g.b. shaw : 1st board, muizenberg,
George Bernard Shaw : First Surfboard, Muizenberg,
Surfboard riding at Muizenberg.
South African Travel News, March 1932,
These reports provide (a unique personal account of sea bathing
in England and) surfboard riding in Muizenberg, South Africa, in
the early 20th century.
He arrived at
Cape Town, South Africa, on the ??? (and immediately took to sea
bathing at Durban), and was introduced to prone surfboard
riding, at the age of seventy-five, at Muizenberg.
Hamilton : Surfriding at
Muizenberg, South Africa.
Christie : Torquay,
Muizenberg, and Waikiki.
Postcards: South Africa, circa 1925,
were used at Muizenberg in 1904.
They were made
by H.W. Porter, a local boat builder, from 2.2 cm (1 in.) pine
were 1.5 m (5 ft.) long by 45 cm (18 in.) wide."
Eric, Total South Africa (Pty) Limited: Total Book of South
African Records Delta Books, 1982,
South Africa in May 1932 ???? for (an extensive tour of
Australia and New Zealand before arriving in (Honolulu) on 5th
Degrees of Surfing
1. (not reproduced)
Thanks to his habit of early rising, Mr
George Bernard Shaw has the usually crowded
Muizenberg beach to himself for
his initiation into the delights of surfing.
[Shaw, back to camera, walks along Muizenberg beach towards the
point, Cape Penisular?]
Armed with the first surfboard he has handled in his
crowded seventy-five years of life, Mr Shaw poses for
Board portrait with surf and riders in the background.
Photograph 3. (not reproduced)
A few minutes practice, and he
becomes as adept as the the exhilarating sport as many of
its younger devotees.
[Shaw and board in the surf with
other riders in the background.]
are indebted to the Cape Peninsular Publicity Association
for the photographs on this page.]
G.B.S. originally intended to stay for only a fortnight in
South Africa, but to such an extent did the attractions of
the Cape Penisular appeal to him that he delayed his
departure for six weeks.
He then motored along the Garden
Route to Kenya, where the peaceful seclusion and delightful
climate so fascinated him that he decided to stay in South
Africa for a further month.
South African Travel News March
1932, page ?
George Bernard Shaw at Muizenberg
"1932: Made a world tour
accompanied by his wife.".
Shaw was certainly active in
"exhilarating sport", while in South Africa he ...
"soared into the clouds, for the
first time in his life, in actuality, when he saw the
beauties of the Cape Penisular from the air."
Photograph caption: Shaw in suit
and hat leaves airplane hatch (marked Union ... Air Mail)
Smith's Photo Service
S.A. Travel News February 1932,
S.A. Travel News February 1932
"Surfing at Muizenberg"
Postcards: South Africa, circa 1925.
Muizenberg, circa 1925.
Valentine and Sons Publishing
PO Box 1685, Cape Town.
prone boards, Muizenberg, South Africa.
Bathing Enclosure, Durban, circa
& Sons Publishing Co. (S.A.)
Box 1685 Cape Town.
prone boards, Durban, South Africa.
example noted with handwritten message:
is where we going surfing on boards during the
summer time at our Beach. Note the way the
surfboards are put flat on the water & the
force of the waves pushes it along until you
strike the sandy shore. Love from Vi, 1926."
Geoff Cater (2011-2014) :
George Bernard Shaw : Muizenberg, 1932.