15 January, 2015 15 January, 2015

Remembering A Legend, Mike Esposito.

Back in ’65 the surfing world was very different. The Bay of Plenty was grooming a young pack of ambitious surfers that would later put SA on the international map, as well as play an integral part in “busting down the door” into modern professional surfing. Arguably one of the best goofy footers to come out of Durban, Mike Esposito, was one of the slightly more conspicuous characters who contributed to the stoke and progression of this pioneering era. This week we throw you back to a profile on Espo, written by John Pauling in 1980. All photos@ Patrick Flanagan.

*Click black and white images to view larger versions and read story.

Legend in his own right, Pat Flanagan, had this to say: Had you [Espo] been born 25 years later, I have no doubt that you would have the surfing world at your feet. Even the most cynical and jaded corporate surf mogul would have poured buckets full of dollars into your back pocket. Read Pat’s full story here.

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Mike Esposito, at the Spot in ’78.

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Mike Esposito at the Bay of Plenty, while Raymond Robertson looks on.

Mike today, along with Jeremy Yeats – Pic by Pat flan/SA Surfing legends.

According to Pat Flanagan of SA Surfing Legends: They both grew up in Durban and now live in Australia where they recently met. It’s common knowledge that Espo ruled the Wedge, but a few of you might not know that Jeremy was one of the finest surfers to come out of that gifted group that called the Bay of Plenty their home break. Ask Shaun Tomson who he looked up to when he was a teenager.

Visit southafricansurfinglegends.com or facebook/SouthAfricanSurfingLegends for more photographs and articles on Mike, as well as other SA legends.


  1. Jeremy Hall.
    10 April, 2017 at 12:37 pm · Reply

    Mike just saw this write up of you from 2015.
    Tracy and I have lived in Canada for 30 years now. We were in Sydney in 2014 doing a driving tour of the Oz east coast. Never thought to contact you then! Drop us a line to my email at:


    I have been back to Durban a few times. Nearly got killed there in a home invasion in 2013. Wrote a book WEEP FOR AFRICA publ 2014. It is on google, Amazon etc.

    Cheers – Jeremy Hall.

  2. Jennifer Pache Cordier (required)
    6 October, 2017 at 12:58 am · Reply

    Hi Mike – is this you, that lived in Elwyn Court and had a brother Antonio? If so, do you remember me – Jenny Cordier, and 713 babysitting parties ? What fun we all had those days, and can’t find one single person from our old days. Saw Quello once in 1995 and he told me that Antonio has passed away. I’ve been living in Switzerland for the last 18 years.

  3. Jennifer Pache Cordier
    7 October, 2017 at 3:02 am · Reply

    Sorry. Just remembered your brother was called Alfredo – I think. Hey, it’s a long time ago – like, what, 52 years ago. How did we all get so old?

  4. Name Jeff)
    10 April, 2021 at 10:12 am · Reply

    I remember the 713 supposed babysitting parties at George and Jesse’s flat.

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