Top musos kept the crowd rocking at The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts

Top musos kept the crowd rocking at The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts

The stage was set for some of the country’s biggest names in music when The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts got underway at Salmon Bay from 7 to 8 July. Forming part of the extensive Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, organisers arranged a stellar line-up to keep the audiences entertained.

“It was great being able to host The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts which is a popular festival addition every year,” said Collette Bundy, Festival Event Organiser. “The two-night event included a really talented selection of South African singers, DJs and bands, and it was great to be able to celebrate our local talent in person once again.”

 

The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Night 1

The first night of The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts welcomed South Africa’s favourite Afro-pop siblings – Q Twins. Having made their name when they featured on Idols South Africa, Virginia and Viggy Qwabe from northern KZN have earned their place in South Africa’s music circle. They were joined renowned DJ, record producer and Kwaito star, DJ Tira who has been rocking the local scene for more than two decades.  

Another highlight for the night was a new name on the block – the winner of this year’s Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs. Forming part of The Ballito Pro’s After Dark programme, the Battle of the DJs saw the top 10 DJs fighting it out at Gidela Lounge in Nshaweni. The top contender, DJ Blackzin, took a spot on the Main Stage of The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts.

 

The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Night 2

Things got even louder on the Friday night when Durban-based pop rock band, The Black Lapels, took to the stage. They were joined by The Voice, South Africa’s finalist, Freddy L – a popular singer and front man for the band, The Subway Run. Bringing high energy to the Main Stage was Kyle Cassim, known for his deep, soulful house and electronic dance music.

Proudly South Africa singer, Majozi, then blasted the beats. SAMA-nominated for his album, Fire, his heartfelt music communicates an uplifting perspective which has seen him play on the international stage and with local greats.

Then it was time for the unmistakable sound of Desmond & The Tutus who kept the crowd amped as they effortlessly blend rock n roll, indie, kwela and pop with a dash of truly South African flavour. The band’s drummer, Craig Durrant, also got the chance to showcase his specific indie/rock flair when he took to the stage as Yo Grapes.

The festival programme runs alongside the world’s longest running professional surfing event which is welcoming the return of international surfing with the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Trials and Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Challenger Series (CS) for men and women. 

 

To find out more about The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro

Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro

The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival is sponsored by North Coast Courier, Zigzag and People’sWeather.

Please note: All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions were adhered to.

The return of the winter Ballito Pro festival a massive boost for local tourism

The return of the winter Ballito Pro festival a massive boost for local tourism

It was a holiday to remember as The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill returned to KwaDukuza’s shores during the winter months, bringing with it a well-supported festival programme of music, retail, extreme sports and beachside action. Running from 29 June to 10 July, visitors to the world’s longest running professional surfing event were treated to a host of festival entertainment, from seaside games in the day through to After Dark parties later in the day.

“We’d like to thank KwaDukuza and our event sponsors for supporting The Ballito Pro and ensuring the 2022 edition was incredibly worthwhile for all locals and visitors,” commented Collette Bundy, The Ballito Pro Festival Organiser. “It’s no secret that the past few years have been incredibly tough for the local economy, particularly our tourist-friendly seaside spots, and this year’s Ballito Pro brought some much-needed support for local businesses while providing holidaymakers with endless activities and fun. We’re looking forward to continuing this tradition and growing the event in 2023.”

Following the success of the inaugural Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf in December 2021, The Ballito Pro welcomed the best local skater groms and pros to The Ballito Bowl on Friday, 1 July. Durban North’s Jamie de Villiers who took home the R7 500 cash prize in the Open Division, while local skaters Ezra Vosloo and Jessica Louw took first place in the Groms (U16) Division for boys and girls respectively. This was followed by the relaunch party on 3 July of the iconic Groundswell Surf & Skate which celebrated 25 years in business.

Music lovers were in for a treat as The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts returned on 7 and 8 July boasting a great line-up. Some of the big names that took to the stage included Q Twins, DJ Tira, Majozi, Desmond and the Tutus and Yo Grapes. The winner of the Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs also got the limelight with a spot on the concert lineup.

Good Vibes, which ran from 5 to 9 July at Good Vibes Café and Bar also provided ongoing entertainment with the likes Syzo, Funky G, Brent Crud, Chunda Munki and Kyle Cassim on the decks. Ballito Village Vibes also kept visitors entertained with music by The Tequila Twins, Rene Tshiakanyi and Spare Parts – with the Ilembe Surf Riders Fundraiser taking place on 6 July. And if this wasn’t enough from the After Dark programme, Conchilla Tapas Lounge & Bar featured DJs every night with great prizes and giveaways.

During the daylight hours, alongside the surfing action, Willard Beach was the place to be! This spot played host to ongoing Beach Action in the form of morning pilates and yoga, Jive with Jen, fashion shows, and competitive beach sports. The Kids’ Corner kept the little ones occupied with face painting, water balls, sandcastle building and a Kiddies Beach Dash. There was also great shopping – including the Oakley Pop Up, Surfboard displays and Shaping Pop Ups – as well as a food and cider garden at Retail Delight.

