EDITORS COMMENT Craig Jarvis
Jero Revett and Gyotaku Art Feature 39
IN THE POUND WITH HAYDN Health 42 12
Wayne Furphy video
Photo’s by Robin ‘Gumby’ Moulang
the difference between the St Francis Property Owners Association and the SRA (NPC). © D A RRE N PE E NS
ROGER PAARMAN INTERVIEW
Manager at Nexus Yachts/ Balance Catamarans 06
CHOKKA BLOCK Review
DAM LEVELS DROP BELOW 16% Community 53
St Francis College Getting To Know Our Teachers Grade One Teacher Lyn Webb
© D A RRE N PE E NS
GLOBAL AND LOCAL SURFING ROUNDUP
© D A RRE N PE E NS
It has been a lot of fun putting together this issue of The West Wind. It’s always great to engage with the local community on so many levels. As we approach Easter, and as the nights get a bit longer and the days slightly shorter, we are bracing for what looks like another long season of load-shedding. It would be sound advice to make some sort of contingency plan to have at least 2 hours of backup power, or a decent generator, to get through this round of rolling blackouts. On a more positive note, Robin ‘Gumby’ Moulang lets into
his world, travelling the globe and visiting some fantastic destinations as a commercial drone pilot. His photo feature is cool and shows a different perspective on St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis’s beaches and coast. The yacht building industry is not without controversy and troubles. Still, one company that has stood out head and shoulders above the rest is Nexus Yachts. We chat to
Roger Paarman, the company manager, and find out why he has a fireman’s hat. Lyn Webb is the Grade 1 teacher at St Francis College and one of the jewels of the school. We talk to her about school. She reveals some golden moments that she has enjoyed while teaching at the College and living in this beautiful part of the world. Jero Revett lives in the chilled and quiet little town of Stanford but often makes the trip up to St Francis to go surfing, fishing, and working on his unique print art. We showcase some of his art and have a chat as to why his prints are so unique. Haydn’s fitness column is in
there, and he has some more alternative advice on how to stay fit and focus on yourself and not others. There is also a video interview with Wayne Furphy, the chairman of the St Francis Property Owners Association and the St Francis Property Owners Non-Profit Company, the SRA. In this interview, he talks about the differences between the two organisations. Any ideas or feedback, hit us back, just to chat…
© D A RRE N PE E NS
PHOTO ’S B Y R O B IN ‘GU MBY ’ M O U L A N G
G UMBY © MI K E RUT H NUM
Working as a commercial drone pilot on feature films and commercials is pretty stressful. When he is at home in Cape St Francis, Robin loves nothing better than to balance out the stress by capturing various aspects of this amazing place we call home.
Chokka and The Harbour: Chokka and fishing play such a big part in our community, with people’s livelihoods entrenched in the industry. It also provides for some moody and soulful moments that I try to capture.
Our Lighthouse: The Cape St Francis lighthouse is a part of our life here in Cape St Francis, and sometimes we don’t pay attention and forget about it and what it stands for.
I love shooting our groms because it stokes them out, and they’re not going to be groms forever. We have such a good respectful crew of groms in our area and they are all growing up fast, so it’s great to capture their moments. Whether they are surfing, bodysurfing or swimming, they all love the ocean.
Rylan Jarvis bottom turn. Jessie Moulang bodysurfing.
Light On Fish: Not something I’d normally shoot, but the
light was doing cool things underwater, interacting with the colours of the fish, and I instinctively pointed my camera and got the shot.
The Wreck Of The Cape Recife: Just around the corner,
behind Johnson’s Pool, lies the wreck of the Cape Recife. There are a number of shipwrecks in our area, and they provide a fascinating account of the history of Cape St Francis.
JBay Lineup: Working as
the official drone photographer for the World Surf League at the JBay Open, Robin gets to see views of Supertubes that not everyone gets to see.
The Two Zones:
Rough conditions on The Wild Side turn into clean, offshore lines at Seal Point. The Lighthouse divides the two zones. The images also indicates how we live on a relative sliver of land, almost surrounded by water.
The West Wind: It’s The West Wind! It blows a lot here.
