Action and fun down at Willard beach for day two of the Billabong Junior Series in Ballito Durban. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series Ballito - Images From Day Two Of Competition. here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
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 . . .
Fan favourites include DIY, adventure, and gardens galore at the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. With so much happening at this year’s ECR House & Garden show, we thought it prudent to take a moment to assure regulars that the house specials are on the menu – bigger, better and fresher than ever – and to give newcomers a taste of what’s to come. Back by popular demand are the Builders DIY Pavilion, the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, and The Gardener Pavilion. Those with a need for a need to explore will find it at the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, sponsored by Tourism KwaZulu-Natal and featuring 80 exhibitors covering destinations, venues, resorts and travel operators, all waiting to entice you into doing something wild and unforgettable. Did we mention the array of specials and competitions? Did we mention prizes of stays at international resorts and game lodges? For those with the itch to fix it, build it or improve it, the Builders DIY Pavilion features more than 40 suppliers offering a range of amazing show specials. While you’re there, improve your painting techniques under the guidance of the Fired Earth team. Those with green thumbs should make a beeline for The Gardener Pavilion, featuring food gardening by Just Berries and The Orchard, a bonsai display by Legacy and Garden Décor, and an incredible veggie garden sponsored by Mayford Seeds. Be sure to check out The Gardener shop, filled with amazing gardening goodies including plants, garden care, seed, indoor plants and loads more. Don’t miss these firm favorites plus the usual great deals from a variety of exhibitors including Hirsch’s, huge competitions and so much more. The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, themed ‘Refresh your space inside and out’, is on from 30 June – 9 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Tickets from R60-R85, under-12s free, available from iTickets. housegardenshow.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Celebrate real, handmade stuff at this year’s East Coast Radio House & Garden Show In an age of virtual this and that, and online everything, it’s real stuff – local, authentic, sustainable, artisanal stuff made by human hands – that feels right. That’s why this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is loaded with just this kind of stuff. Real stuff. The Home Grown Design Fair returns bigger and better. This creative hub will be brimming with cool stuff from markets around the province as well as home-grown KZN designers like Projectarian, LIV Village, Badumi, Beadoir, Little Beach Tribe, Essentials Oils, Abide Creative and Elle Kay Fabrics. Or how about the brand-new Foodie Fair, a smorgasbord of carefully crafted, fresh and flavoursome food and drink showcasing the crème de la crème of KZN’s culinary cabal. You’ll have 10 full days to taste your way around, from coffee in cones, to Moroccan burgers and craft gin on tap at the trendy evolution to the man cave – the Backyard Bar Shed. Real doesn’t mean old fashioned, though. The H+G Maker Space, co-ordinated by Durban-based The MakerSpace, demonstrates the kind of stuff you can make with the help of technology, from 3D printing, science experiments run by ‘Little Lab Coats’, and make-your-own robotics and electronics to lino printing and first-person-view radio-controlled cars! Activities are suitable for ages 6 – 60,and also include ‘Dad & Me’ wood working (focusing on furniture and wood-derby cars), and even soldering for seniors and juniors. Improve your stuff-making skills with a leather wallet workshop or a tutorial on galvanised pipe lights, or get mechanical with an Arduino robotics demonstration. Activities at the H+G Maker Space start at R50 each and run throughout the day. Adult ‘Maker’ classes begin at 6pm. Book online at themakerspace.co.za/show. The East Coast Radio House & Garden Show, themed ‘Refresh your space inside and out’, is on from 30 June – 9 July at the Durban . . .
Primary School Urban Gardens project showcases ingenuity and sustainability at East Coast Radio House & Garden Show. “Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade,” once said Rudyard Kipling. So Mr Kipling would likely have appreciated the Urban Gardens project by Verigreen, in partnership with the ECR House & Garden Show and MSQ Interiors, which demonstrates what wonders hard work and ingenuity can produce. Verigreen has been at the forefront of sustainable manufacturing in KZN for 15 years, and their Urban Gardens initiative aims to raise awareness about environmental issues among those who will inherit the earth: our children. Four Durban schools – Maris Stella, St Mary’s, Durban Preparatory School, and Chelsea Preparatory School – have joined the project, conceptualised by Michelle Markram from MSQ Interiors, which invites students to build urban gardens using waste products. The most innovative gardens can be seen at the ECR House & Garden Show, and visitors are invited to vote for their favourite. The one with the most votes wins a R5 000 cash prize for their school! Voting takes place via the Supa Mama Facebook page @SupaMamaTM, starting 30 June and ending 5pm 9 July. After the show, the gardens will be donated by the Supa Mama team to deserving families within their local communities. Now that’s something to sing about! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If home is where the heart is, then the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show 2017 is not to be missed. Now in its record 37th year, this perennial lifestyle extravaganza promises to wow local audiences with a host of new innovations and living ideas from the most trend-focused designers in KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands of home shoppers and idea hunters are expected to swarm the Durban Exhibition Centre from 30 June until 9 July 2017, where more than 480 exhibitors will showcase everything vogue in the world of décor, interior design, kitchens, bathrooms, gardening, DIY, technology, outdoor living, leisure, food and more. In keeping with the event’s upgraded living and lifestyle theme, Zapper, South Africa’s premier mobile payment app will be present to enlighten attendees on the benefits of switching from cash and card to modern mobile payments. Make your way to the Zapper stand to learn about quick and convenient payments from your smartphone, free vouchers and loyalty cards, Zapper for your business, and how to discover new restaurants and retailers through the app’s geolocation technology. A host of merchants over the 10-day period will be accepting payments with Zapper. These can easily be found by the Zapper signage proudly displayed at their booths. Shopping at these vendors means you don’t have to worry about running out of cash or faulty card chips. Your smartphone is all you need! First-time users will also receive R25 off their first transaction as Zapper’s way of welcoming them to the scan, pay, go revolution. Zapper is currently available for free download from the app stores of Windows, Apple and Android phones. