Surfers gave former South Coaster Llewellyn Engelbrecht the sport’s ultimate show of respect on Saturday.
Approximately 35 surfers converged on Southbroom for a paddle out in memory of the much-loved little surfer, who passed away tragically at the age of 11 in Coffee Bay in May.
South African surfing icon Heather Clark and fellow local legend Royden Bryson were among the group who paid their last respects to the fearless young surfer.
Paddling out with flowers, surfers formed a circle and remembered the rising star, with Bryson giving an inspiring speech reminding everyone to live life to the fullest, just at Engelbrecht did.
Formerly from Scottburgh, Engelbrecht was one of the country’s most promising groms and flew the Ugu Surfriders flag high at the 2019 Sea Harvest South African Junior Championships.
He was one of the team’s standout performers in the national tournament held at Lower Point in Jeffreys Bay, making the semi-finals and ultimately finishing fifth in the Under-12 boys division.
It was an emotional event but also a celebration of a boy who personified the essence of surfing and who will be fondly remembered as an Ugu Surfriders legend.
Paddle outs were also held in Cape Town, Durban, Scottburgh and Coffee Bay, which involved well over 200 surfers in total.
Ugu Surfriders’ Claudia Attfield commented, “Llewellyn was a fearless, huge-hearted surf viking and his loss is felt throughout the surf community.
“He would have loved the hustle and the vibe with his fellow surfers. Thanks to everyone who supported this in honour of Llewellyn and his family in these difficult times of uncertainty.”