGillivray. Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 March, this weekend’s event features 3A rated Surfing South Africa (SSA) events for U16, U14, U12 and U10 boys and girls with prize-money in all divisions and ranking points counting towards both the Billabong Junior Series and South African Surf Tour (SAST) 2017 titles. “We are excited to be launching the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series in Port Elizabeth,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s a great time to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.” All Aboard Travel, the new presenting sponsor for the series, will up the ante by providing tickets to Bali for the overall series winners of the U18 Men’s and Women’s JQS Pro Jnr divisions. BOS Ice Tea will enhance their long standing support for junior surfing by taking the title sponsorship for the second event in the series, the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong in Cape Town in May. The U10 division, supported by Sea Harvest, makes its debut in the Billabong Junior Series and has been introduced to foster and encourage youngsters to become involved in competitive surfing as early as possible. The huge entry from the country’s top surfers aged 16 and under for this weekend is headed by Max Elkington (Kommetjie), Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Olivia Izzard (La Lucia) and S'Nenhlanhla Makhubu (Durban) . . .