19 December, 2012 19 December, 2012

RIP Marc Spowart

Spowy and Dale Staples talk surfboards – 2010

The sad news of the passing of renowned surfboard shaper Marc Spowart came as a shock yesterday, adding a dose of sadness to the festive season. Marc’s untimely death sees another of SA’s finest craftsman depart our world, following Errol Hickman’s passing in early November.

A Bluff local and a standout when Cave Rock was doing it’s thing, Marc has left behind a lasting impression on those that knew him.

“RIP Marc Spowart! You shaped me some of my best boards! My thoughts go out to your family…” wrote former team rider Dale Staples.

Spowy’s shapes and sense of humour will be sorely missed by the South African surfing family.

RIP SPOWY

 

25 Comments

  1. Peter
    19 December, 2012 at 7:59 am · Reply

    RIP Marc, you shaped some of my best boards back in the day. It was a true privilege to have known you. Condolences to his family. Peter.

  2. Arthur Cowan
    19 December, 2012 at 11:06 am · Reply

    Very sad news. Mark and I plus all the original Ansteys, Brighton and Crossway lighties shared some life defining times on the Bluff beaches…. 
    To the Spowart family, our deepest love and condolences.

  3. James Hamdert
    19 December, 2012 at 1:11 pm · Reply

    Condolences to the Spowart Family. Excuse the insensitivity but is there is a disclosed cause of death?

  4. Ron Adams
    19 December, 2012 at 1:36 pm · Reply

    RIP Mark. Great memories of great surfs.

  5. Guy Watkins
    20 December, 2012 at 5:54 am · Reply

    R.I.P Marc. A true Bluff legend.

  6. Frank Liebenberg
    20 December, 2012 at 6:39 am · Reply

    Mark you were a defining chapter in my life and will cherish the memories of our youth, the shit we got up to and the great surf times will live on! RIP bru, we will meet again.

  7. Brun Philippe
    20 December, 2012 at 6:31 pm · Reply

    SINCE 1995 WE HAD A SPECIAL AND UNIQUE FRIENDSHIP! NO HIPOCRITS ! NO PUSSY’S! MOST OF THE TIME WE AGREE TO DISAGREE!!! BUT ALL THE TIME WITH A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOUR AND A LOT OF JOCKING!!! THE JEWELL SURFBOARD HE OFFERED ME FOR MY BIRTHDAY IN FRANCE  IS A PART OF MY BEST SURFING FEELING! TO HIS FAMILY MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND MY LOVE TO HID DAUGHTER AND SON! FROGGY.   

  8. Herman Sadie
    20 December, 2012 at 9:43 pm · Reply

    As lighties we started surfing at Brighton, and you shaped some of my boards. R.I.P my friend, till we meet again.

  9. Dee
    22 December, 2012 at 5:27 am · Reply

    And the cause of Spowy’s death was….?

  10. Davy Stolk
    22 December, 2012 at 8:06 am · Reply

    RIP in Spowy hope u meet up with Maggot up there and get a few in before us.All my thoughts are with Liz and the kids.Thanks for the boards and good times.

  11. Di Doveton
    22 December, 2012 at 2:45 pm · Reply

    Spowy – You will be missed so much our dearest brother and uncle.  Your kind and loving ways will never be forgotten and your talent in the surfing industry will never be replaced.  RIP Spowy – you will always be in our hearts.

  12. Di Doveton
    22 December, 2012 at 2:46 pm · Reply

    Spowy – You will be missed so much our dearest brother and uncle.  Your kind and loving ways will never be forgotten and your talent in the surfing industry will never be replaced.  RIP Spowy – you will always be in our hearts.

  13. Carl
    24 December, 2012 at 5:29 am · Reply

    Mark Spowy
    One of SA Best Shapers – made me some insane boards
    You were a true friend – kind and loving and you will be missed dearly.
    Rest in peace – i will never forget you my friend
    Carl Roux

  14. Venessa Hofmann
    24 December, 2012 at 1:28 pm · Reply

    So sad to hear for Mark’s passing. He was such a kind and gentle guy. My deepest condolences to the entire family. RIP Mark.

  15. Ron Brunings
    26 December, 2012 at 1:15 pm · Reply

    I tip my hat sir.  May you rest in peace.

  16. Ryan Spowart
    27 December, 2012 at 11:48 am · Reply

    Spowy… You can never be replaced… You were the best in the shaping bay and a legend to our whole family… So much to say but always to late… May you rest in peace… And give dad a hug from me!!!

  17. Wayne Short
    27 December, 2012 at 6:39 pm · Reply

    Another puzzle piece of my youth has been taken away, the news of Mark’s passing has left me with a maze of remarkable memories from the old bluff surf days and I realise that I miss them. To all of the Spowart family my most sincere condolences

  18. Carl
    31 December, 2012 at 5:59 am · Reply

    To All Concerned
    Please be advised that there will be a paddle out service for Mark Spowart
    on Saturday 5th Jan 2013 on the bluff at 11am.
    Any body who knew Mark please attend. Any queries contact me Carl
    on
    0823779499 

    • Raph Seeck
      7 January, 2013 at 3:27 am · Reply

      RIP Spowy, belated blessings on the paddle out.
      Remember Spowey dropping into 10to12+ bombs at St.Mike’s – ’84 Natal&S
      Natal trials – biggest waves I ever paddled out in and saw surfed in my life, at the time -to Spowey – fearless and style – biggest balls out there – making it look easy -but ingrained in my memory -legend – RIP Spowey -dropping Raph, Rox.

  19. Terry Roderick
    4 January, 2013 at 6:38 am · Reply

    My mate is gone RIP brother, I remember the 1st boards Clive Pechey yourself and I made for us Bluff ous. We shared many good times at Brighton- You will be sorely missed

  20. Jeff Parnell
    7 January, 2013 at 12:20 pm · Reply

    Thanks for the memories and boards. Trips to SA wont be the same anymore.

  21. Lanceeast
    8 January, 2013 at 12:53 pm · Reply

    Lance and Mat and all the important ouens love you see you on the other side . what a legend and what a man brother . Mat and myself decided to remember our last moments with you at the hotel special times in CT bra

  22. jean luc
    24 January, 2013 at 1:36 am · Reply

    never forget mark! i come in j bay in 97 from france,and have the luck to meet this great personne!never forget the surfs on super togheter and the good time togheter.

  23. Name (required)sarah adam
    31 July, 2019 at 3:46 pm · Reply

    I have his great nephews there are looking for Spowy boards if any one wants to sell back to the family please let me know.

    • Dillon
      26 November, 2019 at 10:05 am · Reply

      I have a Spowy stick… Still… 073 985 9020

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