With season 4 of The Regular Guy kicking off shooting this week, with no presenting sponsor, we are trying to raise some funds for the production. With this in mind, I decided to raffle off the, Ferral Dark Horse Midlength from Season 3. This was one of the most beautiful surfboards I have ever seen and is definitely one of the most unique.
Buy your Raffle Ticket
If you would like a chance to win this incredible piece of art and functional, Midlength Twin Fin, here are the details.
Tickets cost R150 and you can deposit the money into the bank account below:
Kai Linder – Capitec – Acc: 1717213896 – Branch: 470010
MAKE SURE TO USE YOUR NAME AS THE REFERENCE AND MAIL PROOF OF PAYMENT TO KAISURF@YAHOO.COM WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND TELEPHONE NUMBER.
Thanks in advance for your support!
The Dark Horse
This board was a mind bender as can be witnessed in my review of it!
Retro Surfboard Rental Pop Ups This Weekend in Cape Town
In order to help Cape Town surfers get their entries in for the 2021 Digital Rolling Retro, the are will be doing board rental pop ups this weekend. Surfers can come down to the West Coast on Saturday 22 May and along the Southern Peninsula on Sunday 23 May to rent a board, get filmed and walk away with a limited edition 2020 Tshirt (The event was cancelled due to covid).
A wide variety of the Rolling Retro collection’s Single Fins, Twin Fins and Thrusters will be on offer. Surfers are also invited to bring their own retro craft and show them off to us, go surf them and get filmed.
Surfboard Rental: R300 (You get a 2020 Event T-shirt after you return the board)
Saturday 22 May – 8am Big Bay to Melkbos (We will choose the best spot early and notify on FB and IG accounts
Sunday 23 May – 8am Llandudno to Scarborough (We will choose the best spot early and notify on FB and IG accounts)
All Covid protocols will be followed and we ask everyone joining us to observe the following:
Wear your Mask
Keep your distance (1.5m)
Don’t gather in large groups on the beach.
You will be required to take your temperature and sign an indemnity form.
If you have been in contact with anyone with Covid or displaying symptoms, please don’t risk others.
We have sanitization on site.
All videos will be put into edits and your clips will count for the Digital Competition. You can win these epic prizes:
With the cancelation of so many events over the last 18 months, including the Rolling Retro at Llandudno Beach, the organizers decided to revive the event with a special digital edition in 2021. This year Rolling Retro are inviting surfers from across South Africa, to film themselves with their Retro Surfboards. The organizers want to see the old boards and hear their stories. Rolling Retro, organizer, Captain Kai,
“It was heartbreaking to cancel the event in 2020 just a week before we were supposed to run it. Robby and I could not face another year of inactivity. So, we decided to go out there and get everyone in the SA surfing community involved. This year anyone can submit clips of their boards and some surfing on them, to win incredible prizes.”
So, dust off those Retro boards, Logs, handguns, waveskis, Kneeboards, Bodyboards and tell Rolling Retro their stories, why you love them and show them off on a few waves. Rolling Retro have some epic prizes for their favorites, including a trip to the 2022 Rolling Retro at Llandudno (The event is almost guaranteed to run in 2022.)
How To Enter:
Entry is free!
Make a video where you introduce your Retro Board (Any wave Riding machine), catch a few waves on video and put the videos together – you dont need music.
Put the video clips in a folder (No need to edit) and Wetransfer to Captain Kai at firstname.lastname@example.org (We will edit and post the clips on our Platforms)
Cape Town Pop Ups – we will have 2 pop up Board Rentals with a camera guy in Cape Town over the entry period. Watch our social media for the dates and times. (If you paid your entry in 2020, this is valid for these pop ups.) Rent a board for an hour and get your clips filmed for R400 (2020 T-shirt for every person who rents.)
“We know a lot of guys and girls don’t have access to their own Retro Boards or filmers, so we are doing two pop up rentals in Cape Town over the waiting period. You can come down to the beach, rent a board from the collection and we will have a filmer on the beach. People who paid their entry in 2020 will be able to use it for this rental and all people who rent a board at the pop ups will receive 2020 event tshirts.” Robby from Vudu Surf and Rolling Retro.
The two pop rentals will be at any beach on the Cape Peninsula and the Rolling Retro team will notify of the day, times and other details on the Retro social channels.
