Jeffrey’s Bay: The Book Signing

The authors at work: Kimball Taylor and Marcus Sanders. PHOTO: Sharon Marshall
A few hundred devoted pointbreak-lovers showed up at Billabong's headquarters Saturday night to eat a good plate lunch, listen to some good tunes and - above all else - marvel over the new book on the fabled South African pointbreak. Jeffreys Bay: Down the Line at the World's Best Pointbreak by Marcus Sanders and Kimball Taylor is really the first of its kind. A thorough, stem-to-stern treatment of a single spot. A spot that's evolved from a Country {{{Soul}}} expression center to a regularfooter's Mecca: the single most important wave you need to visit if you surf with your left foot forward. On hand to help bring these stories to life Saturday night were a few key figures: Surf Heritage Foundation's Dick Metz, Shaun Tomson and Mark Occhilupo. Metz spun some wild tales of his wanderings in Africa and eventual connection with SA pioneer John Whitmore (and his wife's sister). Shaun couldn't speak more glowingly of his memories at the break, and said that practically everything he learned about tube riding started at JBay. And then there was Oc, in classic form as always, hailing Shaun and congratulating Sanders and Taylor for a job well done. Of course, the evening couldn't end without a good surprise, and it came in the form of three-time world champ Andy Irons, who snuck in carrying a 41st birthday cake for "one of his favorite surfers ever," Mr. Occhilupo. "I was gonna try to crawl out of the thing," said Andy. "But it wasn't working for me."

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We got to sing Happy Birthday to the Occ! PHOTO: Sharon Marshall