One could have been forgiven for thinking you had walked onto a beach in the tropics on Saturday, thanks to a windless and sunny day at Llandudno, Cape Town, with some seriously warm water for the Cape. You would also have thought you had been taken back in time as the retro boards, costumes and wetsuits dotted the beach. Fun waves, around a 1000 people and of course fantastic vibes, all came together to further build on the Rolling Retro’s reputation for the most fun day in SA Surfing.
Once again Robby McDonald (Vudu Surf) and Captain Kai (theGoodLife) with the able assistance and generous support from the team at RVCA, hosted the surf family of Cape Town for the annual Rolling Retro surf day. Robby brought his collection of retro, collectable surf boards and 100 people got to surf their favourites for a half hour heat against their friends and fellow surfers. Girls, guys, groms and old folk mixed it up with the top local surfers all in the name of fun and the love of surfing.
The day was given a short break, when the entire beach thought a Great White had come to visit, but this turned out to be a harmless Sun Fish, much to everyone’s relief. The Lifeguards reacted quickly and the rubber duck was deployed to check the line up. Shortly after the event was back on.
The final heat hosted some of SA’s top surfers. Jordy Smith, Chad Du Toit and Roosta, who were exchanging waves and boards, treated the crowd to an amazing show. They were joined by long board legend Micheal Grendon and Llandudno favourite Winston Kletter.
Prizes were handed out all day with the awesome support from all the sponsors, but there were a few official ones handed out at the after party held at the Suikerbossie in Hout Bay. While cold beers flowed and everyone reminisced about their day. Captain Kai announced the following winners of the big prize packs:
Best Female Surfer:
Brian Little (Men)
Amy Kins (Ladies)
A bunch of other prizes made their way to the crowd while everyone rocked out to the sounds of Fiona Jean Hare and Tailor, before DJ Warbot revved up the party. Rumor has it that captain Kai had so much fun, he was found at the Suikerbossie the next morning in his party clothes – lucky for him he scored the best buffet breakfast around!
A huge thanks to the Llandudno Lifesavers and community, for once again hosting the event. It was a massive success and funds were raised for the lifeguards.
Be sure to check out the Facebook Event Page for all the photo links. A video will be released tomorrow by theGoodLife.
RVCA, Vudu Surf, theGoodLife, Red Bull, Hurricane, Mrs Palmers, Backsberg, Reef Wetsuits, Suikerbossie, Wet Sac, Indo Sole and Llandudno Lifesaving.
Photos by Anthony Fox and Richard Johnson