EARTHWAVE BEACH FESTIVAL
Guinness World Record attempt + Longboard and SUP contests
Surfing and sustainable lifestyle event
Saturday & Sunday, 25 & 26 September 2010
Stage set for Guinness World Record attempt at Earthwave Beach Festival
The Earthwave Beach Festival got underway in sunny skies and light onshore winds at Surfer’s Corner in Muizenberg today with the opening rounds of stop No. 3 of 5 in the SALSA Longboard surfing series and the first of the Coreban SUP races setting the stage for a grand finale and the Guinness World Record attempt on Sunday.
The beach was a hive activity as Spin 4 Charity hosted spinning trials alongside talks on environmental topics by 350.org and others, spectators browsed through the incredible images on display by renowned photographer Nic Bothma, carbon footprints were calculated by CAPS, wind turbines and solar panels from 3rd Rock Energy were perused and free beverages were dispensed by Loaded Smoothies and Monster Energy.
Greg Bertish won the first leg of Coreban SUP races, powering around the ‘M’ shaped course to finish ahead of Ivan van Vuuren, Jono Rosslind and Justin Bing. Craft of all shapes and sizes were demonstrated, including an incredibly light, streamlined Kevlar racing model that drew plenty of attention.
Former SA champion Dylan McLeod (PE) advanced to semi-finals of Open division of the longboard event, as did Rosslind, who is competing in both events, and Durban’s Brad Weare. PE surfers Faye Zoetmulder in the Women’s event and Grant Beck in the Juniors will also be contesting their respective divisions on the final day.
Wavescape, the official online and surf forecasting partners of Earthwave, predict light cross-offshore winds for Sunday morning and Kahuna Promotions, organisers of Earthwave and the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding on the same wave, are optimistic that the record of 110 set at last year’s event can be raised even higher.
Registration for the GWR event starts at 10am and the hundreds of participants are expected to line up on the beach at 12.30 before paddling out for the one hour attempt at 1pm. Approximately six to eight waves are expected to be ridden in the 60 minutes.
While an attempt is made to count the surfers on each wave, it is photographic evidence that provides the final proof of how many surfers are up and riding five seconds after taking off. The official figures for the day will be announced at the Corona Earthwave After-Party at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
The party starts at 5pm and features surf band the Little Kings, promos, the draw for the raffle and an auction of eco friendly items from Aidan Bennetts Design. This year there is a R10 cover-charge, the entire proceeds of which will be split between Spin 4 Charity, the Sunflower Fund, who will also be selling their Bandanas on the each during the day, and the Shark Spotters program which will have additional staff on duty during the GWR attempt.
The Earthwave Beach Festival offers fun in the sun for people of all ages, including a Dig for Gold with 50 valuable prizes ranging from branded wetsuits and sunglasses to apparel and footwear buried in the sand.
The Earthwave Beach Festival is supported by Loaded Smoothies, Kustom footwear, Aidan Bennetts Design, Derevko Wetsuits, Hemporium, O’Neill, Caves Surfwear, Billabong, VonZipper, New Balance, Palmers, Zigzag, Empire Café, Rafikis and Octopus’s Garden, Bulk SMS, Compass Bakery, Monster Energy, Surfing South Africa and Corona.
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Company: Kahuna Promotions
Contact: Paul Botha
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