Shaun Joubert (RSA) surfings new World champion.

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Team South Africa, the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games Team Champions, holding the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champions Trophy and IOC President’s Trophy. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

Team South Africa, the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games Team Champions, holding the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champions Trophy and IOC President’s Trophy. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonzales

South Africa’s Shaun Joubert Wins the Open Men’s and Australia’s Dimity Stoyle Wins the Open Women’s in Incredible Waves at Santa Catalina

Following an incredible Final Day of great waves and tremendous surfing performances, the 2013 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship officially closed.

Team South Africa is the new 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games Team Champion.  South Africans is the winner of the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy, named and donated by the long-time ISA President who was first elected in 1994 and has been diligently working on fulfilling the ISA’s mission of developing the sport of surfing around the world.

Additionally, the Team Champion received the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President’s Trophy and the “Copa V Centenario Del Descubrimiento Del Oceano Pacifico,” or 5th Century Cup of the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean.

South Africa’s Shaun Joubert is the new Men’s Reef ISA World Surfing Games Champion. With powerful turns and aerial tactics, Joubert earned the Gold Medal.

Shaun Joubert from South Africa. Photo: ISA/ Michael Tweddle

Shaun Joubert from South Africa. Photo: ISA/ Michael Tweddle

Australia’s Dimity Stoyle is the new Women’s Reef ISA World Surfing Games Champion. Stoyle earned the Gold Medal with a high scoring wave in the last minutes of her heat.

Dimity Stoyle from Australia. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

Dimity Stoyle from Australia. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

“This has been a very intense week of waves and hot weather in Panama along with the warmth from the Panamanian people who have welcomed us during this whole time,” remarked ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “I know that at times we didn’t have the waves that we wanted, but being patient with the waves is part of being a good surfer understanding that waves come and go just like in life we have to take the time so we can find the best.”

“To all of you that have come to Panama for this event, I give my warmest congratulations,” continued Aguerre. “Some of you are going to take home medals, most of you won’t, but all of you are champions for having made it to Panama as members of your National Surfing Teams. I hope that all of you will go home as friends of Santa Catalina, Soná and Panama and whenever you think of a surfing vacation in a good destination with warm water and good waves, you think of Panama.”

The swell predicted by Surfline, the official forecasters of the event, arrived with clean surf in the chest to head-high range. An onshore breeze picked up in the afternoon, but the waves remained consistent and pumping all day.

The perfect reef break of Santa Catalina allowed the world’s best surfers to compete at their highest potential and fight for the Team Championship and individual Gold Medals.

The Final Day started with a long way for the surfers in the Repechage who had to surf up to 3 different heats to make it to the Grand Final.

In the Women’s Repechage, Australia’s Codie Klein had a great start to the day earning 15.27 defeating Dominic Barona (ECU, 9.16) and Kelly Ann Laide (PUR, 5.24). Klein continued to the Grand Final were she got second place earning the Silver Medal.

The Women’s Final featured Australia’s Dimity Stoyle, teammate Klein, New Zealand’s Ella Williams and Brazil’s Suelen Naraisa.

South Africa’s Shaun Joubert is the new Men’s Champion and Australia’s Dimity Stoyle is the Open Women’s Champion at the Reef ISA World Surfing Games. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonazales

South Africa’s Shaun Joubert is the new Men’s Champion and Australia’s Dimity Stoyle is the Open Women’s Champion at the Reef ISA World Surfing Games. Photo: ISA/Rommel Gonazales

Stoyle was in third place until in the last few minutes of the heat, when she posted the heat’s highest single wave score of 9.50, to take the lead and the Gold Medal. In second place, earning the Silver Medal was Klein (AUS, 12.63), followed by Suelen Naraisa (BRA, 12.47) earning the Bronze Medal, and Ella Williams (NZL, 10.83) with the Copper Medal.

“It is a such an honor to be on the Australian Team; it means everything to all of us,” said the Gold Medalist, Stolye. “We came here and we just wanted to do it for the team more than for ourselves.”

The Men’s Repechage Final had a nerve-wracking fight for the final two spots in the Grand Final. Australia’s Russell Molony won with 13.37 points and in the last minute the local favorite Jean Carlos “Oli” Gonzalez managed to get a place in the Final earning 10.80 tying Chile’s Guillermo Satt (10.80) and defeating Argentina’s Leandro Usuna (9.97). Oli advanced to the final because he had the highest single wave score.

To finish the event, the Men’s Final featured Shaun Joubert (RSA), Cristobal de Col (PER), Russell Moloney (AUS) and the local hero, Gonzales. The South African, in the first minutes of the heat took the lead earning an impressive 9.33 points. He then backed it up 8.33 solidifying his lead. The Panamanian was the only one within reach, but was unable to find the right wave to get the necessary score to move up to first place.

In the end, Joubert (RSA, 17.66) earned the Gold Medal, Gonzalez (PAN, 14.90) earned the Silver Medal, Cristobal de Col (PER, 12.93) earned the Bronze Medal and Russell Molony (AUS, 6.93) earned the Copper Medal.

“I really enjoyed the waves in Panama, we had amazing waves all the event,” said the Gold Medalist Shaun Joubert. “It’s nice to come as a team and actually be at the beach cheering the other guys and you want your team to do well. It’s fun to see all the flags and people from other countries; it’s a special event.”

