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JBay Surfer Matt McGillivray Moves Into Championship Tour Qualification Position

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii – World Qualifying Series (WQS) surfer Matt McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay is primed to qualify for the elite World Surf League’s (WSL) Championship Tour (CT) for 2020 after placing third at the Hawaiian Pro 10,000 tournament on the weekend. Third-placing surfer and Rip Curl teamrider McGillivray had the weight of qualification on his shoulders, as a win would have officially gained him his first year on the CT. But he surfed with casual confidence and found a barrel in the Final to lock in a 5.83, his high score of the heat. ? ?The 22-year-old from Jeffrey’s Bay took on a veteran field in the Semifinals and eliminated two-time Hawaiian Pro winner Michel Bourez (PYF) and eleven-time World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) en route to the Final. Stealthily stacking the results, McGillivray is in a strong position heading into the Vans World Cup, where his best result was a Quarterfinal finish in 2018.??With this result, McGillivray moves into the top ten on the QS at number 6, jumping eight slots up the rankings. The top 10 surfers qualify for the Championship Tour, if they have not already secured their place by requalifying on the CT. Matt is looking good for qualification © WSL/Keoki.

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Jeffreys Bay - Awarded Blue Flag Beach

Dolphin Beach at Jeffreys Bay is one of only six beaches across the Eastern Cape to have been awarded international Blue Flag status ahead of the 2019/2020 summer season.

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Youth Potential South Africa

Youth Potential South Africa YOUPSA is an education non-profit that benefits disadvantaged rural children and youth in the Gamtoos Valley area.

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Captivated by JBay Lifeguard

As dejected as it may seem, the word drowning resonates with me, especially during this time of the year. Drowning is defined as respiratory impairment that typically occurs silently, with only a few people able to wave their hands or call for help. Statistics show one person drowns every two to three days during summer. Surprisingly, the number one killer in the sea is the current. This is a short personal narrative of my experience during December 2018 with the hope that it might save someone’s life. The NSRI terms a rip current as a strong, narrow, fast-flowing current directed toward the sea that travels up to one to two meters per second. Rip currents usually develop close to the shoreline in very shallow water around a meter deep – just where beach bathers are usually found. My dad always educates me on when and where to swim. From an early age, I remember spending countless hours on the beach and in the sea every holiday. By the same token, I see myself as a decent swimmer who is able to swim myself to safety when necessary. Last year, my two girls and I were swimming at Dolphins Beach. As a rule, we never swim deep and stay between the red flags at all times. When we entered the water, there was no upshot current or at least I could not see any in the water. After an hour of swimming, suddenly I could not stand. My kids and I found ourselves in a dark spotted rip current. As former Northern Transvaal swimmer, lifesaver and Learn to Swim Instructor I tried to use the force of the waves to help us get back to shore. Unannounced, a giant wave plunged over us and split us apart. “Stay Calm, please stay calm”, I yelled! I was surprised to find my two daughters listening attentively. My oldest floated on the water imitated by her younger eight year old sister. Reminiscent of my days as a lifesaver, I decided to swim parallel to the beach and dragged both my daughters along. My eye caught the lifeguard patrolling the beach on his paddle s

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48 Hours in J-Bay

Living in a holiday destination is dangerous. It's both a blessing and a curse; to 'know' the place so off the cuff that you think you know all of it. I've lived in Jeffreys Bay on the glorious Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape for a year. And we’ve been holidaying there my entire childhood. Almost every December.

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Derrin Smith, of dormakaba, leads the reduced group from which both the first and second place at the 2019 Trans Baviaans Race came. Photo by Jacques Marais.

Dormakaba and Galileo Risk Overcome Rough Terrain to win 2019 Trans Baviaans

The 2019 Trans Baviaans, which took place in the Eastern Cape on Saturday 10 August, was won by the dormakaba and Galileo Risk teams. They and their fellow competitors in the Trans Baviaans Race, the first of two events, had to brave the roughest conditions in years on the traverse through the Baviaanskloof.

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