Surfing: BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Elkington and Nogueira Head Rankings Kommetjie the Venue for Fourth Stop in 2017 WSL Africa Junior Series Kommetjie local Jake Elkington and Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga head the rankings for the second annual BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong that will be run at Long Beach in Kommetjie this weekend (20 & 21 May). The fourth World Surf League (WLS) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) event of 2017, the BOS Cape Crown comprises JQS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and has attracted the cream of the country’s 18-and-under competitors who will competing for the prestigious titles and a total of R30,000 in prize money. The rankings points earned at the event will count towards the crowning of the 2017 WSL Africa Junior champions and also the selection of the top four men and top two women to represent the region at the WSL World Junior Championships in Australia in January 2018. Elkington, who has reached the final of all three junior men’s events this year (winning in Port Elizabeth and finishing third in East London and Durban), holds a slender 70 point rankings lead over reigning WSL Africa junior men’s champion Adin Masencamp of the Stand, who clinched the event title in Durban last month. They will be hard pressed to maintain their current standings on the leaderboard by East London event champ, Koby Oberholzer of Warner Beach and Elkington’s younger brother Max, who has contested two finals this year. Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Luke Slijpen (Hout Bay), Calvin Goor (Salt Rock) and Luke Malherbe (East London) fill the balance of the spots in the top eight and will be going all-out to move up the rankings with a good result on the weekend. Nogueira has been the form surfer in this year’s junior women’s events, clinching two event victories and building up a solid rankings lead over Sophie Bell (Salt Rock), Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Tayla de Coning (East London). But Bell . . .
Cape Town, May 20 and 21, 2017 BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong - Venue and Swell Forecast. Cape Town – this year the BOS Cape Crown will once again return to Long Beach in Kommetjie, one of the most consistent surf spots in the deep south and a popular venue for the local contest organisers. Local surfers will get a big head-start on their peers from up country, with the Durban-based crew at a disadvantage due to the extreme cold water that is prevalent around Kommetjie. To be surfing in boardshorts or bikinis all year and to then climb into a 4’3 rubber wetsuit is obviously going to be restrictive, and this will most definitely play a part in the visitors performances. On top of this, a wetsuit that is holding water will weigh in at about 4 kg, also making a noticeable difference to surfboard performances. Slight adaptations to surfers’ craft might have to be made in order for the upcountry surfers to be able to adapt easily. Local surfers will already have all of this covered. The Elkington brothers have been on form of late, and will no doubt be ready for a big result at this venue. They will be joined by Eli Beukes, a Long Beach local who can kill it out there on any given day. Luke Slijpen from Llandudno is another surfer who will have no trouble if the water gets cold and the wind gets strong. Similarly Summer Sutton will undoubtedly put on a strong performance at this event as she is attuned to the conditions already. According to the noted surf forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za there will be great waves on tap for the weekend. “There is some swell in the area, mainly from the west,’ said Spike. “This will be combined with southerly breezes, so the competitors are going to get good waves all weekend.” The 2017 Cape Crown presented by Billabong is already a step up from last year’s event with the addition of QS1000 Pro Junior Divisions for Girls and Boys and forms part of the Billabong Junior Series that along with other . . .
Beautiful Paarl Winelands Destination, the Spice Route will warm up winter appetites with its debut Brrrrew Event offering a 'delicious' line-up of gourmet burgers, craft beer and live entertainment on Friday 26 May. Partnering with 2017 KLINK Awards Best Winelands Burger restaurant finalist, Barley and Biltong Emporium, and leading craft beer producer, Cape Brewing Company (CBC), the Brrrrew Event will kick off with exciting sensory experiences for food, beer and weekend lovers alike. Brrrrew Events will take place on the last Friday of every month (after payday!). The Spice Route Destination took top honours at the fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards (Mayoral Tourism Awards) that recently took place in Wellington, in the Western Cape. The Destination clinched the Tourism Business of the Year Award at the prestigious provincial event. All the more reason to experience the Destination's warm hospitality! Aside from prancing out of the office after a long work week, May month’s Brrrrew Event guests can look forward to a limited edition flavoured CBC beer on arrival, followed by an exclusive CBC brewery tour with masterbrewer, Wolfgang Koedel. Next, a four-course meal and CBC beer pairing are on the cards alongside live music by Richard Brokensha at Barley and Biltong Emporium. Guests will also get a chance to shake hands with Wolgang Koedel and Barley and Biltong Emporium chef, Philip Pretorius. Additional drinks and kiddies menu will be available at restaurant prices. BRRREW EVENT DETAILS: Venue: The Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl Date: Friday 26 May Time: 18h30 to 22:00 Tickets: R295 per person (includes welcome drink, brewery tour, four-course meal and beer pairing). Bookings are limited and can be made at 021 863 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org For updates on Spice Route Destination and upcoming Brrrrrew Events, follow the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SpiceRoutePaarl), Twitter (twitter.com/SpiceRoutePaarl) or . . .
