Movember surf’s up

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November spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research. It’s a light-hearted global campaign with a serious message.

Established in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003 the campaign has since inspired more than 3 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas to ‘stache it up across 21 countries worldwide. In 2012 1.1 million Mo Bros and Mo Sistas joined the initiative, raising more than R1.2-billion.

On November 16, Movember, with beachwear brand Quiksilver, will host the Off the Lip, Mo Retro Surf Jam on Casurina Beach in Tongaat, KwaZulu-Natal.

Movember-250November spells Movember, when Mo Bros grow their moustaches to promote awareness of men’s health issues and raise funds for research (Image: Movember)Kicking off at 10am, the event will have a 70s theme and feature surfing and fancy dress competitions. Surfers are encouraged to don 70s wear as well.

The event will accept 60 first-come, first-served, surf competition entries, at R100 each, and surfers can expect to compete in the Larry Layback, Float the Boat and Wave Waster categories.

All competitors’ surfboards have to be pre 1980’s single or twin fins. The event format will have 10 six-strong groups take to the water via the traditional beach start, with the top six surfers battling it out in the final heat at 2.30pm.

There will also be prizes for the best male and female fancy dress.

All funds raised will be donated to Movember’s men’s health partner, the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), a non-profit organisation that supports research and provides support to people affected by cancer.

Shuttle services, leaving from Umhlanga Rocks, have been arranged. For more information visit the website.