#LiveTheLegacy at The Ballito Pro

A jubilee celebration, the Positive Wave Tour and a local as the contest director are some highlights announced at the recent launch of The Ballito Pro presented by Billabong at Coco de Mer.

Fitting to this year’s theme – #LiveTheLegacy – Ballito’s father of surfboards Johno Hutchison AKA “Hutch” said it was a great honour and a privilege to be the contest director at this year’s Pro.

“It is great to be part of the event in this new role and I am excited about this challenge,” said Hutchison, who owns the local Groundswell Surf Shop which celebrates its 21st year.

Billabong SA group marketing and sales manager Chad D’Arcy, Ballito Pro presented by Billabong contest director Johno Hutchison, KwaDukuza lifeguard supervisor Bongani Xulu and WSL Africa operations manager Colin Fitch handing over a special gift to Kwadukuza deputy major Dolly Govender with event organiser Collette Bundy.

He said he had fond memories of going to the Pro as a kid when it was still known as the Gunston 500 in Durban.

“I can show you my little autograph books from when I was a boy at school, spending the day at the beach admiring the surfers. To see those famous guys from Hawaii in person at the beach was mind blowing.

“The competitive aspect of surfing has always intrigued me, which led to me becoming a surf judge many years ago.

“It is not an easy job, as every wave is different and you have to remember what happened two or three heats ago, but it is an awesome sport to be involved in.”

What to expect

Besides the live surf action in the Junior, Mens and Womens’ events from June 22 to July 1, the Pro will also entertain on land with the traditional festival.

Retro Jubilee Food & Wine presented by Ballito Junction

Make sure to be at the Ballito Pro Retro Jubilee Food and Wine presented by Ballito Junction Regional Mall on June 25 and 26 from 4pm to 11pm.

This two-night culinary extravaganza will see cook-off competitions and invites guests to walk through 50 years of surfing development in an old-school carnival-style event complete with food, fashion and fun.

  • Cooking Competitions

On Monday, 25 June, budding young chefs, aged 10 to 16 years, will get the chance to compete in two-person teams for the culinary crown.

The evening will also feature a fun Celebrity Cook-off with a well-known Ballito local teaming up with one surfing legend to compete against another suitably feisty team.

On Tuesday, 26 June, adults will get the chance to prove their kitchen prowess in a timed cook-off.

  • Fashion

Themed ‘Fashion Through the Eras’, this year’s fashion show will run on Monday, 25 and Tuesday, 26 June, giving local designers the platform to showcase their incredible garments which will be an interpretation of a chosen era. Winners of this fashionable contest can look forward to some awesome prizes.

  • Entertainment

The Ballito Pro will play host to the vibrant Miss Ballito contest with visitors given the chance to meet and greet the beachside beauties. Local musicians and leading dance companies will also ensure there is top-class entertainment throughout this retro event.

  • Food and Drinks

The Retro Cocktail Lounge and Bar will take guests on a nostalgic journey of classic cocktails across the decades with a happy hour highlight. Expect some delightful mixes such as Manhattans, Martini’s, Rob Roy’s, Harvey Wallbangers, and many more.

Food options will be in abundance as local restaurants and pop-up stalls offer an expansive feast that touch on the decadence of each decade.

Daily Beachside Activities

Beyrick DeVries (Umhlanga) showing his fans some love after his heat at the 2017 Ballito Pro. Photo: Ryan Janssens/ The Ballito Pro.

KwaDukuza’s Willard Beach will play host to non-stop daily entertainment and fun activities for festival-goers.

Local artists will set the mood on the artists’ stage with visitors invited to browse the various stalls retailing food, clothes and crafts.

From 29 June to 1 July, there will be some extreme sports’ action at the Monster Skate Jam with the renowned daredevil stuntmen, Bruce and Brent Le Riche, showcasing some unmissable biking skills.

The Coke-a-Cola Football Arena will play host to daily beach recreational activities and a variety of engaging children’s games. Spectators can also enjoy daily beach soccer games in a friendly contest between regional high schools.

Music and Parties

The highly-anticipated live beach concerts featuring the best in South African rock, hip hop, jazz, kwaito, electro, dance and more will take over Salt Rock Beach on June 28 and 29.

Get ready for this high-profile line which includes:

Thursday, 28 June

  • OKMalumkoolkat
  • Black Motion

5FM DJ’s

  • Ms Cosmo
  • DJ Loyd
  • Ryan the DJ

Friday, 29 June

  • Sketchy Bongo
  • TiMO ODV
  • Prime Circle
  • December Streets

5FM DJ’s

  • Msizi James
  • Nick Hamman
  • Rob Forbes

Continue the party at Crush Nightclub with some of the best DJ’s set to get festival-goers rocking into the night from June 25 to 30.

The party list includes:

  • Pro pre-party: Royal Love and Friends
  • Living the Legacy: Featuring Tommy D
  • Swell Sundays: Battle of the DJs
  • Battle of the DJs Finals
  • Swimwear Show hosted by Big Night Out
  • Student Night: Featuring Chunda Munki
  • Durban Takeover: Featuring Veranda Panda
  • Ride the Tide: Featuring TiMO ODV
  • Swell Sundays: Ballito Pro Closing Party

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Elana Wagner
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