The Isipingo Local, the Surfer and the Combiwith Terence Simon
*Photos courtesy Terence Simon.
I came across a copy of Glen Thompson’s 2015 Stellenbosch University dissertation on gender and race in SA surfing which gave me some excellent leads and insights.
Between Bluff and Isipingo Beach: from left to right – Byron Parsons (Treasure Beach), Baboo Jadwat (Isipingo Beach), Paul Jeggels (Jeffreys Bay) and Terence Simon (Isipingo Beach)
One of the key supporting figures for Terence is Cheron Kraak (if you’ll remember from our chat with Grant Twig Baker, she’s Twiggy’s aunt and a force of nature in the SA and Jeffreys Bay surf community).
‘Where does it say that?’
’There’s no bathing for non-whites.’
So I said, ’No, I’m not bathing, I’m surfing.’
So he said ‘oh, you’re a clever coolie, huh.’
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South Africa and Durban is a melting pot of different cultures and people, and surfing is no exception. Part of this exploration of Durban surf and surf in general, is to reveal those stories that haven’t been covered or barely covered before. It’s the only way to give a true and honest reflection of it.
It may seem like the distant past but for some they are vivid memories. And it’s easy for others to say “let bygones be bygones” but when it hasn’t been acknowledge or shared before, then we are far from it. All I can personally do is find more.
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.
As with all the areas we cover with cltrSHIFT, we want your input and support. So send us leads and suggestions. Anything you think worthwhile talking about and people to talk with.