Volkswagen South Africa was proud to bring surfing fans the 2018 City Surf Series; as well as the final event in the series, the Volkswagen SA Open of Surfing, which took place recently in June.
Volkswagen South Africa remains committed to the City Surf Series first and foremost because of their passion to help drive local surfing and surfers forward. The ‘People’s Car’, with a long-standing history in the surfing culture believes in the opportunity the series presents to local surfers. The series gives surfers the chance to score accredited World Surfing League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) points and progress up the log that leads to a spot on the WSL’s Championship Tour.
And there’s no mystery why the VW Kombi is the best surf machine in the world. As part of the beach culture of the 1960’s, the Kombi has always been about freedom, the outdoors and the open road. It invokes thoughts of surfing, travel, camping and good times.
Throughout the year you can see these iconic masterpieces travelling up and down the wonderous coastlines of South Africa. We’ve trusted their driving capabilities and quality engineered engines with our most memorable adventures, as well as boards, wetsuits, mattresses and musical instruments.
Landing on our shores in the mid 1950’s, the Kombi (a nickname derived from the word ‘combination’) or ‘Volksie Bus’ as its more fondly known in SA, was initially intended as a delivery van when proposed in 1946. Extending its duties after its production debut, the Kombi become a people mover (1950), an ambulance (1951) and then a single-cab (1952). Later, more famously, it became a camper van — a home on wheels that carried families from all corners of the world to other corners of the world to live by the beachside at some of the world’s best surf spots. Many Kombis were considered an extended member of the family, even being hand painted to reflect a work of art.
The original Kombi to arrive in South Africa was for a German malaria doctor who needed a vehicle that could navigate the most inhospitable terrain across Southern and Central Africa, and soon after this, a second Kombi was delivered to Baron Von Oertzen, the ‘father’ of Volkswagen South Africa. His Kombi was modified for hunting but also made a great companion for roads less travelled.
Years later, the very first Kombi to be produced in South Africa was bought by surfing legend, John Whitmore, who not only made the first lightweight foam boards, but invented the first surfboard roof racks too! John could imagine no vehicle better for a surfer’s lifestyle than the VW Kombi and convinced many that he met to buy one. From then on, the Kombi has been a trusty companion to surfers in SA and across the world. The latest of the iconic range is the California, which is keeping the movement alive. Even with years of being an extension of surfers’ kit, the wave keeps growing and we know that the best of the Volkswagen Kombi is yet to come.