Dirty Habits Halloween Kite Jam

Dirty Habits hosted the 1st annual Halloween Kite Jam, Downwinder in Cape Town.

Although the wind didn’t really play along, it had the most WILD day to say the least, everyone dressed up to the max (mainly in drag) and the vibe was pretty crazy, Continue Reading →

Addicted to Big Air – Graham Howes

So we tried a different take on this year Red Bull King of the Air video.. Yes it’s a little deep.. a little too pretty.. and a little long.. So if you don’t like the sound of my voice skip to 1:00 mark for some big air Cape Town Action. Strong wind is what keeps me alive.

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Dirty Habits Opens Wakeboard Park in Cape Town

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This weekend Dirty Habits along with Solid Air ride Systems opened the new Wakeboard Cable park in Cape Town near Durbanville.

The new exclusive park is situated on the Hillcrest Wine Estate, surrounded by wine farms and a majestical quarry.

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This venue is home to some of the best events in Cape Town included the Parlotones and Prime Circle concerts, the Blues summit, Tropical roast and more.

The Dirty Habits playground was established last summer, but now will be open to the public for exclusive bookings, events, parties, bachelor parties, corporate functions, tema building and private venue hire. the Wakapark will soon be launching member sessions which will allow members to ride on off-peak periods after work between 4p and 7pm.

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Ep 3 – Wakeboarding with paintball guns & beers

Beers, Paintball guns, flour bombs and cliff jumping all in a days work. The Dirty Habits crew including Top SA wakeboarders Dylan Mitchell & Craig Eygenbergen and Pro Kiteboarder Graham Howes, Spent the Day on a Eugene Pienaar’s Mastercraft at Misverstand.

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Dirty Habits Web series

Dirty Habits is launching a series of web video to kick off 2015.

This is just a teaser to show what you can expect in the upcoming video’s featuring the Worlds best Boardriders including Nick Jacobsen, Tom Court, Ruben Lenten, Kevin Langeree, Craig Eygenbergen, Dylan Mitchell and of course Mr Dirty Habits, Graham Howes.

You can except some seriously dirty content coming your way and not just kite, wake, surf, skate action there will be plenty of flames, parties, girls, crashes and cross over sports like motocross, spearfishing, skydiving and base jumping.

Dirty Habits Movie from Dirty Habits on Vimeo.

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Raph Derome – Beyond Perception

Is this the future of wakeboarding?

Get a taste of Raph Derome’s brilliant new wakeboarding edit with a teaser for Beyond Perception.

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People have different perceptions of Raph Derome. As a guy that prefers to keep a low profile and living the life of a self-described introvert, it’s sometimes difficult to express who he really is to those around him. But that’s why he lets his wakeboarding speak for him.

With an endless drive and dedication to wakeboarding, Raph is truly in it for the love of the game. Never quite satisfied, wakeboarding to him is about the constant pursuit of progression and evolving his own unique vision of the sport.

Beyond Perception, made by Red Bull Media House in partnership with Malibu Boats and Billabong, is the product of two years of Raph’s tireless effort to capture the soul of wakeboarding and a visual declaration to the masses that there is much more to wakeboarding beyond contests.

Raph Derome poses for a portrait in Coteau du Lac, Quebec, Canada, on August 4, 2014.
Raphael Derome© Yann Roy Photographe

Get a taster in the above clip of Raph’s trip to some of his favorite spots including Florida, his home province of Quebec and a big-city shred at Toronto’s Ontario Place

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Two years in the making, Raph’s latest video project is the product of a tireless effort to capture the soul of the sport and a visual declaration to the masses that there is much more to wakeboarding beyond contests. Presented by Red Bull Media House in partnership with Billabong and Malibu Boats, the journey takes Raph on a trip to some of his favorite spots including Florida, his home province of Quebec and a big-city shred at Toronto’s Ontario Place.

Check it out, it just might change your view.

Produced by Red Bull Media House

In association with Billabong Canada Malibu Boats

Producer Fergie Cancade

Director / DoP Still Not Famous Productions

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Edited by Jonathan Ferguson

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Ozzie in Kiteboarding Muizenberg

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South Africa’s Top kiteboarder Oswald Smith busts out a quick kite sesh at one of his local spots, Muizenberg, Cape Town.

We can’t wait to see what he gets up to this summer in Cape Town.

Check it out and enjoy !