Ocean conservation is at the heart of The Ballito Pro with environmental and sustainability awareness programmes forming part of the Beach Action programme. The National Nurdle Clean-up Competition, organised by Litter4Tokens, got people collecting microplastic nurdles (known as mermaid’s tears) to prevent them entering the marine ecosystem. Breathe Conservation hosted an exciting snorkel day and guided walk on 3 July, with visitors encouraged to share their sustainability stories on social media using the tag @wsl for the #WeAreOneOcean campaign.

To find out more about The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro

Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro

The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival is sponsored by North Coast Courier, Zigzag and People’sWeather.

Please note: All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions were adhered to.

Jamie de Villiers comes out on top at The Ballito Pro Skate Jam 2022

Jamie de Villiers comes out on top at The Ballito Pro Skate Jam 2022

The best local groms and pros took to the Ballito Bowl on Friday, 1 July in the hopes of taking the top spot at the Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf. Many tricks were displayed and prizes were won, but in the end, it was Durban North’s Jamie de Villiers who took home the main prize in the Open Division.

“I think it was a very well-organised event with a really great turnout,” commented De Villiers after his win. “I think they did an amazing job of making everyone feel rewarded for their hard work. The hosts created a good vibe for the crowd which really hyped us skaters up and pushed us to skate harder. I’m really stoked with my win – it’s my first time winning a bowl competition and I ‘m really amped for next year’s event!”

Paul Canning, event organiser, commented: “On behalf of Volcom and Fallen Footwear, we’re really proud to be a part of the Ballito Pro Skate Jam again this year. The inaugural event last year was a massive success and this year has been even better. It’s an event that we see growing and becoming a bigger part of The Ballito Pro year-on-year.

“It’s just so amazing to see the community support of the event in the U16 Groms Division and great to see some of the top South African skaters coming out in the Pro Division. I’d like to thank Monster Energy for all their event support, as well as Groundswell Skate & Surf for coming on board this year. We look forward to growing the event and getting bigger and better in 2023.”

The Ballito Pro Skate Jam 2022 results

Groms (U16) Division

Each winner of the Groms Division took home a Volcom hamper worth R2 500; with 2nd place contestants earning a Volcom hamper valued at R2 000, and 3rd place taking home a Volcom hamper valued at R1 500.

Boys’ Division: Ezra Vosloo (1st), Miguel Marais (2nd), Yann Whalley (3rd).

Girls’ Division: Jessica Louw (1st), Caetlyn King (2nd), Molly Asiphe (3rd).

Open Division

Jamie de Villiers took the top spot in this division, winning a cash prize of R7 500, with Murray Sharp and Josh Beukes sharing the Best Trick cash prize of R2 500 – all sponsored by Volcom.

Jamie Charlton-Jones took home The Bravery Award while Joshua Falkner was awarded Local Ripper, both receiving Fallen Footwear hampers valued at R1 500 each.

The Ballito Pro 2022 Festival

This captivating event forms part of The Ballito Pro, presented by O’Neill festival programme, which is running alongside the surfing contest, taking place at KwaDukuza from 29 June to 10 July. Some of the entertainment, retail and music offerings to look forward to include:

 

  • The Groundswell Surf & Skate relaunch on 3 July from 6pm at the Ballito Steps with prizes and giveaways.
  • Daily beach action at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm including sunrise yoga, beach sports, Jive with Jen and fashion shows.
  • Retail delight at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm featuring arts, crafts, a food court, cider garden, the Oakley Pop Up, Surfboard displays and Shaping Pop Ups.
  • Kids’ Corner at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm with water balls, sandcastle building and more.
  • The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts at Salmon Bay on 7 and 8 July featuing Q Twins, Daliwonga, Majozi, Desmond & The Tutus, Kyle Cassim, Freddy L, Black Lapels, Yo Grapes and more!
  • After Dark programmes including DJs at The Concilla Tapas Lounge & Bar; The Good Vibes programme; The Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs; and Ballito Village Vibes.
  • The National Nurdle Clean-up Competition, organised by Litter4Tokens, with great prizes to be won! Visit www.litter4tokens.co.za.
  • Share ocean sustainability stories for the #WeAreOneOcean campaign, running through WSL Pure. Remember to tag @wsl on social media.
  • Breathe Conservation’s Snorkel Day and Guided Walk on Sunday, 3 July at 7.15am at Willard Beach. Bookings essential through Elzanne on 073 821 0426.

The festival programme runs alongside the world’s longest running professional surfing event which is welcoming the return of international surfing with the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Trials and Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Challenger Series (CS) for men and women. Visitors can also check out the up-and-coming surfers during the O’Neill KZN High School League and the Sea Harvest SSA/Ilembe Development Tag Team contests taking place on Thursday, 30 June.

Watch The Challenger Series broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel.

Don’t miss any of the action

The Ballito Pro will be live on People’sWeather (DStv Ch-180 and Openview Ch-115) from 7 to 10 July at 11am daily.

To find out more about The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro

Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro

The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival is sponsored by North Coast Courier, Zigzag and People’sWeather.

Please note: All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions will be adhered to.

