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KASSELSHOOP – for cheese and farm runs!

The 7th Kasselshoop Farm Run / Walk took place this Saturday (25 Aug) at Kasselshoop Cheese – and it looked like the weather AND the farm animals played along and that it was yet another great event!
Nothing better than an overdose of fresh air, awesome scenery and a few kilometres on the farm…
Then spending some time with family and friends while enjoying some of Kasselshoop Cheese‘s famous cheese at the ‘Old School Tasting Room’…
There are 3 event remaining in the series of 10 while the organisers are planning to host a few #FarmRun events during December as well.

Look at the photos here:
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(Photo: Rianda Rabbets)
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Looking back at the 19th Vintner’s Surf Classic that took place on Friday, 10th August in Stilbaai.
Author: SPIKE
“For 19 years, winemakers have run the Vintners Surf Classic, with last Friday’s epic edition at Stilbaai signalling a bold plan to raise R1million for a cancer treatment charity,” writes SPIKE on
“While it wasn’t quite the thumping 12 foot carnage of last year, it was a bumper turnout of 67 surfers from all walks of the wine industry who enjoyed a classic winter’s day, and the usual wine barrel bonhomie, interlaced with bouts of surfing in clean 3-4′ lines pushing down the point, with some five footers on the outside as the surf improved with the pushing tide.
The weather wasn’t great, with heavy squalls in the morning washing over the mud-spattered, white double cabs lining the car park, but the weather cleared in the afternoon in time for wine tasting, beer drinking and the normal root stock banter. More importantly, the wind stayed offshore the whole day.
And what about the world-class waves the next morning at a fishy surf spot: 6-8ft and gangbusters in an epic land breeze and walling low tide. About 20 frothing vintners boosted their odds of survival at the break, which normally lies fallow due to frequent flyer fears of visits by Sir Fin and Mr Torpedo.”

Read the rest of SPIKE’s blog here – he ends off with these words of thanks: “And then especially to all the local Stillbaai surfers for allowing us to host this contest on their breaks. R5,280 has been donated by the contestants towards improving and maintaining the facilities at the breaks.
Thank you to the Vintners Surf Classic for choosing Stilbaai and Jongensfontein for your annual surf competition.
See you all again next year for the 20th Vintner’s Surf Classic !!

MOTLEY CREW: The surfing winemakers pose for a pic after the finals. Photo: Nice Touch Media


Spring is in the air (although we still feel the winter in August) and the flowers are blooming in Stilbaai!
The yellow flowers of the #Bietou (or Tick Berry or Bosluisbessie or Weskusbietou) as well as the white and blue #Blombos and shrubs along the beach are pretty sights along the coast and in town.
#ThingsToDo – do your own flower trip in Stilbaai and see how many different flowers you can see!

(Photo by Juanita van Papendorp via Instagram)

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Two events with a long history in Stilbaai are taking place this weekend:
– the 27th Stilbaai Galjoen Derby (Saturday, 11 August)
– the 19th Vintner’s Surf Classic (Friday, 10 August)
The Vintner’s Surf Classic started out with 12 winemakers who loved surfing – and hate playing golf! – and decided that when they are invited for the annual golf day by their suppliers, they are going to surf!
They did so for the first time in 2000 at Onrus and after their first get-together, they moved it to Stilbaai or Jongensfontein and it has been taking place ever since on a Friday in August…
Winemakers, viticulturists and marketers working for a winery are invited to join in one of three main categories – Junior, Senior and Ballies – and the top four surfers of each category go into a final show down. The day end with a get together in the evening where all competitors gather for a prize giving.
BIG RED – When the surfing winemakers battle it out in the ocean, it is not only for ultimate bragging rights, but also for a fantastic charity.
It’s called Surf4Life and was founded in honour of the late Taryn Pratt to help continue her legacy of assisting people in the community through surfing and fundraising events. Some surfing winemakers knew Taryn well and decided to get involved.
Every year all the Vintner’s Surf Classic winemakers supply delicious red wines and these are crafted into a collector’s wine called BIG RED, always bottled in magnums. Some of these bottles are being auctioned to raise money for the Surf4Life Campaign and others will be commercially available for sale.
So, keep an eye out to see where the surfing action in taking place on Friday and join the family and friends and enjoy the surfing – or knee boarding – action and fun.
The Vintner’s Surf Classic is sponsored by REEF South Africa.
See photos of the Vintners Surf Classic HERE
Thank you Vintners for visiting Stilbaai / Jongensfontein for the 19th annual year. All the best with the surfing and have fun!


