|This marks a departure from the past|
|'I was getting a glass of water when I noticed the maggot'|
Dylan McCleod became the biggest name in South African longboarding today after he beat an accomplished field to take the 2006 Jeep/ Suncoast SA Longboard Surfing Championship title at Durban’s New Pier. McCleod, who seemed to be completely in tune with an angry ocean, managed to find some long waves which allowed him to link together some critical manoeuvres and a number of high-risk floaters.
McCleod finished ahead of Durban’s Jason Ribbink and previous SA Champion Matthew Moir from Cape Town. Eastern Province’s Greg Smith finished fourth after he had already used a lot of energy earlier in the day competing in the Senior Men’s division final, where he placed third.
Today the conditions were every competitor’s most feared rival as the howling onshore winds whipped the ocean into a frenzy of rolling white horses and churning 1.5 metre close-outs. In fact, conditions were so difficult to negotiate, a jet ski had to be employed to ferry competitors back to the backline after every single ride.Durban’s Jordy Smith, however, revelled in the conditions and added the Junior SA Longboard title to his already large trophy cabinet.
KZN won the team event ahead of Western Province and Eastern Province respectively. The Puma Western Province team have only lost the South African team trophy once in the past 12 years of competition and have retained the title for the past six years on the trot. KZN’s win is a fitting end to an historic event that has seen an outstanding standard of longboarding being exhibited throughout the six days of competition.
Special thanks to Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World and Jeep Clothing and Accessories for their support of this years event.
1. Dylan McCleod (EP)
2. Jason Ribbink (KZN)
3. Matthew Moir (WP)
4. Greg Smith (EP)
1. Jordy Smith (KZN)
2. Justin Bing (WP)
3. Mark Smith (WP)
4. Jono Hill (EP)
1. Tara Hossack (WP)
2. Roxy Towill (WP)
3. Simone Robb (WP)
4. Lisa Smith (KZN)
1. Saul Bernstein (EP)
2. Scott Lefevre (KZN)
3. Ryan Klynsmith (IND)
4. Papi Makanyone (WP)
1. Jessica Lefevre (KZN)
2. Vinita Oosthuizen (WP)
3. Hannah Bing (WP)
4. Nicole O’Driscoll (KZN)
1. Dave Stubbs (WP)
2. Gary Jeeves (KZN)
3. Craig Daniel (KZN)
4. Brendan Callaghan (KZN)
1. Alan Robb (WP)
2. Craig Potgieter (EP)
3. Mark Theunissen (WP)
4. Jean Pugen (KZN)
1. Grant Gilmour (KZN)
2. Gary Van Rooyen (WP)
3. Greg Smith (EP)
4. Gary Kleynhans (WP)
1. Colin Whitmore (KZN)
2. Marc Brodowicz (KZN)
3. Mike Larmont (KZN)
4. Richard Brummer (WP)
1. Lisa Smith (KZN)
2. Bernie Sheely (WP)
3. Therese Russell (WP)
4. Cherelee Bilson (KZN)
1. Jimmy Bell (WP)
2. John Grendon (WP)
3. Gustov Preller (KZN)
4. Ticky Ross (KZN)
1. Hugh Thompson. (KZN)
2. Donald Paarman. (EP)
3. Dave Hill. (EP)
4. Dave Lee. (KZN)
1. Andy Austen. (KZN)
2. John McLeod. (EP)
3. Mike Patterson. (KZN)
4. Charlie Moir. (WP)
Surfer of the contest: Dylan McCleod.
Matthew Hough Memorial Trophy – Top Junior Surfer: Justin Bing.
The 2006 South African Longboard surfing championships are proudly sponsored by Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World and Jeep Clothing and Accessories. The supporting sponsors are Fosters, Aquellé, Hurricane, Island Tribe, Mad Buzz energy drink, Marshall Surfboards, Steffanuti and Bressan (scaffolding) and 3663.
For more information on the 2006 South African Longboard Championships sponsored by Jeep and Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, please visit the South African Longboard Surfing Association website: http://www.salsa.co.za.
|Leading the charge is KZN team captain Mark Brodowicz|
Off-road competitors heading for KwaZulu-Natal for the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 on May 5 and 6 will be relieved to know that clerk of the course Rex Boreham does not have any nasty surprises up his sleeve when it comes to the route.
The KZN event is round two of the Absa Off-Road Championship with the route always providing for a tough test of man and machinery. A mixture of fast and tight sections, with some serious drop offs, keep crews on their toes and it will be no different this year.
