Muizenberg, Looking Back

Muizenberg, Looking Back

The village of Muizenberg was established by the Dutch in 1743 as a military post on the road between Cape Town and Simon’s Town. It was named after Wynand Willem Muijs, sergeant in charge of the post in 1844, and later commander of the Cape garrison. The railway line from Wynberg reached Muizenberg on 15 December 1882.

Muizenberg was initially merely a halt on the long road between Table Bay and Simon’s Bay, a turnpike/toll (the first in the country) and a military watch. The small, rather shambolic, but historically pivotal Battle of Muizenberg in 1795 led to the British taking initial control over the Cape from the Dutch (finally cemented at the Battle of Blaauwberg).

The remnants of the fort of that battle can still be visited. But it was only in the 1820s that the establishment of an inn of rather dubious repute began the transformation of Muizenberg to the holiday resort it became. Called Farmer Pecks Inn, it became an important stopover for travellers on their way from Cape Town to Simon’s Town, and raised the entertainment profile of the area. They put up the first bathing box. Other private bathing boxes began to appear (the strict social codes of bathing were a far cry from the casualness of today) and, with the arrival of the railway by the late 1800s, land was sold for residential development and people were thronging to the white sands of Muizenberg, immortalised by regular visitor Rudyard Kipling in his poem ‘The Flowers’: “Buy a bunch of weed/ White as the sand of Muizenberg/Spun before the gale”.

Added impetus was provided by Cecil John Rhodes, who built a house there and encouraged his friends and colleagues to do the same. The arrival of the new mining magnates from Kimberley and Johannesburg provided a shimmering seal of approval, and many of their mansions can still be viewed along what was then known as Millionaires Row.

After the Anglo-Boer War, the area was considered a good tonic for soldiers, and the town began to pay proper attention to its popularity with new bathing boxes, pavilions and a handsome new Edwardian railway station befitting its status. In 1911, the first aeroplane to deliver mail in South Africa made its maiden voyage to the postmaster at Muizenberg. The village was transformed.

Although Muizenberg lost its premier resort status in the 1970s, the sand and sea are as attractive now as they were then. The village retains much of its charm and many historic buildings have been restored. A major Muizenberg attraction is surfing: considered a very long, mellow wave, and especially good for those learning to surf as well as for the longboarding fraternity, it follows the traditions of being the birthplace of prone surfing on wooden belly-boards in South Africa in 1910, and then the first stand-up surfing in 1919. Mystery author Agatha Christie visited the beach in 1922, surfing in her green wool bathing suit. Famous Irish playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was photographed surfing at Muizenberg in 1932, at the age of 75.

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Earthwave Beach Festival for the Whole Family

Muizenberg Surf‘Earthwave Beach Festival’ is an annual event where fellow ocean-lovers come together and attempt to break the Guinness World Record (GWR) for ‘The Most Surfers on a Wave’.

This year Earthwave have decided to add another angle, one for the whole family to enjoy; they have gone ahead and registered the GWR attempt for ‘The World’s Largest Bikini Pararde’!

Earthwave have partnered with Good Times Events who will be looking after the Pavilion where there will be entertainment, music, a bar, food, exhibits, prize giving, comedians competitions and much much more.

Diarise the 27th September 2015 for the beach-lifestyle event of the year!

Surfpop gets disadvantaged children into surfing

Want to learn how to surf and get children from disadvantaged communities out the back? Surfpop is building a bridge between crime and drugs, and the love for surfing and the ocean.


Daniel Botha, founder of Surfpop, aims to change the life of underprivileged children born amidst gangsterism, violence and ghettos. His drive involves hope, compassion, smiles, waves, and business, too.

“We want to share surfing, and the lifestyle and culture it offers with others and have them experience the stoke,” explains Botha, who owns his surf shack in Muizenberg, Cape Town.

“To make a positive difference in society by using surfing as a tool to change the lives of the Surfpop children, and make them ambassadors in their communities to help enlighten others.”

The volunteer outreach program invites beginner surfers to share their time with children between the ages of 8-10 and work with them until they are more or less 15-16.

In four weeks, you’ll be introduced to the sport of surfing, explore Cape Town, help children in the water, and relax at the backpackers. 2500

You will learn everything – from surfboard design and surf forecasting, to wave formation and history of surfing. At the same time, you will make a difference in the lives of young chargers.

Original Source: Surfer Today

Beach Clean Up

beach clean upTo launch the 25000 BAG CAMPAIGN, The Two Oceans Aquarium – Young Biologist Green Team will be hosting a beach clean up as we take our first steps to reaching our 25 000 bag goal. ALL ARE WELCOME and the support will be much appreciated. 
Date: 2 August 2014
Time: 09:00 – 12:00
Meeting place is at Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg Beach. Bags, gloves and data sheets will be provided. 

Bring your own refreshments and weather appropriate clothing.

For more information visit their Facebook Event

Meet the legendary surfer Cory Lopez

Meet the legendary surfer Cory Lopez

Meet Cory Lopez and win a R50 000 WaveJet Surfboard in Muizenberg on Saturday the 21st of June!
WaveJet has announced that surfer, Cory Lopez will attend the official South African launch party for WaveJet systems in Muizenberg. The party will feature life music from Crimson and DJ Dean Fuel. A dozen other vouchers, surfing and skateboarding equipment and hampers are up for grabs in lucky draws and raffles.
The function will be held at the Bluebird Garage in Albertyn Road, Muizenberg from 6pm til midnight. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online. R100 for general entrance and R150 for VIP treatment (includes separate entrance, free energy drinks and craft beer and other perks).
All proceeds will be donated to the Surfers’ Walk of Fame Project.
For more information click here.

This community notice was brought to you by Chas Everitt – Muizenberg
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