Muizenberg – A different world
Muizenberg, Cape Town. A super relaxed coastal village 23km South of Cape Town. Like nothing else in South Africa, the architecture and culture seem to have merged and morphed over time, creating relics of time past, as if created in a dream, where subtle elements are out of place. The juxtaposition of seventies era Holiday resort promenade elements, and Herbert Baker-designed houses from the turn of the 20th Century make Muizenberg a place of constant discovery and amusement.
In a serendipitous way, I landed up in Muizenberg and re-discovered my love for the ocean which would end up being a driving force for my future decisions. I was fortunate enough to meet up with some amazing people, who inspired me to get back into surfing, and re-ignited that stoke for adventure, surf trips, early morning dawn patrols, and all things synonymous with South African surf culture. And surf culture in Muizenberg, is stronger than ever. Being the birth place of SA surfing, it continues to groom some of the countries best surfers. With a gentle beach break, it’s a great wave to get acquainted with the sport, and for those who are lovers of the slow and graceful knee high pearlers a place to advance their longboarding skills – quite possibly Muizenberg is the best place in the world for both longboarders, and learners alike. On a good day, with light offshore winds blowing from the NW, the energy is palpable. Groms are sprinting through the parking area eager to get their first wave. Old locals, tanned and creased from years of exposure, sip on hot flat whites, warming themselves as they share stories about the session they just had. Even the car guards, the unofficial security, key keepers, dog watchers and driving instructors for everyone who braves to find a place to park have smiles on their tired and weary faces. A Good surf here is infectious, and often is the case the smiles created in Muizenberg, on the back of one of Mother Natures glassy liquid rollers spreads deep into the Mother City.
I’m looking forward to many more adventures as summer rapidly approaches.