Monday, 31 December 2012

The History of Surfing

As today is the last day of 2012 we thought we'd share some history as we steadily march into another year ahead.

The practice of wave riding has been part of human life since the very beginning. People living near the sea used wooden boards as part of their daily life, both for fishing and riding just for fun. It was an integral part of the pacific islands lifestyle and culture, in particular Hawaii where the art of surfing evolved.

Muizenberg has it's own surfing history, with the earliest record of surfing in South Africa taking place in Muizenberg in1919. Heather Price, a young Capetonian got hold of a solid 'Hawaiian' style surfboard from two US marines. The general wave riding technique was to lie down on a belly board, but Heather surfed standing up. It was also here in 1922 that Tony Bowman and Tommy Charles would first ride together, paddling mainly, on what was described as a 'boat'. Some time later Tony, Lex Miller and Bobby Van Der Riet made their own boards, in a workshop behind the Arcadia Tea Room. Soon after many others joined them and surfing quickly became a popular activity at Muizenberg corner. In the early 1930's, Tom Blake is credited for creating hollow constructed wooden surfboards for the first time, alongside creating the 'fixed fin'. Today we see a surge back to basics, a longing for something more sustainable then foam and wooden surfboard shapers are popping up all around the world.

Surfing on a wooden board connects you to the history and origin of surfing culture, it will heighten your connection to the elements of nature and water, and it will give you the pleasure in knowing that a Wawa board is not only an investment for you but something that can be handed down for generations to come.

Check out or pinterest board for more pictures of surfing back in the day.

More on the history of surfing can be found on the links below:

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Wawa's Christmas wish list

Are all your presents sorted? Done all your shopping? Christmas is just round the corner - and for those late shoppers out there we've put together a Wawa Christmas wish list… Check out our Pinterest Xmas wish list board for the full details/pricing for all the wonderful wooden goodness we've picked out.

Friday, 7 December 2012

How to bodysurf, the Wawa way

Bodysurfing is one of the simplest and purest ways of enjoying the powers of the sea, and combined with a handslide (sometimes called handgun or handplane) you can easily spend hours playing in the water.

In true Wawa style, The bodysurf instructions has been engraved on wood. More photos of our handslides on Flickr.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Wawa on Top Billing last night

Nice interview of Wawa at the Food Wine Design Fair on last nights Top Billing. Watch the sneakpeak here.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Food Wine & Design

We made it, good morning to all from Johannesburg. Early Wednesday morning we climbed into the car with a packed trailer and embarked on our journey North leaving the beautiful sites of Cape Town behind us. Today, Saturday and Sunday we are at the Sanlam Investments Food Wine Design Fair spreading the word and knowledge of Wawa Wooden Surfboards. We also have a selection of our new range of handslides by David Constance on display. Staying true to the Wawa brand these incredibly crafted new era design handslides are made using recycled foam off-cuts.

We're sharing a stand with Artisan Distillers & Co, they're going to be with us over the duration of the fair giving tastings and selling incredibly good, traditional cape pot still spirits. A fantastic brand to be sharing a space with. While setting up yesterday we could already feel the buzz in the air and are amped for the start at 12pm today. There is great variety of incredibly innovative and proudly South African design as well as amazing wine and lip-smacking food to taste.

If you're in Jozi's and have nothing planned for this evening or the weekend come say hi, experience Wawa in the flesh, it's the way hand crafted products are meant to be viewed. We hope to see you along with the whole family here, spread the love. For those not in Jozi's, hope there's good swell to be had - have a great weekend!

Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop:
Fri 23rd: 12pm - 10pm
Sat 24th: 10am - 10pm
Sun 25th: 10am - 4pm

Thursday, 22 November 2012

I surf because...

Surfing videos have a tendency to make you want to surf... badly. Check out Rasta surfing on a wooden board.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Wavescape Surf Film Festival

Something to put in the diary (if you carry one of those) - The Wavescape Surf Film Festival is starting next week, running from the 29th of November until 17th of December. Showing in Cape Town (Labia and Brass bell), films such as Here & Now, Bending Colours, Code red, and Intentio (to mention a few). Check out the full list of the schedule and films.

Worth checking out is also the 'Slide-night', an evening, on the 13th of December, with 10 minute slide presentations by 10 presenters who are thought leaders, artists, craftsman, athletes, activists, scientists and personalities intimately connected to the ocean.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Monday, 12 November 2012

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Wood is good - Wawa in the latest Zigzag magazine!

Super stocked to have our humble story published in the latest Zigzag magazine! Don't miss it, there's some great photos by Ian Thurtell showing Alan Van Gysen ripping on a Dr. Strangelove. Issue on sale now! More photos on our Facebook page.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Thursday, 17 May 2012

K&i wish you all the best!

Dearest Wawa Team,
Thanks for asking and trusting us to be part of your vision, truly stoked to work with such great people like yourselves. We wish you all the best of success and look forward to the rest of the journey - K&i Design Studio.