Lower Point, JBay – After the Billabong Junior Series has finished in Seal Point and the winners have been crowned, the best junior surfers in the country will move over to JBay for the 2017 Billabong SA Junior Championships presented by BOS. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the Freedom Cup for the team accumulating the highest points over the five-day event, and will be keen on keeping the trophy in the province again this year. Cape Town were second, eThekweni in third and Buffalo City in fourth. The event takes place from 4 – 8 October at the popular and consistent Lower Point in JBay. Historically the waves have always been good around this time of the year, allowing for top performances from the best junior surfers in the country. More information on the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS can be found at: Hashtag: #SAJuniorChamps Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens Instagram: Billabong South Africa - @BillabongSA Billabong Women’s South Africa - @Billabongwomens_za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong South African Junior Championships Presented By BOS Heads To JBay Early October here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/surfing.in.africa/ . . .
The champions in the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel will be crowned this weekend when the country’s best 18-and-under surfers take to the fabled waves of Seal Point in Cape St Francis to compete for prestige, rankings points and prize money. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless South African surfers including current World No. 1 Jordy Smith, former WSL Women’s No. 4 Bianca Buitendag and Championship Tour campaigners Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Rosy Hodge and Nikita Robb as well as current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and many more Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 29 - 1 October, the fourth and final event in the 2017 series features World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series 1,000 rated events for U18 men and women, alongside 3A rated Surfing South Africa SA Surf Tour events for U16 and U14 boys and girls and U12 boys. “We are excited to be crowning the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series champions at Seal point this weekend,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.” Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) holds a substantial rankings lead in the U18 boys division after victories in the Port Elizabeth and Cape Town legs of the 2017 series. His younger brother Max currently fills the runner-up berth after finishing second in both events. Fellow Kommetjie surfer Ethan Fletcher is in third spot, just ahead of defending series champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) who is fifth. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) looks set to defend her U18 girls’ series title successfully with Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) her closest challenger and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) is another 500 points further adrift in third place on the rankings. The U16 boys title will go down to the wire with Dellin . . .
In 1933, before the breakwater was completed it was the practice of the tugs of Messina Bros., Coles and Searle (Pty) Ltd., to ferry passengers to and from the liners which were anchored offshore in Algoa Bay. The last tug for the day was at 4:30 pm and passengers who missed this tug then had no choice but to either spend the night on board ship or in the bustling little city of Port Elizabeth. Out of this then came the opportunity for an enterprising Port Elizabethan by the name of Bredell who reasoned that he would be able to run an 'after hours' ferry service for passengers to the ships anchored in the Bay. He duly imported a vessel for this purpose but the Port Captain of the time refused to condone this venture. Port Captains were very aware of the South Easterly winds that sprung up without warning and which affected the lighter operations and offloading of cargo. Bredell then disposed of the vessel, named Bess (Port Elizabeth's nickname at the time was 'Little Bess'), to a Mr Nilsen who ketch-rigged and sailed her to the Bay to use for fishing and pleasure. This made the Bess the first deep keel yacht to be regularly sailed in Algoa Bay. For a long time a succession of Port Elizabeth Port Captains refused to allow yachting on the Bay. It is surmised that this was as they were conscious of the weather conditions and the fact that they were responsible for the safety of all souls and craft that sailed on the Bay. Unfortunately this also seriously retarded all deep sea yachting for many years. Soon after the Second World War in 1945, Arthur Rogers-Jenkins built and launched a 25-footer named Melody. The new Port Captain, Capt. WC Still, in consultation with the System Manager of the SAR&H, agreed to permit Melody to sail on the Bay provided that it was done in daylight hours, not further than Roman Rock Bellbuoy and in sight of the Harbour Signal Station at all times. As far as yachtsmen were concerned this was the proverbial breaking of the . . .
