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 . . .
Thrilling Day 2 of Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point delivered solid three-to-four waves and pristine conditions on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel to complete the semi-finals in each of the seven divisions. The country’s best junior surfers reveled in the long point-break waves in Cape St Francis, posting numerous scores in the excellent range as they chased prestige, prize-money, points and series titles in the fourth and final event in the world’s longest running junior surfing series. The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 rated event for U18 boys saw current runaway rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) eliminated in Round 2 by Luke Malherbe (East London ) and Calvin Goor (Salt Rock), who advanced to the man-on-man semi-finals. Goor’s near perfect 9.0 plus a 5.0 gave him victory over Malherbe and the Dolphin Coast surfer advanced to his second final of 2017. In the bottom half of the draw Ford van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie) was outstanding in Round 2, delivering scores of 9.0 and 8.17 for a heat tally of 17.17, the highest in the division to date. He was joined in the semi by 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London) who had to be happy with a third place finish as van Jaarsveldt delivered another master-class for the win. The JQS women’s event followed suit with former Jeffreys Bay star Kai Woolf, now surfing under the New Zealand flag, showing superior manoeuvres and heat strategy to earn scores of 9.0 and 7.67 to ease into the final at the expense of Tayla de Coning (East London) Woolf will be up against Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness) who outpointed rising star Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) in their semi-final encounter on her way to a career first one-on-one JQS final. In the 3A rated SA Surf Tour (SAST) events, Woolf, de Coning and Sutton, along with Olivia Izzard (La Lucia), will also contest the four person U16 girls’ final, while . . .
The opening rounds of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel were completed in great waves and offshore winds at Seal Point in Cape St Francis on Friday. There is much at stake at this event. The fourth and final event in the 20th annual edition of the world’s longest running surf series for surfers 18-and-under will crown event and series champions in seven divisions, as well as the men’s and women’s WSL Africa junior champions and also determine who will represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia In January. Current Billabong Junior Series and WSL Africa junior rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) had to play catch-up in the first heat of the U18 boys heat when Bryce du Preez (East London) opened his account with a 6.50 and then added a 4.60. But Elkington showed the form that has earned him three event victories already this year to secure second place and advanced to Round 2 alongside du Preez. There was a major upset in Heat 3 of the U18 boys when Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was eliminated by Saxton Randall (Durban) and 14 year-old Mitch du Preez (East London). Faulkner had his sights set on victory at Seal Point, which would have seen him clinch a place in the WSL Africa squad for the World Junior Champs, but the J-Bay resident could only muster 10.17 points and was ousted when he placed third in the heat. The U18 girls’ heats also produced an upset when Daniella Finlayson (Jeffreys Bay) grabbed victory ahead of second seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). This was followed by top seed Tayla de Coning (East London), Kai Woolf (Jeffreys Bay) and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) comfortably winning their heats and advancing to Round 2. The U16 division delivered excellent competitive performances with the likes of Faulkner, Ryan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay), Aya Gericke (Wilderness) and newcomer George Pittar claiming heat wins in boys, while Woolf, Sutton and Gabi Lailvaux (Westbrook) stamped their . . .
Lower Point, JBay – After the Billabong Junior Series has finished in Seal Point and the winners have been crowned, the best junior surfers in the country will move over to JBay for the 2017 Billabong SA Junior Championships presented by BOS. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the Freedom Cup for the team accumulating the highest points over the five-day event, and will be keen on keeping the trophy in the province again this year. Cape Town were second, eThekweni in third and Buffalo City in fourth. The event takes place from 4 – 8 October at the popular and consistent Lower Point in JBay. Historically the waves have always been good around this time of the year, allowing for top performances from the best junior surfers in the country. More information on the Billabong SA Junior Champs presented by BOS can be found at: Hashtag: #SAJuniorChamps Billabong South Africa: www.facebook.com/Billabong Billabong Women’s South Africa: www.facebook.com/BillabongWomens Instagram: Billabong South Africa - @BillabongSA Billabong Women’s South Africa - @Billabongwomens_za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong South African Junior Championships Presented By BOS Heads To JBay Early October here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/surfing.in.africa/ . . .
The champions in the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel will be crowned this weekend when the country’s best 18-and-under surfers take to the fabled waves of Seal Point in Cape St Francis to compete for prestige, rankings points and prize money. The world’s longest running junior surfing series has nurtured the competitive careers of countless South African surfers including current World No. 1 Jordy Smith, former WSL Women’s No. 4 Bianca Buitendag and Championship Tour campaigners Travis Logie, Royden Bryson, Ricky Basnett, Rosy Hodge and Nikita Robb as well as current QS standouts Beyrick de Vries, Michael February and many more Scheduled for Friday to Sunday, September 29 - 1 October, the fourth and final event in the 2017 series features World Surf League Junior Qualifying Series 1,000 rated events for U18 men and women, alongside 3A rated Surfing South Africa SA Surf Tour events for U16 and U14 boys and girls and U12 boys. “We are excited to be crowning the 20th annual Billabong Junior Series champions at Seal point this weekend,” said Billabong Marketing Manager Chad D’Arcy. “It’s great to be a junior surfer in South Africa at the moment, and Billabong is proud of our junior surfing legacy.” Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) holds a substantial rankings lead in the U18 boys division after victories in the Port Elizabeth and Cape Town legs of the 2017 series. His younger brother Max currently fills the runner-up berth after finishing second in both events. Fellow Kommetjie surfer Ethan Fletcher is in third spot, just ahead of defending series champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) who is fifth. Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) looks set to defend her U18 girls’ series title successfully with Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) her closest challenger and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) is another 500 points further adrift in third place on the rankings. The U16 boys title will go down to the wire with Dellin . . .