Dirtiest Summer in Cape Town: Dirty Habits Latest Video


The Dirty Habits Crew is a group of professional athletes from around the world, who chase the sun to Cape Town and other parts of the world to push each other to the extreme limits in performance, stunts, and taking day-to-day activities to the next level. We also feature friends and other professional athletes.. surfers, kiteboarders, stuntmen, skateboarders, wakeboarders,, adventure filmmakers, freedivers, and big wave surfers. Continue Reading →

Dirty Habits Crew Score Rare Righthand Point Break

The Dirty Habits Crew spent 12 hours in the car for the chance to have 1 good session at a right point break that needs a certain rare swell and wind to work, This place is by no means a secret anymore, but the fact that it is so fickle and need a very very specific swell direction to break and a certain tide, it doesn’t work of long.. sometime only just a couple hours a day, a few days a year. Continue Reading →

We caught Twiggy on a solo surf at a heavy Weskus reef

Graham Howes and Darryl Partington were driving along a dirt road up the Weskus (wild stretch of coast North of Cape Town) searching for waves, when they spotted Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker standing on a big dune watching some heavy bombs detonating on reef Continue Reading →

Matti Buys takes Dylan Lightfoot surfing in Joburg


Images and Words:  Anthony Churchyard Photography

This month, Dylan Lightfoot, 2014’s SA surf champion in the U/20 division, Billabong U/20 Mossel Bay Champion and Jeffreys Bay RVCA supertrial winner, joined up with Matti Buys, the renowned SA wakeskate champ, in Johannesburg for a few days.
As Johannesburg is landlocked, Matti set out to show Dylan how the Vaalies get their board on water fix in Gauteng.


On Thursday the 6th of November, we traveled with Dylan and Matti to the Vaal River to join Shaun Faccio from Tige boats. The Tige boat produces a wake of about one and a half foot. Dylan, obviously not a rookie when it comes to waves, showed the locals how to ride this endless wave on his surfboard.
Matti is a natural on most boards and kept his cool following Dylan’s example, but then he set the pace on the wakeskate, showing Dylan how wearing shoes and a shirt are the stylish way to ride on water.

The next day, Matti and Dylan hit Stoke City cable park, Matti’s home turf for some wakeskate training.


Matti described his friend’s skills by saying,
“Dyl is one of the most talented dudes I know. He killed wake surfing on Thursday and then went out on Friday with the wake-skate and stuck the kicker and then a pop shuv on his first try.”

Dylan was stoked with the experience,
“It was motivating having Matti cheer me on and give me some coaching tips on how to hit the kicker and lay down a pop shuv. It was really cool to see Matti in action, his unpredictable approach with a cool mellow style is awesome to watch, I definitely gathered inspiration from watching him.”


These unusual friends have both just returned from internationl trips.

Matti spent the USA summer traveling with the US Wakeskate tour, in between the tour he joined the SA Cable team in Norway for Cable Worlds, returning to the US to spend time with the legendary wakeskater and filmmaker, Dieter Humpsch.

Dylan recently returned from a trip to Portugal where he competed in the U/20 World Champs, he’s also recently been to Brazil where he participated in a 6 star qualifying series event.
Dylan and Matti met up in California during the US Open. They cruised around together, visiting the FOX head offices, and catching some local surf.


Dylan has one more trip for the year – he heads to China for two more competitions at the end of November, and then he’ll begin planning his campaign for the beginning of next year, which will more than likely include a trip to Hawaii and Australia.

Matti plans to fit in a few wakeskate road trips this summer. He’s also hoping to see a few wakeskate only contests go down this year in SA.


We are excited to see athletes crossing paths and encouraging each other in their pursuits.

We wish them the best of luck as they travel the world representing our beautiful South Africa in water sports.




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Matti Buys: @Mattibuys
Dylan Lightfoot: @Dylanlightfoot
Shaun Faccio: @Shaunfaccio
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Dirty Macaroni – Jaco Steyn

Dirty Macaroni – Jaco Steyn

Dirty Macaroni – Jaco Steyn from Dirty Habits on Vimeo.

