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‘Just you and the sea’: Bodysurfing in Cape Town

By Abiodun Ogundairo
21 March 2021   |   9:34 am
In Cape Town, South Africa, a handful of purists practice bodysurfing, a type of surfing without boards or bragging, the closest you can possibly get to the waves. It is a little known sport, which historians say traces back to the origins of surfing.

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