Here at The Great Break we are always searching for valuable information and resources centred around exploring the outdoors. We were excited to find just that in the form of the Hiking South Africa website dedicated to creating a central, national community resource for hikers.
Hiking South Africa is packed with news, videos, and
articles about trails around our beautiful country. It has also built a great
online community forum on which members discuss a variety of topics from,
mountain huts, safety tips, gear advice and even trail food reviews. Looking to
trade, sell or buy used hiking gear? This is the place!
We met up with co-founder, Arno van der Heever who expressed how he identified a need for this platform in the hiking community and his passion for the outdoors. We have since collaborated to create a uniquely South African designed t-shirt inspired by the SA landscape and local Ndebele patterns, buy yours in The Great Break Online Store!
Mossel Bay forms part of the
beautiful Garden Route. Situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth,
it is well known for its pristine beaches and abundant sea life.
The water is warmer in Mossel Bay
as it lies on the East Coast with the warm Agulhus current of the Indian Ocean,
compared to cold Benguela current of the Atlantic Ocean. This makes for a great
day out diving without a wetsuit on a hot summers’ day. Why not make this dive
a shark cage dive!
Africa is perfectly located in Mossel
Bay to assist you with your Shark Cage Dive. This is an experience where the
length of the time out at sea depends on the sharks and various other factors,
but a good timeframe to work on is about 4 hrs.
“White Shark Africa staff have a
proud history in White Shark research, conservation and education so you can be
sure that we have a passion and love for these animals and their environment.”
You are welcome to visit their website for all the information you need about this amazing experience. Click here.
We had the privilege of collaborating with them to produce their latest shark design, and it looks awesome on the light grey poly-cotton t-shirt. To grab yours, visit their store, address below.
LOCATION> 7 Church Street, Bayside Centre, Mossel Bay, 6500, Western Cape, South Africa.
Greyton is a small town tucked away against the mountains in the
Overberg of the Western Cape, a mere 1-hour drive by car to Hermanus. Hermanus is a small coastal
fisherman’s town known for whale watching and weekend breakaways for families.
THE EVENT> Race day was Sunday 6th October 2019, from
Greyton to the Brewery at Wine Village, near Hermanus. Cyclists set off at
08h00 on an 85km scenic route with 1400m of elevation ahead of them.
There was the alternative option of a shorter 25km circular route which
started at 08h15 and finished at the Old Potters Brewery in Greyton.
The vibe and energy on the day was contagious as the fun started
early in the morning and continued throughout the day.
COLLABORATION>We were so excited about joining forces with this
dynamic team on this outdoor event, and so grateful to have been given this
opportunity to work together on these awesome t-shirts, caps and even the race
THE BREWERIES> Old Potters
Brewhouseand Inn was established in 2016, in the small village
of Greyton, in the heart of the Overberg. In the surrounding area of Caledon,
the golden malted barley fields are used in the making of our beers.
Hemel en Aarde Brewery is nestled
at the entrance to the renowned Hemel & Aarde Valley wine region – a
beautiful piece of land, who’s beauty presented its name upon it, Heaven &
Location> Battery Park, Alfred Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8012.
This activity takes place in the canal at Battery Park, which forms part of the V & A Waterfront Canal District. The V & A Waterfront is well known for its retail, restaurants and activities in Cape Town, South Africa. Battery Park is surrounded by a range of outdoor recreation, entertainment and retail activities. With this canal so close to the waterfront, it is perfectly located to enjoy lunch with breath-taking views before or after your paddle.
Activity> Fun session out Stand-Up Paddle Boarding. You can paddle in the canal for 1 hour OR 30min. You can also go out to the ocean for an hour session with an instructor. Booking is a must!
Best to check weather conditions for a day out on the water to make the most of your experience. SUP Cape Town is open 7 days a week from 9am -5pm.
SUP Cape Town have an extensive range of merchandise for sale in their retro styled store. From surfing gear, SUP boards, apparel and accessories. Plenty of parking available.
Handy tips > ensure you wear clothes that can get wet, and great idea to take a spare set of clothes with you. (just in case ) Sunglasses, a hat and a towel are best to bring a long as well.
We love the excitement of the SUP Cape Town team and their passion for the outdoors, that is why we jumped at the opportunity to do a collaborative project with them. These awesome t-shirts are for sale in their store.
Should you need any further information on this outdoor experience, feel free to contact the SUP Cape Town team on 071 603 8388 or email@example.com
“A big premise behind The Great Break is to collaborate with different artists and create unique pieces in different formats,” explains founder Jared Kohn, outlining how a recent project with friend Ross Symons brought this to life.
Kohn was approached by the Gone Outdoor store in Cape Town to do some form of installation for the increasingly popular First Thursdays. “I was not just about me doing flat illustration design but bringing in new dimension to an artwork,” Kohn says.
“Ross and I had done a collaboration before which went up in Salt Circle,” he says. “We did an artwork and I immediately thought it was a great opportunity to do some sort of installation with him again.”
“We’d worked well together (on that previous project) and enjoyed the whole process of combining an idea of a taking two-dimensional artwork, which is on a flat piece of paper and then taking that flat piece into a three dimensional format (which is essentially what Ross does).”
According to Kohn there was this really interesting contrasting relationship and cross over between the two crafts.
“The brief was to relate the installation to the water crisis that was happening in the Western Cape. It didn’t have to be the only focal point but we thought it a relevant influence at the time,”
The two didn’t have a huge budget so wanted to keep it simple but interactive. “If it couldn’t be aesthetically impressive to look at from far, we wanted people to engage with it,” he says.
The two then came up with the idea to create a virtual rain shower out of origami diamonds which had been illustrated on by Kohn. “I did various elements of nature,” he says. “From water to plants, mountains and rivers.”
The diamond shape worked well as a ‘raindrop’ and was just the most obvious choice for the two, who suspended these ‘raindrops’ from the ceiling down to a seat and focal point. People then had the opportunity to go and sit down and take photos underneath this rain shower, by way of interaction.
“It ended up looking great and we were pleased with the outcome, it was a nice meaningful piece,”
“I think in hindsight we could’ve made it much bigger which would’ve made it more impactful but a lot more time consuming (it took two days to install). But this is what we learn on our journey as creators, the practical versus the ideal. There is no benefit in having a great idea that cannot be translated into something tangible”
After the First Thursday event, the installation was relocated to the Gone Outdoor store and then stayed there until the end of that month. Throughout that month people had the opportunity to take a photo of themselves interacting with the installation and then enter a competition to win some prizes from the store and some art works from the duo.
“What it was, was showing people a new way of doing things, to a degree – it was, in essence, advertising for us as well, but it was exciting to do. With this project and the previous one we learned a heck of a lot, in terms of getting it done,” Kohn muses. “It was definitely about it having meaning and uniqueness in terms of a collaboration between the different crafts and about being interactive and a talking point for people who viewed and experienced it. We’re looking forward to doing more for sure,”