Jaco Steyn headed back to Indonesia to catch up on his tube time, not that he needed it after just returning from his last trip catching one of the best swells ever to hit Skeleton Coast in Namibia.
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Help send Tristan Lev to Worlds in Brazil

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In May 2014, young Tristan Lev took out the Under 18 South African Longboard Title of SA Champs in St Francis, Eastern Cape.
This year this prestigious title affords Tristan entry into the upcoming Longboard World Champs taking place in Brazil in September.

Name: Tristan Lev
Home town : Big Bay
Favourite spot: Elands bay
Started surfing: Age 7.
Quiver: 5’9 , and a 5’8 dutchie.
Favourite surfer: Gabriel Medina
Sponsor: Dutchie surfboards and carve sunglasses.

Tristan has been a consistent performer at a competitive level, winning the SA Champs Longboarding title in his respective age group for the last three consecutive years! Certainly deserving the honour of representing South Africa in Brazil.

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A major obstacle to his participation though, are the associated financial costs. As in many other instances involving surfing, in particular longboarding, financial support is not forthcoming and thus the financial burden falls on the competitor or in Tristan’s instance, his parents!

This is where you – family, friends and the community can make Tristan’s dreams come true by making a financial donation, of any size, to reach the target!


Tristan Really needs ever bit of support so please help fund him, or if you not gonna fun him atleast share the link.


Photos: Fabian Coetzer Photography

Matt Bromley: Surf Everything

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Matt Bromley and Jordan Alexander showing the diversity Cape Town has to offer with some of the best waves on the coast

Introducing the latest shape in the Starboard Surf range. The Hybrid is being hailed as the new go to shape that literally “surfs everything”!
Matt Bromley and Jordan Alexander test this theory in a range of conditions.

Starboard Hybrid – “SURF EVERYTHING” from Starboard Surf on Vimeo.


Check out more on the Hybrid at star-board-surf.com/product/hybrid/

Matt Bromley on Facebook: Matt Bromley

Film and edit: Tao Farren-Hefer
Slow Motion footage: The Bank

Matt Bromley surfs gnarly Skeleton Bay

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South Africa hellman Matt Bromley charging Skeleton Bay on one of the biggest days ridden there. This clip is crazy.

The dream of a perfect sand bottom point that reels down for miles isn’t that far fetched if your willing to travel, once you arrive at your destination however, you might need a little more than desire. Namibia came alive once again. Follow South Afrian surfer, Matt Bromley as he travels the Wave in the Namibian Desert which he calls heaven.

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Filmed by: Steven Michelsen

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Matt’s Blog: bromdogsblog.wordpress.com

Puddle Surfing: Jamie O’Brien Gets Barreled in Mud Water

Puddle Surfing

Puddle Surfing in Mud Water? Like him or not, for Jamie O’Brien and his boards, a surf session is literally a simple just-add-water away – crystal clear, contaminated, or otherwise. These Red Bull series are entertaining enough, yet it’s far and away the most entertaining when the North Shore boys are being innovative in their screwing over of Poopies. And in true Macgyver spirit, the rippers head to Waimea Bay for a lil’ river surfing after they’ve contracted all they can from the puddle.

Who needs Pipeline? The kids are getting along fine without it.


Alex and Koa Smith captured some pretty amazing Gopro footage from a crazy surf trip they had in Micronesia. They just released a rad new LastNameFirst.tv edit so make sure you check it out.

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Go to Lastnamefirst.tv to see how you can win a ton of Hurley gear! Directed by Alex & Koa Smith Edited by Alex Smith, Dtrean, Koa Smith Filmed by Aaron Leiber, Noah Alani, Alex & Koa Smith Music: “25 bucks” by Danny Brown (clean version by Dj Kana) Cover Photo by AndrewShield.com.au/cms/

South Pacific Surfing: Behind the Scene

Shot on an island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, Behind the Seen showcases surfing in a different way.

