As a young white South African girl, I recall the poster of Cass Collier hanging above my bed. I never realized at that time that this man was breaking down walls of inequality and pioneering the way for the coloured surfing community. Looking at Cass today, one might doubt the strength and dedication of the dreadlocked Rastafarian, but he convinced me of the opposite within our first minute of conversation.
There are very few times in a person’s life that you’ll meet a man that makes you view the world in a different light. A person that makes you look deep within yourself and re-evaluate your outlook on life, your contribution to society and where you fit into the playground we call earth. I experienced this rare delight whilst sitting down with previous big wave surfing champion, Cass Collier, and here follows his tale….
Q: What was your introduction to surfing?