10 February, 2014 10 February, 2014

Rolling Retro Wrap

The 2014 RVCA Rolling Retro took place this past Sunday at a festive Llandudno Beach.

There were some chunky peaks rolling in.

With heavy three to five-foot wedges thumping into the small bay, there was plenty of action for the jam of spectators on the white sands to witness. Contestants charged on retro equipment, taking some heavy beatings, but also riding some gems as a mass of the Cape Town crew enjoyed another successful day of brotherhood.

Here are some highlights from the event, filmed and edited by Dane Staples:

View the 2014 RVCA Rolling Retro gallery shot by Alan van Gysen.

Organisers, Kai Linder and Robby Macdonald, forwarded the following wrap of the day – including results.


The RVCA Rolling Retro 2014 was another incredible event. The Llandudno locals and a large crew of spectators flocked to the sun drenched beach, many dressed in their grandparents’ old retro attire.

The beach was packed.

This year the waves were a little chunkier than previously and most surfers said hello to a fat lip on the head or the Gat sandbank at some point in their heat. This of course just added to the entertainment value of the day. The local bodyboard crew, the hooded deeks, added to the carnage with their attempts at riding waves on croc whitewater boats.

Jacque Smit slides into a steep left in Heat 1.

With the bigger surf we were lucky to have only one snapped board with Jacque Smit in Heat 1 breaking a coveted Spowy. Most surfers were avoiding the bigger old Whitmores, until the Pro Heat, where Roosta and Michael Grendon showed the crowd what those old boards can do under the right feet.

The ice cold Black Labels flowed, the afternoon waned into the night and the retro moved from surf to party as the crowd enjoyed local music from the Larter Brothers, Bilderberg Motel and the most retro DJ Ike. Most people did not want to leave, but Monday and the real world were calling.

John Slijpen, Dino Bienz, Andrew Preen, Kit Beaton, Mark Fine and Carlos De Nobrega line up for their heat.

We had some winners of course, and winning the biggest prize of a Carling Black Label 76 inspired single fin, dubbed the ‘Zamalek Express’ was Ryan Leigh. The guy ripped his heat to claim the ‘Surfer of the Day’ award.

The rest of the ward winners were as follows:

Best Lady: Caitlin Moore
Best Grom: York van Jaarsveld
Best Wipeout: Dwalla and Slow (On the Croc)
Best Dressed Man: Adam Voight
Best Dressed Lady: Candy
Best Tube: Luke Christie-Smith

A huge thank you to all our helpers, Ilan and Gigs on the mic, the Lifesaving Club, Seth and the crew at Red Bull, Carling Black Label, Hurricane, Reef, Wetsac, our forecast and media partner, Wavescape, and of course Vudu Surf and RVCA. It was an amazing day.

Much love Robby and Kai.

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