The event will again be based at the Beaumont Eston Farmers Club, and there is also good news for spectators. The route will be spectator friendly with a number of viewing points not far from the start and finish at the club that are easily accessible.
"I think the route is tough enough without us going out to look for ways of making it even more difficult," said Boreham. "It passes through the same sort of areas as last year and we have found some new sections but, by and large, there are no major surprises."
In one major departure from recent years, however, the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 will make use of a dedicated refuel pit area. At the end of the first completed lap of approximately 200 kilometres, all competitors will be required to pass through this area whether or not they intend refueling.
"The refuel area has its own separate time allowance," said Boreham. "At the end of the first lap cars will be booked into the designated service point for 15 minutes.
"After they have serviced crews will be booked out of the DSP, and will then proceed to the refuel pit area where they will be booked in for a further 10 minutes. Once the 10 minute allowance has expired, cars will pass through a control point and will be allowed to resume racing."
The opening west loop of about 113 kilometres will take crews towards Mid Illovo before returning to the designated service point. Competitors will then tackle an east loop of approximately 90 kilometres before heading back to the DSP for servicing and refueling.
Lap two of the event will follow the same format. Competitors will first tackle the west loop with the second east loop a dash for the finish.
"On the return leg the west and east loops join up about 12 kilometres from the start and finish at the club, so there will be continuous action along this section for spectators," said Boreham. "The most popular spectator viewpoint is again likely to be the high speed section next to the tar road about eight kilometers from the start.
"There is also a fast section on the other side of the road, and all spectators have to do to catch the action is walk from one side of road to the other."Boreham added there were a number of other good spectator points on the West loop on the road towards Mid Illovo. The East loop, on the South Coast tar road, also offers three excellent vantage points. All spectator points will be very clearly marked from the main arterials.
Warwick “Wok” Wright’s (Durban) 8.17 on his first wave sounded alarm bells – but this did not deter Gavin Roberts (Scottburgh) from making his mark with two identical seven plus scores that earned him the heat win over ‘wok’ who failed to find a back up ride.
Stanley Badger (St Francis) joined the eight point leagues, advancing ahead of Mathew Kruger, Dane Patterson (Morningside) and Antonio Bortoletto (Durban) with his 8.0 and 6.5.
Top seeds in the women’s division came to life in their
quarterfinal rounds, all five advancing into the semi-finals tomorrow.
Fifth seed Tasha Mentasti showed tremendous form against her younger competitors. Choosing to sit wide rather than hustle with the younger girls, Mentasti connected two long rides for the highest combined two-wave total of the women’s division, a15.17 out of a possible 20.
Others to advance into the semi-finals were WQS campaigner Tammy Lee Smith (Salt Rock), fourth seed Penny Robarts (Strand), top seed Stacey Guy (Cape Town), second seed Tamarys de Maroussem (Westbrook), Michelle Hill (St Francis) Sacha Moller (Bluff) and third seed Sarah Maritz (Warner Beach).
Former Port Alfred resident Kyle Jacobs (Durban) caused a major upset when he won the toughest of the four pro junior quarterfinals, defeating International junior star Smith (Umbilo), Josch Redman (Umdloti) and Australian Junior series campaigner Josch Schmeltzer (Westville).
“I’ve come up against Jordy a number of times and never beaten him, so it feels good to do so”, gleamed Jacobs. “My strategy was to keep the other guys off the good waves because one good wave could put them in the lead.”
2005 South African Junior Champion Rory Beach’s (Durban) low centre of gravity and powerful backhand attack saw him secure a first place finish and a slot in tomorrow’s semi-finals ahead of number four seed Brandon Roberts (Cape Town).
Others to advance included top seed Brandon Jackson (Durban North), Chad du Toit (Durban), second seed Keegan Nel (East London) and Captain of the National Junior team Klee Strachan (Warner Beach).The Lizzard Nandos Surf Pro culminates tomorrow with the finals of the Pro Junior Mens, Women’s and Pro Mens divisions starting at approximately 12h30.
|'If this can be done we can all have a calm weekend'|
|'He had a story every time'|
|'Harvey is a pathological liar'|
Cape Town - South Africans now have a chance to show off their survival skills - and, maybe, win R1m - on the local version of the Survivor reality series, to be shot in Panama.
In a coup for MNet, the channel announced on Tuesday it would be producing the hit reality-format Survivor, in Panama, with 14 South African contestants.
Filming of the South African version of the show is due to start in June this year.
It will be filmed over 27 days on the Pearl Islands in the Gulf of Panama, 90km south of Panama City and will feature 14 South Africans battling it out for a grand prize of R1m.
