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ASP J-Bay Open: Waves for Water


Jack Rose from Waves for Water and the ASP take on clean water in South Africa.

 

morning started with waking up to an amber and purple sunrise at JBay. We drank steaming coffee on the beach and spotted whales on the horizon. Our first surf session of the trip was due, so we surfed away the long travels in clean, clear beach break waves. We got pounded by the strong waves in the Indian Ocean reminding us the difference between Florida and South Africa.

Next, we made our way to the ASP contest grounds. IMG_2374There was a buzzing world of apparel shops and food vendors based around Supertubes, the most famous section of the wave at Jeffery’s Bay, complete with pro surfers mingling around. Even though it was a ‘lay day’ for the contest, which meant the surfers weren’t competing, there were many people milling about.

We met Waves for Water, one of the organizations that Rory, the founder of the Share the Stoke Foundation in South Africa partners with. Waves for Water have developed a water filtration system that takes dirty water and purifies it in a matter of seconds. In fact, Jack Rose, a marketer for Waves for Water, explained that the ‘sawyer’ filtration system actually made the water more pure than even bottled water. They did demonstrations for the general public and filled a bucket with muddy river water. Kids were gathered around, and Jack explained the importance of clean drinking water. First, Jack placed an old T-shirt over one bucket to use as a strainer. After he poured the river water through, there were clumps of mud captured on the shirt. Then, a Waves for Water filter was attached to a tube at the bottom of the bucket that had collected the strained water. The brown water was transformed into crystal clear after running through the ‘sawyer’ filter. I had the opportunity to drink the end product, and it tasted fresh and delicious. Waves for Water donated ten filters to the STSF South Africa to take to people in need and even plan to send more to the STSF in the US.IMG_2269photo-50

Day 6

Today the ASP contest was back on, and we all ventured over to Supertubes to spectate. The waves were easily a foot or two overhead and peepling in point break precision. There were countless people there, and the pro surfers were surrounded by clouds of fans as they entered and excited the water. It is incredible how much kids look up to pro athletes, and the literal ripples they can make. IMG_2304IMG_2321IMG_2301
Rory and Kelly were busy meeting with other non-profits who work with underprivileged kids and organized the gifting event for the following day.
We surfed during sunset big chunky rights and then went into town for dinner.
We ate a restaurant in town which was hosting a comedy show benefit for a Recycling Program in Jeffrey’s Bay that STSF supports. We all shared some laughs, and were excited for the big board give-away the next day.