Dylan Mitchell Profile

Nationality:  South African yeeeeew!
Age: 20
Home Town: Cape Town
Started ridng: 13
Gear: CWB DB9 with CWB Answer Bindings
Top Places to Ride: Misverstand Dam, Xtreme Gene in Spain
Favourite Moves: Pulp Fiction, Get him to the Greek, Pointless Incomplete
Favourite RiderJosh Twelker shredds it up!
Riding Tips: Have fun and make sure you keep having fun, and don’t be afraid to try something new if you think it will be fun. (the worst thing that could happen is a good old front or back edge ;))
Other Dirty habits: haha
Sponsors: Fox Clothing, Monster Energy, CWB Wakeboards
Website: dylanmitchell.tumblr.com (although I haven’t given it proper attention in a while)
Facebook: Dylan James Mitchell
Twitter: Dylanmitchell_
Instagram: Dylmtchell_

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Dylan Mitchell

Dirty Habits: You spent most of last year traveling, competing and riding with the best wakeboarders in the world. Tell us about that and what it meant to you.

Dylan Mitchell: it was awesome, after finishing my Matric in 2011 my parents gave me the opportunity to take a Gap year to pursue Wakeboarding overseas, With the Support of my sponsors and friends I had made over the years overseas I was able to go traveling for almost the entire year. I started off the year at Shaun Faccio’s place in Johannesburg at the Vaal river where we got some serious shred time in behind his Tige to get fit for the season overseas. After that I headed across the pond to Orlando Florida, where I got to live with SA’s legend Dieter Humpsch and his fiancé for two months. It was awesome to stay with Dieter because I have always looked up to him as a rider and to get to ride with him every day was way to sick. After America I headed back across the pond to Europe where I spent the rest of my Gap year taking part in competitions and riding as much as I could. I started off in Germany and then went to go stay with the Kroon family in Holland for a bit, which was awesome. After that it was off to the UK for Wakestock and some more shredding, there I stayed with Charlotte Bryant and her family, which was awesome. Then I went to Spain to Train and coach at the most amazing place for riding in Europe, Xtreme Gene. I stayed there for 4 months, Got to meet and ride with lot of great people, and got to travel to quite a few events like the Europeans in the Ukraine and Chill and Ride in Germany. It was one of the sickest years of my life because I got to see so much and ride nearly every day and I am so thankful to everyone that was a part of it and allowed it to happen.

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Ugen Photography

Dirty Habits: If anyone ever met you, they’d know that you are always full of monkey business and don’t take anything to seriously. How did you get so good with such a relaxed attitude? you don’t seem to have a competitive bone in your body?

Dylan: Haha! I don’t really know how to answer this, but I guess I started wakeboarding and got so addicted to it because it was fun and for me wakeboarding has always been about the fun aspect. Competitions aren’t the funnest things, but the best part about them is being able to see all your buddies and have a laugh with them, in my eyes the competition just gets everyone in one place to have a good time with one another. The competing part is short, so you just have to get it over with quickly and hope you ride well.

Dirty Habits: We see a lot less boat riding going on and a lot more cable parks and 2.0 systems opening, there over over 150 in the world more than 60 in Germany alone. How does that effect the future of boat riding and wake boarding in general.

Dylan: This is so true, Germany is crazy about their cable parks and I guess that’s why you get to see so much talent busting through into the cable scene from their country. When I got there and I wanted to go ride a cable I went onto google maps to find the closest one and there were three parks within 30 minutes drive of where I was staying.. haha it was nuts! I think Cable Wakeboarding is great and even though I don’t consider myself a cable rider, I have just as much fun behind a cable with nice obstacles than I do behind the boat. I think the sport is growing so quickly and Cable has become just another discipline in it. Just like Superpipe and Park disciplines in snowboarding. I don’t think it’ll have much of an effect on boat riding, but more on the riders, pushing them to become more dynamic and push themselves in both disciplines equally.

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Ugen Photography

 

Dirty Habits: How does that change things for someone like you (one of the best boat riders in the country)?

Dylan: It doesn’t change much for me, I have so much fun doing both although my cable riding still needs quite a lot of work

Dirty Habits: Why is South Africa so far behind with only 3 parks. and a hand full of good riders?

Dylan: I think the sport is still quite small and young in South Africa compared to the rest of the world, but hopefully that will change in the near future, Setting up full sized cable parks isn’t the cheapest thing either, so I think we’re going to have to wait it out and see, but I have been entering the lottery quite a bit lately . We also have quite a few grommies tearing their way through the ranks now especially on the cable side, so I’m sure that handful will become bucket loads soon!

