There’s still no surfer who sits deeper than Rudy Palmboom Snr at Cave Rock. Living just a short jog down the beach from his favourite reefbreak (as well as working from home and being his own boss) ensures that the tube-hungry Bluff legend never misses a session if the elements align and ‘the Rock’ starts delivering its bone-crunching barrels.
Rudy’s been sitting deepest since before many of our readers were born, and still now, at 53 years of age, he shows no signs of slowing down. A good example of the fact that you’re never too old to remain a Surf Ninja – the old masters just assassinate waves with more refined skills.
Meet this week’s Surf Ninja Rudy Palmboom…
NAME: Rudy Palmboom (ballie)
LOCAL SPOT: Ansteys and Cave Rock
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Freedom. It’s so lekker – there’s no better feeling than to express yourself out there amongst the elements.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Crowds and pollution.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
Music doesn’t do it for me – keep it natural.
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
WHICH SURF SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
At home working and chilling with Tash, or having coffee and cake at Heidi’s Café talking kak to the locals and to the guests.
Missing out on good waves.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
Cave Rock bliss 1978.