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The Big Jol to launch the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame landmark at Muizenberg

March 28th, 2014 No comments

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The ground-breaking Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame, a national landmark to celebrate the legends of South African surfing in perpetuity, will be launched at a momentous function at the Pavilion in Muizenberg, Cape Town, on Saturday 5 April.

Aptly titled The Big Jol, this gathering of hundreds of surfing luminaries and local celebrities will feature live music and audio visual presentations, reveal the details of the country’s first national surfing landmark, announce the names of the first 12 surfing pioneers to be honoured in the Walk of Fame and disclose the selection criteria for future honourees.

With the effervescent Deon Bing as master of ceremonies, lucky draw prizes totalling more than R20 000, great food and drinks on tap and plenty of camaraderie, the Big Jol will go down in the annals of surf folk lore as a night to remember!

Long-time surfer Robin Auld heads the music bill with his internationally renowned blues, folk, reggae and African influences given a rock steady feel by bassist Roger Bashew and drummer Paul Tizzard. Andre de Villiers provides one of the highlights of the show with his tribute to the late John Whitmore, the Doyen of South African surfing, while fellow SA music legend Steve Walsh will join the Robin Auld Trio in a rocking jam session.

The evening’s entertainment is kick-started by Verity, whose tenacity, inspirational music and revolutionary use of crowd-funding enabled her to produce her first album in 2008. A sought after speaker on innovation and thinking outside the box, Verity is a direct descendent of Heather Price, the first South Africa recorded riding waves standing up on a surfboard at Muizenberg in 1919.

Tickets for the Big Jol are R250 each, or R2 000 for a table of eight, and are available from Rustenberg Pharmacy or Epic Print in Muizenberg. Contact Tessa at muizies@gmail.com for details on how to obtain tickets / tables via electronic banking. Tickets numbers are limited and will be sold strictly on a first come, first served basis.

For further details on the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame, how to make donations or to volunteer your services please contact Chevone Petersen at manager@mid.org.za or 021 788 1196.

Stay up to date with the latest news on the project and the launch function at www.facebook.com/pages/Surfers.Circle.Muizenberg

About the Surfers Circle Walk of Fame

The Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame is a project of the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), a Not for Profit Company that has been inspired by the pivotal role surfing has played in encouraging economic growth, fostering cultural diversity and social cohesion and gaining international recognition for Muizenberg as a destination of choice in South Africa.

The historic national landmark celebrating the heritage and culture of surfing will be constructed on the traffic circle at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg and includes a life-size bronze statue and Walk of Fame comprising landscaped gardens surrounding walkways embedded with plaques honouring the country’s past, present and future surfing legends.

After a four year journey to obtain permission to build the landmark, every cent of the estimated R1,5 to R2 million required to design and build it will come from donations and fund-raising efforts.

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Muizenberg Improvement District
Contact: Chevone Petersen – MID Manager
Ph: 021 788 1196
Email: manager@mid.org.za

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Bianca Buitendag claims career best runner-up finish at Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia

March 11th, 2014 No comments
Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) in action during her runner-up finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia today  Credit: ASP / Kirstin

Bianca Buitendag (Victoria Bay, South Africa) in action during her runner-up finish at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at Snapper Rocks in Australia today Credit: ASP / Kirstin

South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag produced her career best performance to reach the final of the Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, before finishing runner-up at the first stop on the 2014 Samsung Galaxy ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) at Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia today.

Buitendag, 20, (Victoria Bay) posted a convincing victory over Lakey Peterson (USA) in their semi-final match-up held in excellent one to 1.5 metre waves to reach the final of a WCT event for the first time in just her second year at the top level of women’s surfing.

The 2013 ASP Women’s Rookie of the Year’s hopes of a fairytale maiden victory were dashed by five time ASP Women’s World Champion and Snapper Rocks local, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), who won her fifth Roxy Pro title with a dominant showing.

Buitendag’s confidence boosting run to the final, during which she also defeated 2013 ASP No. 2 Tyler Wright (AUS) in the quarter-finals, Alessa Quizon (HAW) in Round 4 and Laura Enever (AUS) in Round 2, sees the South African jump to No. 2 on the 2014 Women’s WCT going into the next event, the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Western Australia, starting on 2 April.

The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ, Stop No. 1 on the Samsung Galaxy ASP WCT, was won by Gabriel Medina, 19, who became the first Brazilian winner of the event and the first goofy-foot surfer (rides with right foot in front) to clinch the title since 2004.

Medina scored a sensational come-from-behind victory over home-town favourite and 2012 ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson who had led throughout the 35 minute final after opening his account with a ride of 9.0 (out of 10). As he had done against Taj Burrow (AUS) in the semis and three-time ASP World Champ, Mick Fanning (AUS), in the quarters, Medina kept his challenge going until the final seconds of each heat, scoring buzzer-beating victories on each occasion.

