South African Surfing Legends


Dear Friends, and friends of JBay, both new and old,

I hope this finds you well, healthy and coping with the Covid 19 situation wherever you are.

The situation here in JBay has not improved, in fact it has got worse.
The global and domestic travel restrictions, have crippled the community of Jeffreys Bay, where tourism from surfers, fishermen and holiday makers, is the prime driver of the local economy.
Stores and restaurants have recently reopened, but customers are scarce, and unemployment has escalated to never before seen levels.

The local people living in the townships, are struggling to feed their families. The situation became dire so I teamed up with an amazing group of local surfers under the banner “Lets Feed J.Bay”. These guys, Remi Petersen, Louisa and Dylan Lightfoot, Chokka Trahms and others took up the challenge to feed these desperate folks in our town, and through their efforts and support from the global surf community we have managed to purchase 10 tons of Corn Soya blend from the U.N. World Food bank.

Please Help!


Legends and Stories

Sisonke Development Challenge

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...

TWIGGY – a movie by Michael Oblowitz

TWIGGY – a movie by Michael Oblowitz 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...

Robbie Irlam’s Gallery

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...

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.

Sibonelo ‘Surprise’ Mpanza is a young surfer whose showing signs of being a real prospect for the future. Chad Dutoit, HPSA coach is providing Sibonelo with the platform to become a better surfer and a better competitor thus enhancing his remarkable natural ability in the water and on a skateboard.


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It’s been fifty plus years since I first picked up a marone Ken Ben surfboard and paddled out on a buster day at the Tramps in Durban

Kitchen Window

Kitchen Window is hopefully the conduit through which these stories, waves and ideas will reach those interested in looking a little deeper into the heart of South Africa surfing.

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