The South Coast Local, the Surfer and the Shaperwith Gary van Wieringen
We visited surfer Gary van Wieringen in his shaping room to talk growing up surfing on the south coast and how repairing surfboards got him into the precision art of shaping.
In this episode we get technical and really break down surfing to its nut and bolts – or rather its rails and rockers. Something that’s always fascinated me is the making of surfboards: handcrafted, symmetrical and slick, they have evolved over time and even with the advent of computer technology still require that hands on touch.
SA Grand Masters champ, Gary van Wieringen, showed me around the busy Clayton Surfboards premises, well placed opposite the iconic Cool Runnings club near Durban’s beachfront area.
“Respect the wave. Always respect the ocean. Especially respect the surf spot you’re surfing.”
If ever there was comprehensive guide to surfing, this is it.
IF YOU LIKED THIS
YOU MIGHT LIKE: The Twig, the Big Wave Chaser and the Family Man
“I’ve had some amazing waves where for a few days you’re on that high because you’ve just been so pumped. An then you’ll have those frustrating surfs where you’re just down and depressed with whatever you might be going through in life. But in saying, that I’m always using surfing to make myself happy, as that release.”
Like any good surf story, this is about a bunch of surfers wanting to hop in there combi van, take a trip down the coast and catch some waves.
After our chat at his home in Amazimtoti, we took in the insane view from the garden – Gary itching to get back in the KZN waters. By the time this episode comes out, Gary’s probably allowed back in the ocean after his eye op, so happy days Gary!
Gary’s a good one to follow for all things surfing on Instagram so check him out there. And www.claytonsurfboards.co.za.