Historical data will show that it blows west 75% of the time. If you can’t stand the wind you’re in the wrong town. 20
Hard Lockdown: I was shooting as an official press
photographer over the hard lockdown, and there were many moments. This was sanitizer precautions at the Disaster Volunteer Group food deliveries to the people of Sea Vista. 21
Manager at Nexus Yachts/Balance Catamarans
The Nexus Yachts story has been a great success in St Francis Bay, with so many incredible yachts and catamarans coming out of the assembly line. We chatted with the company manager/fireman, Roger Paarman. Early days. You grew up at Glen Beach and surfed and worked in Cape Town. Tell us about those days. Camps Bay in the early days was the most amazing places to grow up. My folks owned a bungalow on Bakoven Beach (Big Beach). When I was born, the youngest of 6 boys, the bungalow was too small, and they moved up the road to a bigger house on Victoria rd. Back then, just
about the entire Paarman and extended family lived in the area. When I was 15, my Granny, who lived on Glen Beach, was getting to old the walk the steps, and we did a house swap. My Uncle Mervin needed a bigger house, my Gran a smaller, so my dad agreed to go back to the place he grew up in at Glen beach. I was in my element. I no longer had to walk from Bakoven to the greatest wave in the world Glen Beach. 23
If you could make the takeoff do a bottom turn and even hit the lip you were styling. Because Glen Beach was such a difficult and unpredictable wave, it produced some of the best surfers to come out of South Africa. 24
There were also always many hot chicks hanging around the beach, which is where I met my wife, Andrea. We just celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. When I finished my military service, I started making fins
for the growing sailboard market. Jonathan was shaping plenty of sailboards, and fins were hard to come by. I called it Fins for Africa, and they were all hand-shaped, so I spend my days covered in dust.
I tried to get the surfboard shapers to buy from me, but they all wanted to do their own thing. When the sailboard boom started to slow, I joined my father in law in the awning business. I was in this industry for around 20 years. My wife Andrea had started a small home industry making children’s décor, which was growing fast, I joined her, and we opened a Cape Town shop called Kidz Décor. We also supplied many of the other chain
stores and exported many containers filled with handcrafted children’s décor.
What brought about the move to Cape St Francis/St Francis Bay? Cape town was changing and not the same as we had enjoyed in our youth, so Andrea and I decided to sell up in CT and move to Wildness. We still had the shop, but with the 2008 recession hitting, children’s décor was not high on most young couples’ agenda. As luck would have it, my brother Mark and his partner John 25
Henrick were going to build catamarans. They needed someone to run the show as they were still very involved in the chokka industry. They asked Jonathan and me to come up and do the honours. It meant me moving again. I was not complaining, one foot in Wilderness and one foot in Cape St Francis. I got to surf Seal Point during the week and Vic Bay on the weekends.
What is your position, and what does it entail?
I am the manager, I am often referred to as the fireman, I was even issued a fireman’s hat.
My day deals with the clients and making sure what they have ordered, Jonathan and the team are building. I also do a lot of the procurement and daily running of the factory. I have a background in composites and working with my hands. I also get involved in the layouts and changes, and improvements. It is crucial to keep the designs current.
Tell us about the early days at Nexus. The early days were challenging as we were an unknown brand in the yacht industry. Orders were slow when we decided to partner
up with Phil Berman from the USA and rebrand the Nexus 600 to the Balance 601. We also introduced the Balance 526 into the range, things became a bit more consistent, and the orders began to flow. The company still remains Nexus yachts cc building the Balance 526, 580 and 620.
There was a little bit of controversy in the St Francis Bay boatbuilding industry. How did this effect Nexus? The Yacht industry is not an easy business. It comes with lots of hard work and good product and a sound accounting and all-round good team. We had all, so our business was not really affected. It’s all about getting product out the door and happy clients.
Then the Nexus orders suddenly kicked in, the factory was too small, and you didn’t have enough staff. What was the growth? From what to what? We started with 1000sqm. As we slowly grew, we added another 1000Sqm and today, we have about 5000sqm of 28
floor space. We are looking to streamline the work area and add another factory soon.
How many orders are on at any one stage, and what is a boat’s average cost?
We have 5 boats in build with a 6th in the mould. The 526 fully kitted will cost around $1.8mil USD. When I say fully kitted, upgrade sails, water maker, fully air-conditioned, generators, and home comforts. A full liveaboard boat. The bigger models can reach up to $3mil USD
What else do you get up to, apart from snagging every set wave after 4 o’clock at Seals?
My wife is a landscape photographer, so we spend a lot of time travelling inland. I enjoy mountain biking and camping, but Surfing remains my priority.
What’s the best thing about living in this part of the world?
Once the bell goes at 4pm, we can be in the water by 4.15pm. This place kind of reminds me of the early days of Camps Bay and Bakoven. No traffic jams.
