South African Surfing Legends

Giving back to South African Surfing

The rich history of South African surfing stretches right back to the 1920’s. South Africans played a major part in setting up the world professional tour in the seventies. Our surfers have won numerous world amateur and professional titles. The healthy state of surfing and it’s related industries is due to years of experience and passion. South African Surfing Legends celebrate these people and their achievements and have a specific purpose of growing diversely growing the sport through the High Performance Surfing Academy.

THE LEGENDS

LEGENDARY STORIES AND ARTICLES

Mike Larmont Tribute

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5mP6rHgCqY On Friday December 1, Bruce Jackson organised an evening for old friends to pay tribute to Mike Larmont at the Oyster Box. Tich Paul flew in from Cape Town and Cheron Kraak, Michael Ginsberg and Jonathan Paarman from PE....

Talent is never gonna be enough

The saddest and most frustrating thing about surfing and sports in general is watching young athletes with talent never reach their potential. Surfing history is littered with these ‘bad boy tragics’ who believe they don’t have to pull the hard yards so vital too...

Shaun Tomson talks to the HPSA group

Surfer’s Code is a program that Shaun Tomson has created to empower young athletes around South Africa and in the USA. As the vanguard of South African Surfing Legends, he dedicates time and energy to the HPSA, the group’s coaching program. On Monday while he was in...

Gavin Varejes – making a difference

  When we decided to get this Legends thing going in 2014 on the North Beach Pier, Graham Cormac made the suggestion that we model the group on South African Rugby Legends. I kinda recalled the organization that celebrates the sport of rugby by honouring retired...

Micro Grom Coaching Program Gets Underway.

The High Performance Surfing Academy was launched a year ago and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the past seven months, Chad DuToit and Jason Ribbink have been coaching a group of juniors with the expressed purpose of preparing them for competition. Come rain...

The Legends Story So Far

Here is a short history and activity update through the eighteen months since the official inauguration in August 2014. The Legends story started in May that year, when a group of past SA Surfing greats decided to start a Section 18a company with the purpose...

Cell C Goodwave Is A World Surf League Specialty Event

  13 December 2016 Durban – In an agreement entered into between the World Surf League (WSL) and South African Surfing Legends, the 2017 Cell C Goodwave has been officially listed as a WSL Specialty Event for the 2017 calendar. The Cell C Goodwave is an invite-only...

Sisonke Development Challenge

Sisonke roughly translated means ‘together’. On the weekend of 22/23 October 2016, Sisonke Surf Club, a loosely knit group of surfers from Trafalgar, Umzumbe and Durban came ‘together’ to run a highly successful event at Dairy Beach in Durban. Saturday morning a small...

Warrior Mindset

In 2017 Shaun Tomson celebrated the fortieth anniversary of winning the 1977 IPS World Title. The only Saffa ever to do so. This exchange with Adriano De Souza, the 2015 WSL title holder is priceless if you have any aspirations of gold and glory as a competitive...

The Cell© Goodwave Surf Contest Confirmed For 2017

New Pier, Durban – In exciting news, the South African Surfing Legends is proud to present the Cell© Goodwave, set to take place at New Pier in Durban in 2017. The Cell© Goodwave will once again present an alternate take on the way traditional surfing events are held,...

Frankie O

Matt Warsaw’s Encyclopedia of Surfing post on Frankie Oberholzer goes like this:   “Camera-friendly pro surfer from Warner Beach, South Africa. Oberholzer was born (1972) in Port Elizabeth, raised in Warner Beach, south of Durban, and began riding waves at age nine on...

HPSA Future Legends Winners’ Coaching Program

In January, February and March this year the Legends hosted and ran a series of three events, The Future Legends Series. Talented junior surfers from all surf zones of South Africa were invited and from accumulated results over the three events the winners emerged. ...

The Greek

  The first two things that struck me about ‘The Greek’, George Thomopoulos, when I first met him as a class mate at Glenwood High School in the early sixties were the size of his muscle and the size of his smile. The school had some big heroes like Rocky Ailwood the...

LUMINARY

          The Max Wetteland Story 29 August, 1938 - 5 July 2015 By Pat Flanagan (published in 40.2 of Zigzag) When the time is ripe and the world needs to take a step ahead and explore new boundaries, someone like Max Wetteland will come along and shine his...

Future Legends 3.0 full report

Surfing: Future Legends Final Event Great Success: Goor Wins JBU Supertrial Wildcard Durban, Saturday 19 March – Promising conditions at the New Pier in Durban saw event organizers move the final Future Legends Coaching Series event across to New Pier from the Dairy...

Future Legends 3.0 Forecast

Great Waves And Top Action Forecast For Third Future Legends Coaching Series event       New Pier, Durban – the final event in the three-part Future Legends Coaching Series is set to take place this Saturday 19 March. South Africa’s top swell forecaster Spike...