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Red Bull Rally dos Ventos

Red Bull Rally dos Ventos

Kiteboarders from around the world gathered in northeastern Brazil this past Saturday for the first edition of the Red Bull Rally dos Ventos, a unique competition that sees athletes travel across both sand and water. Local hero Alexandre Neto won the men’s event, with Kristiin Oja from Estonia the fastest woman.

The Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, also known as the wettest desert on the planet, hosted the first ever Red Bull Rally dos Ventos this Saturday, a one-of-a-kind kiteboard competition where athletes must overcome sand dunes up to 45m tall to reach the natural lagoons that make the place unique.

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On a course measuring 16km, the rules were simple: the first to arrive at the finish line wins. The challenge, though, was very complicated, riders normally used to water were suddenly having to also deal with sand.

Among the starting field were athletes from four countries, with a strong contingent of local riders keen to impress. The winner of the men’s competition was Alexandre Neto, who is currently in the top 5 standings on the PKRA World Tour. The Brasilian beat Carlos “Baby” Mário on the final metres to claim top spot.

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“I was in first place during almost the entire race, but right before the end I made a mistake and Carlos moved into first place,” said Neto after the race. “When we got to the last dune, I saw that he picked a path through the dune and I decided to go to his right. Fortunately I found water and could accelerate over the lagoon to win the race.”

The women’s event also saw a high-class field take on this unique desert challenge. Among the riders participating were two former world champions, the Brazilian Bruna Kajiya and the American Susi Mai, but it was Kristiin Oja from Estonia who outshone them all to claim victory.

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“I did not have a good start and I saw a lot of kites in front of me. As anyone could pick different paths, I did not realise that I had passed all of them. I was really surprised when I was told that I was the fastest woman. I was super happy to be in first place and I’m even happier now the result has been confirmed,” smiled Oja in the finish area.

 

Final Standings Men:

1. Alexandre Neto, BRA – 37.3s

2. Carlos Mário (Bebê), BRA – 37.45s

3. Bruno Lobo, BRA – 39.12s

4. Wanderson Souza, BRA – 40.47s

5. Roberto Veiga, BRA – 50.05s

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Dirty Habits Freeride summer teaser

Well in case you missed the boat. This is how The Crew at Dirty Habits does summer.

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Amongst the Chaos this summer and all the international legends visiting The Dirty Habits crib, including Nitro Circus’ Erik Roner, Wake legends Shawn Watson and Kevin Henshaw, World champ freestyle paraglider Marvin Ogger, extreme kiters Ruben Lenten, Robbie Naish… we also had had Freeride Project and Riplslix Productions founder Tom Court spend the summer with us along with Crane jumper, Nick Jacobsen. Between the 3 boys including Mr. Dirty Habits Graham Howes, 3 very different projects began to merge into one common idea, The quest for epicness. and although the lines are still blurred between our different lives existing at other parts of the world, one thing remains certain. we sure as hell are having a good time. Here is the evidence. the teaser… just the tip of the iceburg.

Vid by Ripslix production – Tom Court

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Tom Court:

“So this winter I decided to hit the Cape Town kite scene again, after filming a section of the #freerideproject 2 (coming soon) here last year I couldn’t resist going back again. Heading out to roll with Dirty Habits crew (Graham Howes, Nick Jacobsen) and get the full CT experience…
Also catching up with Aaron Hadlow, The North team, riding some sessions with Craig Cunningham and generally getting up to some FreeRide Project kiteboarding fun!
Keep your eyes peeled for the web cuts that are coming soon from this Cape Summer.”

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Hercules swell hits Europe for some of the biggest waves

Jamie Mitchell Paddles Into A 60-Foot Wave

Belharra, France plays host to the Hercules swell 

Hands down the best paddler in the world, (he’s won the Molokai to Oahu race a record ten times) Australian waterman Jamie Mitchell paddled into what fellow big wave rider Shane Dorian called a 60-foot wave today in France. The session occurred at an offshore reef called Belharra near the town of Saint-Jean de Luz in the southwest corner of the Bay of Biscay.

And sixty feet might be an understatement.

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In an interview posted on Stab.com, Shane was reported to say, “It’s hard to tell, but that wave was over 60 feet, for sure.” Now that’s Shane Dorian calling it sixty feet—meaning it’s more like eighty feet. And while Belharra isn’t the hollowest big wave spot in the world, Mitchell’s wave was nuts—a thick, bowling up right that was held up by a strong offshore wind. Watch the video a few times—that wave was anything but soft.