Photo: Eugene Van der Elst

Photo: Eugene Van der Elst

Dirty Habits: If you could change anything about SA Wake boarding what would it be?

Dylan: maybe get some more grassroot competitions going to get more lighties involved, I think a lot of people are intimidated by entering the South African “pro tour” but in actual fact we all can’t wait to see more people in the sport whether your just slashing the wake and learning your first few ollies or busting massive tantrums, it’s all the same to us. So come be part of the fun!

Extreme wakeboarding - Dylan during a heat at the nationals, wind was gusting of 40 knot

Extreme wakeboarding – Dylan riding in the finals at the nationals, wind was gusting over 40 knots

Dirty Habits: Unfortunately you are going to be preoccupied with you engineering degree now. and the last of the event you were rushing from home between study breaks to throw down some sick runs, then racing off back to the books. and didn’t even make to it prize giving to collect your silverware. how do you see your career changing during your studies..

Dylan: It is very hard and this year has put quite a lot of strain on me so far in terms of balancing work and play. Especially when Shaun Faccio and myself headed over to the world cup in Australia earlier this year a week before my test week (it was not so fun when I got back), but if you graft hard enough during the week, you’ll always have the weekend to take part in a dirty habit and let’s not forget about those nice long University holidays!

Dyl Taking Gold at Ultimate X

Dyl Taking Gold at Ultimate X

Dirty Habits: Tell us about Varsity Wakeboarding… is it growing? do you think you could have a good impact on the students being such a big name in the sport. maybe even competing in the inter-varsity comps.

Dylan: We had the first inter-varsity Comp about a month ago and it was sick! Unfortunately I couldn’t ride because of a knee injury, but I got to judge and it was awesome to see the guys shred it up. Wakeboarding clubs are being set up at a bunch of universities now, but it’s still really young as well, so I’m sure we’ll see the guys ripping it up just like on the pro tour in the next few years which I am excited for.

Dylan Mitchell 2013 Profile Movie  Roberto Colombo on Vimeo.

Fox Head South Africa
Monster Energy
CWB Board Co.

Follow Dylan of Facebook: Dylan James Mitchell

Thanks to Eugene Van Der Elst for the use of his photos:

Facebook: Ugen Photography

Instagram: @Ugenphotography

 

 

Jean-Marc, SA Red Bull Skater gaps container 10m in the air

Every skater looks for the biggest and gnarliest gaps to land. South African Red Bull athlete Jean-marc Johannes took it to a whole ‘nother level when he landed a gap between 2 containers suspended 10 metres in the air, with Cape Town’s famed Table Mountain as the backdrop.

Photographer:  Craig Kolesky

Jean Marc

Mind the Gap

 

 

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Getting used to the container movements

 

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intsaskate moment before JM heads of to a contest straight after the shoot.

 

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testing

 

 

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JM tests the bigger gap while Leander checks the movement

 

 

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Jean-Marc

 

Jean Marc

Mind the gap

 

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JM flipping the container gap

 

Copyright: Craig Kolesky / Nikon / Red Bull content pool

Follow Jean-Marc on Facebook: Jean-marc Johannes

Follow Craig Kolesky on Facebook: Craig Kolesky

Red Bull ZA 

Jeanmarc.co.za

 

The Kite Launcher 5, featuring Tom Court

After suffering a terrible double knee blowout earlier in the launching season, making sure the UK crew where off the ground, he has been spending some time recovering at home in the UK and looking after the girlfriends whilst the boys are Kiting in Cape Town

The Life of a professional Athlete is never as easy as it seems, but when you introduce girls into the mix life can get complicated… The Kite Launcher, is experiencing this first hand as he tries to balance his girlfriend, his clothing brand, the movie and the album whilst keeping his professional launching career up in the air…

Needless to say his traveling schedule has taken a hit, but now that he has got all the necessaries in place, hopefully he will get rid of the unnecessaries and will be travelling with the boys again soon!

The KiteLauncher is back!! http://kitelauncher.me Limited edition ‘failure to launch’ riding vests available for two weeks only!! CODE: kl123 @ http://palmeralocal.com/index.php?rou…

Music by: Born Ina Barn – Joe Publik
Rustik Records – http://www.rustikrecords.co.uk
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All clothing available at: http://palmeralocal.com

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.

Source: http://surfinglife.com.au

SA Pro Wake Tour stop 2 – Results and Pics

 

Malibu Pro Wakeboard/Wakeskate Tour Stop 2, took place this weekend in PE.