Future Legends 3.0

Durban To Host Third Future Legends Coaching Series Event This Weekend New Pier – The third event in the Future Legends Coaching Series - the coaching and training contest series organized by South African Surfing Legends – will take place at Durban on Saturday 19...

Future Legends 2.0

Blistering Performances At Second Future Legends Coaching Series Event In Durban Durban - another classic Future Legends Coaching Series event took place in Durban on Saturday, and all invited surfers stood up to the challenges put forward by the South African Surfing...

Future Legends – Second Event

Durban - The South African Surfing Legends have embarked on their Future Legends Coaching Series, and the second leg of the series will take place in Durban this Saturday 27 February. The first event that took place at Dairy Bowl on Saturday 23 January, highlighted...

Legends 2015 Video

In May 2015 we put on a Gala Diner to raise funds for our ongoing junior surfing program. Tim Williams and I put together this video for the show. Its a year old now, but intrinsicly it states who Legends are and what Legends do. As Shaun Tomson says at the end of the...

Big Stakes At Future Legends Coaching Series

The Future Legends Coaching Series winner of the U16 Boys division will also win a slot into the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, set to take place at Supertubes in JBay. The JBU Supertrial is a prestigious, invite-only event that awards one slot into the main event...

Future Legends Series (event one)

Sitting on the wall at Dairy Beach with one of the Legends who had spent the day involved in this memorable and innovative project, we reflected on what had just happened. Since early on the steamy, sticky Saturday morning, red shirted Legends (some greying) had been...

Future Legends Series Participants Announced

South African Surfing Legends Through The High Performance Surfing Academy Announce The List Of Surfers Invited To The Future Legends Coaching Series Durban - South African Surfing Legends are proud to announce the full list of surfers who have been invited to attend...

Future Legends Coaching Series

South African Surfing Legends Presents The Future Legends Coaching Series. South African Surfing Legends through the High Performance Surfing Academy is proud to present the Future Legends Coaching Series. Durban – The South African Surf Legends (SASL) through the...

Bruce Jackson – Head coach HPSA

Legend's recently inaugurated High Performance Surfing Academy's head coach, BRUCE JACKSON is often ragged about losing the 78 St. Michaels World ISA Title to his best buddy, ANT BRODOWITZ. But let it be said that many at the event had him as clear favourite before it...

TWIGGY – a movie by Michael Oblowitz

https://vimeo.com/100642242 This is one of the most awesome videos that we've ever posted on the Legends pages. This movie on Twiggy gives the viewer a tangible look in to the exploits of a man hell bent of surfing the biggest waves that the planet can throw up. In...

Vissla Junior World Title

Press release from SSA on 7 October 12015. South African Junior Surfing Team leaves for the 2015 ISA World Junior Championships today The South African Junior Surfing Team leaves for California later today (Wednesday) to join 34 other teams from all parts of the World...

50 Years of Surfing in Durban

         The exhibition was held at the old pump house building at the New Pier in Durban from 1 July to the end of August. The show was loosely broken down into each of the decades and set out to achieve a vibe of each era using relevant pictures and design. Thanks...

BRICKS & MORTAR

AN INTERVIEW WITH PAUL NAUDE Back in the early 80s, Paul Naude took a leap of faith from the informalities of the surfboard building industry into the corporate world by joining Gotcha (at the time licensed to SA Clothing), with its well-defined corporate...

Aloha PD, gone but not forgotten

      It saddens me greatly to write another goodbye message to another great personality who made an indelible stamp on the South African and International surfscape. Peter Daniels as most of you already know by now passed away in Spain yesterday (6 August 2015). PD,...

Wade Sharp – SA’S Global Coaching Star

Towards the end of the Bay era and at the birth of the New Pier, Durban produced some outstanding performers, emulating the greats who came before. Wade Sharp, Jason Ribbink, Noel Rahme, Carl Roux along with the south coast’s Frankie ‘O’, Mike Roscoe, Greg Haste and...

RIP Max Wetteland

Today, 5 July, 2015, South Africa’s most influential, innovative and astute surfer left us. Max Wetteland, this country’s first representative surfer, respected surfboard design visionary and great waterman departed this life. In 1968, I was fortunate enough to watch...

June 2015 – the Legends Charter Update

Durban - South African Surfing Legends is proud to announce its plans and ideas for the future. With the simple intent of paving the way for our surfers to once again reclaim the rightful place in the international arena, the South African Surfing Legends' plan is to...

SASL Gala Dinner

We are proud to announce the launch of the South African Surfing Legends Academy - a high performance centre that will primarily focus on the advancement of South African junior surfing. For decades, South Africa was a major surfing force and our aim is to...

