Twenty Five foot screens, African dancers, beaded hippo skulls and a South African Braai (BBQ) are just a few of the things that showed up in our car park on Friday night. Throw in 150 devilishly good looking people in the mix and the fun starts.
For the J Bay Open, one of surfings premier World Tour stops we partnered with the World Surf League to live broadcast from South Africa to Venice Beach. The invite much like a surf contest depended on the surf. You can never be 100% sure with the ocean so we had a fair bit riding on making the call. On Wednesday we had all our RSVP's send through their phone number so we could alert them via text what and when it was all going down. Friday morning came around and we pulled the trigger, sending out a group message to everyone letting them know #IT'S ON and to be at GA at 8pm for the full African Experience. Because the event was in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa we decided to make it an African themed night, all the while supporting good friend of GA and World Tour number 8 surfer Jordy Smith. On the Braai (BBQ) we had Boerewors, a native South African sausage and at the bar House Beer and Jose Cuervo Tradicional.
The plan was to party until the sun came up but the last few souls threw in the towel around 4am, thank goodness.
A big thanks to everyone at the WSL for making this happen.
All photos by Matt Smith