The local, “Oli,” made history by being the first Panamanian to win a medal in the ISA World Surfing Games.

When the surfing competition concluded, the Closing Ceremony took place to officially close the 2013 Reef ISA World Surfing Games and award the team trophies and individual medals.

Team Panama and South Africa at the Closing Ceremony. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales

Team Panama and South Africa at the Closing Ceremony. Photo: ISA/ Rommel Gonzales


Overall Team Results:
1. South Africa – 11,102 points and Winner of the Fernando Aguerre World Team Champion Trophy, The IOC President’s Trophy, the 5th Century Cup of the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the Gold Medal
2. Australia – 10,332 points, Silver Medal
3. Peru – 9,636 points, Bronze Medal
4. Brazil – 9,146 points, Copper Medal
5. Panama – 7,946 points
6. Costa Rica – 7,678 points
7. Argentina – 7,422 points
8. Chile – 7,286 points
9. Venezuela – 7,000 points
10. Mexico – 6,752 points
11. Ecuador- 6,630 points
12. New Zealand – 6,620 points
13. Puerto Rico – 6,520 points
14. Japan – 6,116 points
15. Italy – 6,060 points
16. El Salvador – 5,400 points
17. Guatemala – 4,866 points
18. Switzerland – 4,504 points
19. Uruguay – 3,732 points
20. Jamaica – 3,096 points
21. Turkey – 1,152 points
22. Canada – 720 points
23. Sweden – 720 points
24. Russia – 576 points

The top 7 placing teams will qualify for the ISA China Cup, the ISA’s signature event that is held annually in January on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

Open Men’s:
Shaun Joubert (RSA), Gold Medal
Jean Carlos “Oli” Gonzalez (PAN), Silver Medal
Cristobal de Col (PER), Bronze Medal
Russell Molony (AUS), Copper Medal

Open Women’s
Dimity Stoyle (AUS), Gold Medal
Codie Klein (AUS), Silver Medal
Suelen Naraisa (BRA), Bronze Medal
Ella Williams (NZL), Copper Medal

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Jordy Smith wins X Games Gold

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So if you haven’t heard Jordy Smith won X Games Real Surf Gold medal for Judges’ Favorite! Bringing it home for all his sponsors, friends, and family in South Africa. Now lets win that popular vote!


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Jordy is a few votes away from a second X Games gold medal, he is lying in 2nd place behind Gabriel Medina, with 45% Jordy 55% Gabriel Medina.

So get voting now and make surf he gets the other gold, follow this link to vote for Jordy. Don’t forget you can vote once a day.

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Well done Mate.

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Alaia Surfing with Remi Petersen

Alaia Surfing – The art a surfing a handcrafted piece of tree with no finns, channels or rocker

1 year ago we met this crazy kid in J-Bay, running up and down the beach with a piece of wood under his arm, and blonde hair blowing in the wind. We filmed a quick session of Remi Petersen shredding his Alaia board. You people loved it, so Bianca Asher headed back to Jbay to get some more action with Remi. Not only does he kill on this finless board but he is one of the best backhand surfers at Supertubes. It is almost impossible to comprehend the difficulty of this type of surfing. most of you would spend a month on this board and still not even manage a bottom turn. Keep it up Rem Dog. Big things to come.

Tell us what you think of this surfing. Is it just for hippie kids… or is this the ultimate expression of freedom on a wave?

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West Coast Surfing

Pics: Koos Steyn / Graham Howes      Words: Dirty Habits
How many times have you been at a braai, and after a few six packs and a bottle or 2 of Old Brown later, you find yourself making wild plans for trips that you talk about at every braai, with guys you’ve just met. Well 7 days later I found myself standing at the exact spots with the exact guys who help me finish the 2l bottle of sherry. (Didn’t see that happening) How better way to start new friendships than over an empty barreling reef, alongside a long dusty road, with a Sedrick’s babalas.

Jaco Steyn, Bjorn Larsen, Philip & Greg Visagie and Gareth Moys or definitely no new faces to me. They have always been hardcore surfers, but just as natural progression has it, they all added kite’s to their quivers this summer. Now i regularly see them shredding Karma’s when the wind too much to surf.

This trip was a shot in the dark, the forecast wasn’t that great, lots of rain foretasted (we were sleeping in tents) and the SA Bodyboarding champs were on at the same time. So there was a good chance half a Somerset West Drop Knee team would be up there invading the waves. Luckily Elands keeps all the kooks at bay, and we had these pits to ourselves all morning.

Wes Fokken Kus.

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Jaco Steyn self portrait – GoPro 3 Black edition.



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Bjorn Larsen – Pic: Koos Larsen



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Bjorn Larsen.   Photo: Koos Steyn


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Hjalmar Larsen

Hjalmar Larsen


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Greg Visagie. Photo: Koos Steyn


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Jaco Steyn – Photo: Jaco’s Dad


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Philip Visagie – Photo: Koos Steyn


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Kyle Hanekom


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Weskus Lunch


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Gareth Moys


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VIDEO: Kelly Burns Parko

While yesterday’s focus was largely on Kelly Slater winning the Quiksilver Pro, people couldn’t forget the moment that Kelly Slater used his priority to drop-in on Joel Parkinson, locked deep in a spinning Kirra tube. It’s surfing’s cardinal sin, but rules are rules and Kelly and Parko were totally cool with the situation. The rest of the world, not so much.

