12 December, 2016 12 December, 2016

The Ghost Ship: Bernie Shelly’s Comeback Story

” ‘The Ghost Ship’ is a come back story. It is a testimony to the indomitable courage of women kind,” said writer and director, Dougal Patterson. “It’s part love poem to the ocean, part hero’s journey. Bernie’s story will inspire you to believe in your dreams and push your own personal limits. This little movie is the collaborative offering of a large team of surfers who have pooled their time, passion and skill. Our desire is that ‘The Ghost Ship’ gives you, the viewer, HOPE.”

Bernie Shelly is SA’s legendary lady logger who can found gracefully weaving along Western Cape walls at the age of 69, despite three major hip operations. See her comeback story here:

*Featured Image By: Caprice Dixon


  1. Penelope Gracie
    13 December, 2016 at 5:35 pm · Reply

    Amazing Bernie. Well done. So proud to know you.
    Much love

  2. Liz
    6 January, 2017 at 3:24 pm · Reply

    This brought tears to my eyes <3 thank you xxx

  3. Selwyn Zac Klein
    13 March, 2017 at 5:01 pm · Reply

    Hi Bernie! So esoteric yet realistic in your determination to conquer the salt waves on your board again and again. Wow! I envy your spirit! We are both septuagenarians now – ready to enjoy every moment of our remaining strength to new heights which we took for granted in our youth. Now we are arriving into our twilight years which we must utilise as much as our inner strength allows us to enjoy what remains of our time on this earth. Carry on with your sporting spirit as long as you can. You now have 2 prosthesi, which is as good as the original joins.You can now surf again without a resurface. Hugs and bless your spirit.

  4. Julia Magliano
    21 September, 2022 at 3:55 am · Reply

    Love the story and the giant spirit. Im 63 and still surfing hard.
    Thanks for sharing your inspirational journey Bernie!

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