Sustainable initiatives at the 2022 Ballito Pro festival set to the change the tide on pollution

Sustainable initiatives at the 2022 Ballito Pro festival set to the change the tide on pollution

The health of the ocean is a primary focus for organisers, competitors and visitors of The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill which is why a number of conservation-focused projects have been announced for this year’s festival line-up. In KwaDukuza from 29 June to 10 July, festival-goers will be able to do their part for the ocean while also standing the chance to win big!

“Ocean conservation has always played a major role in the Ballito Pro and the need for collective action has never been more evident than now following the devastating KZN floods,” said Collette Bundy, The Ballito Pro Festival Organiser. “We have some fantastic non-profit organisations on board for this year’s festival programme. They’ll be engaging with visitors in person and on social media platforms, demonstrating the work being done and innovative ways that visitors can play their part.”

The National Nurdle Clean-up Competition, organised by Litter4Tokens, will be running throughout the festival. This innovative project shines a light on the danger of plastic nurdles – also known as mermaid’s tears – which are lentil-sized plastic pellets used to create plastic products. Unfortunately, billions of these microplastics being shipped end up in the ocean, which is hugely detrimental to marine ecosystems and humans. 

To tackle this pollution, Clare Swithenbank-Bowman from Litter4Tokens developed the Mermaid Tear Catcher (MTC) from ocean-bound plastic. The MTC is a scooping device with holes specifically demarcated so the user can actually sieve the nurdles out of the dry sea or river sand. Visitors to the Ballito Pro can now help with this worthwhile cause – and stand a chance to win big prizes – by entering the competition.

Step 1: Get a Mermaid Tear Catcher at The Ballito Pro or www.litter4tokens.co.za.

Step 2: Start sieving the dry sand near rivers and seas, particularly by the high-water marks.

Step 3: Take a photo of the nurdle find and load it with the unique code on the MTC to www.litter4tokens.co.za.

Step 4: Drop the nurdles in the drums located at lifesaving points, The Ballito Pro and Ballito Surf Co.

Lending support to the competition is Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker, legendary South African big wave surfer and three-time WSL World Champion. He commented: “Nurdle pollution is a huge problem. Almost every beach I travel to around the world has these environmentally disastrous pieces of plastic on them. The work that Litter4Tokens is doing to try and help clean these things up is fantastic. Please help support them.”

Through the World Surf League’s (WSL), NPO partner, WSL PURE, a coalition of more than 90 NPOs have united to create ocean conservation awareness through the We Are One Ocean campaign, which is running at The Ballito Pro. Everyone is playing a part in protecting the world’s oceans and the We Are One Ocean campaign aims to bring these stories together and identify areas for collaboration. Visitors to this year’s Ballito Pro can get involved by sharing their sustainability story on social media using the tag @wsl and #WeAreOneOcean.

Breathe Conservation, a global NPO dedicated to solving the problem of plastic pollution by inspiring change, will also participate in The Ballito Pro’s festival programme through informative environmental awareness campaigns. The organisation was founded by Sarah Furguson, a renowned Channel swimmer, world record holder, and physiotherapist who is committed to promoting ocean health. On Sunday, 3 July, visitors can participate in Breathe Conservation’s Snorkel Day and Guided Walk – meeting at 7.15am at Willard Beach -to get insight and first-hand experience of the marine life, tides and more. Bookings are essential. To book or for more information, contact Elzanne on 073 821 0426.

The Ballito Pro 2022 Festival

Alongside the sustainable initiatives, this year’s Ballito Pro festival programme has a variety of entertainment, retail and music offerings. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf on 1 July from 4pm with a cash prize of R10 000!
  • The Groundswell Surf & Skate relaunch on 3 July from 6pm at the Ballito Steps with prizes and giveaways.
  • Daily beach action at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm including sunrise yoga, beach sports, Jive with Jen and fashion shows.
  • Retail delight at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm featuring arts, crafts, a food court, cider garden, the Oakley Pop Up, Surfboard displays and Shaping Pop Ups.
  • Kids’ Corner at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm with water balls, sandcastle building and more.
  • The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts at Salmon Bay on 7 and 8 July featuing Q Twins, Daliwonga, Majozi, Desmond & The Tutus, Kyle Cassim, Freddy L, Black Lapels, Yo Grapes and more!
  • After Dark programmes including DJs at The Concilla Tapas Lounge & Bar; The Good Vibes programme; The Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs; and Ballito Village Vibes.

The festival programme runs alongside the world’s longest running professional surfing event which is welcoming the return of international surfing with the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Trials and Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Challenger Series (CS) for men and women. Visitors can also check out the up-and-coming surfers during the O’Neill KZN High School League and the Sea Harvest SSA/Ilembe Development Tag Team contests taking place on Thursday, 30 June.

Watch The Challenger Series broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel.

Don’t miss any of the action

The Ballito Pro will be live on People’sWeather (DStv Ch-180 and Openview Ch-115) from 7 to 10 July at 11am daily.

To find out more about The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro

Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro

The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival is sponsored by North Coast Courier, Zigzag and People’sWeather.

Please note: All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions will be adhered to.

Competitors set to get extreme in The Ballito Pro Skate Jam this Friday

Competitors set to get extreme in The Ballito Pro Skate Jam this Friday

Groms and pros are heading to the Ballito Bowl on Friday, 1 July to compete in the epic Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf. This captivating event forms part of The Ballito Pro festival programme, which is running alongside the surfing contest, taking place at KwaDukuza from 29 June to 10 July.