South Africa’s Travis Logie finished 13th overall after defeating Hawaiian prodigy John John Florence in Round 2 before falling to Burrow in Round 3. Jordy Smith, ranked No. 4 at the end of 2013, was uncharacteristically eliminated early in the event to finish equal 25th.

All the action from the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast events can be found at www.aspworldtour.com

Roxy Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ
Results

Final
Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 15.80 def. Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 10.47
Semi-Finals
Semi-final 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 17.10 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 13.40
Semi-final 2: Bianca Buitendag (ZAF) 15.90 def. Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.50

Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast presented by BOQ
Results

Final
Gabriel Medina (BRA) 16.33 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.27
Semi-Finals
Semi-final 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 14.13 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.10
Semifinal 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 18.70 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.67

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ASP Africa
Contact: Colin Fitch – Operations Manager
Tel: 021 534 5738
Email: colin@aspafrica.com

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About ASP: The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the recognized world governing body of professional surfing and has been crowning surfing’s undisputed World Champions since 1976. The ASP sanctions and crowns World Champions for the following tours: the ASP World Tour, the ASP Women’s World Tour, ASP World Junior Tour, ASP World Longboard and Masters Championships. The ASP is dedicated to showcasing the world’s best surfing talent in a variety of progressive formats and has revolutionized the way the world watches surfing via their webcasts and other media platforms. The organization is divided into seven different regions: Africa, Japan, Australasia, Europe, Hawaii, North America, and South America.

Cape based junior surfers raise funds to attend the ISA World Champs in Ecuador

March 6th, 2014 No comments
Cape Town's Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013  Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

Cape Town’s Jordy Maree in action at the ISA World Junior Champs in Nicaragua in 2013 Photo: ISA Rommel Gonzales

A fund-raising function will be held in Muizenberg next week to assist the six Cape based surfers who have been included in the South African Team that will travel to Ecuador at the end of March to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships.

Each of the 12 members of the 2014 SA Team has to raise a substantial amount of money to participate in this prestigious international surfing event. Those who are not based in the Cape have held, or plan to hold, fundraising projects in their own communities.

The Cape based surfers – Ethan Fletcher, Jordy Maree, team captain Max Armstrong and his sister Ruth (all WP) along with Steff Burrows and Adin Masencamp (both Boland) – are collaborating with their respective sponsors, a group of associate sponsors and other benefactors to hold a fund-raising function which will take place at Primi Piatti in Muizenberg from 6.30pm on Thursday 13 March.

The main sponsors of the evening’s activities are Hurley, Billabong, Rip Curl and Primi Piatti, who are providing the venue. Confirmed associate and support sponsors include Reef, Dakine, Skullcandy, Von Zipper, Quiksilver, Nixon, Captain Fin Co, Neff, Oakley, Vida, the House of Machines, Creatures, Ian Armstrong Surfboards, Mayhem Surfboards, DVG Surfboards, Natural Energy Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Corner Surf Shop, Surf Shack, Bouchard Finlayson Wines, Sterhuis Wines, Campbells Peak Wines and Union Craft Beer.

All the sponsors have contributed prizes that will be used in a number of raffles to be run at the function. The value of each raffle will exceed R2 000 with tickets for each costing R50 and the winners drawn on the night. An auction of unique and appealing surf memorabilia will also be held at the gathering.

All proceeds from the function will be used to assist the Cape based six surfers with their expenses. The members of the SA Junior Surfing team who hail from KZN and the Eastern Cape will be present and Surfing South Africa will use the opportunity to present their National Colours to them on the night.

SA Junior team fund raiser

SA Junior team fund raiser

Tickets for the evening cost R100 and can be obtained from Surfing South Africa (surfingsouthafrica@gmail.com / 0824541149), Ant at Hurley (ant@hurley.co.za / 0724949801) or from SA Junior Team Manager, Isaac February (isaacf@performrewards.co.za / 0834614363).

Payment for entry and raffle tickets can be made by EFT to Cape SAJT, FNB, Rondebosch branch (201509), savings account 62032286214. Please use your name plus Capesajt as the reference.

This fund-raising project is supported by Zigzag and Wavescape.

The South African Junior Surfing Team will depart for Ecuador on March 30 to compete in the 2014 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships. Over 250 surfers from more than 30 countries are expected to participate in this, the World’s biggest junior surfing contest.

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Source: Surfnews14

For further details on this fund-raising project, please contact Team Manager Isaac February on 0834614363 or isaacf@performrewards.co.za

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