Mike Larmont – SA Surfing Giant

The SA surfing landscape is littered with strong characters. Mike Larmont falls squarely into that 'larger than life' category. Besides being one of the first Saffas to venture to Hawaii, where his appetite for those XXXL winding North Shore walls and peaks was...

Raymond Robertson in the first Hot 100

In the October 82 issue of Surfer magazine the first ‘Hot 100’ list was compiled. It featured the likes of Richard Cram, Mike Burness, Tom Curren, Barton Lynch and Willy Morris. Also featured on a double page spread was Durban surfer Raymond Robertson. Quoting...

Chris Knutsen – four times world champion

The Silver Fox, as Chris Knutsen is well known, holds four ISA World titles. As far back as the late seventies when the amateur and pro ranks split and Chris chose the former, he has been part of team after team that represented this country.                   Oddly,...

Robert McWade – Still living the dream

The 1966 South African Champion, Robert MacWade won that great event at Ansteys Beach in possibly the biggest waves in the champs history. After going over the falls (clutching his board, way before leashes made their appearance) he went on to totally dominate on that...

SA vs France Shoot-out

With two weeks of almost daily session at the New Pier, the French team were well prepared for this informal South Africa Team vs French Junior under 16 squad that took place on 22 February 2015. On the day before the contest, the SA Team worked intensively with the...

Robbie Irlam’s Gallery

One of the greatest things that the boomers age group have are the memories of growing up when travel was easy, expectations of career were less evident and time seemed endless. Robbie Irlam who I met in Jbay for the first time has had such a life. One filled with...

Legends Journal Extra

Early in 2015 Zig Zag produced a Legends Journal, this is an article that was a out take. Sport doesn’t build character it identifies character. I read recently. Well, when most of the Legends started surfing there was still the debate about whether surfing was a...

A tribute to Erroll Hickman

As an impressionable sixteen year old, I wanted to surf and be just like Errol. He was my hero. His surfing, just like his shaping was immaculate, creative and perfectly orchestrated. He was part of the iconic 1966 Springbok team that went to the San Diego World...

Legends on Supersport

SA Rugby Legends TV recently featured the Surfing Legends in their February slot. The feature illuminates the functions of the organization - to nurture and mentor junior surfing in South Africa. Thanks to Howard Cleland for putting together this clip.  

Zig Zag in the Early Days

Doug Macdonald In the early eighties when Doug and Paul Naude ran Zig Zag, we shared an office/studio in Stanger Street. There would be a knock on the door and a well secured parcel would arrive, addressed to the Editor - Doug. Most days, he would get there late...

Legends News 6 February 2015

SSA Junior Team Announced From the Zig Zag Website 06- 02-15. It’s never an easy decision picking a team to represent South Africa at an international surfing event, because Mzansi is literally loaded with surfing talent. But team sizes are set for ISA events and only...

Legendary Achievers

Much is said about South African surfing history. But any conversation that did not include the name Tomson or Naude would be incomplete. Long before the world tour started, both Ernie Tomson and Paul Naude where putting down tracks from which surfing would eventually...

Sultan of Sheik – Wayne Shaw

Raffles was a full-on disco club on top of the Maharani Hotel that overlooks the Bay of Plenty in the late seventies and early eighties. Even though it was anti-culture for many, the hot babes hung there so it was the epicentre of surf cool at the time. I remember...

50 Years of World Titles Surfing

International Competitive Surfing Turns 50. On the 7th of June a gala diner was held in Manly Beach in Sydney to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the first official Surfing World Titles that were held at that famous break. This last Saturday morning, Max...

Spider Murphy

It’s common knowledge that Spider Murphy was Shaun Tomson’s go-to shaper in the seventies when South Africa’s first and only professional World Champion was setting the North Shore alight with his high octane brand of tube riding. Who will ever forget Spider's...

84 Country Feeling Classic

View an awesome video clip of the best event that I ever attended. Wasn’t a CT or a QS, just a shootout between the best surfers in the world at one of the best breaks at its very best. The waves were that good that two man heats were an hour long. Late on the...

Something Happening Here

How Tony Wright and John Batcheledor changed SA surfing forever in 1968. May 68. Back in Durban after nine months in the Navy in Simonstown, bright eyed and bushy tailed with my 9’10” Mike Hynson model three stringer Gordon & Smith under my arm, looking for a...

Dane Kealoha

The Gunston 500 in 1979 ended a six year Shaun Tomson stranglehold that he had on South Africa’s premier surf event. Dane Kealoha deposed him. But that’s not all that Dane will remember about the South Africa of that era. The proud son of a pure blooded Hawaiian felt...

The Fabled Bay of Plenty

A place where history was made Long before the New Pier  was even a glint in some City Engineer's eye, the Bay fulfilled every expectation, ticking every box as the premier surfing venue in Durban. Those winding right hand barrels not only provided the arena for the...

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