This weekend sees multiple World Champion, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team) defend This weekend sees multiple World Champion, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team) defend his Molokai Challenge hattrick title against the best surfski paddlers in the world. against the best surfski paddlers in the world. Originally named Kanaka Ikaika, the Molokai Challenge is a true test of paddling skill, endurance and knowledge of ocean surfing. It tests a paddler’s ability to manoeuvre against unpredictable weather conditions in the Kaiwi Channel. The Kaiwi Channel, more often called the “Molokai Channel” is an expanse of ocean between the island of Molokai and Oahu. It is considered one of the roughest ocean channels in the world when the ocean is angry. The start is off the west end of Molokai near Kaluakoi, and finishes 51-km away in the Marina off Hawaii Kai. ‘The Molokai’, the former World Championships of Open Ocean Surfski, is one of the toughest races on the surfski calendar, and the 2016 race was no exception. With flat conditions and a very strong race contingent, the 2016 race was brutally tough up front with Clint Robinson, Jasper Mocke, Sean Rice, Hank McGregor and Cory Hill all trading places throughout the 53-km crossing. In the end, it was McGregor who crossed the line in 1st place, paddling past a very frustrated Cory Hill who, with only 2-km left to the finish, had gone too close to the infamous China Wall reefs, consequently smashing his rudder The defending champion had to relinquish his lead to give McGregor a Molokai hattrick. Sean Rice and Jasper Mocke, who are both still searching for that elusive Molokai victory, capitalized on a step up the podium, while 3 x former winner Clint Robinson finished in 4th place. 2016 Men’s Rankings - Pos First Name Last Name Title Non-Title Total points: Hank McGregor 3000 500 3500 Cory Hill 2996 500 3496 Dawid Mocke 2990 500 3490 Matthew Bouman 2980 499 3479 Jasper Mocke 2978 500 3478 Mark Anderson . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .
Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town - Small but perfect conditions greeted the contestants in the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on the opening day at Long Beach. Clean and consistent two to three-foot waves peeled both left and right at the deep south beach break, and the contest organisers wasted little time before getting the event started. Although being small, the waves were highly contestable and before long there were some excellent scoring rides being recorded, and surfers started picking up their respective games in this important surf event. Kirsty McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay had a great start to her campaign in the Pro Junior Women's division, winning her first heat comfortably and advancing through to the next round with ease. "The waves were pretty small out there and I had quite a slow start to my heat," said McGillivray. "I was waiting for so long and I knew that I had to get started. Luckily I caught a nice right-hander to open my account, and then I had to wait again for my next wave." Being patient worked for the Eastern Cape natural-footed (left foot forward) surfer. "My next wave was a good one, so the waiting paid off. I guess it was all about wave selection out there, because with not that many sets coming through you really need to be on the good ones." With conditions improving as the tide pushed, the contest organisers forged on, making for a long but enthralling day on the beach for all involved. Joshe Faulkner from JBay was another surfer who performed well at Long Beach, sticking to the right-handers running across the beach. Joshe is a goofy-footed surfer (right-foot forward) so he was surfing with his back to the wave with great effect. Joshe grew up surfing the perfect right-hand walls of Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, so is very at ease and accustomed to surfing with his back to the wave, and put this experience to work on the opening day of this event. Joshe recently received the news that he is an invitee to the . . .
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 . . .
Crocworld Conservation Centre’s Horace the Cape Vulture is preening his feathers, as he welcomes his new girlfriend, Cites, who is also of the same species. The Cape Vulture is on the endangered species list, and plays a vital role in the ecosystem. Centre Manager, Martin Rodrigues said, “Vultures are on the endangered species list, and we would like to do everything possible to encourage their survival.” Both Horace and Cites are part of Crocworld Conservation Centre’s conservation and breeding Vulture Programme, which was launched earlier this year. Due to the high conservation importance of Vultures, Crocworld Conservation Centre has built an enclosure specifically to house the Cape Vulture which is endangered and the African White Backed Vulture which is on the critically endangered list. Similar to Horace’s story, Cites, a juvenile female vulture, was recovered within the Oribi Gorge area in February this year, after colliding with a power line. She was badly injured, with her left wing having several open fractures. The damage was extremely severe, thus prompting a decision to amputate the wing rather than euthanizing the bird, due to its endangered conservation status. Rodrigues said that Cites is now fully recovered and he hopes that she will play a vital role in the breeding programme, whereby healthy offspring will be released back into the wild. “Cites has settled incredibly well within her new home and although she has adapted very quickly with the help of Horace, there is still a very long road ahead before they could potentially breed,” added Rodrigues. Rodrigues is optimistic regarding the long term success of the vulture breeding and conservation project which the Centre has established. The project is a shared vision between Crocworld Conservation Centre and the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre in Pietermaritzburg. The Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured, ill and distressed birds of . . .