The fourth day of the 2017 Billabong SA Champs presented by BOS saw the semi-finalists decided in another action packed day of excellent, rippable surf at the Point in Jeffrey’s Bay. The U18 boy’s quarterfinals were a blur of high quality surfing that saw seasoned competitors Ford Van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) and Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) shred their way to the semis along with Koby Oberholzer (eThekweni), Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay), Ethan Fletcher (Cape Town Surfriders) and Nathan Wallace (eThekweni). Zoe Steyn (Buffalo City) once again dominated on her backhand in the U14 girls’ quarterfinals whilst dark-horse Jesse Powell (Ugu) managed to eliminate former SA champ Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni) in a major upset. Lhea Johnston (Buffalo City) and Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands) will be joining Cape Town Surfriders teammates Caroline Brown and Katie Winter on the final day of competition. The fact that five near perfect high nine-point rides have been posted in the U16 girls division demonstrates the high level of surfing. Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay) and Julia Ploughman (Cape Town Surfriders) were the first semi finalists to be decided before S’nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni) began her heat with a near-perfect 9.83 and left the rest of the heat in combination. Joining them in the semi finals will be Tayla De Coning (Buffalo City), Summer Sutton (Cape Town Surfriders), Juliet Fliet (Cape Winelands) and eThekweni team members Gabi Lailvaux and Olivia Izzard. A slight onshore wind and increase in swell gave the U18 girls had plenty to work with. Nelson Mandela Bay’s Kirsty McGillivray, Kelly Medley and Zoe Smith were right at home in their backyard and soared their way to the semi’s. Eden ladies Taghiti Gerick and Nina Harmse will be in action in the semi’s too alongside Cape Wineland surfers Sarah Ingram and Natasha Van Greunen. The U12 girls put on another gutsy performance in their Round 2 match-ups. Gabi Herbst (eThekweni) and . . .
The Billabong SA Champs pres. by BOS continued to prove its wave magnet status as the Lower Point at Jeffreys Bay continued to produce epic surf on Day 3 as the country’s top 18-and-under surfers reveling in the long rides while battling for national titles and invaluable team points. It was an early start for Round 3 of the U16 boys and Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) wasted no time in dropping an excellent score on his way to the quarterfinals. Cape Town Surfriders Eli Beukes and Max Elkington once again proved that JBay suits their stylish and powerful surfing by finishing their heats with 17-point totals. “I had a really fun heat in great waves and was stoked to get a quick start and that nine point ride,” said Elkington. “We have a lot of new people on our team so I am interested to see how we do. I feel like I’ve gained valuable contest experience from the ISA World Juniors in Japan last week and the rest of the forecast this week is looking really good.” The U14 boys Round 3 were next to surf and eThekweni team members Luke Thompson, James Ribbink and Nate Spalding all found places in the quarterfinals, where they were joined by Mitch Du Preez (Buffalo City) who surfed with maturity far beyond his age. The extremely competitive U18 boys Round 3 was exciting to watch as Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) and Koby Obelholzer (eThekweni) put on electric performances in their encounters. Adin Masencamp (Cape Winelands) used his carving rail game to collect a series of high scores and earn a comfortable heat win as he eyes a second successive title after winning the U17 boys crown last year.. The first round of the U12 girls paddled out and charged what for them were overhead waves with plenty of style. Lisa Van Heerden (Nelson Mandela Bay) racked up a really impressive 18.10 heat total with her smooth surfing while her teammate Zia Hendricks was another standout. Scarlette Van Jaarsveldt (Cape Town Surfriders) is showing the same talent as her . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 06 October 2017:- Servest announced great wins in the 2017 Business Excellence PMR.africa awards. Every year, PMR.africa hosts its prestigious awards at which it recognises excellence and leadership in various business fields. The awards are a culmination of an annual independent review of companies and institutions in various business sectors, based on research conducted in a national survey. We’re extremely proud to announce that, Servest was honoured to take home four coveted PMR.africa Diamond Arrow (first place) awards for industry excellence in the Commercial , Entertainment, Industrial and Education Cleaning Categories and a Golden Arrow in the Hospitality Cleaning category at the 2017 Business Excellence Awards . Winning 5 awards confirms our excellence and leadership in this field. Dees Maharaj, Servest National Sales and Marketing Director commented “A heartfelt congratulations goes out to our Cleaning team for this outstanding success. Achievements like this would not be possible without the continued commitment and dedication of our colleagues. Our employees are the gateway to our customers. It is important that our colleagues understand the value they contribute through their set of skills.” PMR.africa says the purpose of the awards is to enhance competitiveness, both locally and internationally, to enhance excellence in industry and to set a bench mark in industry CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest Wins 4 Diamond PMR.africa Awards here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
An increase in swell at JBay was just what was required on a busy second day at the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS where surfers in eight different divisions produced exciting performances as they challenged for national titles and team points. The Under 18 boys were the first in the line-up today and Joshe Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) kicked off things in spectacular fashion by winning his heat with a total of 16.16 out of 20 that included a couple of scores in the excellent range. Luke Malherbe (Buffalo City) was on fire on his backhand, finding a couple of the day’s biggest waves and producing a near-perfect nine point ride. That was matched by Kody Oberholzer (eThekweni) who used his entire repertoire of forehand manoeuvres on the long J-Bay walls. Surprise of the round was dark-horse Samuel Loppknow representing host district Nelson Mandela Bay who used all his local wave knowledge to pull off an impressive win over highly rated Calvin Goor from the Ilembe district team making their debut at the SA Junior Champs Kai Woolf (Nelson Mandela Bay), who is chasing the U16 girls title after winning the U15’s last year, was determined to steal the boy’s thunder and absolutely dominated her heat with a pair of high nine point rides that rewarded her vertical backhand attack. S'nenhlanhla Makhubu (eThekweni), who has just returned from competing in the ISA World Junior Champs in Japan, also delivered a classy performance on her backhand. Last year’s SA Champ U17 girls champion Kirsty McGillivray (Nelson Mandela Bay) kept her campaign for back-to-back titles rolling in the U18 girls by producing a heat total in the high teens, carving her way to a 9.6 and backing it up with an 8.5 "The waves were really fun,” enthused the J-Bay local. “I picked up a great set wave that just gave me so much space to do turns." By midday the onshore wind was freshening but J-Bay’s perfect geography ensured running waves for the surfers in the cutthroat 15 . . .
Competitors from all over the South African coastline were greeted with small and blustery surf which did little to deter their high spirits on the opening day of the 2017 Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay on Wednesday, especially with an excellent forecast on the horizon. As the various District teams staked their territory on the beach, the U14 boys division kicked off proceedings with Kye Macgregor (Nelson Mandela Bay) announcing himself as a threat by earning a heat total of 15.33 (out of 20) in the first heat of the event. Daniel Emslie (Buffalo City) put himself on the map when he delivered a 9-point ride and Nate Spalding (eThekweni) was another to rack up a heat total above 15 points. Zoe Steyn clearly took notes from her teammate Daniel Emslie, as she also posted an impressive 9 point ride with her flowing backhand attack in the U14 girls. Kayla Nogueira (eThekweni), who has just returned from competing in the ISA World Junior Champs in Japan, also advanced directly to Round 3 and will no doubt be fighting to claim another SA title. And Ceara Knight (Cape Winelands) has shown massive improvement and will be hot on her heels. The U16 boys division produced some explosive surfing despite the SA team members being jetlagged after returning from Japan just yesterday. Angelo Faulkner (Nelson Mandela Bay) displayed his local knowledge with a heat win in testing conditions brought on by the high tide. Teammates Ryan Lightfoot and Dellin Hendricks showed that they were right at home by clinching heat wins while Eli Beukes (Cape Town Surfriders) looked powerful and smooth in the small surf. The U12 boys hit the surf to finish off the day and made the waves look bigger but is was just the competitors getting smaller as they surfed well beyond their years. Kyra Bennie (Cape Winelands) caught the attention of the judges and spectators after a near perfect ride earned a 9.6 and Ethan Currin (Buffalo City) and Joel . . .