“We’re really stoked to be holding The Ballito Pro Skate Jam again this year – it was a huge hit when we hosted it for the first time in December 2021 and we really feel it’s going to be a set fixture of The Ballito Pro, growing massively in the years to come,” said Paul Canning, event organiser. “It’s a big drawcard and a real hit among the local kids who skate the Ballito Bowl. They really put everything on the line in that U16 division. In the pro division, we’re expecting some of South Africa’s top skaters to make an appearance, which is great inspiration for the groms, and great viewing for spectators.”

This year’s contest has some fantastic prizes up for grabs, with both boys’ and girls’ divisions in the Groms (U16) and Open Division. Each winner of the Groms Division will win a Volcom hamper worth R2 500; with 2nd place contestants earning a Volcom hamper valued at R2 000, and 3rd place taking home a Volcom hamper valued at R1 500. Groundswell Skate & Surf has also sponsored a R2 500 hamper for the Best Trick in both the boys’ and girls’ divisions.

The winner of the Open Division wins a cash prize of R7 500, with the Best Trick taking R2 500 in cash – all sponsored by Volcom. Fallen Footwear is also sweetening the deal with two additional awards; the Bravery Award and the Best Local Ripper Award, each taking home a R1 500 Fallen Footwear hamper.

“I’d like to extend our thanks to Monster for partnering with us again this year, as well as our partners, Volcom, Fallen Footwear and Groundswell Skate & Surf for the incredible prizes. Skaters are super amped for what is set to be a great night of action!”

The Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf takes place on Friday, 1 July with registration at 1pm. The action will get underway from 4pm to 8pm.

The Ballito Pro 2022 Festival

This year’s Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme includes a variety of entertainment, retail and music offerings. Some of the highlights include:

  • The Groundswell Surf & Skate relaunch on 3 July from 6pm at the Ballito Steps with prizes and giveaways.
  • Daily beach action at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm including sunrise yoga, beach sports, Jive with Jen and fashion shows.
  • Retail delight at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm featuring arts, crafts, a food court, cider garden, the Oakley Pop Up, Surfboard displays and Shaping Pop Ups.
  • Kids’ Corner at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm with water balls, sandcastle building and more.
  • The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts at Salmon Bay on 7 and 8 July featuing Q Twins, Daliwonga, Majozi, Desmond & The Tutus, Kyle Cassim, Freddy L, Black Lapels, Yo Grapes and more!
  • After Dark programmes including DJs at The Conchilla Tapas Lounge & Bar; The Good Vibes programme; The Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs; and Ballito Village Vibes.
  • The National Nurdle Clean-up Competition, organised by Litter4Tokens, with great prizes to be won! Visit www.litter4tokens.co.za.
  • Share ocean sustainability stories for the #WeAreOneOcean campaign, running through WSL Pure. Remember to tag @wsl on social media.
  • Breathe Conservation’s Snorkel Day and Guided Walk on Sunday, 3 July at 7.15am at Willard Beach. Bookings essential through Elzanne on 073 821 0426.

The festival programme runs alongside the world’s longest running professional surfing event which is welcoming the return of international surfing with the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Trials and Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Challenger Series (CS) for men and women. Visitors can also check out the up-and-coming surfers during the O’Neill KZN High School League and the Sea Harvest SSA/Ilembe Development Tag Team contests taking place on Thursday, 30 June.

Watch The Challenger Series broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel.

Don’t miss any of the action

The Ballito Pro will be live on People’sWeather (DStv Ch-180 and Openview Ch-115) from 7 to 10 July at 11am daily.

To find out more about The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival programme, visit:

Website: www.theballitopro.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/theballitopro/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheBallitoPro

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheBallitoPro

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/theballitopro

Snapchat: Username – TheBallitoPro

The Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill festival is sponsored by North Coast Courier, Zigzag and People’sWeather.

Please note: All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions will be adhered to.

Epic festival programme announced for the 53rd Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill

Epic festival programme announced for the 53rd Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill

Beach action, shopping, extreme sports, entertainment and good vibes are on the cards for visitors heading to this year’s Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill festival, running at various Ballito venues from 29 June through to 10 July.

“We’re very excited to be bringing the popular Ballito Pro back to the shores of KwaDukuza this winter, and we’re celebrating this return with a really fantastic festival programme that will keep the entire family entertained,” said Collette Bundy, The Ballito Pro Festival Organiser. “This world-renowned surfing contest is attracting some of the best international competitors who will put on a great display for spectators, but we’re going to ensure there is something for everyone this holiday with our superb festival line-up.”

Extreme sports at The Ballito Skate Park

On Friday, 1 July, skaters will get the chance to show off their skills and win some awesome prizes in the Ballito Pro Skate Jam presented by Volcom, Fallen & Groundswell Skate & Surf. This contest is for open and groms (16) with a girls and guys division. Registration is at 1pm and the action getting underway from 4pm to 9pm. The winner of the Skate Jam will take home an impressive cash prize of R10 000!

