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Llandudno, Cape Town - If you're going to come down to the RVCA Rolling Retro event this year, don't bother to bring a board. All retro boards will be supplied by Robbie from Vudu surf - What you do need to bother about, is the dates.

The date set for the event is Sunday 22 February, while the stand-by date, should Llandudno be unplayable on the 22, is Sunday 1 March - one week later. Check out the Facebook Event Page for more details -

At the heart and soul of the RVCA Rolling Retro event is the classic board collection. Owned by Robby McDonald from Vudu Surf, the board collection comes in at about 50 vintage surfboards, collected by Robby over the last decade or so. "Surfing has always been in my life and my family's life," said Robby. "I started collecting when I started Vudu Surf, and I had the repair side going and was able to restore and repair some old boards."

Robby is one of those guys who doesn't believe in hanging up vintage boards as works of art. "I think it's great to ride the boards, and to draw inspiration from different lines," reckons Robby. "Riding the vintage boards also helps when making new boards. Many of the modern designs are based on ideas of the past."

Robby has a diversified collection of boards, with a few amazing highlights. "I have two Whitmore Longboards as well as a 7'6 Whitmore Spoon," said Robby of his favourites. "I'm not sure of the age of the Spoon, but it is pretty rare. I also have an original Gerry Lopez Pipeline single fin, which is a rarity."

There is also a large collection of famous South African shapers' boards.

"I have boards made by Safari, Larmont, Larry Levine, Clive Barber, Tich Paul, Robbie Pointing, Kenny Freeland and Errol Hickman, to name a few," enthused Robby. "There are also a few other boards from some legendary shapers who have passed, like Jiggy, Marc Spowart and Jeff Hancock."

In the past the RVCA Rolling Retro event has been attended by World Tour surfer Jordy Smith, who professes to love the event. He won't be making it this year, as he prepares for the first event of the year on the World Tour at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast. "The Retro contest is a really cool event, where you can hang out, have a beer with your mates and watch the competitors battle it our retro-style," said Jordy of the tournament, adding, "I'm bummed I'm missing it this year. Hope everyone has a good time down there."

Some of the awards that are going to be awarded in his absence are the following:

Best Male Surfer

Best Female Surfer

Best Grom 

Best Wipeout

Best Tube

Best Old School Wave

Best Nipper


There is a massive vintage board choice for the event © Richard Johnson

The event hashtag is #rvcarollingretro

For more details check out the RVCA Rolling Retro Facebook event page

To follow the event go to the RVCA South Africa Facebook page all things RVCA contact:

Melissa Williams
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t. 072 488 4279

For all things Rolling Retro contact:
Kai Linder
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t. 074 154 2618

For all things media contact:
Craig Jarvis
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t. 082 376 4443