Just over a year ago, I was was packing my car for a big air training session, a few days prior to the start of the Red Bull King of the Air, Max Blom, the owner of Mystic pulled up in my driveway to drop off Continue Reading →
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 →
A handful of the Dirty Habits crew including founder Graham Howes and International sensation Nick Jacobsen, are amongst the list of the worlds top 24 riders to be invited to compete in the most extreme Kiteboarding contest, the 2016 Red Bull King of the Air.
Graham Howes and the Dirty Habits crew went for a Paraglide with Fly Cape Town.
the conditions were perfect and we were able to jump of the iconic Lions Head and use the wind to clim up to 1000ft before performing some Acro stunts on the way down to the landing in Camps Bay.
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.
Shout our to Cedric Riom for his creative energy and difference approach to this edit.
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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.
Video Shot 100% with a GoPro
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Craig Eygenbergen: @craig_wake
Graham Howes @Grahamhowes
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Over the past two weeks with no wind during the Red Bull King of the Air waiting period, Dirty Habits spent a lot of time getting up to no-good with the King of the Air riders. Including DJ’ing and Drone flying with Ruben Lenten and Kevin Langeree, paintball gun ambush at the WOO house with Jesse Richman, Tom Hebert and Sam Medysky, Braaing and ‘training’ with Sam Light, kiting and crashes with Lewis Crathern and naked roof jumping with Nick Jacobsen and Graham Howes
Episode 1 –
Watch the Red Bull King of the Air Live on redbullkingoftheair.com
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Day at the Dirty Habits Playground with wakeboarders, Dylan Mitchell and Graham Howes in an attempt to capture the ultimate selfie while flying through the air while wake boarding and wake skating
At the Dirty Habits Playground – wake park in Cape Town.
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Dylan Mitchell – @dylmitchell
Well in case you missed the boat. This is how The Crew at Dirty Habits does summer.
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
“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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GoPro Hero 3
Pics: Graham Howes / Dirty Habits Boardriding magazine & Board Hub. All images taken with Gopro.
Dirty Habits spent the weekend on this incredible yacht. Sail a few hours South of Cape Town, South Africa.
Thanks to the boys from Board Hub, Eugene Van der Elst & Mitch Blackburn for the hookup. This amazing yacht is heading to Northern Mozambique for the winter. Dirty Habits and Board hub will be planning some Kiting/fishing/diving/surfing trips up there soon.
Total customizable trips and flexible dates. Just Book your ticket to Pemba (Northern Mozambique) and we’ll pick you up for the trip of a lifetime.
So if you want to visit paradise this winter email us Dirtyhabitsmag@gmail.com
Contact Dirtyhabits@gmail.com for more info on Kitesurf Holiday.
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- 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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The World’s top Kiteboarders to descend on Cape Town for Red
Bull King of the Air 2013
The much anticipated return of Red Bull King of the Air has seen kiteboarders the world over doing
anything to get their hands on an entry. Sixteen of the world’s best as well as eight wildcards have
been selected to compete.
CAPE TOWN (South Africa) Red Bull King of the Air returns to the fore after an eight year
hiatus since the last running of the event in Maui, USA and wind patterns are currently
looking favourable for the window period of 1 – 15 February at Big Bay, Blouberg on Cape
Sixteen invited kiteboarders from around the world will be joined by eight wildcards.
Included in the lineup are extreme kiteboarder Ruben Lenten (NED), compatriot and
world number 1 in 2012 Youri Zoon (NED), Lewis Crathern(UK), who recently jumped over the Brighton and Worthing piers, and local wildcard Oswald Smith who goes into the competition having just won SA Champs.
The judging panel consisting of fearless female kiteboarder Susi Mai, editor of Kiteworld
Magazine and presenter of ‘The Kite Show’ Jim Gaunt and South African original Red Bull
King of the Air alumnus Greg Tijsse will be watching the water to gauge height, style and
creativity each kiteboarder executes their movement with.
The newly developed ‘flag out’ competition format is unlike any others – it gives each
kiteboarder the opportunity to pull their best moves and score high. Four riders hit the water
wearing different colour rash vests that matching a corresponding flag on the beach. After
an allocated time, the rider with the lowest score will be flagged out (flag will be lowered) and
must leave the water. The last man standing is the winner.
The event will also feature the godfather of wind-based watersports Robby Naish who will be
in Cape Town to put the title hopefuls through their paces in the lead up to the event. Robby
has multiple World Titles across windsurfing and kiteboarding disciplines and still competes
internationally, at the tender age of 49.
The Invited Kiteboarders
Ruben Lenten (NED) Redbull Extreme Kiteboarder.