Groundswell Surf & Skate relaunch

The iconic Groundswell Surf & Skate is celebrating 25 years in business with an official relaunch party on Sunday, 3 July at 5.30pm for 6pm at Ballito Steps. Everyone is invited to the celebration with lots of giveaways and prizes up for grabs. 

Beach action at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm

There will be daily seaside action, starting with free sunrise yoga followed by some competitive beach soccer and volleyball, dance displays, Jive with Jen: kids dance and entertainment, fashion shows and the beach walk and talk.

Forming part of the daily beach action is some fun and informative environmental and sustainability awareness campaigns run by Breathe Conservation, We are One Ocean, Litter 4 Tokens, as well as a UIP programme.  

Breathe Conservation will host a snorkel day and guided walk on Sunday, 3 July. Visitors to The Ballito Pro are also urged to share their sustainability story on social media using the tag @wsl and #WeAreOneOcean. More information is available at weareoneocean.org.

Finally, visitors can also help clean up the ocean by collecting Mermaid’s Tears (plastic nurdles in the sand) as part of the National Nurdle Clean-up competition. Visit www.litter4tokens.co.za to buy a Mermaid Tear Catcher, collect nurdles and upload the photo and entry on the same site to win great prizes!

Retail delight at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm

For those seeking some relaxed seaside activities during The Ballito Pro, the festival programme includes retail delight in the form of a food court and cider garden. Those looking for quality shopping can visit the arts n crafts section, various exhibitions as well as great retail stalls. Among the stalls will be the Oakley Pop Up, Surfboard displays and Shaping Pop Ups.

Kids’ Corner at Willard Beach from 9am to 5pm

The little ones will be kept entertained throughout The Ballito Pro at the fun-filled Kids Corner near the bathing area. Some of the activities to enjoy include face painting, water balls, sandcastle building and a Kiddies Beach Dash. There will also be daily Jive with Jen kids’ dance activations!

Ballito Pro Music Concerts

The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts at Salmon Bay on Thursday, 7 and Friday 8, July. This will feature big-name musicians such as Q Twins, Daliwonga, Majozi, Desmond & The Tutus, Kyle Cassim, Freddy L, Black Lapels, Yo Grapes and more!

After Dark programmes

There’s a lot of after-dark action when the surfing is done, The Conchilla Tapas Lounge & Bar features DJs every night with great prizes and giveaways.

Ballito Village Vibes is also the place to be with music by The Tequila Twins, Rene Tshiakanyi and Spare Parts with the Ilembe Surf Riders Fundraiser hosted on Wednesday, 6 July. 

Good Vibes programme will include the Cookie Cutter Swimsuit Show, FT Jay Jabs, Student Night with Chunda Munki, Syzo, Kyle Cassim, Funky G and more.

The Ekasi Experience Battle of the DJs is another fantastic After Dark addition with the top 10 selection taking place on Tuesday, 5 July at Gidela Lounge in Nshaweni, with the Battle of the Finalists taking place at Prince Lounge. The winner of this contest will take a spot on the Main Stage of Ballito Pro Music Concert on Thursday, 7 July.

Surfing action

The festival programme runs alongside the world’s longest running professional surfing event which is welcoming the return of international surfing with the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Ballito Pro Junior, World Surf League (WSL) Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Trials and Ballito Pro Presented by O’Neill Challenger Series (CS) for men and women.

Some of the big-name surfers set to compete this year include former Ballito Pro champions Zoe Steyn (East London), Sarah Baum (Durban), Adin Masencamp (Cape Town), Jordy Smith (Durban), Alejo Muniz (ARG) and Deivid Silva (BRA). There are also Championship Tour surfers such as Conner Coffin (USA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW) and other international competitors including Bronte Macaulay (AUS), Luana Silva (HAW), and Moana Jones-Wong (HAW).

Visitors can also check out the up-and-coming surfers during the O’Neill KZN High School League and the Sea Harvest SSA/Ilembe Development Tag Team contests taking place on Thursday, 30 June.

Watch The Challenger Series broadcast LIVE on WorldSurfLeague.com, the free WSL app, and the WSL’s YouTube channel.

Don’t miss any of the action

The Ballito Pro will be live on People’sWeather (DStv Ch-180 and Openview Ch-115) from 7 to 10 July at 11am daily.

Challenger Series Heads To Africa For Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill

Challenger Series Heads To Africa For Ballito Pro pres. by O'Neill

BALLITO, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (Friday, 3 June 2022) – The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill, the world’s longest running professional surfing event, in its 53rd edition will celebrate the return of international surfing to South African shores, this time as a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) for men and women.

The Challenger Series is the ultimate battleground for surfers fighting to qualify for a spot on the 2023 Championship Tour (CT). Across the eight international events, the fields of 96 men and 64 women battle for one of the 10 men’s and 5 women’s coveted spots at the top level of the sport.

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill will be the third stop on the Challenger Series and will see more than 15 countries represented across the board.

The men’s field is stacked with former Ballito Pro champions and local favourites Adin Masencamp (Cape Town) and Jordy Smith (Durban), Alejo Muniz (ARG) and Deivid Silva (BRA). It also features Championship Tour surfers such as Conner Coffin (USA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW), and up-and-coming rookies like Rio Waida (IDN) who won the previous CS event, the Sydney Surf Pro.

