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Fun and Games but No World Records at Earthwave Beach Festival

September 28th, 2015 No comments
Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

Gary van Rooyen and Caitlin Brouckaert were worthy winners of the tandem surfing title at the Earthwave Beach Festival on Sunday Photo: Earthwave / StephenC Photography

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:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

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Issued on behalf of:

Kahuna Promotions
T: 021 783 4965
E: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
T: 082 423 1964
E: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival – FAST FACTS

September 25th, 2015 No comments
2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

WHAT: The Earthwave Beach Festival is a multi-discipline sports and entertainment event.

The highlights of the program are attempts to set two new Guinness World Records. These include:

• The ‘most surfers riding the same wave’, where hundreds of surfers enter the ocean and try to all ride on one wave. Open to anyone who can catch and ride a wave straight towards the beach for 5 seconds.
• The ‘largest bikini parade’, where women of all ages in two-piece swimsuits walk for a mile (1 610 metres) on the beach and are counted at the end of the course.

Sports include surfing, tandem surfing and touch rugby along with fun beach activities for the whole family such as Dig for Gold, raffles, give-aways, auctions, beach cleanups, etc

Entertainment takes place inside the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) and includes exhibitors, vendors, displays and talks on environmentally friendly products and services alongside live music acts, food sales and a beach bar

LIVE MUSIC: The line-up is:
14:30: Kings Down South
16:00: The Ryan Kidwell Band
17:30: The Rudimentals
19:00: 7th Son
20: 00: DJ’s till close

WHERE: The sports activities are staged on the beach and in the ocean at Surfers Corner, Muizenberg. The entertainment and exhibition components are staged in the Muizenberg Civic Hall (Pavilion) located on the beachfront overlooking the action.

WHEN: The event runs from 8am to 11pm on Sunday 27 September 2015

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

08h00 – 16h00 Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games
Surfing and beach activities for youngsters from the various outreach programmes that use surfing as an incentive to improve the lives of youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds

08h00 – 12h00 Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open
Demonstrations, celebrity heat and surfing contest with two people riding on a surfboard

09h00 – 12h00 Beach Touch Rugby Championships
Touch rugby tournament featuring the Western Cape’s best players

09h00 – 23h00 Exhibitions, sales, talks and entertainment in Pavilion
Includes exhibitors, vendors, talks, live music, food trucks and a ‘beach bar’.

11h00 – 12h30 Guinness World Record – largest bikini parade
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 9am on the day. Line up at 10.30 and walk a mile (1.6kms) on the beach. Current record is 1 085 participants

12h00 – 12h30 Dig for Gold
Youngsters digging in demarcated area on the beach searching for prizes

12h30 – 14h00 Guinness World Record – most surfers on the same wave
Registration online – www.earthwave.info . Sign in from 10.30am on the day. Line up at 12h30 – enter the ocean at 13h00. One hour (approx. 6 or 7 waves ridden). Current record is 110 set at Earthwave in 2009.

WHO: The event is suitable for people of all ages and is FREE for spectators.

COSTS: A nominal fee is charged for participation in events. The activities in the Pavilion are free until 2pm – thereafter entrance is R30 per person until 10pm

ORGANISERS: The Earthwave Beach Festival was founded in 2006 by Paul and Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions. This year is the seventh edition

The entertainment and exhibition aspects of the festival are run by Regan and Monique Tacon from Goodtimes Events

The festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept of Sport and Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport and a member of SASCOC and the International Surfing Association (ISA)

REGISTRATION: Participants in the Guinness World Record events for surfing and bikinis should register at www.earthwave.info This is recommended and will make your signing in procedure on the day quicker and easier

MORE INFORMATION: More information on the event can be found at:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

Participants, exhibitors, vendors and any entity wishing to promote their products, services, brands or worthy causes at the event can contact the organisers at kahunasurf@mweb.co.za / 021 783 4965

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Issued on behalf of:

Kahuna Promotions
T: 021 783 4965
E: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
T: 082 423 1964
E: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Sharing is Caring as Registrations Open for Guinness World Records at Earthwave Beach Festival

September 11th, 2015 No comments
2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

2015 Earthwave Beach Festival poster

Sharing is Caring has become the theme for the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival which showcases the beach lifestyle at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg on Sunday 27 September.

Thousands of people have shared the event page on Facebook, which has now reached nearly 300 000 users, while beneficiaries of the world record events include the Dare to Share charity and the inaugural Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games will be launched at the festival.

