Burness, Peter


Contest director and organizer, from Durban; sometimes referred to as the Father of South African Surfing. "Peter was always looking to the future," Craig Simms wrote, "and he made a huge difference to the world of surfing." Burness was born (1928) in Cape Town, the son of a timber company executive who spent much of his time in Indonesia. Burness began riding waves in Durban at age 20 on a woode...

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