Bruce Gold: the true surfing hippie

Bruce Gold has been living a hippie surfing life for more than 40 years. Discover the legend who collects shells, and once surfed with Miki Dora.

The surf industry has never had a room for Bruce Gold. Not that he cares. Surfing's status quo breathes young, tanned, and good-looking role models. And Bruce never fit in mainstream surfing.

Today, he enjoys an occasional spliff, goes surfing several times a day, and keeps monitoring the surf conditions. Nature is his habitat, and meditation is part of his daily activities. Not the regular weekend warrior, is he?

"At school, I was a good schoolboy. I liked school. And then after school, we had to join the police or the army. For three years, I was a policeman. I was busy working and thinking: 'ok, this is fine,'" explains Gold.

"I will get a motorcar. I can afford a wife. They will give me a house and everything. Luckily. I was still surfing, and I realized I wasn't surfing enough. I got to be free!"

That was when, in his twenties, Bruce Gold discovered Jeffreys Bay. He fell in love with the South African surf gem and, since then, he never stopped surfing.

Today, he is 69. And he surfs like a 40-year-old man. When you see a long-bearded man wearing a red Power Rangers helmet, you know it's Gold. "You have to make compromises in your life." Bruce made his choices. And he is happy with the life he chose.

"Bruce Gold - The Last of the Great Surfing Hippies" is a short surf film by Anders Melchior.

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