Jordy Smith Advances to Round 3 of Ballito Pro presented by Billabong Defending Champion Connor O’Leary Eliminated in Tight Decision Jordy Smith (ZAF) opened his campaign in the Ballito Pro pres. by Billabong with a workmanlike performance, advancing to Round 3 of the World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 10,000 rated event when he finished runner-up to Ramzi Boukhiam (MAR) in his first heat. Smith, the top seed and current World No. 3, stayed very busy trying to find waves with scoring potential and eventually found a running right hander that he ended with an air-reverse that the judges rewarded with 7.73 points out of 10. “Your strategy tends to change every minute, every second of the heat and you just keep reassessing things. I wanted to get the best waves out there, but that didn’t happened in the first five minutes and when others start off with big scores you’ve really got to go to backup strategies and backup waves,” Smith explained. “You couldn’t really tell if it was a good wave so I just figured if I keep getting waves and multiple opportunities one of them would be good. “Obviously I love being in Ballito, this will always be the first real contest that I ever competed in on the international stage, so there’s a lot of history and it means a lot to me. Also, I get to hang out with my friends and family, there’s extremely good waves here, just 30 minutes north or south of Durban, so it’s a great opportunity for me to stay in tune.” Second seed Connor O’Leary (AUS) was not as fortunate. The defending event winner, whose haul of 10,000 QS points at last year’s event saw him qualify among the elite Top 34 on the WSL Championship Tour (CT), struggled to find good waves in the freshening onshore breeze and he was eliminated after placing fourth in the next heat. Organisers then put the event on hold for an hour, and then another hour, in the hopes that conditions would improve. But with the wind strengthening they called the . . .
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The first major World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) event of the year, the QS10,000 Ballito Pro presented by Billabong, ran through the Round 1 and first four heats of Round 2 in choppy one metre waves at Willard Beach on Monday. With 112 of the world’s best surfers chasing a share of the US $260,000 (approx. R3.3 million) and the biggest ranking points haul available on the QS, the action was fast and furious as the short-period swell provided plenty of waves. “For that heat my strategy was to get two average scores really quick in order just to start the heat. But there were so many waves coming and I didn’t know which one to take so I couldn’t find those waves in the beginning,” said 2014 Ballito champion Alejo Muniz (BRA), who finished runner-up in the last heat of the day to advance to the last 48. “It was really stressful and I was needing a very small score, just a 4, so when there was 5 minutes left I told myself to just wait for a wave with two turns, and I’m happy that I got it!” Jeremy Flores (FRA) has been coming to South Africa for many years and despite contemplating withdrawing from the event due to a recent leg injury, he won the final heat of the day. “The conditions are pretty hard so I think it’s anyone’s game and the one who catches the best wave is going to make the difference,” said Flores. “I’ve injured my leg so I wasn’t even sure if I was going to surf my heat But I told myself it’s only 30 minutes so I toughened up for two waves and I got through, so I’m stoked. It’s good to be back in Ballito, I feel good here, the food is good and the people are amazing and the waves are fun, so why not.” Current runaway QS rankings leader Jesse Mendes (BRA) stayed busy throughout his Round 2 heat, riding 13 waves in the 30 minute encounter. The 23-year-old from Guaruja led throughout but only posted his best two rides, an 8.0 for a pair of vertical backhand bashes and an 8.50 for a high-flying 360 aerial rotation, in the last . . .
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In the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, Samuel Pupo and Zoe McDougall took the honours. Samuel Pupo and Zoe McDougall surfed to victory at Billabong Junior Series pres. by All Aboard Travel in Ballito on Thursday, claiming the premier JQS1,000-rated men's and women's event titles, respectively. The opening event in the 13-day Ballito Pro Surf Festival featured the country's best 18-and-under surfers alongside a contingent of highly rated international competitors as they battled for trophies, prize money and points on the WSL Africa rankings lists. Pupo, 17, was the standout performer throughout the three-day event, consistently delivering the highest scores in each round and demonstrating an outstanding ability to perform gravity-defying aerial manoeuvres high above the lip. He faced his toughest test in the final when his opponent, former South African U16 champion Ethan Fletcher, took the lead at the halfway point of the 25 minute encounter with a ride the length of Willard Beach that earned 7.83. But with an excellent 8.67 in his score-line for a huge air-reverse, the Brazilian needed just 5.80 for victory and posted a 6.30 at the five minute mark to establish a lead that Fletcher ultimately could not match. "My strategy really worked for me. Five minutes into the heat I had two scores already and that made me comfortable for the rest of the heat and I'm super-happy to have this win," said Pupo. "I've been trying airs my whole life so now I'm doing them in heats and I can get a nine, or I can get a two, but it worked for me in this final. This win for me is so important as I've been in a couple of Junior finals but I've never had a win. I've turned 17, so I'm really happy to have my first win." The JQS women's final was an all international encounter between McDougall and Pacha Luque-Light of Australia that see-sawed back and forth with the lead changing hands after virtually every ride. McDougall, winner of the . . .
