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Several famous South African big wave surfers will join comedian Nik Rabinowitz at the Two Oceans Aquarium on 30 May to share their giant wave adventures in a unique project to save lives around the coast.

Our MC Nik Rabinowitz

Oceans Alive – hosted by the Aquarium in collaboration with the NSRI, Wavescape and the surfing community of Cape Town – takes place on Wednesday 30 May at 18:30. MC for the evening Nik Rabinowitz will lead a panel of big wave surfing legends – including Mickey Duffus, James Taylor, Mike Schlebach, Greg Bertish, Ross Lindsay, and Dave Smith – in a light-hearted chat about their stories of rescue in frightening wipeouts, as well as other terrifying tales of riding giant waves.

Meet the surf crew taking part in Oceans Alive. 

Event details:

  • Date: 30 May 2018 
  • Venue: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront 
  • Time: 18:30 
  • Tickets: R150 per person. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT 
  • Light snacks will be served and a cash bar will be available

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.

Dave Smith. Photo © Kim Bouchier

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.

Andrew Ingram (NSRI), Steve Pike (Wavescape) and Maryke Musson (Two Oceans Aquarium)

Maryke Musson, Curator of the Two Oceans Aquarium, said: “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. “As ocean passionate people and surfers we also know we will be backed by the entire surf community – and therefore selected beaches for our sponsored Pink Torpedo Buoy rollout with good surfer presence and of course Wavescape SurfCams to help the NSRI keep more eyes on ocean conditions as well as these rescue buoys.

James Taylor. Photo © Alan van Geysen

“We would also like to acknowledge and thank the more than 1 000 volunteers who assist in ocean rescues, teach water safety, and very often help us save marine wildlife. This is an extraordinary organisation and very deserving of our and your support,” she said.

Mike Schlebach. Photo © nic Bothma

For more information about the Pink Buoy campaign visit http://www.nsri.org.za/2017/11/pink-torpedo-buoys-summer-safety/.

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