Several famous South African big wave surfers will join comedian Nik Rabinowitz at the Two Oceans Aquarium to share their giant wave adventures in a unique project to save lives around the coast.
‘Oceans Alive’, hosted by the Aquarium in collaboration with the NSRI, Wavescape and the surfing community of Cape Town, will be taking place on Wednesday, May 30, at 6.30pm.
MC for the evening, Nik Rabinowitz, will lead a panel of big wave surfing legends – including Mickey Duffus, Mike Schlebach, James Taylor, Dave Smith, Ross Lindsay, Greg Bertish and others – in a light-hearted chat about their stories of rescue in frightening wipeouts, as well as other terrifying tales of riding giant waves.
Tickets cost R150 at www.quicket.co.za and include light snacks. Proceeds will go towards the NSRI rescue buoy campaign, which features those hard-to-miss pink buoys launched around the coast in early November 2017.
The project is placing the rescue devices in high-risk areas such as rip current zones, and areas where no lifeguards are on duty. The aim of the project is to get a flotation device to someone in danger of drowning, as fast as possible, while professional help is sought. The installation consists of a sign, which holds a pink rescue buoy, and a simple graphic that explains how the buoy should be deployed in an emergency situation. The simplicity of the installation makes it easy to install, whether it is attached to a pole or onto a wall.
Surfers are often first responders to near drownings. Many surfers not only respond to the plight of others, but are also very familiar with stressful rescue situations. Surf cams provided by Wavescape capture surf conditions along various South African beaches. These cameras are actively being monitored by the surfing community. The collaboration between the Two Oceans Aquarium and the NSRI has now placed nine rescue buoys at Wavescape SurfCam monitored beaches in the greater Cape Town area.
“I am always fascinated by ordinary people doing extraordinary things – and the NSRI’s pink torpedo buoy drive has not only contributed to saving 11 lives since the launch in November 2017, but has given ordinary by-standers the ability to help someone in trouble. As friends and long-standing partners of the NSRI, we are thrilled to be able to support this incredible drive,” says Maryke Musson, Curator of the Two Oceans Aquarium.
* For more information, visit www.aquarium.co.za.