Explore Kogel Bay with Adin Masencamp, S.A.’s pro surfer who isn’t letting lockdowns stand in his way.

Adin Masencamp has been surfing from the young age of eight. Hailing from the Strand area in the Western Cape, his parents would take him to the beach almost every weekend, and eventually, surfing became his number one priority. 

Having made it to the World Surf League competitions, professional surfer Adin Masencamp has repaid his parents faith by getting to within a hair’s breadth of the peak Championship Tour.

“At nine years old I did my first contest, and that’s when the competitive fire in me really sparked,” shares Adin before delving into his passion for the profession. “When I go surfing, I’m always trying to be the best surfer I can be. I push the limits, seeing how hard I can go and how fast I can go. That’s always what I’m trying to do and with that, comes the competitive mindset of really wanting to be the best.”

He adds, “If you’re going to be doing contests, you must have that competitive mindset. You’ve got to make sure that you’re always striving to be the best surfer you can be in every single surf and every single session.”

During his time in lockdown, he’s been working on a film called ‘Ascension’, that he released in September. It gives a behind-the-scenes look into his competitive journey and features some of the best waves he’s ever had, right in his own backyard.

“I’m excited to release my film ASCENSION, a short film that I have been working on with filmmaker Michael Veltman. It tells the story of my life, who I am, my competitive success, financial burdens, family and it obviously documents the incredible waves in South Africa too. Quite a bit of that is about Kogel Bay and my home,” shares Adin. 

In solidarity with a grill and lodge that opened just before 2020 hit, Adin is supporting local businesses.

We met up with him at a favourite, Pitstop, that’s located on the scenic route of Gordon’s Bay.

“Pitstop is amazing because it’s such a vibe, and I mean the location of it is insane. It’s right along Clarence Drive so I can go and surf, come back and eat, and then go surf again,” shares the proud local. 

“The ultimate goal for me is longevity in my career, as well as qualifying for the World Championship Tour. It has been my dream and goal since I was a little kid, so I’ve started a YouTube channel that will document everything, including every adventure I do around South Africa as a surfer.”  

For a little perspective, the Championship Tour has the world’s top thirty six competing. Adin is two positions shy at thirty eight and he’s only twenty two years old. These are some promising numbers.