John Whitmore, from Cape Town, affectionately known as “THE Oom”, first built hollow plywood long boards in the 50’s for himself and his friends to surf waves boards around the Cape Peninsula. In 1954 he created the first foam surfboard in South Africa. He owned the first Kombi to be made in South Africa. He created the first South African roof racks. As a salesman for the VW factory in Port Elizabeth he often drove back and forth from Cape Town to PE and in the mid 50’s on one such trip he discovered the waves at Jeffreys Bay. His tales led Capetonians Gerald “Gus” Gobel and Brian “Block” McClarty to the Point, where they became the first people to surf the legendary waves of J Bay.
This beer is brewed to honour “The Oom” the FATHER of South African surfing.