Top guns to rake in goodwill for charities
MOST of us coastal dwellers take the seas for granted – but some go that extra mile to safeguard our oceans and the magnificent creatures that inhabit them.
Once again South African artists have climbed on board for a unique exhibition and charity auction that brings surfers and sharks together this summer.
The collaboration between the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival and non-profit conservation group the Save Our Seas Foundation will see 10 decorated surfboards sold to benefit oceanrelated charities such as the NSRI and the Shark Spotters.
The Wavescapes Surfboard Art Exhibition takes place from December 2 to 9 at Depasco Café in Cape Town.
S u r f e r-c o m e d i a n M a rk Sampson will auction the boards to art collectors and the surfing cognoscenti.
Thirteen artists, including Brett Murray, Conrad Botes, Anton Kannemeyer and Sue Opperman, decorated identical “Pipeline teardrop guns” made famous by Hawaiian Gerry Lopez in the early 1970s. Each board has a single-fin keel skeg hand-crafted from exotic woods.
Proceeds from previous auctions have enabled the NSRI to launch two new rescue vessels at Kommetjie, and have supported the Shark Spotters in enabling co-existence at Cape beaches.
Brett Murray, dubbed the “Dark prince of South African pop (art)”, is a returning artist to the exhibition. Anton K a n n e m e ye r a n d C o n r a d Botes bring their acerbic social commentary from Bittercomix.
Sue Opperman – a surfer and student at the Centre for Comic and Illustrative Book Arts at Stellenbosch University – joins Andre and Nathan Trantraal as newcomers to Wavescapes.
The centre is headed by another returning artist, the enigmatic ND Mazin.
The Pipeline teardrop gun was designed to handle steep drops and hold an honest line in the challenging waves of the North Shore.
Each has a single-fin keel skeg, hand-crafted from exotic woods. The boards are 7’7” (length) x 20” (width) x 3” (thick).
The exhibition runs at Depasco Cafe, corner of Kloof and Buitensingel, Cape Town, from Wednesday, December 2 to 9. Opening hours are 7am to 5pm. Call 021 424 7070.
After the exhibition, a special auction will be held on Wednesday, December 9, where the surfboards will be auctioned by funny man Sampson.
For more information or to place a reserve on any of the boards, e-mail chris@ wavescape.co.za, call him on 079 0260 669 or visit www. wavescape.co.za.
LINE-UP: Ten decorated surfboards will be sold to benefit ocean-related charities such as the NSRI and the Shark Spotters. Pictured are a board by Andy Mason and two by the Trantraal brothers.