The South African surf community were saddened yesterday to hear of the passing of Colin Buitendag; former Western Province provincial surfer and father to WSL Dream Tour surfer Bianca Buitendag.
“One of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” wrote former Zigzag publisher and friend, Craig Sims in tribute. “From surfing together at Seals during the SAU events in the eighties to hanging out at the Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks just last year, and so many moments in between; it has been an honour and a privilege to have known Colin. I am so sad to hear this news. Rest in peace my friend.”
The tall and friendly Vic Bay local touched the lives of many who’ve taken to social media to pay their respects:
Prayers and condolences to the Buitendag family. Colin, your consistent warm and welcoming approach to life became your trademark. Rest in eternal peace. – Trevor Orylski
My heartfelt sincere condolences to the Buitendag family on the very sad passing away of Colin Buitendag. To Yvette Buitendag, Bianca Buitendag, Sven and Daniel, words cannot express the sorrow you must be going through right now. I mourn with you all. Colin was such a larger than life person who always greeted me with a smile. Whenever we bumped into each other his first words were always, “Hey Colin, how are you?” He had a great concern for others and it radiated from him. The great fun-filled trips to surfing events while we were still part of the Defence Surf Club many years ago will always be remembered with laughter. RIP Colin. – Colin Fitch
From the archives: The big and the small of WP Surfing – Trevor Stewart (left) at 4’4″ and Colin Buitendag at 6’6″. February ’83 – Shafiq Morton
Goodbye Colin Buitendag, you very warm, happy legend of a man. Always smiling, except when you once kakked me out for bringing a beer into the WP team meeting. Thanks for the fond memories. RIP. – Warren Tuck
Colin was an absolute rock and had such a profound influence upon me when we were mates travelling on bi-annual surf trips to the south coast while at varsity. The most genuine straightforward kind and humble person I knew. And what a flipping amazing surfer. Charged big heavy waves with that relaxed controlled style. You will live on in my thoughts and memories my friend. – Louis Wulff
As well as daughter, Bianca, who is in Australia and was due to compete in the Rip Curl Women’s Pro at Bells Beach next week, Colin also leaves behind wife, Yvette, and sons, Daniel and Sven.
A memorial paddle-out has been arranged for 15h30 this Sunday, 29 March, at Victoria Bay.
Our deepest condolences to the Buitendag family during this sensitive time.
Rest in Peace, Colin Buitendag.