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 28 JUNE 2017 – On 23 June 2017, South Africa’s top men’s trail athlete, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team/Salomon/Garmin) raced the Marathon du Mont-Blanc 80km Ultra-Trail through the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Valley in France finishing 6th overall (4th in cat). Since its inception in 1979, the Marathon du Mont Blanc has grown, featuring 8 races over 3 days and attracting 10 300 registered runners representing 75 countries. The Marathon du Mont-Blanc 80 Ultra-Trail race started at the Tourist Centre of Chamonix, at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, and covered exactly 92.5km and 6000m of elevation gain. The race is limited to 1000 participants and is one of the most technical and demanding ultra trail races in its category as it crosses an entire valley, traverses over summits with wet narrow paths, snowy sections, and the iconic Aiguilles Rouge Nature Reserve, all at an average altitude of over 2000m. “What a rollercoaster day on one of the toughest Ultras I’ve ever done. When you start out on an ultra-trail, you will always find something beyond the norm. You are broken down to a point where nothing is important anymore, and then you find yourself on top of this huge mountain, depleted, and wonder how you got there,” says Greyling. Greyling, pushed hard throughout the race, gaining nine places from the start of his race to finish in 6th place overall in 12h17m42s – an impressive improvement from his 13th place finish in 2016. First place in the 85.3km race went to Xavier Thevenard (France) in 11h03m05s; Clemente Mora Cristofer (Spain) in second in 11h16m55s; and in third place in 11h33m24s was Romain Berger (France). Greyling concludes, “I am super happy with 6th place finish in this unbelievable race. It is a great start to a new adventure in my life. In the end, it doesn’t matter what position you finish in, but rather the journey to get you there!” Results – 80km Marathon du Mont Blanc Men 1. Xavier . . .
Mauritius, June 2017 - LUX* Resorts & Hotels rethinks and redefines luxury around the themes of joy, happiness and time devoted to long cherished holidays, with creative agency BETC Paris, and launches its new 2017 advertising campaign. The theme of the advertising campaign is Smile All The Stay, as LUX*’s goal is for guests to enjoy some genuine joie de vivre by keeping in mind that the simplest acts of generosity, connection and guestcare can offer the biggest rewards. It all starts with reconnecting to the moments that mean the most to its guests, and help them making the time to fully experience its magic. Six advertisements represent the fun, dynamic and unexpected atmosphere and lifestyle of LUX* Resorts & Hotels. A bold, stylish, global campaign running in publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Monocle, FT How to Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair, the images convey the simple, fun, light-hearted holiday moments that characterise a LUX* holiday. Complemented by social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo and Instagram, the campaign reinforces the brand’s worldwide positioning and mission of helping people celebrate life and vision of making each matter. Through this, it is communicated that guests will ‘Smile all the Stay’. The LUX* brand was founded in 2011 and now that it’s established itself as a sophisticated, innovative five-star brand, the intention was to engage with consumers in a more playful tongue-in-cheek way. “This campaign simulates the joy, happiness and smile of a stress-free LUX* holiday. This creative approach enables us to flaunt the values that create our brand’s DNA, while helping guest celebrate life and enjoy the reasons to go LUX*,” says Julian Hagger, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. The essence of the LUX* brand, communicated through this new advertising campaign is showcased by being fun, light hearted and surprising; eschewing luxury . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 28 JUNE 2017 – Saturday, 24 June, saw South Africa’s top surfski paddlers fight it out for the FNB Durban Downwind title, as well as the South African Singles Surfski Champion crown. Surfski paddlers from around the country gathered in Durban for an exciting 26km downwind challenge from La Mercy to Marine Surf Lifesaving Club, with the elite paddlers aiming to qualify for the South African team for the ICF Ocean Racing World Championships in Hong Kong in November. At La Mercy, the race set off with a backline start, where huge surf made it difficult for the paddlers to get out to the start line. Nineteen paddlers, including Dusi Champ, Andy Birkett, were forced to withdraw after breaking their skis in the backline break. Current World Surfski Series champion, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team), faced a serious challenge from Euro Steel’s Jasper Mocké as it came down to the line. McGregor opted for a straight-line course closer ashore, while Mocké and his brother Dawid, chose a deep-water line. McGregor struggled through the surf coming in, beaching earlier than expected, and had to run to the finish line. Mocké, lining up his run, picked his way through the surf right to the finish. Despite running to the finish along the beach, McGregor finished less than one second behind Jasper Mocké, and clinched a slot in the national team for the World Champs. Third place went to Dawid Mocké, who won a sprint race with Kenny Rice for the last podium spot. Results – FNB Durban Downwind 2017 Men 1. Jasper Mocké 1:29:18.54 2. Hank McGregor 1:29:19.13 3. Dawid Mocké 1:29:55.32 Women 1. Michelle Burn 1:42:58.20 2. Hayley Nixon 1:44:05.68 3. Nikki Russell 1:45:07.59 Doubles 1. Zoog Haynes/Lance Howarth 1:32:48.69 2. Donna Winter/Shaun Burgin 1:37:18.48 3. Bruce Wenke/Justin Wenke 1:42:56.54 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .