Rolling Retro 2016 – Code Black

With a grey and rainy start, the ocean looking wild and stormy, many were wondering if the event would start, but organisers and locals decided it was time to test the surfers at the Rolling Retro at Llandudno Beach. With this year’s Mexican theme the patch at the Lifesaving Club was bright and cheerful as apposed to the vibe in the water where close out sets and double overhead conditions were quickly making the event be referred to as Rolling Retro, Code Black.

Photo: Ian Thurtell
Photo: Ian Thurtell

The Bodysurfers were first in the lineup and most competitors were quickly getting busy charging the large conditions with no fear. This threw the challenge out to the surfers who quickly followed suit. As the day progressed the sun started fighting through the clouds and the performances in the water kept the growing crowd very entertained. Though there were many broken boards amongst the free surfers, somehow not one Retro Surfboard was lost – a true tribute to the workmanship of these collectors pieces.

Some of the standouts on the day were led by young Muizenberg surfer, Pieter De Wit, who not only took out the Bodysurfing division but also got one of the best tubes of the day. Representing the Llandudno locals was super grom, Luke Slijpen, who showed some of the old boys what style on a retro board should look like and was the clear choice for the best grom award. Following in his son’s footsteps was local, John Slijpen, who charged the big conditions, but also got a massive lip to the head, winning the best wipeout category. Tanika Hoffman was one of the few ladies to brave the wild conditions and she was rewarded for her charging by taking the Best lady award.

Photo: Ian Thurtell
Photo: Ian Thurtell

In the last 2 heats, two of South Africa’s best Longboard surfers took to the water, much to everyone on the beach’s delight. Mathew Moir is a two time World Champion and he showed us why, by charging on a 9’2 Longboard on the huge waves. On one wave he somehow recovered from being completely on his back, to the cheers of the crowd. He was followed by Scarbarough’s, Mike Grendon, who went out on an ancient, 20kg, John “Oom” Whitmore Longboard. The Oom must have been smiling down from the heavens as Mike proceeded to charge massive close outs, soul arch down the line and pretty much blow everyone’s minds with his carefree approach to the dangerous conditions. Mathew and Mike shared the hard chargers award.

Amongst the surfers there were a couple of stand outs, with Llandudno brothers Jasper and Logan Eales getting some bombs. Robby Schofield made the trek from the West Coast and got a few pits and did some huge turns to win the best turn of the event. Benjamin Potter and Luke Christie Smith, both sporting ginormous beards, also entertained the crowds both in and out the water. It was Andrew “Roosta” Lange though who had the beach cheering every time he took off on a wave. Taking off on one big set wave, the conditions suddenly went perfect offshore, the light golden as Roosta bottom turned, stood straight up and soul arched through the biggest tube of the day on an old Gerry Lopez Lightning Bolt Surfboard. It was a moment that the entire beach went silent, followed by an eruption of sound as he got spit out the tube. With some stellar turns and floaters added to the mix, he was the unanimous choice for Surfer of the Event.

Photo: Ian Thurtell
Photo: Ian Thurtell

Throughout the day the Corona bar was pumping and as the day wore on the El Jimador girls served frozen margaritas and tequila shots, to the sounds of Roastin Records, ensuring that the party was heaving by the time the prize giving was done. All food and bar sales went to raising funds for Llandudno Surf to attend SA Champs and their were smiles all round on the their happy faces. The evening ended with the crowd enjoying the acoustic sounds of the Larter Brothers followed by some retro inspired beats by Dj Ike. All in all another insanely fun day was had by all and the Rolling Retro continues to be referred to as the best day of the year!

Photo: Captain Kai
Photo: Captain Kai

Big thanks go out to the hard working team behind the scenes, event MC Ilan Sheer, the whole Vudu Surf family and our incredible sponsors El Jimador, Corona, Red Bull, Hurricane Surf, Von Zipper and Gul Wetsuits. The event video will be released in the next few days.

Photo: Ian Thurtell
Photo: Ian Thurtell
Photo: Captain Kai
Photo: Captain Kai

Rolling Retro 2016 presented by El Jimador – Get ready for Baja Magic!

Cape Town’s favorite day of sun, fun and surf returns for it’s 6th year. Once again Vudu Surfboards will be holding the #RollingRetro at Llandudno Beach, with a large collection, of over 45 Retro surfboards, available for entrants to surf in celebration of our surf heritage. Our presenting sponsor, El Jimador, will be keeping the party going and the frozen margaritas flowing, while this year we are joined by everyone’s favorite Mexican beer, Corona! In line with our sponsors, this year the #RollingRetro will have a classic “Baja” theme and we invite everyone to find their inner Mexican.

Retro Final Poster - Web

The event was conceptualised by Vudu Surf’s, Robby McDonald and South Africa’s premier extreme sport MC, Captain Kai. The guys wanted to create an event that celebrated SA surfing history and also gave back to the local Llandudno community. Robby has one of the biggest Retro surfboard collections in the country and once a year, at the event, people can experience these rare surfboards for themselves.

The event also helps to raise funds for the Llandudno Lifesaving Club, as they supply all the Food, including veg options, and along with the Bar, helps raise money for the club to attend the SA National Champs. (So remember to bring your cash down as no ATM on the beach. Please remember no alcohol or glass on the beach.)

Remember, its not a competition but a celebration! Groms, ancient surf masters, girls and guys all surf together in 10 person heats that last 30 minutes. The MC’s, Ilan Sheer (Llandudno Local), Andrew “Roosta” Lange (Free surf Guru) and Captain Kai will keep the crowd entertained and informed. Retro tunes will play throughout the day with the Vinyl masters, Roasting Records and DJ Ike on the decks, while the Larter Bros, who have played at every #RollingRetro will play after the prize giving.

Getting Tubed in 2014 (Pic- Richard Johnson)

The main event of the day each year, is the “Pro Heat” with special guest surfers putting on a show, ably led by Roosta. This year we will have multiple #RollingRetro winner, Mike Grendon (SA Champ Longboarder) back in the water, along with multiple World Champion Longboarder, Mathew Moir, and big wave surfing legend, Chris Bertish. Local standouts, Jasper Eales, Josh Brodie and super grom, Luke Slijpen will be joining them for the last heat of the day. A few more surprises are definitely in store.

This year we once again celebrate our water brethren, with both Bodysurfing and Bodyboarder heats in the mix. Vudu Surf will supply custom made hand guns for the Bodysurfing entrants to use and the best Bodysurfer on the day will win one of these custom weapons. We are also looking for the best retro board, whether surf, bodyboard or Handgun, so make sure you bring your toys to the beach.

The #RollingRetro cannot happen without our sponsors. In 2016 the event is presented by
El Jimador Tequila, with main sponsors Vudu Surf, Corona and Red Bull. Our prize sponsors are Von Zipper, Hurricane Surf and Gul Wetsuits.

For the fist time ever the event has an online entry and you can go to to book your heat. Bookings will only be final once the fee has been paid, all details on the website. (NB: All entrants must be at registration to confirm they are on site. No refunds will be made for non-attendance and if you are not checked in 30 minutes prior to your heat, your slot will be given to one of the alternates.)

Entry Fee: R150
(Registration starts at 8am at Llandudno Lifesaving Club. All entrants must register and sign the Indemnity Form.)
120 x Surfers
20 x Bodysurfers (Vudu Handguns will be available.)
10 x Bodyboarders (Retro Bodyboard required)
Heats are 30 minutes with 10 people in the water.

All entrants will receive an official event Vest and stand in line to win awesome prizes for:
Best Dressed (Male & Female – Retro/Baja themed)
Best Surfer – Guy
Best Surfer – Gal
Best Surfer – Grom
Best Bodysurfer
Best Bodyboarder
Best Private Retro Board
Instagram Award – Best Photo (Wins an El Jimador Agave Replica Surfboard)

Enter our Instagram Competition with El Jimador and Von Zipper. Simply post your favorite #RollingRetro moment from year’s past, or on the day of the event, Tag @vuduSurf @VonzipperSouthAfrica and use the Hashtags, #RollingRetro #ElJimadorSA #ElJimador and you could win this insane prize! (Winners announced at prize giving – get posting!)

Loads of give aways on the day, music and laughter!

NB: If conditions are not optimal on Saturday, 20 February, we will move the event to the backup date of Sunday, 28 February 2016. This call will be made by the afternoon of Wednesday, 17th February 2016.

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