WESTERN CAPE, CLANWILLIAM, SATURDAY - On Saturday, 30 September, the Western Cape’s largest multi-sport festival, the Freshpak Fitness Festival, attracted over 600 novice and professional athletes, all ready to put their speed and endurance to the test in various events, including open water swims, a duathlon, biathlon and triathlon. The day started off with the 1.5km or 3km swim in the Clanwilliam Dam. The swim was followed by the duathlon (5km run/20km cycle/2.5km run) and biathlon (5km run/20km cycle), testing the athletes through the varied and challenging terrain. The main event of the day, with participants travelling nationally to compete, was a sprint triathlon comprising of an 800m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Racing through the nearly 200-year-old town, top Jeep Team triathlete, Michael Lord, put on an impressive performance to finish 2nd in a time of 01:06:51, just under 3 minutes behind race winner, Nick Quenet. Third place in the men’s race went to Rohan Meyer in 01:08:15. In the women’s race, first place went to Siobhan Wall in 01:12:04, finishing in second was Linda Detering in 01:21:06, and rounding off the podium was Michelle Krebs in 01:21:26. “I finished second in the Freshpak Fitness Festival Triathlon behind a flying Nick Quenet. I’m chuffed with the result, but it was a bit of a wakeup call - I must train more! A big thank you to Terry at Argon 18 South Africa for the bike and to the organisers for another awesome event - this is still my favourite road triathlon,” said Lord. Results Men 1. Nick Quenet 01:04:04 2. Michael Lord 01:06:51 3. Rohan Meyer 01:08:15 Women 1. Siobhan Wall 01:12:04 2. Linda Detering 01:21:06 3. Michelle Krebs 01:21:26 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SQUAW VALLEY, LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA, USA – The immense build-up to Team South Africa racing at OCR World Championships in Ontario, Canada at the end of October saw South Africa’s top OCR champions, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team) and Bradley Claase, plus South Africa’s OCR top 5 female, Carina Marx, travel from around the globe to compete in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in California, one of the most distinguished and significant events of the obstacle course racing season worldwide. The Spartan Championship Beast race took place on September 30, 2017, and was hosted at one of the most challenging courses in the world, Squaw Valley at Lake Tahoe. Every racer that reached the start line had earned the right to compete. The course, once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, featured 40 obstacles across 27km of obstacle-laden swath of California’s Olympic Valley, including uphill paths, low-strung barbed wire, a near-freezing lake, walls, ropes, weights and bars. All three South Africans took part in the individual “Championship Beast” race along with 288 other elite racers from around the world. Racing in his first ever Spartan World Champs, Van Tonder achieved a respectable 28th place finish, completing the course in 03:05:50. Fellow South African, Bradley Claase, finished in notable 18th place in a time of 02:59:40. The men’s elite race was won by 2012 Spartan Race World Champ and US trail running Champion, Cody Moat, in 02:32:34; second place went to 2017 Extreme Skyrunning World Series winner, Jonathan Albon, in 02:36:11; and finishing in third place in 02:37:17 was 2015 Spartan Race World Champion, Robert Killian. Said van Tonder, “I managed an official 28th place finish. I wanted to do better, but I am still happy with my performance and placing. The race was just under 27km with 1700m of climbing up to an altitude of about 2800m. I could feel after 23km that I was reaching my maximum race distance and I lost 7 places on the last . . .