The boys and girls had to step up there game for this event. There are 3 tour stops this season and the riders are fighting for a spot on the SA team to represent our country at the Worlds in Korea later this year. “Selection is based on their overall score for the season”

Dylan Mitchell – Whirlybird

 

Pro Men: (Final) Sat Score Sun Score
1 Dylan Mitchell 65 78
2 Shaun Faccio 80 77
3 Ryan Durham 62 76.6
4 Andrew Bourne 50 45

Ryan Durhan KGB

 

Junior Men: (Final) Sat Score Sun Score
1 Marius Labuschagne 65 55
2 Jason Telfourd 50 40
3 Stuart Gutridge 57 30
4 Astin Owen 20 29
5 Travis Pienaar 58 25
6 Keenan Pilley 55 24

Shaun Faccio – Slim Chance

 

Masters: ( Final) Sat Score Sun Score
1 Jono Joseph 60 60
2 Darryn Ridgway 58 55
3 Carl Franz 30 28
4 Robert “Speed Ball” Brighton 11 11
5 Johan Klumm 10 10

Andrew Bourne sliding past the Nelson Mandela staduim

Open WAKESKATE: Sat Score Sun Score
1 Mattie Buys 55 78
2 Dylan Mitchell 56 75
3 Dale Nieuwstad 29 55
4 Brandon Stuart 21 50
5 Austin Stuart 20 45
6 Sean Bacon 30 38
7 Bryan Loggenberg 20.5 20

 

Ladies: (Final) Sat Score Sun Score
1 Melissa Colborne 58 60
2 Candice Bacon 50 50
3 Deidre Van Niekerk 49 25
4 Courtny Scholtz 30 18
5 Nadine Claassen 18 16
6 Astin Samson 16 15
7 Carmen Samson 10 14

 

Open Men: (Final) Sat Score Sun Score

1 Wian Marais 60 75
2 Shaun Meredith 50 40
3 Brydon Webster LCQ’s 38
4 Ryan Goddard LCQ’s 25
5 Marc Abrey 42 20
6 Bryan Weldrick 30 17

Huge Thanks to the sponsors of the 2013 Malibu SAPWT 2,

• Malibu Boats-22 MXZ.
• Boating International.
• Monster Energy.
• Leisure Boating.
• BMW Financial Services.
• Penny Pinchers.
• Mr Screw.
• Eastern Cape Powerboat Club.
• South African Wakeboard Association.
• Tich Mitchell, Laurence Gutridge, Jono Josephs, Judges.
• Kretz Marine-Jetski. –Carl Kretzman & Mark.
• Warric & Anzel Claasen
• Roland Du Preez.
• Barman & Food.
• Ronald Weizman.
• Gardmed-Paramedics.
• R500 Cash (Mr Skrew)

Windhunters – Live wind readings at your finger tips.

Heading to the beach based on wind forecasts is like going on a blind date. You never know what you’re gonna get. Head out based on a real-time wind feed and you’re sure to be blown away!

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Welcome to Windhunters Beta

The wait is over
After months of hard work, research and lots of late nights Windhunters Beta is ready. Windhunters provides real time wind conditions as measured by weather stations at thirteen of the best kiting spots in the Western Cape. Head over to www.windhunters.com and login using your Facebook account. Please bear in mind that this is a beta so there might be a couple of rough spots that we need your help ironing out. If you have any suggestions, find a bug, or just need somebody to talk to, send the boys an email to stephen@windhunters.com or eugene@windhunters.com.

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Know which wind directions work

On-shore, off-shore, cross-on… Confused yet? We don’t blame you. The wind-compass includes a simple indicator showing which wind directions are good for each spot.

Windhunters Spot List

Thirteen spots across the Western Cape:
With stations at thirteen of the best kiting spots in the Western Cape there’s little chance you’d be dressed up with nowhere to go.

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Currently we support the following spots:

Bigbay Blouberg
Cape Point
Kitebeach Tableview
Kleinmond
Kommetjie
Langebaan
Melkbos
Muizenburg
Pringle Bay
Lagoon Beach Rivermouth
Sunset Beach
The Strand
Witsands Scarborough

Spots in the pipeline:

Hermanus

Thanks to Stephen and Eugene for the time and work they have put into setting this system up. Cape Town surfers, kites, paragliders, sailors and beach users couldn’t ask for a better service than what Windhunters has to offer.
Thanks boys, We’re Stoked

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