In the women’s draw, former Ballito Pro champions Zoe Steyn (East London) and Sarah Baum (Durban) will come up against some fierce international competition. The winner of the second CS at the Sydney Surf Pro, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) will hope to ride the momentum into Ballito – but don’t underestimate CT surfers Johanne Defay (FRA), Molly Picklum (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS); the exciting Hawaiian crew of Luana Silva (HAW), Bettylou Sakura-Johnson (HAW) and the queen of pipeline, Moana Jones-Wong (HAW).

With such an impressive field of competitors in Ballito, it’s an opportunity unlike any other for South Africa’s best junior surfers to watch and learn what it takes to compete at the elite level. These junior men and women will get their chance to prove themselves in the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 event taking place 2-3 July 2022 before the start of the Challenger Series.

The top local men and women surfers, who did not qualify for the Challenger Series, will get another chance to earn a spot in the main competition with the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill Trials. The winners will claim the WSL wildcard entry into the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill Challenger Series.

“WSL Africa is excited to be hosting one of the blue-ribbon events on the Challenger Series. The opportunity to see the best women surfers alongside the men makes this such a unique event for Africa. Our sincere thanks to the KwaDukuza Municipality, O’Neill South Africa, event management and the many sponsors for making this the premier event for Africa. I am positive, like always, that many of these surfers will go on to become household names in the world of surfing over the next few years,” said WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch.

Robin de Kock, General Manager, Surfing South Africa, commented: “Surfing South Africa is pleased that our U12 to U18 boys and girls will get an opportunity to compete in the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior in Ballito once again. Rated as a Prime Event on the SA Junior Surf Tour, the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior gives the up-and-coming South African surfers to be part of the Ballito Pro. Not only do they get to compete for rating points and a share of the generous prize purse on offer, but they will also be able to watch some of the world’s best surfers in action in the Ballito Pro itself. Our thanks to the KwaDukuza Municipality, O’Neill and SMTH Shapes for including our juniors in the event.”

Paul Canning, Brand Manager of Sector Group (O’Neill), said: “On behalf of O’Neill, we are extremely honoured and proud to be involved in the Ballito Pro again this year and would like to thank the KwaDukuza Municipality for all their support in surfing and raising the event to the elite Challenger Series status.”

Commenting on the upcoming event, mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality, Cllr Lindi Nhaca, said: “We emerge from one of the most testing global challenges of our times where we have been plagued by a pandemic, social unrests, flooding and subsequent devastations. KwaDukuza Municipality is renewing its economic and tourism strategies toward economic recovery, particularly in tourism. We are looking forward to, once again, welcoming all the international athletes and their families and teams to our shores.

“We are especially excited to host the first Men’s & Woman’s Challenger Series for the region and Africa. It is in this sense that we thank the World Surf League, Surfing South Africa, our presenting sponsors and all stakeholders who have partnered with us as we look forward to an exciting, action-packed sporting and lifestyle event.”

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill 2022 will continue to host developmental surf contests and the KZN High Schools contests. The surfing competitions will be supported by an exciting festival programme featuring music, arts, recreational beach activities, and extreme sports – all the while showcasing the best tourism and hospitality experiences the region has to offer.

All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions will be adhered to.

World’s best surfers set to compete in upcoming Ballito Pro

World's best surfers set to compete in upcoming Ballito Pro presented by O'Neill 29th June – 10 July 2022

The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill, the world’s longest running professional surfing event, in its 53rd edition will celebrate the return of international surfing to South African shores, this time as a World Surf League (WSL) Challenger Series (CS) for men and women.

The Challenger Series is the ultimate battleground for surfers fighting to qualify for a spot on the 2023 Championship Tour (CT). Across the eight international events, the fields of 96 men and 64 women battle for one of the 10 men’s and 5 women’s coveted spots at the top level of the sport.
The Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill will be the third stop on the Challenger Series and will see more than 15 countries represented across the board.

The men’s field is stacked with former Ballito Pro champions and local favourites Adin Masencamp (Cape Town) and Jordy Smith (Durban), Alejo Muniz (ARG) and Deivid Silva (BRA). It also features Championship Tour surfers such as Conner Coffin (USA) and Ezekiel Lau (HAW), and up-and-coming rookies like Rio Waida (IDN) who won the previous CS event, the Sydney Surf Pro.

In the women’s draw, former Ballito Pro champions Zoe Steyn (East London) and Sarah Baum (Durban) will come up against some fierce international competition. The winner of the second CS at the Sydney Surf Pro, Teresa Bonvalot (PRT) will hope to ride the momentum into Ballito – but don’t underestimate CT surfers Molly Picklum (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS); the exciting Hawaiian crew of Luana Silva (HAW), Bettylou Sakura-Johnson (HAW) and the queen of pipeline, Moana Jones-Wong (HAW).

With such an impressive field of competitors in Ballito, it’s an opportunity unlike any other for South Africa’s best junior surfers to watch and learn what it takes to compete at the elite level. These junior men and women will get their chance to prove themselves in the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior WSL Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) 1,000 event taking place 2-3 July 2022 before the start of the Challenger Series.