Jero Revett and Gyotaku Jeremy ‘Jero’ Revett from Stanford in the Overberg district has been regularly hanging, fishing and surfing in Seals over the years. Unbeknown to many, he has also been making some pretty incredible Gyotaku artworks that have been on sale in and around St Francis Bay.
We wanted to know more. Always keen on a chat, Jero told us about the forgotten art of Gyotaku. “ Nothing gets me more amped and feeling alive than hitting the backroads on a mission to surf, explore, fish, dive and feed my team with nature’s gifts. I also love turning my passion for nature into unique artworks. Married into an Italian famiglia, wife Catch, sons Fabio and Luca. After successful careers in the fashion and art world, we decided to hop off the hamster wheel a pursue a gentler lifestyle. We live in the village of Stanford,
in the Overberg district, we choose a slower pace. As a young grommet, I kept myself entertained in rock and tidal pools around False Bay. I would dive all day, playing with fish and sand sharks, starfish and urchins, sticking my fingers into anemones. Still, the creature that grabbed my full attention was the Octopus. Attention initially out of fear, but once I learnt how to handle them, it was playtime. Today I’m still fascinated with Octopus and will disappear for hours, getting lost in my childhood. My Italian connection has taught me
the value they contribute to the kitchen, feeding friends and family! People give me gas for eating octopus, but I take great pleasure in the hunt for them, which is a skill honed over many years. They are a food source, and my policy is we eat from the sea what she offers us on the day. I don’t always win! I only take what I need, give back to the ocean what I don’t use. Nothing is wasted. One day during a dive, I heard Gods whisper “What 32
else can you do with the ink!”, instead of adding it to Risotto or making Pasta Nero? I started to think about using the ink to make images. I ran the idea of making prints using octopus ink past my mate Prof Inggs from Michaelis School of Fine Arts. He was stoked with the idea and invited me to come & play at Michaelis, which was an absolute blessing. We made screenprints using
octopus ink, but the technique which I fell in love with was the ancient form of printing called Gyotaku. The Japanese Fisherman would record their catch by making an ink print on rice paper! An idea sparked! Today, I make Gyotaku art36
works from the fish I catch, using the ink from Octopus, Chokka & Cuttlefish which I catch. I pay homage to the Octopus for giving me immense satisfaction through the hunt, the culinary experience and the creative twist.”
For more of Jero’s work https://wildwanderer.co.za/
For commissions or to record a special catch please contact Jero : 082 4918317 email@example.com
VACAY Living – 1 Lyme Road South, St Francis Bay. Vacayliving.firstname.lastname@example.org 084 960 9643
In The Pound with Haydn H E A LTH
Why do we have to deal with judgement over our choices? People, friends, commenting on your decisions to, for example, bring a salad for lunch. Friends who are bummed that you’re going to yoga instead of chilling on the couch, watching the game. They’ll say, ‘you’ve changed,’ or ‘you’re no fun anymore,’ because you’d rather skip breakfast than grab a boerie roll and a pint at your local jol. Don’t Take It Personally. When you decide to eat cleaner, be more active, or take steps towards wellness, people who are on a different path might suddenly have a lot to say. It’s a quirk. The people who care about you should, after all, be happy you’re moving toward a healthier lifestyle, but they usually have the most criticism.
There are many reasons people might have a go at you over your decision to be healthy. Underneath it, it’s never actually about you. It’s about their own insecurities in health. So next time someone makes a judgemental comment, don’t get bummed. Just remind yourself what that person’s judgement is really about. Everyone has a reason for exercising and staying healthy. Your fitness journey is exactly that. It is YOUR JOURNEY. 39
You decide what healthy and fit means to you, not a tribe, a WhatsApp group or a magazine. Those who scrutinize others who have made a choice to live healthier should take a moment to reflect. Fitness looks and means something different for everyone. You never know what someone else is going through, and you never will. Every person is in a different place in their fitness journey. Conversely, too, should those involved with fitness 40
and health not judge others based on their workout habits and diet choices. Just because someone doesn’t surf, run, eat clean, swim or don’t train as hard as you doesn’t mean they have less value as a person. Just because someone does these things doesn’t mean that they bring more to the world. That’s an unsophisticated and ignoble approach to life. Often people can be the ultimate expert when it comes to someone else’s life but are useless at handling their own problems.
Ultimately, if someone doesn’t want to surf, do iron man, run a marathon or feel the need to exercise hard, it’s their choice. You should respect that. Whatever their reason is, it doesn’t concern you. It is really that simple. However, one thing to consider is that improving your health has massive benefits on all other aspects of your life. If you’re not focusing on this area, you’ll eventually have to pay the price. You’ll realize that there is no end goal to the journey itself. That small daily victories during the process itself will bring you some of your happiest moments.