Soon after the event finished the ASP released a killer photo of the moment and the Internet roared to life to debate the matter. Here’s the full story behind Kelly’s brutal finishing move, through Kelly and Parko’s eyes.



Local Grom Tristan Lev is making his comeback to surfing after a 4 month injury time-out. Together with his side kick Jarrod David, they hit up Llandudno for a fun little session. With everyone at work, the line up was empty with some unfazed onlookers missing out on the show.

 Words: Jarrod David

Images: Bianca Asher Photography

Julian Wilson Wins Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Parkinson Retains ASP WCT Lead

SUPERTUBOS, Peniche/Portugal (Friday, October 19, 2012) – Julian Wilson (AUS), 23, has claimed his maiden ASP World Championship Tour (WCT) victory today, besting a rampaging Gabriel Medina (BRA), 18, in the dying seconds of the historic Final to take out the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

Stop No. 8 of 10 on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour, the Rip Curl Pro Portugal played host to pivotal moments in the hunt for the 2012 ASP World Title as well as culminating in dramatic fashion today between the two young superstars.

In a replay of the surfers’ Final match-up from France last season, Medina and Wilson went blow-for-blow in today’s Final in front of a packed audience at Supertubos. While Medina favored a more technical approach to the heat, executing a number of progressive maneuvers, it was Wilson’s barrel sense and combination ability to ultimately tipped the heat in the final moments.

“I’m overwhelmed,” Wilson said. “I lost to Gabriel (Medina) on the buzzer last year in France and to beat him back again on the buzzer, I don’t even know how to describe the feeling. He was trying to hold onto the lead in the end there, he pretty much did what I did in the Final last year in France. He was too busy worrying about me, and that wave came behind and that was the scorer. I don’t know what to say, I’m just so happy.”

Wilson’s final wave, a multi-section barrel followed by a number of turns, came in at an 8.43 and tipped the heat in the Australian’s favor with no time left on the clock. Both surfers arrived to the shoreline without knowing who had won the Final.

“I felt like I got the score,” Wilson said. “Especially after my other wave that I got a 7 on, but at the same time the crowd was pretty quiet. I think there are a lot of Portuguese supporters out there. I didn’t feel that confident walking up the beach, Wilko (Matt Wilkinson) had my back but he wasn’t sure 100%. Then they just read the score out and I was so happy.”

Today’s win vaults Wilson from No. 12 to No. 6 on the ASP WCT rankings and sets him amongst the very best surfers in the world.

“My number one goal this year was to win one of these World Championship Tour events,” Wilson said. “I won Huntington which was pretty big but it wasn’t a ‘CT so there was definitely a space left in there. To win here is just unbelievable and I couldn’t be happier.”

Medina, who had been in devastating form throughout the entire event, held a commanding lead for the bulk of the hard-fought Final, but was unable to close the door on Wilson. The Australian’s final ride narrowly edged Medina out of collecting a third elite tour win and the young Brazilian was brief in post-event interviews.

“That was a tough heat against Julian (Wilson),” Medina said. “Unfortunately he got the score on that last wave. I had a fun run through this event and the waves were really really good.”

Today’s Runner-Up finish moves Medina from 9th to 8th on the ASP WCT rankings.

Adriano de Souza (BRA), 25, 2011 Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner, smashed through Jeremy Flores (FRA), 24, in the Quarterfinals but was unable to fight back from Wilson’s early heat blitzkrieg in the Semifinals.

“I feel good,” De Souza said. “A third place is an amazing result and to be in the Top 3 guys in an event is an unbelievable feeling. I’m really happy to see Medina in the Final and representing Brazil, and I’m sure our whole country is proud to see him out there. It would have been amazing to have two Brazilians in the Final but Julian (Wilson) I really have to respect him, he’s surfing amazing and he did so well in that Semifinal. Everything has connected for me these last two weeks. I was under pressure because France was not a good event for me and then to come here as the defending champ, it’s a lot of pressure.. A third is a really good result towards my goal to finish in the Top 5 in the world. Brazil and Portugal have a great connection and we’re friendly countries, the food and everything is very similar so I do feel like in my second home here.”

Today’s Equal 3rd place finish bumps De Souza from 6th to 5th on the ASP WCT rankings heading into the final two events of the season.

Joel Parkinson (AUS) 31, continued his standout performances at Supertubos this morning, besting lethal rookie John John Florence (HAW), 20, in the Quarterfinals. After a midday hold to allow the tide to readjust, Parkinson was unable to find a rhythm against Medina in the Semifinals and would have to settle for Equal 3rd at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal.

“Conditions were just terrible then,” Parkinson said. ‘This one rip went through and kind of messed it for a while and that was it. When we watched it earlier, there were barrels out there, it was kind of like before, but it seemed as soon as the tide started pushing it just turned bad. It’s a bummer, but that happens sometimes and you just have to roll with it. An Equal 3rd is good. I’m really enjoying myself. If you had told me six weeks ago that between Trestles and now, I’d have two second places and a third, I would have probably taken it instead of a 9th and all that so bring on Santa Cruz.”

Parkinson’s Equal 3rd in Peniche further solidifies his frontrunner status on the ASP WCT rankings.

Highlights from the Rip Curl Pro Portugal will be available via

The next stop on the 2012 ASP World Championship Tour will be the O’Neill Cold Water Classic in Santa Cruz, California from November 1 – 11, 2012.