Highlight events at the one-day Earthwave extravaganza include an ambitious attempt to improve on the Guinness World Record for the ‘largest bikini parade’ set in China in 2012 when 1 085 women of all ages walked a mile (1 610 metres) in two-piece swimsuits, and an effort to increase the record of 110 surfers ‘riding the same wave’ set at Muizenberg during Earthwave 2009..

Online registrations for both events opened when the www.earthwave.info website went live this week and, with two weeks to go, hundreds of enthusiastic beach-lovers and surfers have already signed up for these spectacular mass participation gatherings.

Participants in the record breaking attempts donate a minimum of R50 each and proceeds will be shared between the Dare to Share charity that does so much to assist those in need, and whose slogan is fittingly ‘Walk the Walk’; and the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) whose admirable efforts keep ocean users safe.

Companies, brands, NPO’s and charities are encouraged to leverage the immense popularity and media coverage for attempts to break world records by sponsoring groups of participants to raise awareness and funds for the worthy causes they support.

The signing in procedure for the bikini record starts at 9am on the day at the Muizenberg Pavilion, with the parade along Muizenberg Beach between the Corner and the iconic bathing boxes starting at 11am.

Surfers of all ages and abilities sign in at the same venue from 10.30am with approximately 400 participants expected to line up on the beach for final instructions at 12.30. The aspirant record-breakers enter the water at 1pm for an hour during which the organisers try to get as many as possible onto six or seven ‘party’ waves.

The only criteria for surfers is that they can catch, stand up and ride waves straight towards the beach for the five seconds it takes to be counted in the record attempt. All those who complete either (or both) of the world record events will receive a certificate of participation via email.

The Share the Stoke Outreach Surfing Games is an initiative developed by Rory Heard, head of the South African branch of the international Share the Stoke Foundation, and Surfing South Africa, the national controlling body for the sport. The event will include surfing and beach games for teams of youngsters from the various outreach programmes around the Peninsula that use surfing as an incentive to improve the quality of life of their members.

Another first for 2015 is the live music acts, exhibitions, food sales and a beach bar in the Muizenberg Pavilion, right on the water’s edge overlooking the action. Doors open at 9am and the entertainment starts at 2pm, after which there will be a cover charge of R30.

The second Earthwave Tandem Surfing Open will again feature clinics on 2-Up surfing, celebrity heats and a club contest. Perennial favourites like the high energy Beach Touch Rugby Tournament, organised by Sportsman Promotions, and the popular Dig for Gold where kids dig in the sand for valuable prizes will also be back.

Keep up with the latest news on the 2015 Earthwave Beach Festival via:

Website: www.earthwave.info
Facebook Page: www.Facebook.com/Earthwave.Beach.Festival
Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1PPMPdB
Twitter: @earthwave2015 and #earthwave2015

The official digital media partner is www.Wavescape.co.za whose wave and weather guru Steve Pike is the official forecaster for the event.

For more information on how to participate in events or promote your company / brand at Earthwave contact the organisers at kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

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Note: The Earthwave Beach Festival is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), the governing body for the sport in South Africa and a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

Issued on behalf of:

Kahuna Promotions
T: 021 783 4965
E: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Distributed by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
T: 082 423 1964
E: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Anticipation ramps up for BOS Earthwave Beach Festival in Muizenberg next weekend

October 9th, 2013 No comments
Hundreds of surfers are expected to head out in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday 20 October  Photo: Clive Maasch

Hundreds of surfers are expected to head out in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg on Sunday 20 October Photo: Clive Maasch

 

Anticipation for an action packed weekend of beach and surf events and allied activities at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival has ramped up with the announcement that the two-day celebration of beach and sustainable lifestyles will include attempts to break two Guinness World Records at Muizenberg Beach on the weekend 19 and 20 October.

The sixth edition of this popular gathering of Cape Town’s beach community will host another attempt to break the record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Muizenberg in 2009 alongside the WP Touch Rugby Challenge presented by the People’s Post where an attempt will be made to beat the current record of 27 hours for the ‘longest touch rugby game’.

To break the touch rugby record, set in Australia in 2010, the WP Touch Association has selected two teams each comprising 16 players who will start playing at 8am on the Saturday and continue through the night on the beach until 12 noon on the Sunday, a total of 28 hours.