Props to Mitchell, too. A lifelong surfer, for years he was known as the best paddler in the world, but of late he’s more focused on the big wave deal and has been chasing swells across the globe for years now. The big question is whether Jamie’s wave will be up for an award in the upcoming Billabong XXL Awards. It probably won’t win Ride of the Year because he fell, but Wipeout if the Year could be a good consolation award.

Source: http://surf.transworld.net

Belharra meets Hercules from Vincent Kardasik on Vimeo.

 

Ruben Lenten Extreme Kiteboarding

Just before Ruben Lenten packed his bags for Cape Town the storm or the  winter hit the shores of Holland.

Just in time for Ruben to test out his new BEST kiteboarding pro model, The EXTRACT. This kite is designed for 1 thing.. and that’s riding hard. check out the pics from his session shot by

Deep Thought Productions

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Kevin Langeree Playboy shoot

Kevin Langeree can pretty much call himself a Cape Town Local, he has been spending the summers in Blouberg for longer than i can remember. He is the definition of waterman; SUP, surf, spearfish, big waves and ofcourse a world champion kiteboarder. So to get this dude to sit down for 10 minutes and ask him a few questions was a task on it’s own.

With the whole kiteboarding world moving onto riding wakeboarding boots on their kiteboards, it’s a pretty straight forward progression for your average pro wakestyle kiter. However for Kevin, it’s not that easy. If you have been lucky enough to see Kevin freeriding, you would understand, he is either doing 40ft high board-offs, riding his board one footed, riding it on his ass,  flying through the air with it under his arm, climbing a coconut tree with it or doing Jesus walks. Now tie a board to his feet and see what happens. But progression is progression, and when you are chasing a 2nd world title, that little bit more power, or more board control can mean the world of difference in a PKRA final. So lets see what he has to say about riding boots, and if it is actually ‘the way forward’.

Home Town:                Noordwijk/ Cape Town
Started riding:            Spring 2000
Top Places to Ride:  Cape Town hands down! Hawaii is really sick as well.
Favourite Moves:      All depends on the conditions but bootsing as high as possible never gets boring.
Other Dirty Habits:  Farting on airplanes feel extra good.
Gear:                               Naish Torches and Monarch 134 for freestyle and Park and global for waves.
Sponsors:                     Naish, O’Neill, G-Shock and Sinner eyewear
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Dirty Habits: So Kevin, we see you riding in boots now, you have always hated the idea of riding boots as it’s so restricting and style and trick. Tell us about how it lead to you riding boots?

Kevin: Yea I’ve never really liked boots cause it limits your movement. But the riding and the landings with freestyle are getting so much harder that you need a lot of control on the landings and the only way to achieve that is to ride boots.

Dirty Habits: It is a huge change for you, your whole style and energy on the water is about freedom and fun, board offs, one footers, jesus walks etc…. isn’t it frustrating having your feet locked into boots all the time now.

Kevin:  Yes it really is a big change for me and sometimes a bit frustrating but I feel that riding boots give me an other challenge. I love challenges cause they keep me motivated. But I must say that it isn’t as big as a different as I thought it would be, I actually feel pretty confident on them already. Board offs are a lot harder…

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Dirty Habits: Do you see yourself riding boots full time in the future, or is this a purely competition and power thing?

Kevin: For comps I’ll definitely keep riding them but I would never go on a trip without throwing a par of straps in. The cool thing about kiteboarding is that there are so many ways of riding and it doesn’t really matter if you ride boots, straps, strapless, finless, waxless ect. As long as you are having loads of fun, then that will be the only thing that matters.

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Dirty Habits: The big debate is whether it is safer riding boots or not, some argue you are ‘locked in’ and more secure in boots, others say there is more risk as you are ‘stuck’ to your board on big crashes. Do you think boots has are safer and maybe better in terms of knee injuries and ankle.

Kevin: That is a pretty good question. Being locked in and not you losing your board and being stable on landing can prevent you from crashing hard. But if you crash it’s NOT really nice to have a board stuck on your feet. Boots definitely give you a better whiplash on hard crashes. I think it doesn’t really make a different whether you ride boots or straps.

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Dirty Habits: A lot of your fans will follow your footsteps and go straight out and buy boots (even if they are still learning to jump. When do you think a rider is ‘ready’ to start riding boots.