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1 – Julian Wilson (AUS) 16.26
2 – Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.37

SF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 13.80 def. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5.27
SF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 19.27 vs. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 5.90

QF 1: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 15.60 def. Josh Kerr (AUS) 10.67
QF 2: Joel Parkinson (AUS) 15.07 def. John John Florence (HAW) 11.23
QF 3: Julian Wilson (AUS) 15.13 def. Owen Wright (AUS) 14.34
QF 4: Adriano de Souza (BRA) 15.57 def. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 9.80

Heat 4: Jeremy Flores (FRA) 7.34 def. Raoni Monteiro (BRA) 3.34

ASP WCT TOP 5 (After Rip Curl Pro Portugal):
1. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 52,700 pts
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 47,200 pts
3. Mick Fanning (AUS) 47,000 pts
4. John John Florence (HAW) 44,350 pts
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 37,650 pts

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Spring surf session in the Cape

The Ripple Effect
Words and Photo’s by Claire Butler

September and October have been strange months in terms of surf. There hasn’t been too much around, probably signifying the changing of the seasons again. But this past week the beautiful South East wind started to rear its head – a strong signal that Summer is literally around the corner. This post is called “the ripple effect” because of the wave size recently. But who says you can’t make a beautiful photograph in small conditions?

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Who is JOB 2.0 – FINALE – Jamie O’Brien Show – Top JOB Moments


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Who is JOB 2.0 – FINALE – Top JOB Moments – Episode 19

In the SEASON FINALE of Who is JOB 2.0, Jamie is in Newport Beach, CA, for some insane surfing at The Wedge. After, Jamie recaps all his favorite moments from the season, including the best surf sessions, pranks, trips, and everything in between.

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Westcoast Surfing with Tristan Lev and Jarrod David

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This is what went down this morning whilst most of you where in bed, moaning about the shit surf and trying to get your nookie, these boys where on an aerial assault up the Westcoast. And despite your best efforts, these ous were getting more lucky than you.

Images by Bianca Asher

Jarrod David, Tyrone Ferguson, Tristan Lev and Tyron Kansley
Jarrod David, Tyrone Ferguson, Tristan Lev and Tyron Kansley
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Tristan Lev is off to SA Champs in Jbay next week, keep an eye on this kid.



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Tristan is the current SA longboard Champ.



Tristan spotting the launch pad.




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Surfers: Jarrod David, Tyrone Ferguson, Tristan Lev and Tyron Kansley


Real talk with Kelly Slater

During the Nike US Open of Surfing, Kelly Slater sat down with Sal Masekela at the Shorebreak Hotel and had a very, very candid discussion. This is the footage of that discussion, in which Kelly talks about many different things like Dane Reynolds, Twitter, sunscreen and more. He offers some excellent insights. Kelly’s thoughtfulness and articulation make him a very good interview subject.

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The Interview shed an entirely new light on a man that has been idolizing for years and in the process made me think about how I really feel when it comes to the state of the “sport” as it currently sits. Kelly states that he “doesn’t care what happens to competitive arena of surfing”. This is a bit of a contradiction given that Slates has made nearly his entire career on the back of the contest scene.

But with that being said it is also no secret that he is less than happy with what has been happening to the World Championship format and it’s direction for future athletes. He talks about the comparison with surfing to the NFL, NBA or other governing bodies in the mainstream sports and how no other elite level athletics depend so heavily on the money coming in from sponsors.


The man seems content to just surf, which works because he has mountains of money to fall back on. But he quotes Dane Reynolds in the interview who definitely shares a mindset with the likes of the aforementioned surf enthusiasts.

So take from this video what you will, but what I am going to do with the new-found insight is continue to sculpt and shape my ideas of surfing on a regular basis. Because knowledge is power, and growth is a thing of beauty. So Kelly and Sal, while I may be jealous and envious of you now I am incredibly thankful for the fact that you continue to teach me with everything you are doing to move this lifestyle forward.


Tell us what you think about what kelly has to say… below


Franks Solomon’s new quiver for his upcoming big wave adventure.

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Frank Solomon – Winter 2012/2013

all Images: Caleb Bjergfelt

Frank Solomon is one of the worlds biggest names in the scary game of Big Wave surfing, He has charged almost every big wave slab in the world. But the big wave season in Cape Town is over, and he’s off to chase some monster swell’s up North. Frank tells us what’s up his sleeve and whats in his board coffin for the next trip.

“Its that time of year again, the start of summer here in the Southern Hemisphere. Which means i shall be making my annual migration to the northern Hemisphere for the start of winter on the other side of the world. I am planning to spend a month in Mexico at Peurto then on to California for the big wave season at mavericks after which i gonna be off to Hawaii for the late season there. I have been working with Cape Town Shaper Dutchie this year and am super stoked with the quiver we came up with for this winter. I asked Dutch to write a small piece on each board. If you are interested in getting a high quality long lasting board check out And thanks to Caleb Bjergfelt for the epic pics.

Frank and Duchie Stickering up the 8’6

Frank and Duchie Stickering up the 8’6



Model: GALJOEN – 5’9” x 20” x 2 3/8”
A short stumpy quad fish is a alternative board design in order to put the stoke back in your grovel sessions. Plenty of volume, super fun, fast and loose. Ride approximately 6-8” shorter than regular short board. For Frank we pulled the tail in order to maintain control in the barrel, the fins are also set straighter than usual!

