South Africa in Black and White

Visiting surfers did their best to ignore apartheid, but it wasn't always easy. In 1972, Gunston 500 invitee Eddie Aikau, a full-blooded Hawaiian, was given a polite but firm turnaround from the concierge at Durban's Malibu Hotel. "I fear to walk in the streets here," he told a local black-owned newspaper.

Years before Shaun Tomson reconfigured high-performance surfing in the mid-1970s, South Africa's best riders had proven themselves to be of international caliber: Peers Pittard was the fastest man alive in the long pointbreak peelers near Cape St. Francis; Jonathan Paarman threw his board up and down the faces of huge reef waves near his Cape Town home like the Afrikaner version of Barry Kanaiaupu...

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