DrinkIn, the mobile shopping app that connects users with delivery-friendly bottle stores, launches this week in Stellenbosch in the heart of the wine region to be the premier on demand shopping experience for alcohol. Mobile technology is consistently changing our lives. This simple and beautifully designed mobile app allows you to: choose the most convenient platform – Android or iOS app or the website, enter your location, and find your favorite beverage. You can select from a variety of products, adding your favorite wine, beer or spirits to your cart. When you check out, you pay securely with a credit card and receive a receipt and the store information. The store keeps you notified as your order is packaged and delivered, within the hour., So if you’ve had a long day, are hosting a dinner party, or simply would rather take Rex and Snowball for a walk, you don’t have to worry because your favorite beverages are on their way to you. Two Cape Town brothers, Matt and Nick Battle, harnessed the collaborative might of a truly global team, from Asia to the UK and the USA to bring DrinkIn to reality. This is a service meant for everyday convenience and also, to help you with some of those larger purchases, with the largest selection at the best prices. The goal is to create a perfect market—seamlessly joining together supply and demand—by eliminating the barriers related to time and distance. DrinkIn uses what they call ‘Extra-mile personalization, whereby, a customer’s experience can be personalized with tailored content, even beyond just the location. Notifications are used to offer a complementary product, say ’thanks’ for staying a patron, advertise new features or reward active shoppers with bonuses. DrinkIn makes money by charging a monthly licensing fee for the technology, which varies based on the location of the store, the volume of transactions, and other factors ensure that each vendor is enjoying increased revenues through partnering with . . .
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 . . .
If you’ve ever been enchanted by the tranquillity of the Italian countryside or dreamed of how it would feel to stand in the birthplace of gelato, gondolas and soul-stirring art, that dream now has the possibility of coming true. The owners of Gino’s restaurant in Stellenbosch are giving away a dream holiday for two to their families’ hometown of Monte San Giacomo in the south of Italy as part of their 21-year anniversary celebration. The competition is to thank their customers for 21 years of loyal patronage, cherished memories and for being part of the Gino’s Stellenbosch legacy. The prize package includes two return flights from Cape Town International Airport and a seven-night stay in Monte San Giacomo – which lies just east of the Amalfi Coast. “We are proud of the fact that many of our original customers are loyal patrons who still frequent our restaurant; often with their children and grandchildren. This trip is our way of celebrating the 21-year history we share together, and to have two lucky people discover the wonder of Italy and learn about where our authentic taste and flavour comes from,” said owner Domenico Mazza. The competition is run in conjunction with the Zapper mobile payment app. To enter, participants must download Zapper free from their smartphone app store, scan the competition QR code and pay R10 with the app, then answer the following question: How old is Gino’s Stellenbosch this year? Clients can enter as many times as they like until the cut-off date on 30 July 2017. Winners will be announced on 12 August 2017. Ts & Cs apply. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Put on your pink in support of breast cancer awarness Don’t miss the very first Pick n Pick n Pay Women’s Walk of 2017, taking place on Saturday, 25 February in the beautful surrounds of Stellenbosch, as part of the Stellenbosch Wine Festvial presented by Pick n Pay. We’ll be setting off from the Coetzenburg cricket fields at 8am, so dust off those walking shoes, put on your pink, and make a day of it. And not to worry if you’re not super-fit – the fun 5km walk isn’t timed so you can do it at your own pace. Men and children are invited to join in the fun too – everyone is welcome to sign up and support PinkDrive, an organisation that works tirelessly to provide women around South Africa with breast-cancer with examinations and education. PinkDrive has a station at every walk where they offer free breast examinations, as well as the opportunity to talk to a representative about any breast-related matters. A walk village will be set up on the Coetzenburg cricket field, which will also be the start and finish points of the walk. Walkers will be treated to a host of fun activities on the day, including great live entertainment. Delicious hot and cold snacks, such as yummy boerie rolls, will be for sale at the Pick n Pay Food stand before and after the walk. Once the walk is over, it will be time to relax and enjoy the lucky draws. There’s even a ‘best-dressed’ prize, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to wear your pink feather boa or onesie, this is it! You can also sample delicious smoothies from our nutrition partner, Futurelife, and take some home too for the family to try. To round off the day, everyone who finishes the walk will be presented with a medal and a bag choc-full of goodies. Sound good? Then make sure you get down to your nearest Pick n Pay and sign up. Bring your walk number over to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on either Saturday 25 or Sunday 26 February and only pay R100 (usual price R190) for your festival . . .
Surrounded by over 170 world class wine farms and home to more than 80 restaurants – and numerous options for world-class accommodation – Stellenbosch has become the food, wine, art and sport capital of South Africa. For travelers (and locals) looking to augment the innovative food and wine pairing experiences, there is more than enough to add to the itinerary for an extended Stellenbosch visit over the 2016 festive season. Ecovillage accommodation Over and above the many delightful guest-houses and hotels in and around Stellenbosch, The Sustainability Institute (near Spier Wine Farm) situated in the heart of the Lynedoch Ecovillage also has accommodation for those who are looking for something different. Only 4 km out of town, their Drie Geuwels Guest House offers relaxed, rustic accommodation, with organic Farm2Fork catering. Ideal for road-tripping friends and families who want to experience affordable farm house hospitality in a close-to-nature community. All proceeds go to the funding of their youth and community programmes. Stellenbosch on Foot Walking is still the best way to explore and to soak up the beauty of the town, meet the locals and see the historical buildings and attractions. Take a guided walking tour or set off on your own, after collecting a ‘Stellenbosch on Foot’ brochure from the Stellenbosch 360 Visitor’s Centre at 36 Market Street. The Wine Wandering tour is also a great option to combine exploring the historic town centre with having a cellar door experience. Outdoor adventures and MTB routes Mountains, hills, valleys, forests and streams offer unequalled opportunities for both the outdoor and adventure enthusiast. Try your hand at mountaineering, hang-gliding, abseiling, mountain biking (there are more than a dozen MTB routes to choose from), cycling, canoeing, aviation, paintball, 4x4 trails, horse-riding and hiking. Bookings can be made at the Stellenbosch 360 tourism information center. No visit to Stellenbosch . . .
Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .