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 . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong Day One – Pollock Beach Small, light onshore but highly contestable conditions met the competitors in the inaugural World Surf League (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WSL) event this morning. After a slight delay, while waiting for the conditions to settle, it was straight into the QS event. Comprising 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. Billabong South Africa is the presenting sponsor, and they were in attendance as the best surfers in the country, as well as a contingent of international surfers, gathered for the start. "Billabong is really proud to be kicking off the inaugural Surf City Series in our backyard of Port Elizabeth. It is a fantastic initiative and an awesome opportunity for our local surfers to finally have their own domestic tour. Well done to everyone who made it possible and the best of luck to all the surfers competing," said Chad D'Arcy, Billabong South Africa's Marketing Manager. 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 QS1,000 women’s seeding is headed by Nicole Pallet (La Lucia), Emma Smith (Jeffreys Bay), Teal Hogg (uMhlanga) and Fay Zoetmulder (Cape St Francis) with Tayla Hanak (AUS) the only international among the 24 competitors. Reigning WSL Africa Junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand), Sebastian Williams (Durban) and Kommetjie residents Jake Elkington and Ford van Jaarsveldt are the top four in the JQS1,000 junior . . .
The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) has issued the following guidelines regarding the anticipated protest action on 7 April 2017. There has been a lot of speculation doing the rounds as to the rights of employees to attend the planned protest action or alternatively where employees do not wish to report for duty due to safety reasons. Since this protest action is not regulated by the Labour Relations Act the situation appears to be somewhat unclear. The granting of leave always remain the sole prerogative of the employer. However, in considering whether or not leave should be granted for the purposes of this protest action, employers must be mindful not to establish a precedent by the granting of leave, especially since employees might expect to be granted a similar privilege should they wish to participate in similar future mass action. In the absence of any arrangement to this effect with the employer, the unauthorized absence from work will trigger the ‘no work no pay’ principle and normal disciplinary procedures should apply. In order to remove all risk from the above equation, employers might consider closing their businesses for the day. In this instance employees must be remunerated for the day. Author: Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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 . . .
One of Jeep Team South Africa’s aspirational values is educating athletes on social media, cross-sport socialisation, personal brand building, and the opportunity to be the best and race against the best in the world. In line with this vision and aspiration, the Jeep Team SA management team is proud to welcome SARTORI™ to the broader team in a strategic role. “Founded in 2001, Jeep Team South Africa is the most consistent, and longest-running, Lifestyle and Wellness Team in South Africa. With around 300 athletes coming through the team over the past 15 years, Jeep Team SA has provided a platform for athletes to grow, develop and mature into national and International stars,” says Max Cluer at Jeep Team SA. “In recent years, international sports events have presented significant opportunities for rising South African athletes to compete on a global stage. These opportunities have proven that local athletes are able to hold their own in the international sporting arena. However, this newfound success is often curtailed by a lack of effective guidance and management. To help the Jeep Team SA brand, and the brand of the individual athletes, stand out in an ever more competitive industry, Jeep Team SA is joined by SARTORI™, with the focus on encouraging, supporting and assisting athletes on their journey as professional competitors.” SARTORI™ was started by Amy Sartori and with her managing partner, Kyllin Vardhan, who both have a wealth of experience within the sports, sponsorship, sports and marketing industries. Sartori has been in the industry for over a decade, working with various marketing related agencies on a vast variety of big brands. She is also an avid athlete in her personal capacity, having participated in the Comrades Marathon and Ironman 70.3 events, to name a few. Her qualifications and athletic experience provide her with a deep understanding of the sacrifices that need to be made to achieve set goals, and offers the ideal ladder to . . .
FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a fast-spreading pest that has been damaging essential food crops in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Russell IPM has responded to the demand for an effective monitoring system for FAW infestations. In February, trials were conducted in Africa in order to optimise the company’s pheromone blend targeting the devastating pest. Six different formulations of the FAW pheromone were tested in Zambia and South Africa. According to Dr Al-Zaidi, Russell IPM’s Managing Director, an effective monitoring solution has been identified. “The trial results show that the highest trap catches were achieved by Russell IPM’s four-components lure. This formulation, which is specific to the fall armyworm species currently present in Africa, showed the highest efficacy. The lure and traps are commercially available from our distributors in Africa”. The lure is compatible with Russell’s Mothcatcher trap, and can be used as part of an IPM strategy to combat the invasions in Africa. Dr Nayem Hassan, Head of Research and Development at Russell IPM, recommends the following programme of treatment: “For preventative FAW control, our microbial plant booster and soil enhancer, Recharge, can be mixed with the irrigation water and applied to the soil around the plant roots. FAW pupae will not emerge from the soil. For tackling larvae at first detection and before they bore into the stem of the host plant, farmers can alternate foliar applications of Biotrine, a microbial extract, and Antario, a synergised Bacillus thuringiensis formulation. Biotrine’s action is translaminar, so the active ingredient is absorbed only into the upper foliar surface. It targets larvae coming into contact with treated leaves, but the plant itself will show no pesticide residue.” Headquartered in Flintshire, United Kingdom, Russell IPM designs, manufactures, supplies and consults on innovative biorational solutions for pest monitoring and control in agriculture and . . .
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: . . .