Anticipation for an action packed weekend of beach and surf events and allied activities at the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival has ramped up with the announcement that the two-day celebration of beach and sustainable lifestyles will include attempts to break two Guinness World Records at Muizenberg Beach on the weekend 19 and 20 October.
The sixth edition of this popular gathering of Cape Town’s beach community will host another attempt to break the record of 110 surfers riding the same wave set at Muizenberg in 2009 alongside the WP Touch Rugby Challenge presented by the People’s Post where an attempt will be made to beat the current record of 27 hours for the ‘longest touch rugby game’.
To break the touch rugby record, set in Australia in 2010, the WP Touch Association has selected two teams each comprising 16 players who will start playing at 8am on the Saturday and continue through the night on the beach until 12 noon on the Sunday, a total of 28 hours.
The programme for the festival features a broad range of activities of interest to the whole family including surfing, skateboarding and paddling competitions, demonstrations of innovative surfing equipment and adaptive surfing as well as displays and talks on environmental topics, beach games for youngsters and ends with an awards function and after-party in the Pavilion.
More than 400 local surfers from as young as seven to over 70, are expected to paddle into the gentle rollers at Surfer’s Corner at 1pm on the Sunday, many for the sixth time, to try and improve on the record they set at Earthwave four years back in what has become one of the surfing world’s biggest mass-participation events.
Teams from schools on the Peninsula and the Boland will come together at the Western Cape Inter-schools Surfing Tournament presented by Billabong where they compete for valuable prizes. This event, along with a transformation initiative that sees teams from the four surfing outreach programs operating in the Muizenberg area competing against each other, is supported by Surfing South Africa and the Dept of Sport and Recreation.
The top local stand up paddleboarders (SUP) and longboard surfers will also be in action with the Battle of Bay presented by Xpression the Beach seeing the SUP’ers holding short course races in the surf and a grueling long distance race to Kalk Bay and back before crowning the 2013 champions. Meanwhile the Xpression WP Longboard Classic includes members of the national team who did so well at the recent world championships in Peru and features divisions for juniors, women and men.
The interest in the second annual Similasan Tandem Surfing Champs, where a man and a woman surf together on the same board while completing acrobatic lifts and other skilful manoeuvres, has spawned the formation of the Earthwave Tandem Surfing Club which is holding its inaugural AGM in Muizenberg on Thursday evening.
Skateboarding will be hosted at the festival for the first time when the Pipeline Skate Ramps Skateboard Comp sets up their eco-friendly range of ramps and half-pipes and runs demos and competitions for all-comers in street, mini and vertical half-pipe skating.
Another innovation for the 2013 festival sees Wavejet Propulsion displaying and demonstrating their range of powered surfboards and SUP boards for the first time in South Africa, with members of the public invited to test these state of the art craft in the surf.
There are valuable prizes on offer for youngsters in the BOS Dig for Gold treasure hunt and Tuffy beach cleanups while they have plenty of fun in the Similasan Beach Ball zone.
Those attending the festival can learn more about sharks and the oceans from the Shark Spotters, AfriOceans and the SharkSafe project being developed at Stellenbosch University; more about sustainable lifestyles from Greenpop, WWF SASSI, the Glass Recycling Company and the City of Cape Town’s Environmental Dept. and even have their cholesterol and glucose levels tested for free at the Diabecinn First Aid tent
The weekend reaches its crescendo with the awards function and after-party in the Muizenberg Pavilion on Sunday afternoon and evening when live bands and a DJ will provide the entertainment and food and beverages will be available.
The BOS Earthwave Beach Festival is made possible by the support of BOS Ice Tea; Similasan; Dept. of Sport & Recreation SA; Xpression on the Beach; Wavejet Propulsion; Billabong; Rafikis; Diabecinn; In2Touch; Kahuna Creations; Natural Curve Surfboards; Zigzag Magazine; City of Cape Town; NSRI and more still coming on board!
The People’s Post and Wavescape are the print and digital media partners respectively for the festival and Spike from Wavescape is the surf and weather prediction guru. All the ocean events at the 2013 BOS Earthwave Beach Festival are sanctioned by Surfing South Africa (SSA), recognised by the Dept. of Sport & Recreation as the national controlling body for the sport.