4 May – Competition Open for entries
Thursday 6 May: Jack Black Social Media Competition Launches – Win the Jack Black Art Board
Tuesday 08 June: Cut Off for Entries
Tuesday 11 June: Men, Grom and Ladies Finalists Announced (4 per category) – Have 2 weeks to get 3x Final entries
Wednesday 23 June: Cutoff For Finalists Entries
Wednesday 30 June: Winners Announced (Including JB IG Surfboard Winner)
This week on #TheLockdown I am joined by three of SA’s hardest working shapers and brand owners. Graham Smith is one of the longest working surfboard manufacturers in the country and, of course, father to Jordy Smith.
Josias “Dutchie” Louw is one of hardest working guys in the industry, from making boards, managing brands and of course on the Mic at contest with myself.
Gary van Wieringen is known for his all out power surfing, but was also the hard worker at Clayton surfboards for years and now runs his own brand, Africa Surfboards, from his home on the South Coast.
Support the Captain
If you would like to support, myself and the Podcast, you can order some incredible Captain Kai merchandise on my Thundafund page.
One of South Africa’s top surf exports and freesurfer extraordinaire, now residing in California and on the Gold Coast, Brendon Gibbens rips! He is one of the few surfers who have cracked that seemingly unattainable code to become a well paid, traveling surfer, who does not have to compete in order to earn as an athlete.
Life has been affected for the Freesurfer
The Lockdown for the Corona Virus has affected his life, but they are allowed to surf in California – something that has been denied us in SA. No travel until further notice though, which is effectively a pause on his career.
We are blessed in Africa
With all the magical places Brendon Gibbens has travelled for surf, he still reckons home is the best. South Africa has a huge coastline, with hundreds if not thousands of good waves. We also don’t get the crowds like his two new home areas – believe me nowhere near the crowds. So we are blessed, even with all the big sharks! haha
The newly “retired” Mick Fanning stars in the latest edition of Stab in the Dark. The incredible concept, by Stab Magazine, takes one of the world’s best surfers and pairs them with unbranded surfboards from some of the world’s best shapers. This year, the shapers had to use some combination of stringerless EPS blanks, carbon fiber, and epoxy resin. Mick reckons he never surfs epoxy boards, so I am excited to see what happens.
Location, location, location
The locations are pretty hazy, though it is clear that Japan is certainly one of them. Some good looking waves in the teaser, though Mick is quite capable of making crap waves looks exceptional. It appears they got stuck in a huge typhoon too, which could make for incredible waves post storm. Previous editions of Stab in the Dark have scored really good waves, so holding thumbs for this one.
The World’s Best have taken part
Previous editions have featured some of the world’s best, such as Jordy Smith, Dane Reynolds and Julian Wilson. One of my favourite moments was when Jordy loved a board shaped by his old man, unknowingly, the now famous 44. (A board I have and love.) That is what makes the concept so cool, that they only find out who shaped which board right at the end. So enjoy the teaser…
This is a reminder that this Thursday the 31st of March I will be hosting one of the last Prize Nights so rack up entries everyday of the week for “Thursday Prize Night”.
With over R 12,000 in prizes such as: The last limited edition Vudu Surfboards painted by Buffy Braveart – a limited edition Boardhub Skateboards painted by Buffy Braveart, Marti Lund & Mr Migo – 4 x 5 L’s of Darling Brew beer kegs – R 600 worth of Rafikis vouches – a Rafikis Beach Hamper ( Umbrella & Pro Frisbee ) – a Brand Collective clothing hamper – 8 x Fiction & 8 x Vice City entry comps.
Also keep in mind that you only have 8 weeks left for a lifetime of memorable moments under Rafikis’ roof. They will be closing our doors and dropping the mic at the end of May so COME PLAY!
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.
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.
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 www.rollingretro.co.za 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 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.
The first event of its type in the World, the Agave Surf Classic was a great day out at Blouberg Beach in Cape Town. Small waves did not put a damper on a great day, with everyone involved enjoying the surfboards made from the Agave Plant. Mikey February and Max Armstrong were surfing great, but it was Tarryn Chudleigh, taking one for the gals, who took home the win and one of the beautiful Agave surfboards. Big thanks to El Jimador for their support of surfing and a great event!