From 8’6 TO 5’10. how can you know be jealous of this amazing Quiver.


Model: GOLDEN GORILLA – 6’2” x 18 ¾” x 2 3/8”
A thruster short board for medium large to large surfers looking for a High Performance board that is smooth and powerful on the rail, yet quick and responsive for modern explosive surfing. More volume and outline curve than your existing pro model with a hip pulling the tail in creating control for powerful surfing on the rail, a wide tail block and extra tail rocker still allows for explosive release of the lip. Flattened rocker and deepened concave for turbo like speed. Comes standard with squash tail. This is Frank’s go to board for good running waves.

Model: AK47 – 7’2” x 19” x 2 ¾”
Semi to big guns for waves in the 8-15ft range. This is the most reliable weapon built for improved paddling and control in heavy water conditions. 5 fin setup for playing with a multitude of fin options, Quad particularly good in the barrel. Usually in the 7’0 – 8’0 range. For Frank we put some extra meat under the chest to get him early as this board is designed for 10ft plus Puerto Escondido and Pipeline.

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Frothing for my up coming trip and so stoked to have good boards

Model: G5 – 8’6 x 20 3/8” x 3 ¼”
The paddle in gun for giant waves in the 20ft+ range. Reliable guns built for serious waterman. Improved paddling and control in heavy water conditions. Usually in the 9’0 – 10’0 range, 5 fin setup for playing with a multitude of fin options, Quad adding stability when needed. For this particular gun that is not designed for Dungeons or Waimea bay but instead for giant Puerto Escondido, we chopped the board down to a 8’6 in order the handle the hollow curve better and fit in”

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Follow Frank Solomon over the upcoming big wave season. It’s going to be crazy.




Dene Botha Interview

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Welcome to the world of Dene Botha – surfer, entrepreneur, actor, model, MC, event commentator, TV presenter, sports coach, Guinness World Record holder, party-animal and tireless thrill seeker.

Whether its surfing the perfect points of Morocco or snowboarding in Aspen, paragliding in Spain or dangling from the world’s highest bungee jump here in SA, surf coaching in Norway or attending a trance-parties in Zambia and Portugal, Dene is always up  for an adventure.

Give him the microphone and he’s interviewing the country’s best entertainers, or MC’ing events such as ‘Peroni Cafe’, ’Springtide Beach Festival’, ’Sports Illustrated Lingerie launch party’ and even heading up the MC’ing at ‘Rocking the Daisies 2011′ .

The son of an international surfing promoter and an award-winning actress, he was surfing at five and acting in professional productions, including Shakespeare, at seven. Bailing school at 15, Dene worked as a waiter and model while running hugely popular parties. Soon earning more than his teachers, he enjoyed several stints in England, Europe and the USA before he turned 20.


Dene seeing Cape Town from a different perspective to most.


Date of birth: 16 Feb 82

Home Town: Kommetjie in the Dirty South (Cape Town)
Top Places to Ride: Anywhere along the SA coastline (Surfboard), Sea Point promenade (Sector 9), in and around CT CBD (Bicycle), my bed (?)

Your Dirty Habits: Surfing, Sector 9’ing, SUP’ing, hiking, running, cycling (as a mode of transport though – I’m NOT one of those leotard wearing speed-bumps) Speaking my mind.

DH: You are part of the new board culture evolving, people with an open minds who ride any board that suits the conditions of the day or your mood. Has your life changed since you added skateboards & SUP’s to your quiver?

DB: Absolutely, it open up new options for exploring your inner fun-maker / child. It’s all about the fun and the energy, with more equipment you have more choices… It’s about mixing it up. The problem is when you travel or go or a road trip, haha, you need a truck to take all your toys. Actually wait, that’s it! I’m getting a truck.

DH: You get up to some interesting things in a day, surfing, skating, parties, etc. give us a rundown of your average day?

DB: Insomnia usually takes it’s toll rather early, coffee and emails while planning the day ahead and waiting for the sun. Run, box, surf, SUP, swim (depending on conditions), scoff down some breakie, plug-in my Skullcandy‘s, jump on the bike and head into town. From there it’s a series of phone calls, emails, meetings, admin, castings, shit loads of coffee, dodging cars and taxis, and missioning around… Usually plan the day around the swell so will try get in the ocean at some stage, otherwise an evening Sector / SUP session, OR, you’ll find me at a Rafikis… Celebrating SOMETHING.


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DH: You’ve been spending a lot of time behind the mic these days, how does that fit into your lifestyle?

DB: Give me the mic baby! Hehe… I love it. Clearly. “Mommy-dearest” threw me onto the stage when I was just a pup, it’s all been down-hill since then, acting and performing, and now MC’ing and commentating various event. It’s mad fun! Started with surfing events for Billabong, then other brands, then music festivals, then hosting fund-raisers, to events such as the Sports Illustrated Swimwear party, Cosmo Lingerie (Eat your heart out lads) and now on to rather large gigs like ClubvibeSA at the CTICC, The Wailers at Trinity, @ Door Cinema Club with 5Gum Experience etc. Don’t get me wrong, it can be pretty daunting (I used to lecture “Stiffs” on the basics of trade foreign exchange in London – RATHER intimidating), BUT there is no greater reward than standing in front of 10 / 12 / 15 000 people like at Rocking the Daisies and controlling the crowd – Getting that energy flowing… Oh man, it gives me shivers just thinking about it. Can’t WAIT for this year’s event! 4-7 October – Make plans around it. Simple

Earth Wave, The Record attempt at having the most surfers on 1 wave. Muizenberg. Photo: Alan Van Gysen

DH: Your dad, Paul Botha has had a huge involvement in SA surfing from the start. When did he get you on a surfboard for the 1st time and how much influence has surfing had on your life.

