Celebrating ten years of surf heritage and local vintage surf craft, Llandudno beach lit up for the 2019 Rolling Retro event. The waves were a little on the wild side, but everyone had a good time and some spectacular surfing was seen over the course of the day.
Surf fans from all over came down to surf a piece of surf memorabilia, and to enjoy one of the biggest surf events in Cape Town. With over 150 surfers entered and a mass of fans supporting from the beach, the Llandudno lifesaving club kept them well fed and hydrated, while the waves delivered once again.
The morning started with the rather large kneeboard crew hitting the line up and surf commentators, Stan Badger and Captain Kai could not pick a best one. It was a record entry of 18 kneeboarders, including long time Llandudno local, Guy Joubert.
Next up the bodyboarders and bodysurfers shared the line up and another Llandudno local, Markus Phitides, normally seen bodyboarding, put on a stellar performance with the hand-gun to win best “Body Surfer/Bodyboarder” of the day.
A flotilla of paddle skis hit the lineup for the first time ever at Rolling Retro – the guys charged hard and were very entertaining. A big shout out to, Mike Wessels who put it all together. He has been charging some heavy days in the Gat lately and it paid off as he took the honours for the ski heat.
In the ladies it was a mix of Log and Short and some very notable performances. Young local, Mary Slijpen really impressed, as did local lifeguard, Tasmin Du Preez, who won best female Logger. Natasha van Greunen stole the show with some solid lip hits. Hailing all the way from the Philippines, Raphael Nagalo, put on a very smooth performance in the heavy conditions to be awarded the best Log award. He was super stoked to be in Cape Town and even more stoked with the win.
The short boarders hit the lineup for the rest of the day and as the tide started dropping out, the conditions got pretty heavy. Contest Director, Captain Kai, found himself scratching into an absolute beast in the Gat and as the beach held their breath there was a moment where he looked like making it in, before getting absolutely destroyed. His consolation was being awarded the best wipeout of the day.
Billabong team rider, Joshe Faulkner, put on an electrifying performance, with some crazy turns and two huge, clean backside airs. His first air was so big and clean, especially in the heavy conditions, that the boys awarded him the best Move of the event.
One Llandudno local always stands out when it’s heaving and Josh Brodie pulled the rabbit out of the hat in the final heat of the day again. He found a huge clean wedge out of nowhere and back door charged the tube to the wild ovation of the crowd and into his second consecutive Best Wave award.
Out of many great overall performances, one guy stood out. Coming all the way from the bluff, Ricky Basnett was on fire and it was an unanimous decision to give him the best surfer of the day award.
Big thanks to the event sponsors; Striped Horse, Red Bull, Vudu Surf, Billabong, Hurricane Surf, Von Zipper, Amazonia, Suncamino Rum, Ocean Pledge and We Care Collective.
Photos by Ryan Collins.