Bruce Gold describes himself as a hobo and at 69 years old he lives a life that certainly isn’t everyones cup of tea, but through a lifetime of sacrifices and compromises Bruce has done the one thing he wants to do more than anything, and that is surfing Jeffreys Bay for nearly 50 years. After a brief stint as a policemen in his early 20’s and nearly falling into the rat race full time, Bruce realised he wasn’t surfing enough and that things had to change.
Once Bruce had tasted the perfect waves of Jeffrey’s Bay, it started a love affair that lasts to this day. Without ever landing a job, Bruce has been a part of the J-Bay scene for over 4 decades, living off the land, sleeping in sand dunes, bartering with oysters and showering under waterfalls. Bruce doesn’t have the latest wide screen TV or a pimping set of surf wheels, but he has his surfboard and his dog, Scootergirl, and when you watch the short film below, you realise he has everything he needs.
The short documentary, Bruce Gold – The Last of the Great Surfing Hippies, filmed, direct and produced by Anders Melchior is one of the best short films I have seen this year. Fair play Mr Gold, I am not sure it is the life for me, but you get my full respect and admiration and you still surf more times in a fortnight than I do all year! Let us know what you think, could you make the sort of sacrifices that Bruce has to follow your dreams?