DB: My father is “Mr Surfing SA”… He’s the man! Best friend, business partner, father and hero… He’s done it all. You might say I’m following in my parents footsteps, one ‘stage’, and one ‘surfing’. My Pops was pushing me into waves at Fish Hoek (DIRTY South) when I was five, I got bitten by the surfing bug then and have never looked back. It’s a way on life, thinking, feeling and doing… We’re different people us ‘Board riders’, and I’m proud to be a part of the clan. Did the competition side of things for a while, until a serious of injuries dictated that I wouldn’t ‘Turn pro’… To be honest, I was more interested in organising the events then competing in them anyway (Yeah, well that’s what I tell people anyway 😉 )

Dene and Dad (Paul Botha – Mr surfing SA)


DH: You are involved in a lot of fundraisers and charity events, tell us a bit about some of the projects you are involved in?

DB: Rhinos, Global Warming and Feeding the Hungry I suppose are the things closest to the heart and with which I have been working. We have the most beautiful country here, and we need to look after it. Charity events coming up are the BOS Earthwave Beach Festival 29 & 30 September – Muizenberg (Guinness World Record Attempt for the “Most Surfers on a Wave”, creating awareness for Global Warming), Skydive for Rhinos 21 – 23 September in Robertson (Trying to raise money for our ‘Horny’ friends), jumping NAKED to try raise my R10 000 – Don’t event ask, think I’ve bitten off more than I can chew on that one!? A few bits and bobs in between for CANSA, Feeding the Hungry, Sisters Incorporated etc, the list goes on. I feel we all need to do our part… Nuff said.

Dene at it again. Photo: Nikki Leadbetter –

DH: Is there anyone in particular that has been a big influence in your life or surfing?

DB: Plenty, too many to mention… When I was growing up, it was the likes of Daniel Beatty and Michael Grendon (Komskom boys who were / are very inspirational), and now just seeing all the little ‘whipper-snappers’ like Michael February, the Brand brothers, and the Kommetjie guys that are starting to kill it on the international front – Go boys!

DH: You’ve managed to dodge the desk job pretty well until now, what advice would you give a kid coming out of school now.

DB: Stick it out, get that education (it will come in handy), THEN, find your dream and don’t stop tapping away at it until you’ve achieved it! You don’t need to give in to main-stream society (unless that’s your ‘thing) and do what makes you happy… If you are any good at it you’ll find a way to make money from it… Promise you. AND GO TRAVELING! It truly is the BEST education…. You learn about YOU, can’t go wrong with that.

Dene looking smooth with his hip Afro. Photo: Alan Van Gysen

DH: Whats the craziest thing you’ve done lately.

DB: Um, about to jump out of a bloody plane NAKED!? Yeah, hope I remain intact if you catch my drift…? (I said drift, not draft) Other than that, cycling into town everyday is pretty damn crazy – Those DAMN taxi drivers – YUSSY! ‘Life’ in general has been crazy, it’s a wild ride man… Enjoy it.

DH: Why is Cape town the best place to live?

DB: Really?! I could go on and on but it’s like one big play-ground, with a whole lot of interesting people and places. Gorgeous women, crazy parties, mountains, oceans, beaches, missions, nature, work, opportunities… LOVE THIS CITY! (And it’s pretty easy to jump in the car and head up the coast-line, either one)

Dene. Photo – Unkown


DH: Anything cool projects in the mix?

DB:YES! I’ve been working on a DREAM for nearly 8 years now (As mentioned above – DO NOT GIVE UP… EVER!), it’s a TV show about traveling around Southern Africa… The name is set to be confirmed this week, but something like Get Lost or Global Nomads. The concept is simple, think “Going Nowhere Slowly”, on acid! Hahaha. ‘Adventure travel’ at it’s best! Crazy places and people, hidden venues and locations, wrapped up nicely with some quirky presenters and top notch production. NOT Top Billing, so NO 5 star hotels, cruise-liners, Dom Peringon, or stiff presenters – We’re gonna have a laugh, and probably take-the-piss a little too – Hehehe. Will be airing next year – Stay tuned for more. HELL YEAH!

Getting ink done.


DH: Anyone you’d like to thank or mention.

DB: YOU guys at Dirty Habits. Was honoured when this interview arrived in my inbox, love your work and will be supporting you guys all the way – KEEPING IT REAL, and leading the pack… Good on ya!

The Hoek – Photo Alan Van Gysen


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Daze at Sea – full movie

DAZE AT SEA from DAZE AT SEA on Vimeo.

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Tracklist / Soundtrack
Section: Artist – Title

Intro: The Golden Filter – Mother
Selebrities – Living Dead 2011
Eternal Summers – Pogo
Light Asylum – Dark Allies
St. Andrew – Erectro
The Dentists – I Had An Excellent Dream
Beaches – In A While
Magic Wands – Space
Selebrities – Move This
Pins – Eleventh Hour
Trust – Bulbform
Credits: 2 Hearts And Chemicals – Coming Home (The New Division Remix)

Daze at sea: Surf movie SA premiere

Daze at Sea premiering around SA in august.
Get your ass to one of these evening. Black Label, giveways and good times.
What better reason do you need?