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Photographer Matt Shepherd and filmmaker Francesco Campello joined forces to show what surfing is like from below the surface.

Surfing is not just a sport, it’s a lifestyle that expands way beyond those brief moments of wave riding.

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Jaco Steyn, Surf Dirty

Jaco Steyn, one of the Dirty Habits crew spent some time in Nias, Indonesia. Being the humble guy he, his dad leaked 1 or 2 pics of him, but no evidence of any video footage 2 years later.

So when i got hold of his MAC to get some footage for our new Dirty Habits movie we are making, i find these clips… well once i picked my jaw off the ground i proceeded to post it to vimeo. Talent like this is too good not to be shared.

We kept the good one’s for the Dirty Habits movie to be released soon.

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Jaco Steyn Surf Dirty from Dirty Habits on Vimeo.

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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


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.”


Get the goods here:
KiteLauncher: https://palmeralocal.com/kitelauncher
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FreeRide Project: https://palmeralocal.com/freeride-pro…

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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.


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.




Video of Maya’s Big wave crash

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

Angola and the 3km Wave

“It’s like Donkey Bay meets an Indonesian reef.” – This wave doesn’t yet have a name. Davey and Benji Brand alongside Kepa Acero spent late August surfing a 3km long left somewhere in Angola. They claim to have mainly surfed the first 1.5km which had up to seven makable barrel sections. These Monopoly number figures seem astonishing – fortunately you can judge for yourself.

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ANGOLA – New surf discovery!


A couple weeks while traveling down the coast of Angola, we stumbled upon what we believe to be one of the best waves in the world.

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A special thanks to both artists.

Track 1: Angola – Mike Kelly
Track 2: Empathy – Crystal Castles

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Jamie O’Brien punches Brazilian Ricardo Dos Santos during heat at Teahupoo

Brazilian, Ricardo dos Santos, Ricardinho, was assaulted by Hawaiian Jamie O’Brien during trial for the sixth stage of WCT event in Teahupoo.
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Hawaiian surfer Jamie O’Brien has apologized and put his head down as he shook the hand of Brazilian surfer Ricardo Dos Santos to express humility, this according to Santos following an earlier incident at the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o trials where O’Brien punched Santos in the face during the contest. “After the episode, @whoisjob, came to say sorry and make sure that will never happen,” wrote Santos on his Instagram account. “For the brazilian people I told him to put his head down and be humble as a normal human! Brazil, we got dignity back!”

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Above his comment is a photo of O’Brien with his head down shaking the hand of Santos. In a message that Santos wrote online he explained the incident. “I was making the heat and he was in third needing a 3,” wrote Santos. “With 30 seconds remaining we had a paddle battle and I won, so he took off in front of me and as soon as I was doing a bottom turn, he punched me in the face. Basically that was it.” O’Brien wrote a message of his own before Santos revealed the apology. “”Every truth has two sides” it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either”,” wrote O’Brien on his Instagram account. The message accompanied a picture he took of a Tahitian island.
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 The ASP, which is the governing organization of the Billabong Pro Teahupo’o, has yet to comment on the incident. It’s unknown if O’Brien will face any consequences for his actions or if the apology will suffice. Video and photos of the incident are currently not available and it isn’t known if there is any footage of the contest.
This is What Dane Reynolds had to say about the indecent. Leave your comments and tell us what you think about this episode. hopefully JOB 2.0 will show us some more Northshore fighting tactics.
In case you don’t know who Jamie O’brien is watch his reality show below JOB 2.0

Anti Shark Wetsuit ??

Scientifically designed shark deterrent wetsuits and watersports products

Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS) has launched new shark deterrent design technology that is applied to wetsuits to reduce the chance of shark attack. The patented designs can also be applied to stickers for surfboards, dive tanks, kayaks and other watersport products.

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Shark protection wetsuit, anti shark suite.

In recent years, there has been mounting global concern about the increased number of shark sightings and fatalities. Western Australia is now recognised as the world’s deadliest location for sharks – with 5 fatal attacks over the last two years.

