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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Mon, 4 June 2018

It was a day of contrasts near Cape Town on the weekend as Steve Steezy Sawyer booked his ticket to a huge logging event in Mexico with his stylish win at the Log-jam in Muizenberg.

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CONTRAST: The freedom of the Wandering Albatross vs entrapment. Photo Jiggs Snaddon-Wood

The contrast were not only in the weather with bright sunshine alternating with cloud and showers. It also about about community and less about corporate. It was about the 2-4' lines rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean and the barrels - yes barrels - that more than one logger tucked into on the day.

It was also about highlighting the challenges faced by the natural world from the stupidity of the human race, as epitomised by Chip Snaddon's amazing art installation featuring a Wandering Albatross on the wing skimming over an ocean wave constructed from found fishing net and filled with plastic debris found on the beach.

With Steezy Sawyer, you couldn't have asked for a better person to represent Cape Town and South Africa at the Mexilogfest on the west coast at Playa la Saladita in May next year. It's a highlight on the international logging calendar. Steezy will get to compete against, and hang out with, the likes of Tyler Warren, Victoria Vergara, Rachael Tilly, Kassia Meador, Leah Dawson, Corky Carroll and Joel Tudor.


FEELING EYRIE: Former world big wave champ Cass Callier eyes the surf. Photo Jeff Ayliff

His style and skill are world class, and he's proven to be able to mix it with the best, so it is going to be interesting. The recognition from overseas - by the Mexican Log Fest and Sustanable Surf, the global NGO that dishes out Blue certification to events such as the Volcom Pipe Pro - marked a new leap in consciousness at the Log-jam, and that was very cool to see.

The surf was firing with overhead sets rolling across the staggered sandbars over which the loggers styled and weaved, while on land the party went on all day and long into the night. The standard of longboarding is excellent and it showed, even though the conditions helped. You could only ride single fin longboards with no leash.


SURF ART: Seven surfboards by surfer artists were exhibited. Photo Liam Bulgen

Meanwhile, in the marquee just off the beach, the energy vibed as hundreds of soul surfers hung out for the day. A new addition was the Real Surf Art component where eight surfer artists brought their boards and cool artwork into the tent. There were skate jams, and a surf market with products for sale or demo. It was kiff.

The day ended with a kickass jol that started at African Soul Surfer and then moved to the old Standard Bank building on the main road, featuring a range of bands who all surf. It was the real deal.

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