Eight time world surfing champion Kelly Slater and surfing philanthropist Richard Brice from Cape Town collaborated in a unique all-win deal in Jeffreys Bay on the weekend that will assist in maintaining the ecological integrity of the legendary Supertubes surf spot.
The arrangement saw Slater present a signed Al Merrick surfboard from his personal quiver to Brice who in turn donated R10,000 (US $1,450) to the Supertubes Surfing Foundation, the organisation dedicated to preserve the beach and dunes at the internationally renowned surfing location.
Slater, in town for the Billabong Pro, the fifth stop on the 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour, where he finished runner-up to Australian Taj Burrow on Saturday, was happy to be involved in a project that ensures future generations of surfers can enjoy the waves at J-Bay.
“I’m happy to contribute to preserving the beach and waves here at J-Bay,” Slater said. “I’m fortunate to get free surfboards and it’s a bonus when they can be used to assist in projects like this. Thanks to Richard’s generous support and I’m sure the Supertubes Foundation will find good use for the money.”
Brice was equally appreciative of a situation that sees him add a coveted surfboard from Slater, universally considered the greatest surfer of all time, to his extensive collection of surfing memorabilia while benefiting Jeffreys Bay at the same time.
“Many thanks to Kelly for supporting this deal and to Paul Botha for putting it all together,” Brice said. “The surfboard will take pride-of-place in my collection of surfing items and I’m pleased to be able to assist the Supertubes Surfing Foundation that keeps J-Bay pristine.” The handing over ceremony took place on Sunday at the home of former Billabong South Africa licence holder Cheron Kraak overlooking the fabled Supertubes surf break.
Kraak, the secretary of the Supertubes Surfing Foundation, was overjoyed with the transaction that resulted in a substantial boost of much needed funds to the coffers of the non-profit Section 21 registered organisation. “Many thanks to Kelly and Richard for getting together on this and I’m so stoked with this donation which will be put to good use,” Kraak said on accepting the cheque for R10,000 from Brice.