The first episode is due to be screened on Sunday, August 27, at 18:00 in MNet open time, and the winner will be announced in the same time slot on November 26.
Entry forms are available in You, Huisgenoot, Drum, the Sunday Times and City Press, or on the MNet website: www.mnet.co.za.
Stringent tests for entrants
From the initial entries, 560 people will be chosen for auditions in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg with the final 14 contestants being selected by May 15.
Wannabe survivors will be subjected to physical, medical and psychological tests before being selected.
Carl Fischer, MNet's head of Original Productions, confirmed that the series would be MNet's flagship for the 2006 season, which meant there would be no Idols or Big Brother South Africa this year.
Entries are open to anybody over 21 who thinks they have the ability to outsmart, outwit and outlast their way to victory.
To be eligible to take part in Survivor South Africa, you need to be:
By Bongani Mthembu
|Reported to the police that he was approached|
The Kwazulu-Natal Health Department authorities have said they are confident a man diagnosed with the deadly Congo fever did not contract it in the province.
The 34-year-old man from Kimberley in the Northern Cape was holidaying in Margate on the south coast last week when he fell ill.He was admitted to Durban's Addington Hospital on Friday and is in a stable condition. His wife is also being monitored by officials.
The St Petersburg Ballet Company, is a classical ballet company of 55 superb dancers. In
Konstantin Tachkin’s, St Petersburg Ballet Company provides a rare opportunity for South African audiences to experience the complete Swan Lake - three acts in four scenes with South African orchestras from each region under the baton of Russian principal conductor Alexander Kantorov. The ballet follows the original choreography of Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa.
The production has been applauded around the world and the legendary prima ballerina, Irina Kolesnikova is considered by Ann Nugent of Dance Magazine to be, ‘Exquisite’ and believes ‘she is a dancer of magnetic power, so much so that any ballet company in the world would welcome her with open arms’. Of the company she writes that… “The Swans are finely schooled”; “The dance of the Cygnets was magnificently articulated and unified, as good as any I’ve seen in decades” and …“The dancers seemed to achieve the near impossible”. Irina’s role is shared with equally magnificent dancers, Eleonora Adeeva and Sabina Yapparova.
The St Petersburg Ballet Company with its 55 principals, soloists and a full corps de ballet, are brought to
Says Edgley of the ballet; “In my forty years in the entertainment business I have presented many classical ballet companies. The St Petersburg Ballet is an absolute gem. Their production of
Ticket prices are R150, R250 and R350. Pensioners and children under 13 have a 40% discount on all performances except Saturday evenings. Block booking for ten or more are available, weekdays only. Book at Computicket on 083 915 8000 or on line at www.computicket.com
|Capper is also hoping to try the first backflip ever attempted on a trials bike in South Africa|
Steytlerville - A pregnant leopard's life was saved dramatically here on Sunday after she had been caught in a trap.
An emergency flight by helicopter, an emergency landing and an overland race were all part of the operation which lasted almost 11 hours.
Dr Bool Smuts of the Landmark Foundation which focuses on saving leopard and other predatory animals, said the whole drama started about 11:00 on Sunday.
Kevin van Wyk immediately phoned the Jeffrey's Bay branch of Eastern Cape nature conservation when he found the leopard caught in a trap on his farm.
Nature conservationist Gerrie Ferreira phoned the Landmark Foundation immediately and the rescue operation shifted into high gear.
JP Kleynhans rushed to Van Wyk's farm to anaesthetise the trapped leopard while Smuts arranged for the helicopter, the pilot and vet Dr Ross Cobus, who had to accompany the animal.
Chopper forced to land
Smuts said: "About 16:00 that afternoon we reached the animal on the farm, administered more anaesthetic and by about 16:15 we could take off to get the leopard to the National Addo Elephant Park.
By this time everyone was satisfied that the animal, which had no fractures from setting off the trap, could be saved and released into the wild.
But then the weather changed and thick mist forced the rescue team to make an emergency landing at the Kuzuku Nature Reserve on the northern side of Addo.
Safe to release her
One of Kuzuku's bakkies was borrowed and the team raced on in the vehicle to meet the Addo staff at Olifantshoek Pass, so that the leopard could eventually be taken to their facilities.
Through all the drama, the vet was able to establish without any doubt that it would be safe to release the leopard immediately in her new home.
"Gangrene hadn't set in yet - probably the best indication that farmer van Wyk checks his traps daily," said Smuts.
|'The noise and the fumes from fuel will ruin the environment'|