The 2018 Stilbaai Galjoen Derby, hosted by Stilbaai’s Rots- en Kushengel Klub (Rock and Coast Angling Club) for the 27th consecutive year, promises to be the biggest in the history of the event. This year’s event, that takes place on Saturday, 11 August in Stilbaai and Jongensfontein, will see a total of 456 anglers from 76 teams competing for prizes worth R160 000.
This competition is an important event for Stilbaai as it provides an annual economical boost for the town and it is being supported by various businesses. The derby is being sponsored by Agio Baits and Sinkers for the second consecutive year.
What makes this competition even more unique, is the fact that ALL the galjoen caught, is being safely released after it has been measured. Last year more than 150 galjoen were safely released again. Other fish caught also count towards the heaviest ‘bag’ per team and these fish are also being released. This makes the Stilbaai Galjoen Derby indeed the biggest catch and release angling event of its type in the country.
The event is strictly organised and monitored. On Saturday, anglers will start fishing from the area at the Stilbaai harbour towards Jongensfontein and not further than Heuningnesbaai. All lines have to be in at exactly 16:00 with the rest of the administration (scoring etc) being done at the Stilbaai Community Hall where the prizegiving will also take place.
This year the prize for the heaviest galjoen returned alive is a Shimano Stella 10k reel. If the winning galjoen is over 5kg, the angler will win the Stella as well as an additional R15 000 cash sponsored by Agio Baits and Sinkers, Stil Fishing Stilbaai and Zoo Look Fishing. Among the prizes are prizes for the 28 heaviest galjoen caught while the junior angler who has caught and released the heaviest galjoen, will win a prize of a lifetime. He (or she) and four friends will go on a deep sea fishing trip with Stilbaai’s Sprinbok angler, AJ de Beer on the boat, Savage Charters. Stilbaai’s Bertie Barnard Primary School has entered a team last year with their lady angler, Celena van Zyl, who finished in the overall top 10 last year with the galjoen she landed. This year there will be two teams from Bertie Barnard.
Perfect Attendance Register – that is what Coenie Jones, Dougie Kramer and André Manning have as this will be their 27th Galjoen Derby while René Cronje will be competing for the 26th time.
The Galjoen Derby Gives Back – each year, a huge bottle of wine is being auctioned off during the prizegiving and the money goes to the old age home, Huis Stilbaai. This year will be no different and the old age home will again benefit from this event.
For more information about the derby, visit and like the event on Facebook (Stilbaai Galjoen Derby)
View photos of the 2017 Galjoen Derby here.



Who said winter in Stilbaai is cold and miserable and rainy where you are spending more time indoors than at the beach or on the hiking trails or anywhere outdoors?
Look at these awesome photos taken by Riël Tredoux while visiting Stilbaai during July and you might agree that there is so much to see and do if you look around you. And if you can not snap it, then just enjoy the beauty.
Look at the photo album HERE

Have a look at the Things To Do section to find a few suggestions.
Get out and explore – no matter the weather!



It is not often that two beacons in Stilbaai are as open and ‘exposed’ like this past weekend (14 – 16 July 2018).
Friday the 13th July was New Moon with Spring Tide on Saturday / Sunday which means the water was extremely high with high tide and very low during low tide.
The monument, or referred to as ‘The Steentjie‘ by locals, at the west beach (close to the harbour) was completely open while the Preekstoel on the far east also had no water around it.



Woensdag, 27 Junie 2018 – ’n Pygmy Sperm-walvis het vanmiddag (Woensdag 27 Junie) op die strand tussen Lappiesbaai en Preekstoel uitgespoel.
Volgens Jean du Plessis van CapeNature, kon hulle nie sien of sê wat die rede is nie, maar dit lyk of daar merke aan die walvise se lyf is.
Lede van die NSRI Stasie 31 en Du Plessis het met die reddingspoging gehelp om die walvis terug in die see te kry.
“Ons sal die kus môre dophou vir ingeval hy weer êrens uitgespoel het. Dit gebeur soms, maar hier op Stilbaai is dit maar die tweede een die afgelope 10 jaar.”

Berig: Suid-Kaap Forum




Homeowners, meet Laurentia Barnard from Stilbaai Hideaways.

Laurentia has recently joined Frankie Fleck of the holding company Cape Hideaways, who has managed to source accommodation for discerning holidaymakers across Cape coastal areas over the last 5 years.
Stilbaai Hideaways endeavours to extend this quality holiday rental service and concentrate on securing peace of mind to owners of holiday homes in Stilbaai, Jongenfontein and surrounds.
Home owners are offered the following:

  • Free listing on the website (also visit for details regarding area-specific hideaways)
  • Professional photographic shoot of your property
  • Local and international marketing of your property
  • Hands-on property management and maintenance
  • On-site and personal service to tenants
  • Professional financial management.

They ensure that your home is showcased and cared for professionally with the best personal care and service.
Should you have any queries or would like to list your home with Stilbaai Hideaways, please contact Laurentia Barnard via e-mail ( or phone her at Tel: 083 306 9929.

Laurentia Barnard: “I am privileged to be a resident in Stilbaai, was born and bred in Riversdale and as young girl, Stilbaai was my playground.
It is my mission to attract visitors to share my passion for this exceptional seaside village and offer them selected holiday accommodation.
We pledge hands-on service to both homeowners & tenants.”



SAFE LANDING – in the river!

Tuesday (12 June) – The Stilbaai community is relieved that Corné Schabbort and his daughter, Marianne, were uninjured after he was forced to make an emergency landing with his Mohawk aircraft in the Goukou River when the engine failed after take-off from the airstrip.
The aircraft was retrieved with the help and assistance from the NSRI, iALA and Groenewald Construction.

Although drone ‘pilots’ have to make sure they know the legislation regarding the flying of drones, it is quite nice to experience the happenings of the afternoon via this video by Sam Barton.