Kevin: That is hard to say… I would ride boots when every you feel comfortable enough to ride them. It took quite a while for me

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Dirty Habits: Give us some pro’s and cons about riding boots

Kevin:

Pro’s

–  You don’t lose your board
–   Landings are more stable and soft
–   Takeoffs can be more powerful
–   No cold feet

Cons:

– Limits your movement on some tricks
– Takes a while to put them on
– Your board is heavier

-No Board-offs

Dirty Habits: Ok. Lets get serious now about these Playboy bunnies, tell us about these lovely ladies who volunteered to model for this shoot in Cape Town. They put on quite a show for you.

Kevin: That was just SOOO hilarious! Haha this chick was so on it and the only thing she wanted was posing as sexy as possible. She did pretty good don’t you think! HAHA The only thing she needs to do is to bring a visit to the dentist for some new front tooth. Haha thanks for the laugh

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Dirty Habits: I heard the Playboy Girls you did the shoot with in Nitro City Panama were jealous that they missed out on the action.

Kevin: Yea they called me and sounded really upset… Guess the only way to make them happy is to do an other shoot with them!

Dirty Habits: You obviously will be beck in Cape Town for the summer to train and enjoy the life down here, any other plans for new movie projects, clinics or anything like that, which we can look forward to.

Kevin: Still planning some things. But I’m really looking forward on heading back to CT. That place is just magic!

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Dirty Habits: Lasty.. Hidden line’s movie you filmed with Eyeforce was a huge success around the world.  I’d say it was the biggest production kiteboarding has seen. Do you think we will see a Hidden lines 2? or another coloration with Nick or Youri?

Kevin: Yea it really was a big success even bigger than I had every dreamed off. I had a meeting with eyeforce a couple weeks ago and we talked about some new plans. But they will stay secret for a little. Sorry…

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Wakeboarder: Ian Curry-Lindahl VIDEO

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Photo: STVii Photography

Photography: STVii Photography

Dirty Habits team rider Ian Curry-Lindahl from Bussels has been hanging out at Hip-notics cable park in Turkey gfor the pass week. We got found this video in our inbox this morning and couldn’t think of a better way to start the week.

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Name: Ian Curry-Lindahl
Date of birth: 29/07/1988
Nationality: Belgian
Hometown: Brussels
Profession: Graphic designer
Homespot: The spin cable park
Sponsor: Dirty Habits, BROY
Riding since: 2009
Favorite food: Italian
Favorite band: Radiohead
Favorite movie: Seven / Lucky number slevin / …
Best trick: toe FS 720 / S-blind
Favorite trick: indy glide
Favorite spot: Cape Town South Africa / the spin
Most inspiring rider: Dane reynold / Aaron Hadlow / every good snowboarder on a rail!
Hobbies: Kitesurfing / wakeboarding / football / ice hockey / snowboarding

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Photo: STVii Photography

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Antalya 2013 from ian Curry-Lindahl on Vimeo.

 

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Cape Town Activity and Spot guide

Endless Summer Beach House, Mystic House, High Five Kite school and Cape Town Guru have got you covered for action this summer.

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Take a look this activity book and spot guide for extreme sports, outdoor actives and fun outings to keep you busing in Cape Town.

Including a full detailed spot guide of the best surf, kite, windsurf & freestyle spots around the Cape, you will find yourself with a full schedule this summer.

Some of the Activities include:

Seal Snorkeling, Paragliding, skydiving, kloofing (waterfall jumping) free diving courses, kitesurfing , surf & SUP lessons, Mountain biking, fishing, Great White shark cage diving, wakeboarding and much much more.

If you have your girlfriend with you they also have the romantic activities like, Game drives, Franshoek tours, wine tours, Lions Head sunset hikes, Mzoli’s braai and of course The Table Mountain hike.

All activity and details in this online guide:

http://issuu.com/endlesssummerbeachhouse/docs/activitybookcs5_v10interactive

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Big Wave surfer rescued while she floats face down.

So we know that you male surfers out there are a little rusty when i comes to remembering names, and often associate a ‘surfer’ with her ‘bottom turn’ So we thought we would help you out in identifying the Big Wave surfer who drowed and was resucitated at the Big Wave spot in Portugal today.

Picture: Francesco Carrozzini - ESPN

Picture: Francesco Carrozzini – ESPN

Red Bull Big Wave surfer, Maya Gabeira took off on the biggest wave of her life today at Nazare in Portugal and ended up with a reportedly 70ft foamy on the head. Maya and her town partner, Carlos Burle attemped to rescue her several times while she floated face down in between monster waves. after finally jumping from his ski,  to get her to the beach and performed CPR. Maya soon recovered her consciousness and was taken to a hospital.