Wednesday 4 October 2017 - Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS Begins in Jeffreys Bay Today South African Junior Surfing Titles and the Freedom Cup at Stake The Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS, the country’s most prestigious annual surfing event for competitors aged 18-and-under, gets underway in the fabled high performance waves of the Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay today and runs until Sunday 8 October. The 21st edition of the five-day event will showcase the top young surfers from every corner of the coastline who have qualified for the SA Junior Champs via grueling trials conducted by their respective district associations. At stake are individual national titles for Under 12, Under 14, U16 and Under 18 boys and girls along with the coveted Freedom Cup, which was introduced in 2003 and goes to the district whose team members accumulate the highest points tally across all age divisions. “We're really proud to be the sponsors of the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS,” said Billabong South Africa Marketing Manager Chad D'Arcy. "This is the premier junior event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and to host it in our home town of Jeffreys Bay makes it even more special. Good luck to the country’s best young surfers in their quest for national titles." The host Nelson Mandela Bay team will be determined to retain the Freedom Cup while Cape Town Surfriders, the 2016 runners-up, will be hoping to return to the winning ways that saw them clinch the 2015 team title. The eThekweni team from Durban will present a strong challenge again and Cape Winelands, Buffalo City, Ugu, Eden and the team from the SA Development Academy will be going all out to improve on their final placing in the team standings. Newcomers Ilembe will be participating in the event for the first time, “The Billabong Sa Junior Championships is the most significant annual tournament for South Africa’s U18, U16, U14 and U12 surfers,” says Surfing South . . .
[Johannesburg, Tuesday 03 October 2017] – Internet Service Provider, NEPIC, credits much of its rapid growth to the impact of its paid search marketing strategy. Fairly new to the South African telecoms landscape, NEPIC needed a digital marketing solutions partner that understood its budgetary challenges and the competitive landscape in which it operates. Specifically, NEPIC needed an agency with Google Premier Partner certification to help create and execute a strategy that demanded performance against aggressive growth targets. “We set Interface Digital (IFD) a fairly tough challenge,” says Christoff Becker, NEPIC Marketing & Creative Officer. “We had to penetrate a market digitally dominated by our competitors at a fraction of their campaign spend. Success in such an environment requires proven and specialised skills in paid search campaign optimisation . . . in IFD we found a willing and able partner.” “The NEPIC campaign presented unique challenges due to the ISP competitor landscape,” says Siobhan Boyd, Senior Account Manager at Interface Digital. “As Google Premier partners we have access to certain tools, technologies and methodologies that help us understand what actions are likely to yield the greatest results – certainly in NEPIC’s case we were successful in this regard.” Through Google Search and Display (and implementation of a well-crafted and risk mitigated strategy) – IFD was able to: Over-deliver on lead targets by 190% Attain competitor brand terms at the same cost as internal brands Catapult the brand’s digital market share, essentially forcing competitors to either increase their spend or relinquish a percentage share of voice on Google. The reduction in campaign cost per click essentially allowed IFD to significantly stretch the available budget. The resulting impact on NEPIC’s business has been substantial, both in volume of new business signed and overall “deal value” per client. “We’ve seen a sharp . . .
Billabong Junior Series The 20th annual champions in the Billabong Junior Series were crowned at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Sunday 1 October after the fourth and final event in 2017 series was completed in highly contestable four-foot waves and glassy conditions. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) clinched the premier U18 boys’ and girls’ Billabong Junior Series titles which earned them each a coveted trip to the tropical surfing paradise of Bali thanks to All Aboard Travel. The same pair also topped the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior regional rankings lists and are the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions. The U16 boys’ and girls’ series titles were won by Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London) respectively despite neither of them winning any of the four events. Ceara Knight (Cape Town) and Daniel Emslie (East London) each secured two event victories on their way to the U14 girls’ and boys’ series titles while Kyra Bennie (Vredehoek), the U12 boys’ series champion, won three of the four events in 2017 The seven finals run at Seal Point on Sunday produced phenomenal surfing with Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) capturing his first WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) men’s event victory after defeating Calvin Goor (Salt Rock). The lanky 18-year-old Capetonian posted a near perfect score of 9.0 out of ten plus three rides in the seven point range, the best of which was a 7.87, and his heat total of 16.87 left Goor still needing a 9.76 when time ran out. Former Jeffreys Bay local Kai Woolf, now competing under the New Zealand flag, won both the JQS (U18) women’s event and the U16 girls’ division, delivering heat totals in the mid-teens in both finals. Woolf finished ahead of Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) in the one-on-one JQS final while Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) and Tayla de Coning (East London) challenged her throughout the U16 final. Visiting French teenager George Pittar . . .