The programme for the festival features a broad range of activities of interest to the whole family including surfing, skateboarding and paddling competitions, demonstrations of innovative surfing equipment and adaptive surfing as well as displays and talks on environmental topics, beach games for youngsters and ends with an awards function and after-party in the Pavilion.

More than 400 local surfers from as young as seven to over 70, are expected to paddle into the gentle rollers at Surfer’s Corner at 1pm on the Sunday, many for the sixth time, to try and improve on the record they set at Earthwave four years back in what has become one of the surfing world’s biggest mass-participation events.

Teams from schools on the Peninsula and the Boland will come together at the Western Cape Inter-schools Surfing Tournament presented by Billabong where they compete for valuable prizes. This event, along with a transformation initiative that sees teams from the four surfing outreach programs operating in the Muizenberg area competing against each other, is supported by Surfing South Africa and the Dept of Sport and Recreation.

The top local stand up paddleboarders (SUP) and longboard surfers will also be in action with the Battle of Bay presented by Xpression the Beach seeing the SUP’ers holding short course races in the surf and a grueling long distance race to Kalk Bay and back before crowning the 2013 champions. Meanwhile the Xpression WP Longboard Classic includes members of the national team who did so well at the recent world championships in Peru and features divisions for juniors, women and men.

The interest in the second annual Similasan Tandem Surfing Champs, where a man and a woman surf together on the same board while completing acrobatic lifts and other skilful manoeuvres, has spawned the formation of the Earthwave Tandem Surfing Club which is holding its inaugural AGM in Muizenberg on Thursday evening.

Skateboarding will be hosted at the festival for the first time when the Pipeline Skate Ramps Skateboard Comp sets up their eco-friendly range of ramps and half-pipes and runs demos and competitions for all-comers in street, mini and vertical half-pipe skating.

Another innovation for the 2013 festival sees Wavejet Propulsion displaying and demonstrating their range of powered surfboards and SUP boards for the first time in South Africa, with members of the public invited to test these state of the art craft in the surf.

There are valuable prizes on offer for youngsters in the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and Tuffy beach cleanups while they have plenty of fun in the Similasan Beach Ball zone.

Those attending the festival can learn more about sharks and the oceans from the Shark Spotters, AfriOceans and the SharkSafe project being developed at Stellenbosch University; more about sustainable lifestyles from Greenpop, WWF SASSI, the Glass Recycling Company and the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Dept. and even have their cholesterol and glucose levels tested for free at the Diabecinn First Aid tent

The weekend reaches its crescendo with the awards function and after-party in the Muizenberg Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and evening when live bands and a DJ will provide the entertainment and food and beverages will be available.

The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is made possible by the support of BOS Ice Tea; Similasan; Dept. of Sport & Recreation SA; Xpression on the Beach; Wavejet Propulsion; Billabong; Rafikis; Diabecinn; In2Touch; Kahuna Creations; Natural Curve Surfboards; Zigzag Magazine; City of Cape Town; NSRI and more still coming on board!

The People’s Post and Wavescape are the print and digital media partners respectively for the festival and Spike from Wavescape is the surf and weather prediction guru. All the ocean events at the 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept. of Sport & Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport.

Contact Kahuna Promotions on 021 783 4965 or kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for further information and see www.facebook.com/bos.earthwave for the latest details, including the full programme of events.

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About BOS Ice Tea

• BOS is a range of organic rooibos ice teas blended with all-natural fruit flavours – peach, lemon, apple, berry, lime & ginger and cranberry energy. It is preservative, colourant and caffeine free.
• The BOS packaging is bold, colourful, and graphic exuding a youthful and open spirit.
• BOS Ice Tea appeals to people of all ages who have an optimistic outlook on life, an appreciation for great aesthetics, and a desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The BOS philosophy is – ”Being healthy and being robustly cool haven’t always gone together, but they can.”
• BOS premium quality organic rooibos is farmed exclusively at Klipopmekaar rooibos farm and private nature reserve. At the vanguard of organic and ethical farming, Klipopmekaar’s approach is intrinsic to the BOS experience.
• BOS plants and maintains 1 tree for every 2000 cans or packs sold. We focus this initiative in under-privileged and under-greened schools and public spaces.
• BOS likes to engage, have fun, give joyful experiences and share a sense of life and living.
• For more info visit www.bosicetea.com
Issued on behalf of:

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Contact: Paul Botha
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Email: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Issued by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za

Guinness World Record attempts and more at BOS Earthwave Beach Festival in Muizenberg in October

