After meeting Avuyile Ndamase in East London, we drove with him to his home town in Port St Johns. This town has a reputation for fatal shark attacks on surfers the most recent in Jan 2011 – Avuyile’s younger brother. ” Second beach” is now offically closed and is now viewed as one of the most dangerous beaches in the world.
Here we got a chance to speak to the local surf coach Mike Gatcke and Avo’s Mother
to discover the stories as they happened.
With 24hr’s to spare only in East London we made some of the most important and influential interviews with key characters – Mark Addison, SA’s top shark expert, Andrew Carter one of few people in with world to have survived a double shark attack in Nahoon Beach, and Avuyile Ndasmase a 16yr old surfer from Port St Johns, voted most dangerous beach in the world, Avo lost his younger brother in Jan 2011 surfing his home break and escaped to East London to continue his passion for surfing.
Finally we arrive to Port Alfred to meet up with Lungani Memani
SA’s first Xhosa surfer to win all the border champs and compete for his
country internationally. While in town we conducted a traditional Xhosa
ceremony in Lungani’s parents front yard !. Then interview’s with his father
over local traditions and also one of his surfing mentors David McGregor
who helped Lungani and other local Xhosa’s learn to surf.
4am early morning start with Alison and her research team to seal island off the coast
of Muizenberg approx 8kms behind the lineup ! – Epic conditions for June with the sea boiling with dolfins – loads of seals and plently of breaching and curious white
pointer sharks ..
Alison gave us a new angle and experience to our trip separating myth and reality
around surfing and sharks – here are some shots from the day.. Stay tuned
Thanks to Peter Verhoog for the great photography from the trip.
So new photos just in from our shark dive experts Bluewilderness – The 2011 Sardine run has started – June in South Africa is always the time of year with record swell conditions for amazing surf conditions and the whole marine food chain active underwater eating including all kinds of sharks .. Thanks to www.bluewilderness.co.za/ for letting us show these first impressions of what we will see..
The guys at Safari Surf have just designed and shaped a new board for Lungani Memani for the film !! Thanks Spider !!
Many thanks Alex Constantinou and his team for the hard work – Then a special shout out to Niels Mulder at Studio Raar for the content details.. looks great guys.
Good work guys.. Thanks to Alex Constantinou for the wicked graphic’s ( Alex also designed our blog :www.surfingandsharks.com )
Nice ! our sponsor gear from Hoodlamb Arrives – Thanks guys, it’s going to be winter when we get back to South Africa so these jackets will be our saviour !
CUT AND POLISH – Now it’s looking like a film !!
Then making the wall – looks like a plan !
Rough cut of the film strategy coming together
Back in Holland – Time to get to work !
Back at the Endless Summer – end of the road for our first visit to this
great spot in the world..
Andrew on the cover of ZIG ZAG a South African surf magazine,
andrew is also busy with a surf/travel blog on their site..
Many thanks to Mr FOX . for these cool profile shots of Andrew Lange
Meet Andrew “Roosta” Lange
Sponsored pro surfer Roosta tells us about his life style.
Llandudno, South Africa
Here is a typical river mouth in South coast of Kwazulu Natal- shark paradise
the home of Andrew Lange . Its common for some species of sharks to give birth
to their young in these rivers making them potentially a dangerous place for surfers.
Stefan Van der Kamp – astonishing us with his skill
Lungani shows us some of his awards – representing South Africa !!
looking sharp lungani..
So . looks like he has quite a reputation !
Lungani shares some of his fame and fortune with us.
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Meet Lungani Memani
Porth Elizabeth, South Africa
Getting local BBQ style with an Ausi behind the South African grill!!
Blouberg, Table View, South Africa
Amazing spots to see – this spot is amazing..
Kelders, South Africa
Great Shots from Stefan Van Der Kamp from the upper deck -
Gansbaai South Africa
Shark Cage Diving Unlimited – Meeting up close with Great Whites and talking with the staff is exactly what we needed to know ..
Gansbay, South Africa
6am Walking into Gansbaai Port – Shark Cage Diving City for Tourists
Gansbay, South Africa
2 hrs later – the first one arrives – well worth the wait
Talking to the locals – next stop Wilderness – MosselBay South Africa
Good break – Mosselbay South Africa
Point Break at Mossel Bay – South Africa
After surfing Wavescape’s backyard, Muizenberg and new info in hand it’s time to hit the road – JAN-FEB 2011
Road Tripping with a talented photographer – Stefan Van Der Kamp
People gathering for a big surf event @ Camps Bay – South Africa
Great idea guys – Shark Spotting Programme – A cool project to help reduce the number of shark encounters – attacks in South Africa’s beaches
Muizenberg – South Africa
Meeting the locals..
They had some stories to tell – they’ve been here and seen it all
Check out this map!! ( wavescape ) – Looks like these are the places we have to visit – Time to start road tripping…
Alex Vliege – Partial Owner of the Endless Summer Beachhouse and our host, introduces us to his local friends right in his front yard !!
Looks like these guys live to ride
Arrival at the Endless Summer Beach House – basecamp for the research trip – So far thing’s look good from the front yard !!
JAN 15th 2001 — Ok we’re off – Amsterdam to Capetown here we come!