The top local men and women surfers, who did not qualify for the Challenger Series, will get another chance to earn a spot in the main competition with the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill Trials. The winners will claim the WSL wildcard entry into the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill Challenger Series.

“WSL Africa is excited to be hosting one of the blue-ribbon events on the Challenger Series. The opportunity to see the best women surfers alongside the men makes this such a unique event for Africa. Our sincere thanks to the KwaDukuza Municipality, O’Neill South Africa, event management and the many sponsors for making this the premier event for Africa. I am positive, like always, that many of these surfers will go on to become household names in the world of surfing over the next few years,” said WSL Africa Operations Manager Colin Fitch.

Robin de Kock, General Manager, Surfing South Africa, commented: “Surfing South Africa is pleased that our U12 to U18 boys and girls will get an opportunity to compete in the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior in Ballito once again. Rated as a Prime Event on the SA Junior Surf Tour, the O’Neill SMTH Shapes Pro Junior gives the up-and-coming South African surfers to be part of the Ballito Pro. Not only do they get to compete for rating points and a share of the generous prize purse on offer, but they will also be able to watch some of the world’s best surfers in action in the Ballito Pro itself. Our thanks to the KwaDukuza Municipality, O’Neill and SMTH Shapes for including our juniors in the event.”

Paul Canning, Brand Manager of Sector Group (O’Neill), said: “On behalf of O’Neill, we are extremely honoured and proud to be involved in the Ballito Pro again this year and would like to thank the KwaDukuza Municipality for all their support in surfing and raising the event to the elite Challenger Series status.”

Commenting on the upcoming event, mayor of KwaDukuza Municipality, Cllr O L Nhaca, said: “We emerge from one of the most testing global challenges of our times where we have been plagued by a pandemic, social unrests, flooding and subsequent devastations. KwaDukuza Municipality is renewing it’s economic and tourism strategies towards economic recovery, particularly in tourism. We are looking forward to, once again, welcoming all the international athletes and their families and teams to our shores.

“We are especially excited to host the first Men’s & Woman’s Challenger Series for the region and Africa. It is in this sense that we thank the World Surf League, Surfing South Africa, our presenting sponsors and all stakeholders who have partnered with us as we look forward to an exciting, action-packed sporting and lifestyle event.”

The Ballito Pro Pres. By O’Neill 2022 will continue to host developmental surf contests and the KZN High Schools contests.

The surfing competitions will be supported by an exciting festival programme featuring music, arts, recreational beach activities, extreme sports – all the while showcasing the best tourism and hospitality experiences the region has to offer.

All applicable COVID-19 related government guidelines and restrictions will be adhered to.

Calvin Macmillan takes the top title at the 2021 Ballito Pro Skate Jam

Calvin Macmillan takes the top title at the 2021 Ballito Pro Skate Jam

Some of the country’s best skaters took to the Ballito Bowl on Saturday, 18 December where they got the chance to showcase their well-honed tricks to a captivated audience. The 2021 Ballito Pro Skate Jam was the setting for some incredibly talented displays but, in the end, it was Calvin Macmillan who took home the R7 500 cash prize for overall win.

“The Skate Jam welcomed a really high standard of competitors and was a fantastic success for the participants and spectators,” said event organiser and judge, Alan Marola. “This is always a great platform to start young skaters in a bowl, and all the kids were ripping it out there! There’s really some amazing talent in South Africa.

“Congratulations to all the competitors for spectacular performances and we’re and a big thanks to all those who came out to support the talent. I’d also like to extend special thanks to our sponsors Volcom, Fallen Footwear US, Re/Max Dolphin Realtors, Oakley and Monster, as well as our hosts KwaDukuza Municipality for their invaluable support.”

All first-place winners received a generous hamper supplied by the sponsors with Calvin Macmillan taking home the overall R7 500 cash prize, and Murray Sharp receiving R2 500 for pulling off the best trick of the day.

Macmillan (33) has been a competitive skater for a number of years, commented: “It’s always great to skate an event that’s well-supported and that’s exactly what we all got from the Ballito community. It always makes a huge difference when there’s hype from the crowd to push the skaters to their limits during contests.

“I’ve grown up with most of the guys and we are all friends who support one another. We are all focused and would like to win, but we’re equally as stoked to see our homie next to us take it. At the end of the day, it’s about having a good skate session with your friends, having fun and pushing each other’s limits. I don’t ever enter to win, I enter to skate as best I can with my friends and have a good time – and whatever happens, happens! I made the finals and skated with friends and, this time around, I took the win and I’m stoked about it. All in all, the event was amazing – a great turnout and hopefully we will continue to grow it year on year.”

The uMhlanga Rocks resident also extended his thanks to everyone involved in making the skate jam a success: “Big thanks to KwaDakuza Municipality, Re/Max and Dallas Oberholzer for the revamp and build of the bowl last year. Dallas is a good friend and he’s been giving back to the skate community for years. This bowl is a great facility for kids to learn and hopefully we can add to it and build more each year.”

He said that watching the progression of the youngsters, particularly the female skaters, has been rewarding: “There are exciting times ahead and l look forward to seeing what these girls and groms are going to end up doing. Big thanks to Volcom, Fallen Footwear and Monster for backing the event, and to all the guys behind the scenes for making sure it happened.”

