The Earthwave Beach Festival lived up to its billing as Cape Town’s most popular celebration of beach culture with spectators and participants leaving the beach smiling despite variable weather conditions ranging from sunny and mild to windy with rain squalls that ruined attempts to set new Guinness World Records for the ‘largest bikini parade’ and the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ on Sunday.
Successful beach touch rugby, tandem surfing, Dig for Gold and outreach surfing events along with an entertainment program that included exhibitors, vendors and live music acts kept everyone entertained throughout the day and into the evening.
But weather forecasts in the media in the lead up to the weekend, predicting strong winds and rain on Sunday, prompted most of those who pre-registered for the record attempts to spend their day elsewhere and attendance for both the bikini and surfing record attempts fell far short of expectations.
The third Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open, the country’s only surfing event for two people riding the same surfboard, was again the highlight of the day’s program in the pleasant morning conditions. Participants displayed technical lifts and amazingly innovative combinations with multiple wind and surfing champion Gary van Rooyen and partner Caitlin Brouckaert clinching the title and unique trophy.
The Beach Touch Rugby Championships showcased the talents of some of Western Province’s top players while the inaugural Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games saw nearly 100 participants from the various outreach programs that use surfing as an incentive for enhancing the quality of life for youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds competing in surf and beach events.
Another highlight for youngsters was the Kingii Dig for Gold where dozens of pre-teens searched for valuable prizes in the beach sand to highlight the South African launch of the unique Kingii flotation safety device for all levels of water users.
The entertainment program staged in the comfort of the Pavilion, on the water’s edge overlooking the action, featured top class music by the likes of The Rudimentals, 7th Son, Kings Down South and The Ryan Kidwell Band alongside a beach bar, food trucks, a range of vendors and environmental displays by SANNCOB and the SharkSafe Barrier.
The seventh Earthwave Beach Festival was produced by Kahuna Promotions whose father and son duo of Paul and Dene Botha founded the event in 2006.The entertainment aspects were expertly produced by Regan and Monique Tacon from GoodTimes Events.
The 2015 festival was supported by Kingii, Pole Yard, Rafikis, Happy Socks, Tuffy, SAPPI, NSRI, 7Stars Energy, UBER, Metrorail, Ola, Corner Surf Shop, Lifestyle Surf Shop, Hooley, Xpression on the Beach / Coreban, Signature Surf and Skate, Naish SUP, Surf Emporium, Reef Wetsuits, Surf Shack, Dept. of Sport & Recreation, Share the Stoke Foundation SA, In2Touch and many more businesses in Muizenberg and surrounds.
The official digital media partner was www.Wavescape.co.za whose wave and weather guru Steve Pike was the official forecaster for the event.
The Earthwave Beach Festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport & Recreation as the governing body for wave-riding sports in South Africa. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
More information on the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival can be found at:
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015
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