Wayne Furphy and the difference between the St Francis Property Owners Association and the SRA (NPC).
Wayne Furphy is the chairman of the St Francis Property Owners Association, as well as the chairman of the St Francis Property Owners Non-Profit Company, which is the SRA. In this video, Wayne explains the difference between the two organisations, being the Association on the one hand, and the SRA on the other. 42
CHOKKA BLOCK RE V I E W By Terri Hutchings
If you are looking for a delicious meal, friendly service and an iconic St Francis Bay view then Clive’s Chokka Block really ticks all the boxes. Situated at Port St Francis, overlooking the chokka boats and harbour mouth, Clive and his team offer a truly authentic taste of St Francis Bay. Late on a stunning Friday afternoon my mom, 3 year old daughter and myself decided to pop in at Chokka Block for an early dinner. We were really lucky to get the last table available, out on the balcony. At least 3 other parties of would be diners 44
arrived after us. The restaurant was fully booked for the rest of the evening and they were politely told to try booking for Saturday night. I definitely recommend calling ahead to book to avoid disappointment, especially over the weekend. We started our meal off with refreshing GNT’S just as the setting sun started to turn the sky beautiful colors. My daughter found some toys in Clive’s collection to keep
herself entertained while Oumi and I enjoyed our drinks and the view. One of the special things we noticed about Chokka Block is the personal relationship between Clive, his beautiful wife Samantha and their guests. We could tell many of the parties arriving were regular guests as they were each greeted so warmly. Like old friends catching up on the week’s news and events. We also noticed how Clive personally visits each table to greet his guests. It’s a rare gesture these days in the restaurant business, for
the owner to take the time to talk to his patrons. Clive also had high expectations of his staff and consistently made sure they were not dropping any balls (with good humor and an overall playful tone). This definitely makes for good service and I was glad to be the patron and not the waitress. After a quick look at the menu my mom and I knew exactly what we wanted. Bernie, our polite and gently spoken waitress was ready and waiting. My mom ordered the 400g Ribs and I went for the Local Calamari.
How could I not, sitting and watching the boats below who had brought the squid to shore. We added a side of chips to make sure there was enough for my daughter to graze off of our plates. To avoid order envy we decided to share, creating our own surf ‘n turf platter. The ribs were mouth-wateringly succulent, tender and oh so tasty in a sweet and
tangy basting sauce. Between the 3 of us they didn’t stand a chance. Quite a few wet wipes were required to tidy the 3 year old up after she devoured her share! The Calamari was flavoursome and just the right texture, not too soft or too chewy. If you have never tried local Calamari do yourself a favour by trying Clive’s. I opted for the deep fried version and the
batter was perfect. Crispy and light so it didn’t over power the taste of the squid. A deliciously indulgent Friday night treat. Even the chips at Clive’s are something special with their signature chip spice. Within a short time all 3 plates were polished off! In retrospect we should have ordered the toddler her own meal! The menu is varied with something for everyone. From burgers, steaks and peri peri chicken to salads and of course seafood. There is also always an interesting variety of specials up on then board. The Ribs were R129, calamari R169 and our
drinks 88. In total our bill came to R424 excluding tip. Chokka Block is a great local option for lunch or dinner. Whether you looking to impress a certain someone with a romantic view and quality food. Or to take the family out for a meal where everyone will be happy, then Clive’s got you covered. We thoroughly enjoyed the ambiance and food. * Our staff and journalists pay for all meals, drinks, services and accommodation at The West Wind, and do not announce themselves. We do not accept freebies. That way, we can always keep it real. 47
DAM LEVELS DROP BELOW 16% CO M MUN I T Y
PHOTOS BY BARRY C U L L IGA N
Kouga residents, businesses and visitors are urged to use water extremely sparingly, with the combined levels of the supply dams in the region having dropped to below 16%. The communities of Hankey and Patensie are further reminded that water rationing has recommenced in both towns earlier this year. According to the latest information from Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, the combined levels of the dams that supply water to the regions 48
and Nelson Mandela Bay totalled 15,23% on March 8. The two biggest dams, Kouga and Impofu, stood at 6.33% and 15.93% respectively. The Churchill Dam was at 41.35% and the small Loerie balancing at 57.20%. Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, said that
to secure and develop alternative sources to augment the supply of water to towns, some R151,2 million were secured from National Treasury in October 2018 – including R58,7 million for groundwater exploration and R92,5 million for water conservation and demand management. “To date, more than 40 exploratory boreholes were drilled at five Kouga towns with the drought disaster funding the municipality
secured in October 2018,” said Hendricks. “Viable boreholes were connected at Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Patensie – with more boreholes to be connected in Hankey, Humansdorp and Cape St Francis. “The Water Treatment Works at Jeffreys Bay was upgraded at a cost of R35 million to improve treatment of borehole water, while the water storage capacity at Humansdorp was increased to cater for extra groundwater.
