South Africa’s surfing icons were honoured in the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame on Sunday when tablets commemorating the first 30 inductees who established and developed the sport and lifestyle on the Southern tip of Africa were officially unveiled at Muizenberg in Cape Town.
A selection of Pioneers, Legends and World Champions, ranging from Heather Price, the first South African recorded riding a wave standing on a surfboard at Muizenberg in 1919, to Justin Strong who won the ASP World Pro-Am title in 1991, had their names recorded for posterity in the country’s first national monument dedicated to surfing.
South Africa’s most famous surfing personality, Shaun Tomson, delivered a heartfelt talk of the importance of preserving and promoting surfing’s heritage before fittingly cutting a surfboard leash to open the monument. Tomson is touring the country promoting his book ‘The Code’ and was the 1977 ASP World Champion, has become an author, filmmaker and motivational speaker and is acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential surfers.
Other high-profile inductees in attendance included multiple SA Champion and Springbok team captain in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s, George Thompson, who flew in from England for the occasion; Jeffreys Bay’s Cheron Kraak; 1978 ISA World champ Ant Brodowicz from KZN and Graham Hynes from St Francis Bay, the former owner of Safari Surfboards and arguably the world’s best surfing coach.
After the completion of the public opening ceremony at the monument on the beachfront, the inductees and VIP’s attended a post event function where they were treated to speeches by former local councilor Dave D’Alton, Muizenberg Improvement District’s Chevone Peterson, Surfing South Africa Deputy President Bruce Anderson and former United Surfing Council of South Africa Secretary General, Schani Nagia.
The national monument has been seven years in the making, stemming from the highly successful Surfers Corner 60’s Reunion event in 2010. This was followed by the launch of the Surfer’s Circle Walk of Fame in 2014 when the original 12 Pioneers, three each from Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London were selected.
The SCWOF committee is in the process of forming an NPO to run the project, solicit donations for the ultimate aim of erecting a suitable statue to complement the plaques and to the select the inductees, who will be officially ratified by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport.
Capetonians can look forward to a bigger and better ‘celebration of beach culture’ when the seventh edition of the Earthwave Beach Festival is run at Muizenberg on the weekend 26 & 27 September. (more…)
This year I went up for the last weekend to see the finals and what a showdown it was! I wasn’t equipped to take good photos this time, so just shot a few very amateurish ones, but you’ll get the gist of it. I didn’t get any of Mick’s shark encounter as I was literally too shocked to take pictures while it was happening. The crowd was gasping, water patrol straight on it and well, the rest is so well covered that I don’t need to rehash it all again. Enjoy the images!
Jeffreys Bay – The entries for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have been flowing through consistently, with some big-hitters dropping video highlights to get into the event. The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA will see 24 of the country’s best surfers compete for that one slot into the WSL Championship Tour’s JBay Open, and a minimum prize of US$9000 (ZAR109k). (more…)
I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finally managed to get the online surf shop up and running. You can now shop to your heart’s content. Just hover your mouse over Online Shop in the menu and choose a category. We’re starting small, but new products are coming soon.
The latest range is Easy Longboarding, made locally by our man Kai. He’s a cool dude and more’s coming soon!
If you have any questions, or would like us to list your products, drop us a line.
It’s on folks! The most ‘laid back’ surfing event to hit the Cape Town calendar is back and it’s going to be a blast. Be sure to get there early, because this year it’s going to be a cracker. I’m hitting it for the third year in a row and can truly say that it’s one of the most enjoyable contests on the South African surf calendar.
The contest is pretty laid back too in that regard, but don’t make a mistake, some top surf talent come and show off their mad retro skills.
For those that are unfamiliar with the setup, RVCA and VUDU Surf usually make available a bunch of old surf boards for contestants to surf on in the comp. The ones with the most style and flair make it through. Whether a classic fish or longboard, style is what it’s all about, so expect many a soul arch and larry laybacks.
Some tips on having an enjoyable Rolling Retro experience
Chicks (and okes for that matter) can dress up (pin-up style is a big hit!) retro and win prizes
Come early, the beach gets packed
Bring enough shade
Bring loads of sunscreen
Bring enough cash for beers and boeries at the Llandudno lifesaving club (they are to die for after a cold surf)
Don’t be a douche and free surf in the contest area
The event is on the 22nd of February 2015 from 09:00 – 22:00, see you there!
Llandudno, Cape Town – On Saturday the 1st of November surfers of all kinds will congregate at Cape Town’s Llandudno beach for a fun day out at the Off The Lip Movember Surf Jam. This event, which is hosted by Quiksilver and the Movember foundation, is aimed at creating awareness as well as raising funds for men’s prostate cancer, testicular cancer and other men’s health issues. Surfers participating in the event are encouraged to dress in seventies surf gear, alter-ego’s welcome, use surfboards from the seventies era and don freshly shaven upper lips to mark the start of a hair-raising month for creating awareness for the Movember movement. (more…)