Becoming the dominant surfboard manufacturer in Africa
required the efforts of passionate surf professionals over a
period of 50 years. Building on this heritage now is a staff
of 35 focused on delivering a world-wide service
Founding the company were South African Surf Legends
Max Whetteland and Baron Stander, who together in 1964
began shaping Safari Surfboards in a small workshop off
Umgeni Rd, Durban, using the best materials available at
In 1964 the Australian's staged the very first ever World
Surfing Championships at Manly Beach Sydney, and Max
with his Safari board became South Africa's first surf
representative on the global stage.
Baron Stander featured in a documentry film on
surfboard manufacturing directed by Cliff Matchett,
set in the original Umgeni Road Safari factory in Durban.
The 1965 Safari production team was based at the
Somtseu Road Factory, Andrew Ogelvie at the time was
still in matric and shaped boards after school.
Graham Hynes first bought out Max and then Baron from
the company. He and his wife Lorraine were the driving force
behind Safari's success over a period of 40 years.
Graham made a lasting imprint on South African Surfing with
his coaching and management of SA's National Team. At 82
years of age he is still coaching SA teams today, although he
handed over the reins of Safari to Spider in 2002.
Spider Shaped his first board at age 16 in 1963, he joined
Graham Hynes as Safari's name shaper in 1972 after the
depature of Andrew Ogilvie. He has since become one of
the worlds most experienced and prolific board designers.
Spider's creative approach to surfboard design developed
through his relationship with Shaun Tomson. Their
partnership broke with conventional design and the results
were boards which suited Shaun's style of manoevering far
back in the barrel.
In 1975 Shaun was making headlines Hawaii on Spider's
Pipeline Gun when he took the Pipe Master's Title, following
with the World Championship in 1977. These victories brought
world wide attention to Spider's shaping skills.
Spider's Pipeline Gun features in the Quicksilver Masters
Collection of boards that revolutionised surfing over the years.
Under Graham's leadership Safari led the surf scene in South
Africa and the rest of the world. In 1976 Safari sponsored the
Springboks versus the Bronzed Aussie Challenge at Cave Rock,
on the Bluff in Durban.
Having shaped boards for more than 20 World Champion surfers
over a 45 year period, Spider has developed a consultative style
that has and still does bring out the best from some of the world's
most innovative surfers.
The future for Safari is continuing to use the collective experience of our team to ensure your board is personalized for stoke maximization, irrespective of your age or experience. To keep things fresh Spider regularly surfs with our up and coming groms. Training with them daily gives him inspiration for new ideas and encouragement to dig deep into his wealth of experience. Safari’s groms are dedicated and over time have developed unique styles that are the formula for future champions. They grab onto anything new and different and strive for new levels in their surfing every day.
Spider is in the ocean at first light every day, testing new designs and techniques. His rigorous training and healthy lifestyle enables him to surf Safari’s Pro Models at their limit and understand fundamentally what makes them work. This dedication is critical to the feedback loop which goes into the shaping bay, where he is constantly improving and refining his performance shapes as well as innovations in fun board design.
Safari will continue to fulfil our customer’s highest expectations through our combination of surfboard design and hands-on experience in selecting and designing the right board for you. This is our future and yours.
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Delivery address: 6 Milne Street, North Beach, Durban, KZN, South Africa