47 I MPOF U D A M © BA RRY C UL L I G A N
U P P ER IM POF U D A M © BA RRY C UL L I G A N
“Old reticulation systems were furthermore replaced in Hankey, Patensie, Oyster Bay, Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, while 1 878 leaks were repaired at housed in disadvantaged areas. EXtra bulk water meters were installed for improved monitoring and 15 219 domestic water meters were audited and replaced where necessary.” He said that more than 200 rainwater tanks were installed in rural areas and informal settlements in 50
partnership with the Department of Human Settlements during the COVID-19 Alert Level 5 lockdown. Hendricks confirmed that water rationing recommenced in on January 14 this year, after being suspended temporarily for the festive season. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the water will be shut down for only six hours per day, from 09:00 to 15:00. Residents are encouraged to make use of water from the tanks that have been installed in the
area to relieve the pressure on the dam. “Should Gamtoos Valley run out of water, water will be trucked in from Humansdorp.” He urged all residents and businesses to use water only when absolutely necessary and to use as little as possible when they do. “Please limit your usage to 50l per person per day,” he said. Residents are remined that the current water restrictions prohibit the connection of
a hose pipe or an irrigation system to taps supplying water from the municipal system. Pools may not be filled or topped up, and the washing of paved areas, roofs and walls with municipal water are also not allowed. “Every one of us has a role to play in preventing Kouga’s taps from running dry – we must do all we can to save water,” Hendricks said.
K OUG A D A M © BA RRY C UL L I G A N
Tell us a little bit about yourself ? Well, I’m 32 years old and originally from Somerset West. I used to come To St Francis Bay on holidays when I was young, as my mom’s side of the family has had a house/shack on the other side of the river since 1946 and on my old man’s side of the family my great grandfather built the first house on the canals in around 1978. My grandparents later purchased what was about the 4th home on the canals, which we still own. While completing a BSc with Hons in Aquaculture at Stellenbosch University, I spent much of time in St Francis. Having designed a dredging system to solve the problem of sand under our jetty. I approached the Riparian HOA who were evidently having similar challenges for the rest of the canals. They accepted my proposal and I spent a portion of my final year designing and building the canal dredging system for the Riparian HOA. Shortly after University I managed to
convince Michelle to move to St Francis with me where I would help implement and manage this system for a year or two… About 9 years later we are still loving St Francis but now married with 2 little girls and 2 big dogs.
You are very involved in the community. What are all your roles/job titles and associations that you represent? I am still involved with the Riparian HOA although now as non-remunerated director. I work full-time for the SFPO NPC, and assist with the SFPO Association. I also stand on the Kromme Enviro Trust, but more in the background. I have been actively involved in firefighting from the 2012 fires. This voluntary firefighting/ Preparedness role evolved into being part Disaster Volunteer Group (DVG).
Your role with SFPO NPC is quite involved. Tell us
St Francis College
Getting To Know Our Teachers
GRADE ONE TEACHER LYN WEBB
Tell us about your family. I am married to Garth. We met at University and spent the first years of our lives together in King Williams
Town. Garth was a partner at a Law Practice, and I taught at Dale Junior. Our children, Robin and Stacey, arrived after a few years and were schooled mainly in King Williams Town, later graduating from NMMU and Stellenbosch, respectively. They both decided to take advantage of their ancestral visa privileges and now live and work in London, UK. We also have a beautiful granddaughter called Mia and her lovely mother, Hita, in the family.
When did you arrive in St Francis Bay Area? Garth is originally from the St Francis Bay area. This was always our holiday destination when our children were growing up. I was introduced to Kromme River while I was a student at University. It was planned to eventually be our retirement choice. Still, we were fortunate that our move happened earlier than anticipated when Garth opened a branch of his Law Practice in Humansdorp.
When did you move to the area? We made the big move to settle permanently in 2002 and have not looked back since.
