Lost surfboard travels 1650 km from Kommetjie to Namibia

Photo: Wavescape, boards on display

A surfboard turned up on a remote part of the Namibian coastline and the amazing thing is it didn't belong to a local in the area. It had travelled 1 650km all the way from Kommetjie in Cape Town.

Wavescape's Steve Pike writes that the surfboard was a 10-foot big wave board which was lost three months ago at Sunset Reef near Kommetjie during a rescue in which the victim and the rescuer had to ditch their boards.

The board was lost by a young Swede from Kommetjie called Odd Grimm Persson. It was lying on a remote stretch of coast 140km south of Walvis Bay in the Namib-Naukluft Park, which encompasses bits of the Namib Desert.

Persson is planning a little surf trip to Namibia to fetch his errant board.

His rescuer Dougal Paterson's also embarked on its own epic journey and was found in the West Coast National Park near Hondeklip Bay 450km away. He had written his name and number on the board and was contacted by the people who found it.

Paterson’s board is a part of an exhibition and Big Wave Night comprising more than 55 big wave "rhino chasers" next Thursday at Jack Black's Taproom in Diep River. Big Wave Night is part of this year's Wavescape Festival in Cape Town. Info at www.wavescapefestival.com


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