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Mon, 2 October 2017

The best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun. Welcome to the Cobbles Classic near Port Elizabeth. Words Ryan Anderson of the Loggers Union. Photos Kody McGregor


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SINGLED OUT: Logging in its pure form is catching on as a 'new' art. Photo Kody McGregor


The adage has in fact been adopted as the mantra for the gathering of young and old who pull into Cobbles at Cape Recife every year to cruise waves, tell stories and generally give and receive good vibes in the time-honoured logging tradition (single fins only!). This event is more about the comraderie, community and love of the glide. No thrash and bash here.

Well, maybe a little bit when the jol starts. This year saw the introduction of the Cape Recife Music Festival on the Saturday night. Some great local bands played, such as The Brothers & Too Many Chiefs, as well as national artists such as Charlie Finch, Farryl Purkiss, Desmond & The Tutus and Matthew Mole.

Hidden within the Cape Recife reserve lies an idyllic surfing playground, especially for the logger. The beautiful cobble pointbreak is made for dancing a single fin down the line. There is a wide playing field, with a dominant rocky point break but also a few reef breaks offering shapely rights and lefts.

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LOGGING PARADISE: A series of sections like a sweet Trestles setup. Photo Kody McGregor


All these options allow us to surf two venues in tandem. This means that the action is always on and surfers get to surf the entire range of waves at Cobbles over the weekend. With various divisions to surf, there is a space for everyone.

In addition to a host of speciality prizes, there are five basic divisions. The Mens and Ladies Elite is a competitive class for those who want to be crowned the Cobbles King or Cobbles Queen. The Mens and Ladies Cruiser division caters for the non-competitive and laid-back surfer who enjoys the social side of the event, while the Mens Legend caters for Mens Over 50s cruisers.

After a weekend of great surfing through the early rounds in tricky surf, conditions lined up for an epic end to the event on the Monday public holiday, with a rising swell and offshore winds. Cobbles was at its best to show off its moniker as a logging mecca.

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WATER DANCING: For the fleet of foot and the stout of heart, here be soul. Photo Kody McGregor


A festive prize giving at Ziggy’s topped off an epic day. The Men’s Elite victory went to Michael “Hill Billy” Hill of St Francis Bay, who was crowned “Cobbles King” for 2017, with his second consecutive Cobbles Classic win. Hillbilly’s legendary reaction said all you need know about how much it means to win this event! With some outstanding surfing in the Ladies Elite final, Shannon Hughes of Jeffrey’s Bay, was crowned the 2017 “Cobbles Queen” for the third time.

Allen Harris from East London took his first win at the Cobbles Classic event in the Men’s Cruiser division title with some smooth logging. Cobbles local lass, Kia Fenton glided her way to victory in the Ladies Cruiser division. The Men’s Legends title was won by the evergreen Greg Smith.

A big thanks to our presenting sponsor RVCA South Africa and their team for helping us put on another classic event this year. We would also like to thank all our other partners: St Francis Brewing Co, Mohair South Africa, Nixon, RYD Accessories, Stance, Wazoogles Superfood, Surf Sense Boardbags, Sticky Bumps, Faithful to Nature, We Care Collective, D’Blanc, Surfers Pledge, The Water Boy, Ziggy’s Rock & Reggae Bar.


Mens Elite
1st Michael Hill
2nd Craig Cuff
3rd Gregg Clarke
4th Gallad Smith

Ladies Elite
1st Shannon Hughes
2nd Marishka Diebold
3rd Crystal Hulett
4th Margreet Wibbelink

Mens Cruiser
1st Allen Harris
2nd Liam Bulgen
3rd Simon Fish
4th Matthew Hancock

Ladies Cruiser
1st Kia Fenton
2nd Tasha Mentasti
3rd Margot Saunders
4th Charmaine Adams

Mens Legends
1st Greg Smith
2nd George Bunting
3rd Paul O' Connell
4th Volker Diebold

Specialty awards
Nixon Men’s Stylemaster – Liam Bulgen
Nixon Ladies Stylemaster – Margreet Wibbelink
Stance Men’s Noserider – Gallad Smith
Stance Ladies Noserider – Mia Baard
Nixon Surfers Surfer – Levi Mayes

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