The ground-breaking Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame, a national landmark to celebrate the legends of South African surfing in perpetuity, will be launched at a momentous function at the Pavilion in Muizenberg, Cape Town, on Saturday 5 April.
Aptly titled The Big Jol, this gathering of hundreds of surfing luminaries and local celebrities will feature live music and audio visual presentations, reveal the details of the country’s first national surfing landmark, announce the names of the first 12 surfing pioneers to be honoured in the Walk of Fame and disclose the selection criteria for future honourees.
With the effervescent Deon Bing as master of ceremonies, lucky draw prizes totalling more than R20 000, great food and drinks on tap and plenty of camaraderie, the Big Jol will go down in the annals of surf folk lore as a night to remember!
Long-time surfer Robin Auld heads the music bill with his internationally renowned blues, folk, reggae and African influences given a rock steady feel by bassist Roger Bashew and drummer Paul Tizzard. Andre de Villiers provides one of the highlights of the show with his tribute to the late John Whitmore, the Doyen of South African surfing, while fellow SA music legend Steve Walsh will join the Robin Auld Trio in a rocking jam session.
The evening’s entertainment is kick-started by Verity, whose tenacity, inspirational music and revolutionary use of crowd-funding enabled her to produce her first album in 2008. A sought after speaker on innovation and thinking outside the box, Verity is a direct descendent of Heather Price, the first South Africa recorded riding waves standing up on a surfboard at Muizenberg in 1919.
Tickets for the Big Jol are R250 each, or R2 000 for a table of eight, and are available from Rustenberg Pharmacy or Epic Print in Muizenberg. Contact Tessa at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to obtain tickets / tables via electronic banking. Tickets numbers are limited and will be sold strictly on a first come, first served basis.
Stay up to date with the latest news on the project and the launch function at www.facebook.com/pages/Surfers.Circle.Muizenberg
About the Surfers Circle Walk of Fame:
The Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame is a project of the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), a Not for Profit Company that has been inspired by the pivotal role surfing has played in encouraging economic growth, fostering cultural diversity and social cohesion and gaining international recognition for Muizenberg as a destination of choice in South Africa.
The historic national landmark celebrating the heritage and culture of surfing will be constructed on the traffic circle at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg and includes a life-size bronze statue and Walk of Fame comprising landscaped gardens surrounding walkways embedded with plaques honouring the country’s past, present and future surfing legends.
After a four year journey to obtain permission to build the landmark, every cent of the estimated R1,5 to R2 million required to design and build it will come from donations and fund-raising efforts.