Cape Town, SA (September 26, 2017): PROINSO, the leading global distributor, integrator and technology company in the solar market, has partnered with the Japanese conglomerate OMRON to develop a fully integrated solar tracking system. Leveraging significant combined experience in tracker development and power electronics, TURNSOLE Powered by OMRON ensures an optimised performance focused on longevity and reliability. As the solar tracker market has matured over the past decade there is a growing demand for fully integrated tracking solutions. Leveraging over 10 years of tracker experience and over 2.7 GW of PV footprint, TURNSOLE has been developed in strategic partnership. OMRON (TSE: OMRON Corp) the Japanese conglomerate is the world leader in power electronics and #1 PV inverter manufacturer in Japan. OMRON’s expertise in power electronics was utilised in synergy for development of the state-of-art control system. “Solar trackers have demonstrated a strong technological advancement in the recent years, with power electronic playing an ever increasing role. We are excited about strengthening our position in the global PV market with this new product and look forward to the next steps of our long-term strategic partnership with PROINSO.”, noted Akira Enami, Deputy General Manager at OMRON. TURNSOLE Powered by OMRON, is fully integrated, using world-class solar PV components (modules, inverters, BOS) with horizontal single axis solar tracker at its core. TURNSOLE offers up to 25% increase in energy production (compared to fixed structure installations), while reducing installation and maintenance costs. With PROINSO’s Qualified Installer Network offered to customers as an added-value service, TURNSOLE Powered by OMRON is the ultimate plug-and-play tracking system. “PROINSO recognised the benefits of setting up manufacturing operations in India and two-years ago relocated its structures manufacturing in line with PM Narendra Modi’s “Make in . . .
Get Ready For The St Francis Bay Oktoberfest 2017. Join us for the 2nd annual St Francis Bay Oktoberfest on 14 October 2017. Set in our beautiful seaside village, this is an Oktoberfest experience not to be missed. Last year we had so much fun dancing late into the night, and this year promises to be another party of note. Get into the spirit of things and dress up! Book your ticket asap as numbers are limited. Sample a range of top quality craft beers from St Francis Brewing Company, Poison City Brewing and more! Expect live music, DJ’s, a vast selection of quality craft beer, gin bars, traditional German food, market vendors, surfboard giveaways, dancing and a whole world of fun! Tickets here - R150 per person - https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29561-st-francis-bay-oktoberfest/#/ This event, set up by parents of the St Francis College to bring some fun and an element of school fund-raising into St Francis Bay in a traditionally quiet month, has become a highlight on the St Francis Calendar, for both St Francis residents and homeowners from surrounding areas. This year initial sales show much interest from outlying areas, with our neighbours who are keen to come over the Kromme River and have a look-see at what cool events we have in St Francis Bay. The Oktoberfest will once again be presented by St Francis College, and the parents are working hard in order to grow this festival, to make it a highlight event in the Kouga region. In addition to the Beerfest and party, this year there will be a water sport event - Water Polo In The Canals - run by our local open water swim club and Liquid Lines swimming facility based in Cape St Francis. This is the next step in our vision to bring a complete “lifestyle festival” to our village. To support the Oktoberfest and the St Francis College, the St Francis Surf Factory has donated two ‘grom’ boards towards the fundraising. Raffle tickets are R50 each, and the two winners will each with a custom-ordered . . .
