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South African Surfing Icons Honoured in Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame

March 20th, 2017
Surfer’s Circle Walk of Fame inductees with their commemorative certificates at the official opening of South Africa’s first national monument to surfing Photo: SCWOF

Surfer’s Circle Walk of Fame inductees with their commemorative certificates at the official opening of South Africa’s first national monument to surfing Photo: SCWOF

South Africa’s surfing icons were honoured in the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame on Sunday when tablets commemorating the first 30 inductees who established and developed the sport and lifestyle on the Southern tip of Africa were officially unveiled at Muizenberg in Cape Town.

A selection of Pioneers, Legends and World Champions, ranging from Heather Price, the first South African recorded riding a wave standing on a surfboard at Muizenberg in 1919, to Justin Strong who won the ASP World Pro-Am title in 1991, had their names recorded for posterity in the country’s first national monument dedicated to surfing.

South Africa’s most famous surfing personality, Shaun Tomson, delivered a heartfelt talk of the importance of preserving and promoting surfing’s heritage before fittingly cutting a surfboard leash to open the monument. Tomson is touring the country promoting his book ‘The Code’ and was the 1977 ASP World Champion, has become an author, filmmaker and motivational speaker and is acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential surfers.

Other high-profile inductees in attendance included multiple SA Champion and Springbok team captain in the 1960’s and early ‘70’s, George Thompson, who flew in from England for the occasion; Jeffreys Bay’s Cheron Kraak; 1978 ISA World champ Ant Brodowicz from KZN and Graham Hynes from St Francis Bay, the former owner of Safari Surfboards and arguably the world’s best surfing coach.

After the completion of the public opening ceremony at the monument on the beachfront, the inductees and VIP’s attended a post event function where they were treated to speeches by former local councilor Dave D’Alton, Muizenberg Improvement District’s Chevone Peterson, Surfing South Africa Deputy President Bruce Anderson and former United Surfing Council of South Africa Secretary General, Schani Nagia.

The national monument has been seven years in the making, stemming from the highly successful Surfers Corner 60’s Reunion event in 2010. This was followed by the launch of the Surfer’s Circle Walk of Fame in 2014 when the original 12 Pioneers, three each from Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London were selected.

The SCWOF committee is in the process of forming an NPO to run the project, solicit donations for the ultimate aim of erecting a suitable statue to complement the plaques and to the select the inductees, who will be officially ratified by Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport.

Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame
2017 Inductees

Pioneers
Heather Price
John Whitmore
Dave Meneses
John Grendon
John Heath
Leo Davis
Sandy McGillivray
Bobby Joubert
Roger Taylor
Mike Hornsey
George Thompson
Leon ‘Dux’ Coetzee
George Bell
Ahmed Collier
Schani Nagia
Addie Jappie
Basil Lomberg
Baron Stander
Peter Burness

Legends
Robbie Abrahams
Cecil Whiteman
Graham Hynes
Max Wetteland
Cheron Kraak
Ant Van Den Heuvel

World Champions
Shaun Tomson
Antoni Brodowicz
Wendy Botha
David Malherbe
Justin Strong

For more information on the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame see www.thesurferscircle.co.za (under construction) or the Facebook page Surfers.Circle.Muizenberg

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