Ready, set, go for Pro

2017-06-14 06:01
KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender and mayor Ricardo Mthembu (third from left) were among the many guests at the launch.

KwaDukuza deputy mayor Dolly Govender and mayor Ricardo Mthembu (third from left) were among the many guests at the launch.

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THE Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong is set to heat up KwaDukuza’s beaches for the ninth consecutive year. Bringing with it international surfing stars, South African musical legends and action-packed entertainment from 27 June to 9 July, visitors are in for a treat this year.
Speaking at the launch event last week, event organiser Collette Bundy said the return of the Ballito Pro presented by Billabong to KwaDukuza is a true testament to the region’s incredible surf conditions and warm coastal atmosphere.

“We want to make sure that every visitor to this year’s event finds something that appeals to them which is why we’ve organised an incredible two-week programme suited to all ages and tastes.”

The longest-running professional surfing event will continue at Willard Beach, Ballito with a host of exciting events taking place around this central action.

South Africa's hottest musical acts will be performing their greatest hits at this year’s Cadbury’s Five Star Ballito Pro Music Concerts Powered by 5FM taking place at the Salt Rock beach stage on Thursday and Friday, July 6 and 7. Audiences can expect the likes of December Streets, Matthew Mole, Okmalumkoolkat, Kwesta, Snapbvck, Kyle Cassim, Desmond & the Tutus, PH and DJ Lloyd.

The musical entertainment continues at the official After Dark Parties taking place at Ballito’s biggest nightlife venue, Crush nightclub, with the two dance floors hosting some of the country’s hottest DJs – among them Chunda Munki, Bomsquad and Vimo – along with incredible drinks specials from June 30 to July 9.
Partygoers will also get a taste of upcoming talent at the Battle of the DJs with the contest reaching its crescendo on Saturday, July 8 at the finals.

Foodies are in for a tasty delight at the Night of Food & Wine event also taking place at the main festival area at Willard Beach from Tuesday 4 July from 5pm to 10.30pm and Wednesday 5 July from 5.30pm to 10.30pm.
The public will be given a delectable platform to showcase their hidden culinary skills in the Freak Shake and Shisa Nyama cooking competitions while professionals in the industry will also be given the opportunity to prove their worth at the celebrity cook-off.
Daily live entertainment will be available at the Retail Delight which will feature an abundance of quality arts and crafts, various exhibitions and retail stalls.
Visitors can also grab a bite to eat at the food court, while the cider garden will provide refreshing drinks throughout the festival.
Committed to the rehabilitation of the ocean, festival organisers have brought back the hugely successful Save the Waves Campaign, sponsored by Dolphin Coast Waste Management.
The hazards of plastic waste, the importance of recycling as well as the ocean’s lifegiving elements will be highlighted through this educational campaign with visitors encouraged to use the recycling stations across the festival venue.



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