What prompted you to move to the area? The quality of life was so different from what we were accustomed to that we snatched up the chance to settle in a beautiful, serene setting that we both loved.
When did you start working at The College? 54
Maak vrugte slaai (Afrikaans vocabulary). I taught at Woodridge for 7 years when we first arrived and accepted a post at the College in 2010.
What has been the best thing about College life? My main motivation in coming to the College was the proximity to our home. However, once I started teaching here, I found the farm setting, with animals and greenery around us, intoxicating and conducive to a creative and meaning-
ful learning environment. The children are so happy. It is gratifying to have the freedom to experiment with different methods and modes of teaching while still keeping abreast with a high academic programme. The staff are amazing and totally committed to their teaching. This motivates everyone to strive for the excellence we pride ourselves in.
Making pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
What did you and the College children learn and gain from school life under the pandemic last year? How did we benefit? Firstly, teaching remotely was a frightening prospect. Still, once we got into it, I was amazed that I was not as ‘technologically challenged’ as I thought I was. The whole experience also made me realise how resilient children are and how we can cope with whatever is thrown at us. It also highlighted that life is fickle, and with a snap of a finger, it can be snuffed out. So make the most of every opportunity that comes our way. We need to motivate our children to experience every new activity with joy and anticipation while learning and becoming prepared for a different workplace in their futures. Kindness and looking out for each other can never be over-estimated, so thinking of others results in a happier, more productive environment.
Being a teacher and interacting with so many people can be pretty emotional, 55
I’m sure. What was the most beautiful moment you have experienced as a teacher at College?
What are your hopes and dreams for the future, for yourself as well as for the College?
There are ‘magical moments’ every day with my Grade 1’s. Being called ‘mom’ or ‘mommy’ by mistake makes me feel that my children are comfortable with me. Not so thrilling is when they call me ‘granny’ by mistake. Last week I was standing in front of my class teaching a concept when a little boy sitting in the front suddenly said, “You are beautiful, Mrs Webb”. Needless to say, he got special treatment that day.
I hope to continue teaching until I lose the spring in my step and my enthusiasm for moving with the times. I foresee exciting changes that we can incorporate in our teaching as we move into a new era while still making sure that the core values are instilled in our children so that when they leave the College, they are well-adjusted and ready to meet the challenges that come their way. While a small, intimate school is desirable for the children’s individual attention, it would be lovely to see growth. It would be great to see more children come to experience the privilege of being schooled in such a wonderful, caring environment.
Celebrating Heritage Day
website https://www.stfranciscollege.co.za/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ StFrancisCollegeRSA
Global and Local Surfing Roundup The lockdown and COVID have not been kind to surfing as a sport. While some sports were allowed to rekindle and have a few events, even without fans, surfing remained closed for an unjust amount of time. That is all over for now, and many things are happening on the global and local surfing front. Over at the World Surf League, the entire Championship Tour is currently holed up in a hotel in New South Wales, Australia, undergoing their 2-week quarantine before beginning a 4-event leg in Australia. This came about after certain events were cancelled, called off, and postponed around the world. JBay surfer Matt McGillivray will be competing, still on his extended rookie year. He will be competing alongside fellow countryman Jordy Smith. More at https://www. worldsurfleague.com/ 58
In these tumultuous times, we are still waiting to find out if the JBay Open will happen this year. At the moment, there is much rumour and speculation about this event occurring, but nothing is confirmed. The World Surf League has it listed on their events calendar for June 25 – July 9 as the Corona Open JBay, so let’s hold thumbs that this happens. Closer to home, the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders are kicking in with their 2021 trails. These trials are for Junior Open and Masters, and there are many surfers from St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis and JBay who will
© B R IAN B IELMA NN / RE D BUL L C ONT E NT POOL
JBay surfer Matt McGillivray in action at Sunset Beach, Hawaii. be competing. The first trial will take place on March 28, the Meeting place is Kitchen Windows in JBay, and the cost is R250 (per trial) Many surfers have let their memberships lapse over the last year. This serves to remind you that surfers must be registered members of Surfing South Africa to enter. More at www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za We are also waiting to find out about WSL Africa and their upcoming domestic tour. There is an application to have an event at Seal Point in the forthcoming months. Seal Point was
always the home for the final event in the South African Junior Series and Pro Junior event. Still, this year’s event might be something a bit different. It will be great when the tour kicks off again, and competitive surfing in South Africa enjoys a new start in South Africa.
The West Wind is a digital lifestyle community magazine, covering the greater St Francis Bay area, including JBay and Humansdorp.