Kevin Langeree (NED) 2009 World Champion
Youri Zoon (NED) 2011/2012 World Champion
Nick Jacobsen (DEN) Crane Jumper
Billy Parker (USA)
Sam Light (GBR)
Lewis Crathern (GBR) Brighton/Worthing Pier jumper
Kevin de Smidt (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Steven Akkersijk (NED) Redbull Boven N.A.P winner
Jesse Richman (USA)
Tom Court (GBR)
Luke Whiteside (GBR)
Gianni Aragno (ESP)
Shawn Richman (USA)
Luke McGillewie (RSA)
Reno Romeu (BRA)
Sam Medysky (CAN)
Oswald Smith (RSA)
Johnno Sholte (NED)
Andries Fourie (RSA)
Graham Howes (RSA)
Jandre Fraser (RSA)
Alan Steele (RSA)
Nicolas Falcou (FRA)
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Flares and Flashes.
After seeing Bruce Irons in a glowing barrel with flares strapped to his board, we’ve been dying to strap some onto a wakeboard. The only problem is at R250 a flare (that last 30 seconds) and a photographer sitting on a boat in pitch darkness, 200m away; the logistics become a night mare.
We headed to Blue Rock Cable Park with one of Cape Towns best Photographers, Bianca Asher and a Nice Budget from Liquid Force Cape Town and ofcourse some of the best cable riders in CT. Bianca Managed to get these amazing images in a very limited 1 hour window. We are all stoked with the outcome and the surreal experience.
Cape Town Cable wakeboarders: Craig Eygenberger, Gregor Reichmuth, Sky Keller, Graham Howes, Candice Bacon, Sean Bacon, Craig Howes, Hjalmar Larsen, Nick Cattelan,
After all it was a proper shot in the dark… literally
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Bianca Asher Photography: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bianca-Asher-Photography/307937012556782
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Some people ‘trick-or-treat’ others carve pumpkins… at Dirty Habits this is how we do Halloween
Jason V puts down his axe for a quick kite session in Cape Town.
Rider: Graham Howes (Dirty Habits)
Photo: Bianca Asher Photography
Grahams sponsors: Dirty Habits, CTI, Brunotti, Mystic, Liquid force.
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Thanks to Liquid force Cape Town
Pictures & Video: Graham Howes (Dirty Habits)
Words: Buzzy Joell (Boardbox)
VIDEO BELOW: Quick clip from 4 hour session, 1st one in 5 years for all of us.
“Hey bru, How many snowboards do you have?” “Just one bru, but let me make a couple of phone calls
and i am sure i can organize another one!’. This was the conversation that put the wheels in motion for a
snowboarding mission into the heart of the Matroosberg Mountains. Yes that is in the Western Cape and Yes
there is plenty of snow. The Problem is that it is definitely not the easiest place to get to and it turns out that a
second snow board would be one of the easier things I needed to get my hands on.
After calling a couple of mates I soon got another snowboard. I gave Graham Howes from Dirty Habits Boardriding
Magazine a call back to tell him the good news. Now the snowboards were the least of our worries and we
still had a rather large amount of stuff to organize, amongst this was warm, waterproof clothing, snowboard
boots, A 4 x 4 and a day off of work! Phone calls were made, favours were pulled in and 36 hours later Graham
and myself were leaving Cape town on our way to Stellenbosch to meet up with Craig Howes and
Rob Bernsein. Arriving in Stellenbosch we started packing all our gear into the 2.8 liter Short wheel base Land Rover
(Thanks Rob) that was to be our Chariot for the next 2 days. We left Stellies around 8 pm, with us all bundled
into the car and absolutely frothing for the adventure that lay ahead of us! We arrived at Matroosberg Private
Nature reserve around 22:30 to Didi’s warm and inviting smile. We unpacked the Landy, lit a fire and cracked the Old Brown Sherry. The temperature
plummeted to -11’C, but the cabins have built in fire places which keep you nice and toasty inside, a couple
bottles of Old Brown Sherry definitely helped as well!
Frozen water pipes, clear, azure blue skies and snow capped Mountains greeted us at dawn the next
morning. Didi had very kindly invited us to come and join her for coffee at the farm house, coffee in hand
we met Waldo and Ivan, “there is plenty snow up there, you guys are gonna love it!” is what we were told by a
smiling Ivan! Charged up on caffeine we headed for the 4 x 4 trail. One thing i can tell you is that they aren’t kidding when they say 4 x 4 trail, infact there
is a list of 4 wheel drives at reception that are NOT allowed up the trail! So bring your A-game.
We pushed on up the trail as far as we could go, we got about 3 quarters of the way up before we got stuck
and couldn’t go any further and believe me we tried!
Back packs loaded with supplies, snow gear on, snowboards and shovels in hand we began our hike. 45 minutes later we were knee deep in powder. We
found Berms, gaps, drop-offs, long slopes of fresh powder and we built a decent sized kicker that we sessioned
(we weren’t carrying those shovels up the mountain for nothing!). We ran into 3 other groups of people the
whole day, but apart from that we had the mountain to ourselves. Its a pretty surreal experience to be able to
snow board in South Africa and its warm enough to wear a just T-shirt and long pants. There isn’t a ski lift in
sight so be prepared to walk and climb up steep slopes, to me this just added to the fun but it definitely helps
to have a good level of fitness! As the sun began to dip towards the distant mountains it was decided that we
would hike up as high as we could get and traverse across the slope and back down to where the car was parked.
