Top guns to rake in good­will for char­i­ties

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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@, call him on 079 0260 669 or visit www.

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.

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