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Video of Maya’s Big wave crash

Video of the Day at Nazare, some of the biggest waves ever surfed

Silver Slipstreams: Downhill Longboarding Cape Town

Remember the GoPro video of the downhill skateboarder that tripped the speed camera on Kloof Nek Road? Well, he’s back in the latest promotional video for Mercedes Benz’ new A45 AMG hot hatchback.

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The beautifully filmed video pits Decio Lourenco, the 24 year old downhill skater, against the Robbi Smith new Mercedes Benz A45 AMG in a mock race along the Franschhoek Pass. The amazing slow-motion shots were accomplished using a Phantom Flex camera –

The A 45 AMG is the epitome of performance, control and expression – essential attributes shared with extreme downhill skateboarding. In a beautifully filmed video pitting man against machine these unlikely four-wheeled allies tango at high-speed on the majestic Franschhoek Pass in the Western Cape.

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In order to visualise and share this idea, we challenged Decio Lourenco – a 24-year-old graphic design student by day and champion downhill skateboarder by night (or perhaps it’s the other way around) – to ride alongside Mercedes-Benz’s game-changing pocket rocket.

Decio’s passion for his sport extends to a point few of us would dare to go: hurtling down steep hills at speeds in excess of 100km/h, with considerably fewer safety features than your average Mercedes-Benz.

Some might call it sheer insanity, but in over a decade of countless high-speed descents, a ‘pretty bad roastie’ is the worst injury he’s had. And it’s no dumb luck. Like his counterpart in the video, Decio’s ability to hug hard tarmac turns at improbable speeds and unnatural angles is the result of years of practice – that never-ending ritual that fuels our passions.

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Behind the wheel was former pro racing driver Robbi Smith, the go-to-guy for jobs involving cars where perfection is a prerequisite. Having been involved in stunt and precision driving for over 25 years, Robbi has featured in more than 1 200 vehicle television commercials – including a couple for Mercedes-Benz.

No stranger to the Franschhoek Pass, Robbi relished the opportunity to put the A 45 AMG through its paces, and was consistently blown away by the capability of this pocket rocket. With the pass closed for shooting by traffic officials, he probably had the most ideal testing ground imaginable.

Similarly, Decio basked in the rare opportunity of having an entire mountain pass as his playground, carving, bombing and sliding his way down with a playful abandon that belies immense concentration. Crouched low in his racing leathers and helmet, he mirrored not only the aerodynamics and compactness of the A 45 AMG Edition 1, but also the distinctive colouring package – Cirrus white with matt graphite stripes and distinctive red detailing on the grille, seat stitching, brake calipers, side-view mirrors, seatbelts and rear spoiler.

Over three days on the magnificent Franschhoek Pass, an enthusiastic crew from Bring Back Choirboy pulled out all the stops to capture this speed-of-light ballet. Their arsenal included extreme slow-motion cameras, helmet-cams, car mounts, remote-controlled drones filming from the air, plus cameramen on skateboards weaving between man and machine

Aside from some badly chewed fingernails on the safety and medical crew’s side, the shoot went off without a hitch and yielded some breathtaking sequences. Despite nearly three decades separating Robbi and Decio, it’s more than a thirst for adrenaline and an unrelenting commitment to their particular form of art that unites them. After a few days with the A 45 AMG, both gentlemen now desire one.

We’re very excited to bring you this much-anticipated production, created in conjunction with Bring Back Choirboy.

Credits

Directed by Luke Apteker.
Filmed by Cale Jansen.
Phantom camera operated by Karl Schmidt.
Aerial photography by Dean Engela and Tommy Gunn.
Time-lapse photography by Rory Allen.
Edited by Matthew Swanepoel.

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Dungeons 5 August 2013

Dungeons Big wave spot Cape Town Delivered winter 2013

“As Dungeons rumbled and roared the cream of SA’s big wave surfing crew (plus Hawaiians John John Florence and Albee Layer) waxed up their big boards, stretched on their neoprene and tucked in their brass balls to tackle some of the biggest and cleanest Dungeons in ages.”- Alan van Gysen (www.zigzag.co.za)

Photo: Steve Benjamin  from Animalocean.co.za (Seal & Ocean tours Cape Town)

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Photo: Steve Benjamin  Animalocean.co.za

 

Video Produced by – AVA

Shot by – Dan Mace and Gareth Kaatze
Edited by – Gareth Kaatze
Track: It’s Going To Be Fine – Andrew Bayer

 

Red Bull: Rising High Big Air

Red Bull Rising High, the megaramp of wakeboarding goes down with a bang in front of 15 000 spectators. Riders and fans celebrate successful premiere of first wakeboard roller

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Red Bull Rising High: Raph Derome, the Captain of Hamburg takes gold.

