Well done John, Tom, Anne and everyone else involved. I watched a bit of the contest on Saturday and even though the conditions were appalling the groms were having a great time. It was great to hear the isiZulu commentary from the Pumphouse. Siyabonga Khakulu! And well done on the pics Jon Ivins!
Posted by Dominick on the 26/11/2012 14:48
Awesome, completely awesome. Great work everyone, makes me an even prouder Saffer.
Would be interesting to know who the shapers are supporting/discounting/sponsoring these okes. I see Clayton boards ridden to first and second place?
Posted by Sam on the 27/11/2012 12:45
I was there to witness some of the action on Saturday, and the amount of energy in and out of the water was contagious! Well done to all invovled from the financial backers, Tom from Umthombo, Ann, and countless others. It was a proudly South African moment. I hope to see one of these guys on the CT one day, here's hoping.
Posted by Gulu on the 28/11/2012 21:17
Sorry to be "that guy" but this crazy. In a non-racial country, you held a race specific surf contest?? How about an Afrikaner only contests then?
Posted by John McCarthy on the 01/12/2012 19:55
Aaa Gulu I was waiting for you... ;) This wasn't a race specific contest. It just so happens that 99.9% of the people in this event including the judges and the offficials first language is isiZulu. It was simply more practical to run it in isiZulu. That said it was pretty cool to have a surfing event in 'The Kingdom of the Zulu' actually in isiZulu. Moving forwards we'd like to keep that part of it, because it is unique and it does pay homage to a large part of our population, but bring in other Saffas to make it more fun and representative of who we are as a nation.
Posted by Matthew on the 19/12/2012 11:57
@Gulu Language specific, not race. There are plenty of events run only in English or Afrikaans. All the surfers are former street children who happen to speak isiZulu.
Posted by Julio on the 31/12/2012 14:30
Alas we were not invited, which is all right. Instead we made a fire in the pit and had some mecdoire South African wine, but some outstanding South African liqueur named Amarula made from the fruit of the African marula tree. Very delicious. I remember seeing a documentary on HBO when I was a teenager about this fruit which when ripe drops to the ground and ferments. The animals will then eat it and get drunk. We did not as we were stopped by the rain. Hope you slept well.
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