At Sea – Movie Trailer 2

A new surf flick – Presented by Billabong™

Check out this quick preview of what is coming…

Surfers: Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan, Peterson Crisanto, Ian Gentil & more. Shot and directed by Victor Pakpour.

Locations: France, South America, Hawaii, Indonesia, Australia

Attending? Daze at Sea Premiere event:

The Webber Wave Pool: Everything you need to know about it.

The Webber Wave Pool is a new form of surfing wave pool that generates continuously breaking waves, capable of providing surfers with infinitely long rides around a central island.



The Webber Wave Pool generates waves by driving a series of hulls along the outer edge of a ring shaped pool.

Each hull generates two waves, which advance across the channel, peeling as they break around the island in the middle of the pool.

The drive system is hidden within the edge of the pool.

Wave height increases as a result of the wakes being compressed by the inward curving path of the hull.

Webber Wave Pool
The turbulence from the first wave has no influence on the second wave, because the water level recedes behind it, causing the next wave to break further out.

The crescent shaped version of the Webber Wave Pool increases the wave height ratio to the wave pool’s maintenance and building costs.

The distinguishing characteristics of this design are:

Continuously breaking, never ending waves
Ability to accommodate multiple surfers at once
Wave height and shape can be altered within seconds
Low energy cost

Between 2001 and 2011, the population of surfers increased worldwide from 26 to 35 million. This rate of growth indicates that the global surfing market will reach US$13.2 billion by 2017.

To capitalise on this growth, the Webber Wave Pool offers:

  • high quality waves, all day, every day.
  • high frequency of waves.
  • high degree of control over wave shape,
  • catering to all standards of surfing ability, within the one pool at the same time.
  • high degree of scalability to suit different business models (e.g. water parks, surf stadiums, developments), in terms of the size of the waves and how many waves are breaking at the same time.
  • low cost per wave.
  • a new style of surfing contest that is much easier for the general public to understand, because the contestants ride identically shaped waves, making it easier to compare different performances.
  • an ideal venue for surf brands to connect with customers.

Below is a video of a the small scale webber pool in action, they even have a barbie with an endless ride on the wave.

How big is the pool?

The following diameters cover the range of pool sizes.
100m, 150m, 200m

How big are the waves?
1m, 1.5m, 2m – Wave height varies depending on pool size.

How many waves are produced?
6, 8, 10 – The number of waves is governed by the number of hulls operating.

How long does it take each wave to circle the island?
45sec, 60sec, 90sec – The length of ride for one lap is roughly 3 times the pool diameter.

How deep is the pool?
3m, 4m, 5m – The pool is deepest at the outer perimeter, rising gradually toward the island.

How big is the island?

The diameter of the island depends on the width of the channel surrounding it. 60m, 80m, 120m

How wide is the channel?

The width of the channel depends on the diameter of the island it rings. 20m, 35m, 40m

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Remi Petersen – Alaia

Alaia Surfing With Remi Petersen.

Alaia – the art of surfing a piece of handcrafted tree without fins or rocker and ‘sliding it controlled’ on the curl of the wave.

Last week Dirty Habits was in Jeffreys bay for the J-Bay pro, and as fate had it we stayed at the Dreamland Surf house right on Supertubes. It turns out the owners of this incredible house were an amazing family, one of the original surfing families to inhabit Jbay for the sole purpose of surfing the best wave in the world.

And this is exactly what they do, and very well for that fact, the older brother Remi Petersen (19) Born in Amsterdam, Holland and raised in Jbay. He is a truly inspiring human being; he was runner up in the Jbay Xcel Pro and has also worn the Dutch National Surfing crown. So when i saw him walk past our room with what looked like a front door with wax on it, I thought it might make for some good entertainment. Well fuck me was i surprised when i saw what this kid could do on this thing, but I’ll leave the rest up to you. However only a surfer can understand the true difficultly, skill and precision it takes to surf a board like this…

P.S. we filmed this video during a 45 minute session, and as rumors in J-bay have it, he surfs his alaia better it solid 6ft. but we’ll keep that for the next video.

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 Billabong Pro Jbay 2012

Jeffreys Bay – Brazilian surfer Adriano De Souza is the winner of the Billabong Pro J-Bay 2012. Adriano defeated French surfer Joan Duru in small and difficult conditions in the final with a polished and dynamic display of small-wave surfing.

David Van Zyl


It was an icy winter day that dawned for the remaining competitors in the Billabong Pro J-Bay today, but with contestable waves running down the point, contest director Luke Egan showed no hesitation in sending the remaining competitors straight out into the water. “We’re going to crown a winner today, weather permitting,” said Egan.


Jordy Smith

First surprise of the morning was two- time and defending champion South African Jordy Smith getting eliminated by an on-form Joan Duru. In the small and inconsistent conditions, Jordy battled to find the high scoring waves, while Duru paddled into some good waves and rode them with confidence.

Second upset was a dominant Dale Staples defeating John John Florence from Hawaii. Surfing fast and smooth, Dale kept John John at bay all the way through to a nail-biting finish, with the young South African getting the nod from the judges. Dale was eventually knocked out by Aritz Aranburu (EUK) in the quarter-finals and finished as the highest placed South African in the event.


