Women’s world body surfing champion, Makena Magro, chats with Get South and Rolling Wood about Muizenberg, scoring (waves) and spreading the love!
BODY SURFING is the art of riding a wave without the assistance of any buoyant device such as a surfboard or bodyboard. Hardcores often refer to it as the purest form of wave riding. Just you and the waves!
Three times women’s world champion, Makena Magro was in Muizenberg earlier this year, to help out with one of the volunteer programs teaching underprivileged children to surf.
Makena got into body surfing when she was a junior lifesaver in California. Makena has been top of the womans division for the last 3 years in a row and currently runs the junior lifesaver program in her home town.
“I want to encourage more women into the sport of bodysurfing. More women are starting to get involved in bodysurfing and getting noticed. I want to help that movement and get more women to compete around the world. The sport is a tonne of fun, and being able to compete is just the cherry on top.”
“I love Muizenberg and its people. It reminds me of my home in Oceanside, California. The best is working with the local kids and seeing their smiles when we score waves together. I will definitely be back to explore more of South Africa.”
Rolling Wood in York Road, Muizenberg are the local experts in body surfing equipment. Their Wawa handslides and DaFin swim fins are a must for the body surfing enthusiast. Be sure to check them out.
Wawa & Rolling Wood organise South Africa’s biggest and funnest bodysurf event called the Bodysurf Wavejam. Held at Llandudno, one hundred bodysurfers take to the water and put up a show of note. Barrels, rolls, cutbacks, floaters and plenty wipe-outs. Visit Rolling Wood Surf and Skate Store in Muizenberg to learn more about DaFin swim fins, the different model handslides and why the original type of surfing is taking off the world over.
THE SAVE OUR SEAS Foundation, based in Switzerland, is dedicated to protecting ocean life, in particular sharks and rays. They fund projects worldwide with four permanent centres in various countries, including one in our very own Kalk Bay.
The Berg - Muizenberg and its surrounds is fast trying to reclaim its former title as South Africa’s premier tourist destination. The laid back lifestyle and natural beauty of the ocean, river and mountain attracts many people from all walks of life. Steeped in history and the birthplace of South African surfing, this seaside suburb is also arguably the best place in the world to learn to surf. “Aweh Bru” is dished out in abundance here, so be prepared to shake hands and make friends. There are very few places in the world where nature, culture and history combine in such a memorable way. Aweh!