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Great surf threatens event and vintage surfboard collection




RVCA Rolling Retro

Llandudno, Cape Town South Africa
1 March 2015

Large surf at Llandudno could snap irreplacable surfboards 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 February, 2015 - Llandudno, Cape Town - The 2015 instalment of the RVCA Rolling Retro surf event has been postponed by one week, to 1 March 2015, with the forecast conditions for this Sunday 22 February looking far from ideal.

There is a very real worry that the surfboard collection will be damaged, and that large surf at Llandudno could result in irreplacable surfboards possibly being broken. So it is in respect to this heritage collection of surfboards that the event will be postponed by one week.

There is also the family element to consider. "The swell is expected to be big this Sunday, and puts us in a place where it might not be ideal for the kids, ladies and casual surfers," said contest director Kai Linder. "We have decided to postpone till next Sunday, 01 March 2015."

So, another week of anticipation. The retro surfboards, supplied by Robby from Vudu Surf are ready, and the handslides, made by Wawa Wooden Surfboards are also ready and available for the bodysurfers.

On Sunday 01 March the day's festivities will be based around the Llandudno Surf Lifesaving Club, and the event helps raise funds for the club. 

Robby from Vudu has about 50 vintage boards from his personal collection on hand for the event. From original Whitmore longboards and a 7’6 Whitmore Spoon, to Safaris, Larmonts, a Gerry Lopez Pipeline single fin, and a bunch of other classic boards for the surfers to choose from. It’s a fun event, and surfers are going to win by combining old school style and retro moves, with positioning and style.

The RVCA Rolling Retro 2015 will also, for the first time, feature a Bodysurfing division. There are slots for 40 bodysurfers in this division, with ten wooden Wawa handslides available for contestants to use in the competition. Bodysurfing is the art of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or a bodyboard.

All that a bodysurfer needs is a set of fins, with a handslide providing increased speed and less drag. The bodysurfing event will award three El Jimador agave handslides valued at R1,800 each for the three bodysurfers with the most stylish manoeuvres.

Craig Jarvis

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