September 10th, 2013 No comments
The Guinness World Record setting wave with 110 surfers up and riding during the 2009 Earthwave festival at Muizenberg  Photo: Earthwave / Lee Slabber

The Guinness World Record setting wave with 110 surfers up and riding during the 2009 Earthwave festival at Muizenberg Photo: Earthwave / Lee Slabber

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Guinness World Records + Ocean & Beach events
Sustainable lifestyle event
Saturday & Sunday, 19 & 20 October 2013

The 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival will host attempts to set new Guinness World Records for the ‘most surfers riding the same wave’ and for ‘the longest touch rugby game’ when the sixth edition of this popular gathering of Cape Town’s beach community is run at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg on the weekend of 19 & 20 October.

The festival will again harness the immense interest surrounding Guinness World Records to promote sustainable lifestyle choices by featuring a wide range of both competitive and fun events in the ocean, on the beach and in the Muizenberg Pavilion alongside exhibitions, demonstrations and talks on environmental issues over the two days.

“This year’s BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is shaping up as the best yet,” says Paul Botha from festival organisers Kahuna Promotions. “The line-up of activities includes attempts on two Guinness World Records plus junior, development, tandem and longboard surfing events, standup paddleboard racing, skateboarding and plenty of activities for kids like the BOS Dig for Gold and Learn to Surf lessons.”

In addition to prizes for the nearly 1 000 participants, there is also plenty on offer for spectators with valuable give-aways, sticker-showers, beach cleanups, raffles and fund-raising for worthy causes. The awards ceremonies, exhibits and an after-party with live bands will be staged in the Pavilion at Surfers Corner.

“The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival demonstrates the BOS philosophy that you can be healthy while having lots of fun,” says Marié van Niekerk, Marketing Director at BOS. “The aim of the festival is all about participation, not winning. It’s an inclusive experience for both young and old, encouraging people to get active and enjoy themselves in one of the most pristine natural settings in the world.”

Despite attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave in California and Australia during the past year, the record still stands at 110 set in Muizenberg at Earthwave 2009. Earthwave Brazil, the 2008 record holder, will also be making another attempt to break the current record on Saturday 12 October 2013 at Quebra Mar near Sao Paulo.

The record for the longest touch rugby game is 27 hours set in Australia in 2010 and the WP Touch Association will be attempting to break this marathon record at the festival by staging a match that runs from 8am on Saturday through the night until 12 noon on Sunday, a total of 28 hours!

The Battle of the Bay presented by Xpression on the Beach will see standup paddlers racing from Muizenberg to Fish Hoek and back on Sunday with a series of epic short-courses races through the surf planned for the Saturday.

Muizenberg, with its pristine beach, gentle rollers and warm water, is where the first photographic evidence of people riding waves in South Africa was recorded in 1919. Considered the birthplace of surfing in the country, it is rated one of the world’s top 20 beach towns by National Geographic.

Further information on the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival can be found at www.facebook.com/BOS.Earthwave and www.kahunasurf.co.za. The organisers can be contacted via kahunasurf@mweb.co.za for details on how to become part of this sustainable lifestyle initiative.

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About BOS Ice Tea

• BOS is a range of organic rooibos ice teas blended with all-natural fruit flavours – peach, lemon, apple, berry, lime & ginger and cranberry energy. It is preservative, colourant and caffeine free.
• The BOS packaging is bold, colourful, and graphic exuding a youthful and open spirit.
• BOS Ice Tea appeals to people of all ages who have an optimistic outlook on life, an appreciation for great aesthetics, and a desire to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The BOS philosophy is – ”Being healthy and being robustly cool haven’t always gone together, but they can.”
• BOS premium quality organic rooibos is farmed exclusively at Klipopmekaar rooibos farm and private nature reserve. At the vanguard of organic and ethical farming, Klipopmekaar’s approach is intrinsic to the BOS experience.
• BOS plants and maintains 1 tree for every 2000 cans or packs sold. We focus this initiative in under-privileged and under-greened schools and public spaces.
• BOS likes to engage, have fun, give joyful experiences and share a sense of life and living.
• For more info visit WWW.BOSICETEA.COM

Issued on behalf of:

BOS Earthwave Beach Festival
Contact: Paul Botha
Tel: +27 (0) 21 783 4965
Email: kahunasurf@mweb.co.za

Compiled & Issued by:

Life’s a Beach Communications
Mobile: +27 (0) 82 423 1964
Email: lifesabeach@mweb.co.za