Maxime Huscenot


Although smaller than the absolute perfection that persisted throughout the first three days of competition, there were still excellent, high-scoring waves coming through and the remaining competitors were throwing it down on the fast, lined up Supertubes walls.

In the first semi-final it was Adriano De Souza against Ezekiel Lau (HAW) with the young Brazilian blasting his way through the heat and earning his spot in the final.

The ‘green room’ was the local hangout on this day.


The second semi-final was a one-sided affair between Duru and Aritz Aranburu (EUK), with Duru winning the heat comfortably and heading on to the final.

By the time the final heat paddled out, the bad weather that the contest organisers had been tracking all week was upon the competitors. With the onshore wind up and the rain falling, the two competitors went tooth and nail, with Duru quickly scoring a 9.27 out of a possible 10 points, showing that the conditions were still extremely contestable. after one particular wave Adriano De Souza lost a fin on the shallow inside rocks and chose to do a runaround, picking up his back up board in the process. Adriano slipped back into the line-up and picked up a nice little wave from way up the point that opened up for him and allowed him to score an 8.33 and victory.


Heats were run from dust till dawn


“I’ve come to South Africa and to Jeffreys Bay for so many years, and have always seen the guys win the Billabong Pro, and now it’s my turn,” said Adriano. “I’m just so happy, and I’m going to remember this win for my whole life. J-Bay is a special place for me and hopefully see you again next year.”

The Nixon Winner Takes All prize of a US$10,000 jewel-encrusted Nixon watch for the highest heat score of the event went to Nathan Hedge (AUS) for his incredible 19.27 score in the first round of the event. “What a sick prize,” said Nathan. “A few years ago I was in the final with AI and he needed a ten to beat me and he got it, so maybe it was AI who sent me the ten this year.”

Jordy Smith scoring a perfect 10


2012 Billabong Pro J-Bay Results
1. Adriano de Souza BRA 16
2. Joan Duru FRA 13.60

Adrian de Souza BRA 15, Ezekiel Lau 5.57
Joan Duri BRA 14.93, Aritz Aranburu EUK

Mike February


NSRI in the water and on the ski’s all day looking after the riders.


Lines like this rolling in all day long



Billabong Pro Jbay 2012


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West Coast Surf Trip




Jaco Steyn making the most of a fun beachie


– Wesfokenkus –

Words and Pictures by Graham Howes


Road tripping up the West Coast is always a gamble, especially when you have a time restraint. We all know the the chances of scoring the wave of your life and of course the reality of getting ‘skunked’ all to well. Yet we put ourselves through it time and time again in search of the perfect ride. The drive is all too familiar, the train tracks, the red dirt roads, the yellow potato fields. It’s like dejavu all over again.


We rocked up at Elands greeted by a packed line up of euro kooks, SUP’s and and the stench of rotting kelp. This place isn’t what it’s cracked out to be, and quite frankly they can keep that wave. Before the dust has time to settle at the foot of the Elands baai koppie, we say good bye and good riddance! Greener pastures lie ahead


Darryl Partington



We wake up on the farm, the steam from my coffee cuts the through the cold air, we stand outside, watching the the orange breaking through the darkness of the sky, we can hear the wave’s hissing from over the dune, we know there will be waves, we can feel it in our bonesl as the icy offshore breeze bites our necks.

As we sip on another cuppa java we are warmly welcomed by the Weskus legend himself, Albert Burger. He generously takes us all to his home spots’ on his doorstep, the swell is Westerly 3-4ft clean and a strong offshore, Weskus as good as it gets. The coast is like an amusement park, ranging from mellow reeling point breaks to gnarly shore-breaks with bantam size barrels, and slabs that make your balls retreat faster than you can dial your mum’s number.


The boys feeling a little fragile from the night before, trying to find the energy to paddle out.


We surf it all, the boys hit fun right-hand beachie to work off hangover and sweat out the brandy, then we move over to the hollow left point, were Darryl (the only goofie footer) has spend the past hours surfing it alone, maxing out on tube rides. By lunch time the tide drains and changes everything we paddle out to a right hand point with a little ledge section throwing a solid little barrel, the shape of the reef seems to make the wave bend and the wave just keeps on wrapping at you. As the westcoast goes we surfed it with just the 3 of us out. With more set waves than we could handle.

We had one more surf on the cards before the long trip back to motherland, but our plans had a drastic twist. When we arrived at Yoyo’s a surfer was knocked off of his board by a great white, and it wasn’t a small one either. So we did what any sane people would do, we packed our boards and headed back to Cape Town, back to the shackles of conventional life. We hadn’t even left the dusty roads before we forgot about the shark encounter and started planning our next trip back the the land of barrels, brandy, and bonfire’s.

Till next time my dear friend.


Hjalmar Larsen


Yet another left goes unridden



Albert Burger aka 'Farmer Burger'


Darryl getting more than his share.



Darryl on yet another bomb


Hjalmar Larsen a frequent visitor to the weskus.


Surfer: Darryl Partington




Bjorn Larsen


Hjalmar, too fast for the camera


In the green room


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For accommodation, we stayed on Farmer Burgers farm, lekker 5 sleeper, self catering weskus units, situated between Elands and Lamberts bay.

Steenbokfontein Accommodation:

R550 per unit per night

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