Its hard to describe the array of colours that greeted us when we finally got to the top and looked back down,
from pastel pinks to deep blues and fiery reds. We took the last of our photos, made sure
our gear was strapped up and started our decent. It was the longest run we had all day and we could not have
pre-ordered a better way to get down to the car!
We timed it perfectly and watched the sun setting behind the mountains across the valley, as we made our
way back down the 4 x 4 trail, if we had left it any later we would have had to get down the 4 x 4 trail in the
dark and that would have been a rather dangerous task that I would not recommend at all!
Back down at reception, Ivan found us packing the Land Rover, “Glad you boys made it off the mountain, I was
starting to get worried about you!”. It’s funny how when you are up there that the danger level doesn’t really
enter your thoughts, things can go very wrong very quickly and I only started to think about it after Ivan had
said he was stoked we made it back down. We found the last of our beer supply and sat reminiscing over the
days events while sipping ice cold beers we had left in the snow under the Land Rover.
Sun burnt, tired, powdered out and with stupidly big smiles on our faces we said our goodbyes climbed back
into our Chariot and headed for the Steers in Ceres, that place was about to get invaded, just like we
had invaded Matroosberg for the day!
*A massive thank you goes out to Didi, Waldo and Ivan who made us feel more than welcome at the
Matroosberg Private nature reserve. Thank you so much for having us, your friendly smiles and incredibly
warm hospitality were amazing. We had an absolute blast and will definitely be back! Thank you once again …
Matroosberg Nature Reserve (Just past Ceres in the Western Cape)
These guys are amazing, really helpful and great accommodation on the farm below the snowy mountains.Website: matroosberg.com
Matroosberg contact: 0731940885
Downhill Adventures in Cape Town sorted us out with all the gear.
They have snowboards and boots for hire, and specialize in extreme sports guided tours and gear rental.
Tell: +27 (0)21422 0388
Thanks to the Buzzy at The Boardbox Cape Town board repairs for a good time.
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– 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
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.
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.
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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.
R550 per unit per night
Reservations: Kitta Burger on 027 432 2720 or cell 073 179 6433
Looks like Santa Ditched the sled and hooked himself up for the Cape Town Deliveries!
Watch out for him Soaring over you chimneys this Christmas!
Dirty HAbits, Brunotti Boards, Liquid Force, CTI and Graham Howes Sending out the Nastiest Christmas Wishes for all Hooligans out there! Be Safe and keep it Dirty!!!
Robin Somogyvari has joined the dirty habits team as our newly appointed head photographer, his images might look familiar as alot of them have feature in some of the leading mags in the world, including Magazine covers and double page spreads in Kiteworld, Stance mag, Leisure Boating, Gust and ofcourse Dirty Habits! He is a free-lance photographer based in Cape town, specializing in water photography and extreme sports.
If Robin isn’t behind the lense, he’s usually the guy flying over you in big bay, or throwing down huge megaloops at kitebeach, they say good riders make the best photographers, but have a look for yourself
Robin Is a Freelance Sports Photographer,
He specializes in catelog shoots, events and media coverage, and private photoshoots,
So get in touch with him for all your Extreme sports photo needs!
So Nick Jacobsen is back in Cape Town!
Yes that crazy dude who climbed onto a ship with his kite and board, climbed up an industrial 40m high crane, whilst still flying his kite, put his board on his feet and boosted off of it, and thew in some loops on the way down… is back in CT for more action!
This time he has LUPAH Films with him to catch all the action! Dirty Habits has been hanging out with Nick and Louis from LUPAH films since their arrival, and trying to keep up with their crazy plans for their next 6 months in the Mother City!
Nick will be filming for his sponsors, Liquid Force, Brunotti, Pro Limit and Betsafe the video’s will also feature LF and Brunotti team rider, Graham Howes. There are some big plans and stunts coming up from Nick this summer and i can help but notice Nick eying out that rusty crane every time we drive past it! But don’t worry, Crane or no crane Nick never fails to impress, he might just be on the look out for another freeway to Megaloop over! Only Time will tell!
Here is the video of his Nicks crane jump last summer
And of course the road Nick megalooped over in Denmark a few years back!
Here is a commercial nick did with LUPAH films, using their remote controlled airplane to film it! Pretty sick!
LUPAH Films is a production company that Nick and Louis started with their passion for filming and editing and watersparts! They will be taking on projects for numerous brands and kiters, so if you need any Filming or photo’s, Aerial photo footage, or similar, Contact Nick or LUPAH Films,
For more info check out LUPAH Films