 

2021 Ballito Pro Skate Jam Results


Women’s Division

1st Jessica Louw

2nd Caetlyn King

3rd Ella van der Merwe

Boys U16

1st Ezra Vosloo

2nd Cooper Smith

3rd Levi Vosloo

Men’s Open

1st Calvin Macmillan

2nd Brandon Valjalo

3rd Khule Ngubane

Best Trick

Murray Sharp

 

Ballito Pro Festival Programme

The skate jam forms part of The Ballito Pro Festival Programme which has been hosted at outdoor venues across KwaDukuza between 9 and 19 December. Also forming part of the festival was a number of family-fun activities at Willard Beach, fantastic retail options, outdoor eateries and live music after dark. Sarah Ferguson, the founder of Breath Conservation, ran the Ballito Pro Environmental Awareness Campaign and Programme which included a guided marine walk, pop-up snorkel day and the Slip Slop campaign.

Adin Masencamp Wins the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill QS 5,000

Adin Masencamp Wins the Ballito Pro presented by O'Neill QS 5,000

Adin Masencamp (Strand) won the 52nd edition of the Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) 5,000 ahead of Jordy Smith (Durban) in clean, offshore 4-5 foot (1.2 – 1.5 meter) surf. 

Career-best Result for Masencamp
This is Adin Masencamp’s biggest Qualifying Series event win and the 5,000 points will give him a massive boost for the 2021/2022 season. 

“It feels amazing. I had a couple of clutch moments where I had to perform under pressure. I worked really hard on my mental strength, nutrition, my surfboards, everything before this event. So for it all to come together, it’s the biggest result of my life and especially against Jordy Smith. He is the best surfer to come out of South Africa and beating him was the cherry on top. All I wanted to do was showcase what I can do as a surfer, so I’m really stoked,” said Masencamp.

Masencamp knew he had to work hard to defeat Smith and posted an excellent 8.17 as his opening ride. Leading the heat halfway through, Smith came out flying for a massive, clean aerial to bank a 9.00. Both surfers only had mid-range scores as a backup, until Masencamp found a wave far down the beach for two powerful turns in the critical part of the wave for a 7.77.

With only three minutes left, Smith was left hunting the lineup for a 6.94. He found a wave in the dying seconds, but it wasn’t enough and he had to settle for second place.

Coming back from injury, Championship Tour (CT) surfer and previous event winner, Jordy Smith (Durban) was in a league of his own. Throughout the event, Smith’s variety in his maneuvers was the point of difference that saw him win every heat until the Finals.

“I had a few good waves, but I kind of struggled throughout the day to find the open face waves, but nevertheless I’m stoked to be back competing,” said Smith.

When asked about his readiness for the 2022 season, he said he’s not there just yet.

“I think I have another month or so left but I will be ready when it starts, that’s for sure,” said Smith.

Standout Performances In Semifinals
Slade Prestwich (Scottburgh) was one of the in-form surfers of the event, scoring some of the biggest rides, which saw him up against Smith in the first semifinal.

“It’s a dream to surf against Jordy, especially now, conditions are just perfect. You know you have to step up your game when you surf against him because the scoring goes up, so you have to perform well,” said Prestwich.

Prestwich fell on a couple of turns but shook off his nerves when he caught a set wave for an incredible turn back into the pocket and a strong finish to score a 7.67. With the clock winding down, there was a quick exchange of waves but Smith’s power and variety was just on another level. Prestwich showed incredible heart in the heat, but he fell short by an agonising 0.06 points.

“He’s an incredible surfer, he’s been around for a while and I knew it was going to be a tough match-up. I was fortunate to find that wave at the end,” said Smith.

The second semifinal was an exhilarating affair between Masencamp and Eli Beukes (Kommetjie), who put everything on the line. Beukes ripped his opening ride to pieces for an excellent 8.17 to put the pressure on Masencamp. However, it was Masencamp’s competitive experience that gave him the edge, and didn’t allow his nerves get the better of him. Beukes tried desperately to land some impressive airs but couldn’t complete his rides.

Event Wildcards Shine 
WSL Wildcard Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) was one of the standouts on the day in his first-ever QS 5,000 event. In his Quarterfinal clash, Faulkner left everything out there, but couldn’t match a clinical performance from Prestwich. Faulkner’s equal 5th place still gets him 2500 points on the 2021/2022 WSL Africa QS rankings.

Men’s Final Results
HEAT 1: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 15.94 DEF. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.37

Men’s Semifinal Results
HEAT 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 15.50 DEF. Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.44
HEAT 2: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 14.00 DEF. Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.84

Men’s Quarterfinal Results
HEAT 1:Jordy Smith (ZAF) 12.83 DEF. Jordy Maree (ZAF) 11.90
HEAT 2: Slade Prestwich (ZAF) 15.50 DEF. Joshe Faulkner (ZAF) 13.30
HEAT 3: Eli Beukes (ZAF) 12.16 DEF. Max Elkington (ZAF) 7.33
HEAT 4: Adin Masencamp (ZAF) 13.66 DEF. Shane Sykes (ZAF) 13.16