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Wed, 1 March 2017

It was chilled. It was mellow. It was the launch of a unique creative collaboration between free surfer Ricky Basnett and vet photog Sacha Specker. SPIKE pulled in to enjoy the vibe.


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CRAFTY PAIR: Sacha Specker and Ricky Basnett proudly show off the boards. Photo RVCA


Craft has become ubiquitious. Craft is everywhere you look in Cape Town these days. Craft has icy beads of moisture running down a bottle of Beach Blonde beer by St Francis Brewing Co. Craft lies ingrained in the WaWa handgun hanging from a wooden hook in Rolling Wood Surf and Skate, a crafty surf shop in Muizenberg.

But the 150 or so of us who pulled into Rolling Wood last night were here mostly here to to support another kind of craft as imbued in the collab between the tatooed tube maestro Basnett and the lesser tatooed but probably equally barrelled Sacha Specker - Ricky is a former professional QS campaigner, but Sacha is a former bodyboarding Drop Knee world champion.

They've launched a range of kiff surfboards shaped by Ricky and fused with Sacha's ocean photography. The gritty, black and white imagery of whirling tubular disturbancs only a surfer knows is framed by stark white lines that shape the rails. Laminated wooden tail blocks, a black glassed sheen to the negative spaces and one red single fin complete the picture.

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CRYSTAL VOYAGING: A closeup of one of the surfboards. Photo RVCA


And a pretty picture it is. Basnett has put a difficult phase firmly behind now (see No Regrets) and the partnership to create this collection of bespoke Shaka Sleds goes some distance to "seamlessly blend design, craftsmanship and creativity".

It was a fine time at Rolling Wood. Stay tuned for Part 2 coming up tomorrow at Keep it Simple Surf for their First Thursday event, a collaboration between KISS, RVCA and Wavescape Wines, another creative collaboration between Spike and Jeremy Walker of Grangehurst Winery.

Come and order some cases of wine and scoop one of these beautiful boards.

@rickbobbasnett @sachaspex @keepitsimplesurf #rvcasurf #artistnetworkprogram #balanceofopposites @wavescapesa #WavescapeWines

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