At its recent Annual General Meeting (AGM), the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) elected Shafiek Dollie as chairman, while Kantha Naicker was named vice-chairman. Speaking after his election, Dollie said that he was looking forward to encouraging more member participation in the organisation. “An organisation like SAIPA is all about its members, and I am committed to fostering member engagement, particularly as our new constitution is fully in place.” He added that, “We have a very diverse membership, something that I see as a source of strength, and I am very much looking forward to helping to strengthen efforts to empower all our members.” A born-and-bred Capetonian, Dollie has been a lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for many years. He is a Professional Accountant (SA) and holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting Science (B.Compt) and a National Higher Diploma in Education. He explains that his passion has always been focused on helping young people to make the transition from student to professional accountant. “My active involvement with SAIPA over the years has been driven by my quest to empower young people, in particular, with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as professional accountants,” he said. “Professional accountants have a great contribution to make to the country, and under my leadership I hope SAIPA will step up its efforts to help them maximise their potential.” Dollie said that the SAIPA National Conference later this year will mark its 35th anniversary, and will be an opportunity for the professional accountancy community to come together to celebrate, but also to set goals for the next 35 years. In welcoming the appointment of Dollie, Cindy Debete, outgoing Chairperson of the SAIPA board, said that he brought an unusual combination of academic and professional experience to the organisation: “Shafiek has spent much of his life helping young people to acquire the . . .
Willard Beach, Ballito, 29 June 2017: Many of the country’s top ranked junior surfers tumbled out of contention on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel as the inconsistent, peaky head-high waves at Willard Beach in Ballito played havoc with their heat strategies, leading to major upsets. A total of six of the top eight WSL Africa ranked junior men were eliminated from the event on Wednesday while only one of the top 10 junior women has reached the last four. Both the defending event champions, Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Zoe McDougall (HAW), slipped through to the final day of competition after finishing second in their respective quarterfinal heats today. And they face the same opponents who relegated them to runner-up berths in the one-on-one format for the semi-finals. Masencamp produced a great comeback to grab second spot from Luke Malherbe (East London) with a ride that connected all the way to the beach in the dying seconds of their heat. He will be up against red hot Brazilian Samuel Pupo who has posted the highest scores in the event so far with his huge range of high risk aerial manoeuvres. The other junior men’s semi will see current No 8 ranked Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) get the chance to force his way into contention for a spot in the four man squad to represent the Africa region at the World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championships in Australia in January if he can get past former SA U16 champion Ethan Fletcher. Fletcher eliminated rankings leader and fellow Kommetjie resident Jake Elkington to earn a place in the semis for the first time this year. “This break can be difficult and the tide was quite high so there weren’t a lot of waves coming though. I made one or two mistakes and didn’t get the waves I needed but I’ve learnt from what happened in that heat and will work on making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Elkington explained. “After three wins I’ll still stay at the top of the rankings . . .
Having enjoyed great success in launching the Cape Town City Football Club and working with urban property developer, Blok, to build the company’s corporate identity, shake up the local real estate marketing game and recently, introduce a new sub-brand called Blok Raw, North LTD has now added the appointment of Gavin Williams as the agency’s Creative Director and Copywriter to its list of winning moves. Founded by Olivier van der Schroeff and Mike Bond in June 2014, North LTD is a multi-disciplined agency that is constantly looking to develop simple, smart, relevant design and marketing solutions for its local and international clientele. Over the past three years, the agency has grown, particularly on the design side, which has seen it attract a diverse range of clients – most of whom have been through word of mouth. Williams’ expertise in advertising has seen him progress from copywriter at The Jupiter Drawing Room to Creative Director at FoxP2. In 2014 he went on to direct commercials for the likes of Volkswagen, Burger King, Allan Grey and Nedbank as well as to work on various creative projects, mainly with North. His work has won awards from around the world including Cannes, One Show and D&AD along with a slew of Loeries locally. In addition, he has written on a number of subjects for an array of publications such as GQ, Top Gear UK, The Times of London, Sports Illustrated, FHM and Signature magazine. Williams was also one of the first South Africans to star on MTV worldwide with a role in the Crazy Monkey series of TV spots parodying the American reality show, Jackass. Bond shares: “Gavin has already had so much influence in shaping this company. His extraordinary command of the English language, combined with his fanatical attention to detail and obsession with writing and design, make him ideal for the role. He has had a hand in almost every piece of work we've done over the past three years - he's an integral part of Blok’s campaigns and . . .