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16 Jan 2012

Battle of the Bay, in Hout Bay

Battle of the Bay, in Hout Bay

Here is a great competition from La Cabane in Hout Bay.

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16 Jan 2012

Royden Bryson from Hout Bay comes second in Hainan Surf Competition

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South African Royden Bryson started his 2012 Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) season with a morale boosting runner-up finish in the historic four-star rated, Hainan Classic, the first ASP event to be staged in China, on Saturday.

Competing in excellent one-metre waves at Riyue Bay on the island of Hainan, Bryson first overcame Marc Lacomare of France by posting the highest heat total of the day – 16.87 out of 20 – in their man-on-man semi-final encounter, before falling just short of the total posted by Irishman Glen Hall in the final.

It was Hall, the first Irish surfer to win an ASP event, who took control of the final after finding a well lined up wave that enabled him to perform multiple manoeuvres and earn an excellent 8.83 out of 10 from the judges.

Back into contention

Bryson forced his way back into contention on his fourth ride, landing a perfectly executed double-grab air-reverse to post an 8.43.

The finalists continued to trade long rides and Hall racked up a 7.50, leaving Bryson needing 7.91 for the victory.

The 29-year-old from Hout Bay in Cape Town came agonisingly close, producing a 7.73, but ultimately it was the Irishman who pocketed the $15 000 winner’s cheque, 1 000 ASP World rankings points and an ornate jade dragon trophy.

“I’m stoked for Hally, he’s a good friend of mine, so I couldn’t have picked a better person to win the final, besides myself,” said Bryson, who earned $7 500 and 750 points, with a laugh.


“All in all, I am just stoked to have come here. It’s an amazing place and I cannot believe the quality of the waves. It’s a place I’ll definitely visit again in the future.”

Durbanite Brandon Jackson was the next best placed ASP Africa member in the Hainan Classic, finishing 13th overall. Dale Staples ended 25th while Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb were equal 33rd, and Sarah Baum 49th.

The Hainan Classic was the second of two events in the Hainan Riyue Bay International Surfing Festival presented by Quiksilver which ran from 7 to 14 January and was organized by the International Surfing association (ISA).

All the action from the event can be watched in the video section of the ASP Hainan Classic website.

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16 Jan 2012

All aboard in Hout Bay

All aboard in Hout Bay

Taken from Walters:

Where do old sails go to die? After catching the wind on the high seas and lakes of the world, most mainsails, spinnakers and headsails will eventually meet an inglorious end on a rubbish dump and take many years to decompose. That’s if they haven’t been recycled by two surfer brothers from Kommetjie in the Western Cape, whose sailing-apparel brand, Resails, breathes new life into old sails by turning them into anything from duffel bags to dog collars. Green Life caught up with one half of this entrepreneurial duo, 34-year-old Mike Schlebach, at the recent opening of The Boardroom in Hout Bay, the brothers’ first South African store.

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16 Jan 2012

March for Chapmans Peak-Hout Bay and your rights!

March for Chapmans Peak-Hout Bay and your rights!
Chapman’s Peak Outrage

No more free access for picnics and walks  

Unnecessary office block for toll company  

Half paid for by the Province, over 25 million of our money

Part of Table Mountain National Park to be given away free   

Spoiling natural beauty and ecology forever



“Chappies” and Table Mountain National Park belongs to the people of South Africa,
NOT to big business, bureaucrats and deal-making politicians! 

This will go ahead unless we protest!


Sunday 22 January

Gathering at 10.30am for 11am start @ Hout Bay beach car park (opposite Chapman’s Peak Hotel)
Marching to the proposed building site (2.5 kms) for handover of memorandum to Gov. Officials and Murray & Roberts/ Entililini.

Bring your friends, kids, dogs, drums, whistles, shakers, picnic & water

Make placards

Be there to SIGN the PETITION!

Say NO to the Provincial Gov. Say NO to Murray & Roberts and their Entilini! NOT now! NOT ever!


Much damage has already been done, but it’s not too late to undo



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16 Jan 2012

Teen drowns off Flora Bay in Hout Bay

Teen drowns off Flora Bay in Hout Bay

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HOUT BAY : Sunday 15th January, 2012. Teenager missing presumed drowned:

At 15h00 Hout Bay volunteers were called out following reports of a drowning in progress at Flora Bay, next to Hout Bay main beach.

Hout Bay duty crew launched MTU NADINE GORDIMER and ALBIE MATTHEWS and the WC Government Health: EMS, the Skymed helicopter, Law Enforcement officers and the SA Police Force responded.

An extensive sea, air and shore search has revealed no sign of a 14 year boy, from Hout Bay, who is missing and who is presumed to have drowned.

A Police dive unit was called and has joined in the ongoing search operation.

An inquest docket has been opened by Police and the child’s mother, family and friends who were at the beach at the time are being attended to by Police trauma counselors.

Various eye-witnesses, including family of the child, a motorcyclist on Chapmans Peak Drive and a Law Enforcement officer witnessed the child disappearing under the water about 30 meters off-shore of Flora Bay (about 30 meters from Leopard Rock) while swimming.

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