As we approach the final event of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, it looks like a very close finish in many of the age divisions. Surfers have been battling it out over the last three contests, and it’ll be a big push into the final event this weekend. From the super competitive U12 Boys division, all the way through to the Pro Junior divisions, there is much at stake and the competition will be fierce. In the U12 Boys, Kyra Bennie is comfortably leading the rankings from C-Jay Posthumus, with Sergio Nogueira in third place. Kyra has three wins to his name already, hoping to get a fourth in Seal Point. The U14 Boys sees Daniel Emslie in first spot on the rankings, with Mitch Du Preez and Nate Spalding duking it out for second spot, with only twenty points separating second from third spot going into the final competition. Ceara Knight leads the U14 Girl division, with Caroline Brown a close second place, and Zoe Steyn in third. There are very few points separating the top three spots in the U16 Boys, with Dellin Hendricks just five points ahead of Eli Buekes. Luke Slijpen is just behind in third place, but the final event could very easily see a change in the rankings. Kayla Nogueria, who already has three wins under the belt and goes into the event as a firm favourite, leads the U16 Girls. Tayla de Coning is currently in second place, ahead of S’nenhlanhla Makhubu U18 Pro Junior Men is a tussle between the Elkington brothers Jake and Max, with Jake leading the division going into the final event. He has a comfortable lead over Max, and Ethan Fletcher is in third. Sophie Bell leads the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division from Kayla Nogueira and Kirsty McGillivray. The winner of the Pro Junior Men as well as the Pro Junior Women will each receive a ticket to Bali courtesy of presenting sponsor All Aboard Travel. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tight . . .
Johannesburg—September 21—It was a star studded night at Sandton’s L’Opulence last night as the Africa Leaders 4 Change Awards (ALCA) hosted a listening session to their theme song. The song features a mix of rich African talent such as Akon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Jah Prayzah, Peter Square, Fally Ipupa, Danno Peterson, Themba Mhinga and many more. The event, hosted by South Africa’s darling, Nonhle Thema was full of surprises. Zimbabwe’s Jah Prayzah, sang part of the song live, on stage, to a dancing crowd. He also sang his most famous hit “Mdhara vachauya” bringing the entire room of about 60 guests to their feet. “I am so excited to see Jah Prayzah here. He is one of Africa’s most rising stars. With his magical voice, I want to take him to the world because everyone must know his music,” said music producer Hakim Abdulsamad, who also shared a song on stage. Hakim, one of Akon’s top producers, also wrote and produced “The Song for Africa” which united the crowd yesterday. “The challenge was to try and fit all the great voices together, making sure people go into studio and record and then mixing and mastering the song but when working with artists as these, it can only be great,” said Hakim. The event was also attended by multi-talented music producer and entrepreneur, Mbacke Dioum, Ntsiki Mazwai and Chi Mhende. Themba Mhinga, Johnross Jamela Vuma, Jared Joshua Fray, Danno Peterson also entertained the guest with life performances. The song will be officially released and performed for the first time at the ALCA award ceremony on November 21. Those who attended the event were also surprised with free tickets to attend the show. The ALCA Award ceremony will honour and recognise initiatives making a breath-taking difference and adding a positive meaningful impact in and around the African continent without any financial reward. “There is a lot of good work being done by Africans for Africa and our hope is not only to celebrate those who are . . .
A call to “Be More” drew over 4000 adventure-seekers to Tierpoort Adventure Farm this weekend. The sixth edition of South Africa’s largest obstacle racing series, the Toyota Warrior Race powered by Reebok took place on 16 & 17 September, and undoubtedly exceeded expectations. This round was hosted at a brand new venue that was every trail runner’s dream. The hilly and technical terrain took warriors over some of the best trails that Gauteng had to offer. First to vouch for that was the elite Warrior winners themselves: “I really enjoyed the challenge of a technical run! It took things to a new level, and was one of my favourite trails of the year,” said female champion Trish Bahlmann. The previous event that took place in Blythedale was unable to accommodate the infamous Mud Monster, so it was absolutely famished upon return! The thrill of crawling through the mud with mates was a real hit (as were the Grohe showers afterwards). The edition of new obstacles such as the Eliminator, Terminator and Maze also brought a new set of challenges and an exciting twist to the Elite event. Determined to defend his title, Claude Eksteen seemed to have the upper hand for the majority of the race as he effortlessly blazed over Tierpoort’s rocky trails. It wasn’t until the last four obstacles that 11-time Warrior Race champion Thomas van Tonder appeared with serious intent. Eksteen tackled the Intimidator first and after briefly stopping to save his grip strength van Tonder made his attack and stormed past. The two OCR giants entered The Maze in a flurry, and were acutely aware that one wrong turn could seal the outcome of their race. In an exciting race to the finish line, van Tonder managed to snatch the victory by just 7 seconds. It was a crucial win for the Jeep star at this point in the series, and he is now in the fight for the National title. “The next Warrior Race is a week after OCR World Champs, so I’m going to be tired! Claude won’t be racing that . . .