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In response to an increasing problem, Shark Attack Mitigation Systems collaborated with the Oceans Institute at the University of Western Australia to find a practical solution for shark protection.

The Oceans Institute team headed by Professor Shaun Collin and Professor Nathan Hart has been studying shark vision for a number of years and is considered the world leading authority in the field. The team has made a number of significant scientific discoveries relating to shark sensory systems – including the fact that sharks see in black and white.

Although sharks use a number of senses to locate prey, it is known that vision is the crucial sense in the final stage of an attack. By disrupting a shark’s visual perception, an attack can either be diverted altogether or at least delayed to allow time to exit the water.

SAMS has been working with the university for a number years and has translated the scientific data into a range of shark deterrent designs.

The two design variations either present the wearer as potentially dangerous and unpalatable to a shark, or make it very difficult for the shark to see the wearer in the water.

The shark deterrent technology can be applied to products such as wetsuits, skins and stickers for diving air tanks, surfboards, kayaks, skis and more.

Radiator is the first company licensed to incorporate SAMS Technology into wetsuits and surfboard stickers, while other established brands are expected to follow suit soon.

A range of questions relating to the new technology are covered in the FAQs.

SAMS Technology will be featured in a National Geographic documentary to air worldwide. Check out “Australia’s Deadliest: Shark Coast” premiering in July 2013.

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ASP Big Wave World Tour

Huge day for the big wave industry, as the ASP merges with  The Big wave would tour, taking big wave surfing to the next level. what does all this mean? Bigger sponsors, more prize money, worlds best competitors.

LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, May 29, 2013) – The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) International is pleased to announce the acquisition of the global Big Wave World Tour (BWWT), with arrangements for support in 2013 and formal sanctioning commencing in 2014.

The Big Wave World Tour is now part of the ASP family.

The Big Wave World Tour is now part of the ASP family.

“We are very pleased to have finalized the deal between the ASP and the Big Wave World Tour,” Paul Speaker, ASP CEO, said. “The competitors on the BWWT are some of the fiercest and most-respected watermen on the planet and we are eager about the opportunity to take their tour to the next level. This arrangement also allows the world’s best surfers on the ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) to compete in big-wave events moving forward. 2014 will be an exciting year on all fronts.”

Currently servicing six international big wave events in Pichilemu/Chile, Punta Hermosa/Peru, Lincoln City/Oregon, Half Moon Bay/California, Baja California/Mexico and Punta Galea/Spain the Big Wave World Tour was founded by Gary Linden and pits the world’s best big wave surfers against the elements in some of the most intense venues on the planet.

“The Big Wave World Tour is thrilled to be joining the ASP family,” Gary Linden said. “ASP run the best events in the world and we’re thrilled to have their support and guidance as we continue to build the platform of big wave surfing. We also look forward to seeing some of the world’s best surfers tackle some of the world’s biggest waves in the coming years.”

The new-found arrangement between the ASP and the BWWT will allow for top ASP surfers such as 11-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 41, reigning ASP World Champion Joel Parkinson (AUS), 32, Hawaiian phenom John John Florence (HAW), 20, amongst others to join respected BWWT surfers like Greg Long (USA), 28, Grant Baker (ZAF), 40, and Carlos Burle (BRA), 45, in competition with waves in the 25-foot-and-above range.

“The Big Wave World Tour is a great addition to the Association of Surfing Professionals,” Kieren Perrow, ASP Commissioner, said. “It adds another dimension to the sport and will make it significantly easier for ASP Top 34 surfers to compete in big-wave events. We have the utmost respect for the athletes on the BWWT and we really look forward to working with them.”

The acquisition of the Big Wave World Tour will complement the current ASP tours of the men’s and women’s ASP World Championship Tour, the ASP World Junior Tours, ASP World Longboard Tours and regional tours around the globe.

The Big Wave World Tour is currently on high alert for a possible run of the Quiksilver Ceremonial at Pichilemu in Chile in the coming days.

For more information, log onto www.aspworldtour.com