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Tue, 14 March 2017

Finally, it looks like the weather gods will smile on the Rolling Retro, which has had to be postponed twice. Hopefully no need to ritually sacrifice your antique gun yet, writes Spike.


BIG GUNS: Jordy and Twiggy joined the crew for the 2011 event. Photo Pierre Marqua

RR 2017_colour2The original date for the 2017 iteration of the Rolling Retro, one of my favourite specialty surf events, was Saturday 18 February. However, a big swell heading for Llandudno near Cape Town forced the event to be moved to Saturday 4 March.

Frustatingly for organisers Captain Kai and Robby MacDonald, it had to be shifted again due to winter weather in mid-summer, namely onshore winds, cold weather and a huge swell.

Kai and Robby made a difficult call, but as they say, it has to be an epic day. And preferably one without death-defying surf that puts the fear of God into competitors, particularly when dealing with heavy retro boards, which are not your 5' 10" 2017 surfboard weighing a feather.


MOTLEY QUIVER: Entrants get to ride the antique board of their choice. Photo Supplied

Robby--BoardsFrom this far out, with 10 days to go still, it's looking like the weather will be okay. A storm SW of Cape Town is due to form on the Wednesday before, with the swell due Friday, and easing on Saturday for the event as a High pressure lurks offshore, suggesting the right SE offshores though it might be southerly.

Another big storm west of Cape Town due to form on the Friday, with that swell due on Sunday or Monday after the event, but as we know, late in the season, the weather forecasts becomes fickle and things can jump around a bit.

For the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we have already seen the forecast steadily upgrade from light S 10 days out to a raging 100km/h hurricane that ended with its cancellation. So lets not put a hoodoo on the Rolling Retro just yet by claiming epic conditions.


MY STICK: Shark Boy admires his big gun at the 2011 event. Photo Pierre Marqua

Thankfully, it seems that sponsors and partners are being as patient, and a great day will still be had.

Here's the lowdown from Captain Kai: Rolling Retro 2017 is going Punk! So dust off those Pennywise albums, find your studs, load up on zinc and lumo accessories and grow that mohawk as we take over Llandudno beach for another day of surf, music and good times! We are joined this year by our awesome sponsors El Jimador, Vudu Surf, Striped Horse, Red Bull, Billabong, Von Zipper and Hurricane Surf. Entry to the event is free. If you want to surf in a heat with one of our classic surfboards, the entry fee is R150. We will announce online entries soon.

Divisions are surfing, bodysurfing and bodyboard.

- Best surfer, best Lady, best Grom.
- Best Tube
- Best Wipeout
- Best dressed Male and Female
- Old School Style Master
- Best Log


EL KAPITAN: Captain Kai will make sure you'll have a good time. Photo WSL / Cestari

Food and beverages are for sale from the lifesaving club and full bar available as well as Striped Horse draught and the ever popular El Jimador frozen margarita bar. Bars open at 12. (No alcohol to under 18's and please drink responsibly!)

Entertainment so far are the cool dudes from Mix n Blend as well as DJ Ike for after the prize giving. We will announce further acts closer to the event.

We advise coming prepared with cash, but the bar does have a card machine. Parking can be very difficult so rather catch a ride, uber or taxi.

8:30am - Registration
9:30am - Heats start
12:00 - bars open
6:00pm - Pro Heats
7pm - prize giving followed by live music.

Remember your cash, sunblock, retro gear and party vibes! Queries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ROOSTA LOG: Andrew Lange could surf a door and still look good. Photo Richard Johnson

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