Billabong Junior Series Final Event presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The final event of the Billabong Junior Series 2017 presented by All Aboard Travel will take place at Seal Point, Cape St Francis on the weekend Friday 29 Sept – Sunday 1 October. This year is the 20th year of this highly successful and nurturing Junior Series and the contest at Seal Point will actually clock in as the 59th individual event since the series started in 1997. This series – the longest running junior series in the world – has seen the likes of Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag emerge as Championship Tour surfers, and the latest graduate looks to be Mikey February from Cape Town. He is currently ranked fifth on the World Surf League’s World Qualifying Series rankings. This contest at Seal Point will be the fourth and final competition of the year, and the series champs will be crowned after the event has completed. Divisions that will be competing are: U12 Boys, U14 Boys and U14Girls, U16 Boys and U16Girls, U18 Jnr Men’s and U18 Jnr Women’s. All Aboard Travel presents the contest, and supporting sponsors are BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag Magazine. The Billabong Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, as well as the World Surf League. The exciting four part series commenced in Port Elizabeth, headed down to Cape Town as part of the BOS Cape Crown, moved on to event three that took place as part of the Ballito Pro, and will culminate in Seal Point with the fourth and final competition. There will also be the regular VZ Airshow, with R2k first prize, and the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Men as well as the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Women will be going to Bali courtesy of All Aboard Travel. The following week, 4 – 8 October, will see the Billabong SA Junior Championships take place at Lower Point in JBay. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the coveted Freedom Cup, and will be keen to reclaim the title at this year’s . . .
PRETORIA, GAUTENG - In the build up to Spartan World Team Champs and OCR World Champs, this past weekend saw Jeep Team SA OCR Athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel, competed in Race 6 of the Toyota Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, at Tierpoort Adventure Farm just outside Pretoria. Warrior #6 attracted just over 2500 competitors, all eager to challenge the notorious obstacle courses, known for their toughness and varied The weekend of racing started on Saturday with the Reebok Individual Sprint race – a short, high-intensive course spanning 200m with 10 obstacles, a great warm-up for the Elites who race on Sunday. Van Tonder and Deysel both set an impressive time of 1m28s, qualifying second-fastest heading into the final. For the sprint final, Deysel raced like a champ, finishing in 3rd place, while van Tonder opted to focus on the main event – the Black Ops Elite race on Sunday, using his time as a qualifier for the team race. Sunday saw van Tonder and Deysel compete in the Black Ops Elite race, the toughest race of the weekend – a 15km trail featuring 30 obstacles, all designed to challenge South Africa’s best OCR athletes’ endurance, strength and agility. Van Tonder, racing in top form as he gears up for Spartan World Team Championships on 1 October and the OCR World Championships in Canada, 12-15 October. He put on an impressive display of BMT (big match temperament) to win 5 seconds ahead of long-time rival, Claude Eksteen, in 1:21:49. Eksteen was 2nd in 1:21:54, and Nevarest Team’s Louis Smit took 3rd in 1:24:36. Deysel crossed the finish line in 8th place with a time of 1:31:14. This is Van Tonder’s 12th Warrior Black Ops Elite win since inception of the Warrior Races in 2014. He has also won every ‘Beast’ Savage Beast (elite) OCR Race, all eleven of them, consecutively, making him the most successful OCR athlete in South Africa. Deysel and van Tonder partnered with Mandie Landsberg from BeSnapped for the Reebok Team Sprint . . .