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MENTAWAI MISHAP, SURFER FALLS OVERBOARD GOES MISSING
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#1 MENTAWAI MISHAP, SURFER FALLS OVERBOARD GOES MISSING
The SA surfer who fell overboard in Indo has been found alive after floating on his back for 27 hours in the ocean off the Mentawai Islands of Indonesia.
And Capetonian Brett Archibald, 50, wants to finish his surf trip.
Who can blame him after flying halfway across the world, dropping all that cash, getting horribly seasick on the way from Padang to the surf; and then enduring the trauma of thinking you’re going to drown for more than a day (in an already weak state from being sick) while the sun burns your skin, the salt water and the tropical heat dehydrates you; and to top it off you get stung by jellyfish, nibbled by fish and sea birds try to peck your eyeballs out?
Another Indonesian surf charter boat, Barrenjoey, found Archibald, who lives in Camps Bay, at about 1am this morning ZA time floating in the ocean about 10 nautical miles from the point where he fell overboard.
“Brett Archibald has boarded the Barenjoey 20 mins ago,” wrote All Aboard Travel on their Facebook page soon afterwards. “He is alive. A bit sunburnt and dehydrated. He was floating alone. The boat is taking him to the Indies Trader III so that he can phone his wife.”
Chantal Malherbe of All Aboard Travel sent the good news to Brett’s wife Anita early this morning saying that the owners of the Barrenjoey John and Belinda McGroder, crewman Doris and their two kids Finn, 5, and Duke, 8, had found him.
Brett managed to speak to his wife by phone at about 4am this morning. On his 7th surf trip to Indo with the same group of friends, their boat the Naga Laut was rocked by bad weather, heavy seas and strong winds during the night. Suffering from a severe bout of seasickness, he went on deck before dawn. He thinks he passed out. He found himself in the ocean when he came to. All he could see was the boat vanishing. It was still dark. No-one saw him go.
He said he almost drowned at least eight times during his ordeal. He was stung by jelly fish, and nibbled by fish. He had to fend off seagulls who kept dive bombing him to pluck his eyes out as he floated on his back trying to conserve energy. He got quite bad sunburn, and was severely dehydrated. Apart from that, he felt kiff, and he needed to finish his trip. Tough old bugger.
You have to think that it was a miracle. Not many people are found again after falling overboard, particularly those that are gone for an hour or more before anyone notices they are missing. The sea saps energy quickly if you fight it by trying to swim. He survived by keeping calm and floating, and also because the water was warm: about 28 degrees C.
#2 Surfing Australia drops alcohol sponsorship
Surfing Australia has abandoned alcohol brand sponsorship to promote an anti binge-drinking message as part of a government sponsored campaign.
By signing onto the Be the Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, Surfing Australia will address youth binge drinking and the influence of alcohol promotion on young Australians by promoting an anti-binge drinking message.
Be the Influence will have naming rights to two new national events and state events run by Surfing Australia such as the upcoming Be the Influence Queensland Master’s and Women’s Surfing Series commencing May 18.
A spokesman for Surfing Australia said the move is “quite significant for the organisation,” a as alcohol brands have sponsored their events in the past.
Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said: “This is a monumental partnership for our sport and will provide a serious boost to our various programs Australia-wide.
“Importantly the powerful anti-binge drinking message that we will promote to our surfing community is something we all believe in.
“The partnership has touchpoints across our entire organisation from grassroots to elite. We are extremely appreciative of the support and look forward to a fantastic partnership.”
Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour competitors Owen Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons have become Be the Influence Surfing Ambassadors.
However large surfing events managed by the ASP and organisations other than Surfing Australia will not signed onto the Be the Influence brand.
#3 Epic Final Day At The 2013 ISA World Masters Champions In Montañita, Ecuador
During an epic day of amazing waves and tremendous surfing performances, the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship officially closed.
The waves were incredible throughout the Finals. The morning heats saw glassy surf in the 6-8 feet range at the perfect right hand point-break in Montañita, Ecuador. A gentle onshore breeze picked up mid-morning, but the waves remained consistent and pumping all day. Team Hawaii successfully defended their title of World Team Champions and winners of the Eduardo Arena Perpetual Team Trophy, named after the Peruvian founder and first President of the ISA in 1964.