The Aquatic Ape

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Miklos S. Dora, aka Miki Dora, aka Da Cat, aka The Black Knight, challenges surfers to a contest at Jeffrey’s Bay. The rules: Entrants place a $200 reliability bond; applicants must construct their own equipment; equipment must be ozone friendly and biodegradable; no petrochemicals allowed; boards cannot exceed 9’6″; the tail must square off at 10″; single fins only; no logos of any kind; no colors; minimum board size is 8′. The winner will be the rider who rides farthest on a wave. Dora defines the point of the contest to be reclaiming the lost soul of surfing.