Hamburg, 24 June 2013 – 15 000 wakeboarding fans at the Magellan-Terraces in Hamburg and online via live stream all over the world witnessed Raph Derome (Canada) take the trophy on the UNIT Parktech wakeboard roller. Nico von Lerchenfeld (Germany) won the “Swatch Best Style Award”, voted live by the audience. 16 of the world’s best wakeboarders made for a fantastic event with tons of stylish action. The invited riders had spent a week in Hamburg to prepare for Red Bull Rising High, mostly training on “Big Willy”, as UNIT Parktech’s innovative combination of XXL kicker and landing was lovingly christened. Pulled by the SESITEC System 2.0, the setup was kept at a secret location, where the riders could test it and watch the others from their yacht, where they stayed all week. After the training sessions they enjoyed skate sessions and trips to the city.

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Sunday afternoon, the Big Air showdown finally went down. Cable and setup, as well as a UNIT Street Series Rail, were ready at the Magellan Terraces, where the riders had completed their final training in the morning. Spectators started arriving in the early afternoon to get the best seats by the waterside. Eventually there were 15,000 spectators celebrating their idols, making for a fantastic atmosphere. “Mr. Wake voice” Clint Liddy and local Patrick Unger did their part to rock the event on their mics. Local hero and crowd favorite Frederic von Osten was not able to compete, due to a lingering injury, but he did enjoy being in the crowd.

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red bull rising high

The first round was all about style and the competitors had to impress head judge Flo Meeh and wakeboarding legend Parks Bonifay with Grabs and Shiftys in head-to-head mode. Inverts and Spins were allowed to be rotated no more than 360⁰, so everything was possible in each pair-up. Raph Derome (CAN), Adam Errington (USA), Steffen Vollert (GER), Dominik Hernler (AUT), Shane Bonifay (USA), Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER), and Brenton Priestley (AUS) made the cut in this round. For some big names like e.g. Jeremia Hoppe (SWE), Daniel Grant (THA), and a few other big names this was already the end of the line.

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Round two was clearly more technical; full Spins and Flips were allowed now. Brenton Priestley (AUS) missed his Double Halfcab Roll and Steffen Vollert (GER) lost the handle on landing his 720, so they were out. Raph Derome pulled the first Heelside Frontside 900 and made the finals, along with Dominik Gührs (GER), Dominik Hernler (AUT) and Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER).

Now it was about taking the crown at the first Red Bull Rising High, so no prisoners were taken. Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) landed his Heelside Backside 700, but missed the 900. Dominik Gührs (GER) pulled his 9 and got third, and Dominik Hernler (AUT) came in second with a super clean and grabbed Mobius.

It wasn’t easy for the judges, but eventuall Raph Derome deservedly added the Red Bull Rising High Boxing Belt to his trophy collection, since he was the only rider who had a Heelside Frontside 1080 safely on lock.

The “Swatch Best Style Award” went to Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) for his sweet Indy Crowmobe, collecting the most clicks at the digital fan voting.

Raph Derome on his victory: “The contest was dope! The roller was a lot of fun, and it will surely give kicker riding a boost in the next couple of years. Winning Red Bull Rising High was the perfect ending for my week in Hamburg.”

Dominik Gührs, the best German at third place, was very excited after the event: “The level of performance was extremely high. We trained together all week, so we kind of knew what the other guys had in store, but everybody really pushed their limits today. For me personally, Red Bull Rising High was really cool and a season highlight.”

A new era of wakeboarding has dawned, and it will be thrilling to see the new tricks made possible by this obstacle. The crowd and the riders were stoked, and the event was rounded off nicely by summer temperatures in Hamburg Port City, a true wakeboarding mecca.

All further info, pictures and videos of the event here: www.redbull.de/risinghigh.

Results:

1. Raph Derome (CAN) – 89.75 points

2. Dominik Hernler (AUT) – 84.25 points

3. Dominik Gührs (GER) – 81 points

4. Nico von Lerchenfeld (GER) – 79.5 points