Yesterday's surfing tournament finals - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - was an exciting day on the beach with great surfing conditions, awesome weather and a good turn-out of surfers and spectators. Congrats to the winners - Crystal Hulett, Mikey February, Kayla Nogueira and Jake Elkington. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong was supported by Volkswagen, Corona, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport. The second event on the 2017 WSL Africa calendar, the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London, runs from Saturday to Monday, 15-17 April, and features QS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and JQS1,000 rated events for Junior Men & Women. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - Some Final Day Wrap Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Billabong/ . . .
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 . . .
Day two of the SA Senior Open promised to be exciting, and, it did not disappoint. Mark McNulty still leads the field on 8-under and showed his integrity after making the officials aware that he had used the incorrect ball to finish the hole. Having gone into the hazard on hole 1, the officials invoked the standard 2 stroke penalty. The triple bogey on 7 therefore resulted in him signing for a 1-under par 71. The low scores of the day belonged to two former South African Open winners, James Kingston and Roger Wessels, who both signed for 5-under par 67’s. Kingston was just 1-under through 14, but managed to find some inspiration at 15 and finished his round with 4 birdies. Wessels had a scorecard littered with birdies, 7 in total, including three in a row to close the front 9 and bounce back from a bogey on 6, he finished just as strongly with birdies on 17 and 18 after a bogey on 14. Kingston and Wessels may have gone low, but as Sally Little and Denis Watson emphasised at the Day one prize giving, the key to winning majors is consistency and Kevin Stone is showing lots of that. He signed for his second under-par round of the tournament, one of only three players to dip under 72 for both rounds. He is currently in a share of 3rd with Roger Wessels on 4-under, 2 shots behind Kingston and 4 behind McNulty. Michael Green is the only other player under par after 36 and he sits alone in 5th at 1-under. Two pre-tournament favourites, Chris Williams and Denis Watson, sit a further two shots back on 1-over and you wouldn’t discount them from going low over the next two days when it will be just the pro’s battling it out. The day also saw Theo Dauwa hit a hole in one on the 11th hole. Today promises even further excitement as the pros will be going out in 3 Balls which guarantees some brilliant golf, no matter which group you are following. For all those who aren’t currently in Plettenberg Bay, follow all the scores live on ScoreCapture.co.za. CLICK . . .
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: . . .
Motorists around the country can now fill their fuel tanks without carrying cash or cards, thanks to the ingenuity of modern technology. TOTAL Bonjour and Thrupps service stations have integrated mobile payments with the Zapper app into 300 of their service stations nationwide as a fast payment solution for drivers who want a quick and easy visit. By scanning a safe and secure QR Code with their smartphone, customers at Total Bonjour can effortlessly top up their tanks without worrying about a forgotten wallet, faulty card chips or waiting for card machines to free up every time they arrive to fill up. They can simply scan, pay and go at their convenience. The new payment method also lets you pay for groceries inside their convenience stores and car washes, and for an oil change if needed; as Total’s way of making the petrol station a one-stop-shop where as many errands as possible can be completed in half the time it would usually take elsewhere. “Total is always looking for innovative ways to raise the bar on customer satisfaction. By combining our range of services with Zapper’s easy payment method, we are bringing an added level of convenience to our customer’s day. More convenience at our convenience stores and a more efficient service experience means that Total and Zapper make your trips to the garage quick and easy,” said Marisa Barnard, Retail and Convenience Programme Manager. Digital loyalty cards that reward regular patronage with discount vouchers once the spend threshold has been reached, are also available for use at selected Total Bonjour stations. These can be downloaded on the Zapper App Merchant Finder or by scanning a unique QR code inside a Total convenience store. Zapper’s high security features ensure that personal and private information is encrypted and cannot be copied or cloned for complete user safety. An added advantage of using the app is that there aren’t additional bank charges or hidden service fees. CLICK HERE . . .
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 . . .