The Woodies Corner Jam is fast becoming a firm favourite on the surf and culture event list in Cape Town. The reason being that it's an absolute jol - and it's open to anyone and everyone. In the words of founder and organizer "it's a free-entry public get together & expression session at the place it all began for SA surfing, namely the steps of Surfers Corner.''
And the purpose of the event? ''Zero purpose other than to have a fun day with the community, and celebrate wooden surfboards.'' Hey now that is something we can totally vibe with. Community building is strong in the diverse village of Muizenberg and the surfing roots go way back as well. So far back in fact that the first SA surfboard factory was spawned in the narrow streets and it's boards test ridden on it's far reaching beaches.
We got down there just in time to watch the final of the logjam expression session on a chilly Cape Town day. The buzz was evident and there's nothing quite like a group of surfers getting together to share waves for a fun cause. There was a really interesting mix of individuals lining up to take to the water and amongst them none other than the grandfather of surfing in SA - Bruce Gold.
The guys put on a way out and technical display of wooden log riding and all clearly had an absolute blast. Some of the epic and unique boards ranged from Bill Bulgen's Woodpecker beauties, Strandloper's and a few sleek Burnett's, plus a couple of other special ones. Featuring twin-fin fishes, logs, an agave 9'6 gun and even a 14ft Olo.
With the surf event wrapped and everyone looking to get warm the show was moved to African Soul Surfer Backpackers for the prize giving. Crimson House ground it into 4th gear with some low down blues grooves and the beers and cheers began to flow. A number of really lekker prizes were given out but the show was stolen by Jeremy Shelton who walked away with the beautiful Hemporium surfboard shaped by Chip Williams.
Big congrats to the visionary organisers Jamie Nye and Liam Bulgen for their dedication to fun and pulling off an amazing event. Another big shout out goes to all the sponsors who supported a rocking event.
Watch the rad video below to get a visual feeling of yet another classic Woodies Logjam event.