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.

 

 

Bjorn Larsen

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

Philip Visagie – Photo: Koos Steyn

 

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Kyle Hanekom

 

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Bjorn Larsen

 

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Weskus Lunch

 

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Gareth Moys

 

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Westcoast Boardriders Surf Event 4

Jaco Steyn

Another epic weekend of surfing at the West Coast Boardriders Surf event #4. The events are getting better and better, and these boys are setting the bar high for the other surf club in SA. Not to mension the high level of surfers at these events.
Looking forward to the start of the next series.

Results from event #4 Saturday 17 November.

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Mom of the day – Norm’s Mom
Dad of the day – Jason Neeleman (drive to the beach 5 times, between nappie duty)

Best Air- Diran Zakarian
Best Move – Rigard Smit
Stylemaster – Udi Lev
Retro craft – Greg Visagie

Boys (u/13)
1st – Julian Zens
2nd – Christian Venter
2012 series winner – Julian Zens
(wins a custom Dutchie surfboard sponsored by Redbull)

Juniors (u/17)
1st – Adin Masencamp
2nd – Norm Lotz
3rd – Gareth Williams
4th – Gabriel Bayhack
2012 series winner – Adin Masencamp

Girls
1st – Tanika Hoffman
2nd – Tarryn Chudleigh
3rd – Anoush Zakarian
2012 series winner – Anoush Zakarian

Masters (over 35)
1st – Adrian Fields
2nd – Leon v.d. Merwe
3rd – Dirk Wilson
4th – Nikki Venter
2012 series winner – Adrian Fields

Open Plate
1st – Rodney Somogyvari
2nd – Leon du Preez
3rd – Jason Neeleman
4th – Ettiene Buys

Open Pro
1st – Ryan Payne
2nd – Peder Christensen
3rd – Phillip Visagie
4th – Jaco Steyn
2012 series champion – Ryan Payne

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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

Reservations: Kitta Burger on   027 432 2720   or cell   073 179 6433

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Claire Butler: What She Saw

 

Claire Butler: Cape Town Photographer

 

Claire Butler is a Cape Town based Sports photographer who has an incredible talent for shooting surf and ocean photography. Blessed with picturesque landscapes and clean waters, Claire takes to both land and sea in search of a great action photograph that speaks of movement, danger and excitement. Not only does she portray the surfers in a very unique sense, she captures a piece of time with the surfer, the wave and the location in one. Head over to her personal website to see her great portfolio!

 

DH: How long have you been taking pictures for? 
Claire: I started shooting with a happy snapper compact camera in 2007. Saved up and purchased my first SLR camera, a Canon 1000D, at the end of 2008. I started taking my photography more seriously from about the end of 2010. So all-in-all I’ve had a camera in my hand for the last 5 years, but more seriously so for about 2 years now.

DH: What equipment do you currently shoot with?

Claire: Canon 7D usually with a 70-200mm f2.8 lens-

DH: Tell us about your background and what got you into surf photography?

Claire: I’m a born-and-bred Capetonian – have lived in Cape Town all my life. I started surfing when I was 11, and with that came an addiction to all things surfing-related. My bedroom walls were always lined with amazing images of surfing so I think subconsciously my passion for surf photography had already started at a young age. After high school I went to UCT and studied film and media production but soon decided that I preferred still images to moving ones and took up photography as a hobby. At the same time I stopped surfing and took up wakeboarding, and when I was wasn’t riding at the cable park, I was taking pictures of the other riders. I unfortunately got injured in 2010 and had to stop wakeboarding, which meant weekends were spent back at the beach surfing or watching my boyfriend surf. So I started shooting surfers instead of wakeboarders and just fell in love with the genre.


 

DH: You shoot a range of material, not just surfing. Tell us about your work, and your style?

Claire: I’m still in the early days of building up my photography career so I’m keen to try my hand at all genres of photography. My current work reflects that – landscapes, action shots, portraits, wildlife, events etc.. I prefer a fly-on-the-wall / documentary approach to taking photographs. I’m not a huge fan of posed or staged photography. I like to capture the moment as I see it rather than try and construct it. –

DH: What or who inspires your work?

Claire: In terms of my surfing photography I’d have to say that firstly the surfers inspire me. It’s incredible watching them ride, especially on the bigger days. Capturing and sharing their stoke as they come out of a massive barrel or airdrop down the face of an insane wave…it’s an incredible and inspiring sport in itself. Other inspirations would definitely be local surf photographers such as Alan van Gysen & Greg Ewing. Internationally I’m totally inspired by the work of Chris Burkard, Sarah Lee and Clare Plueckhahn, to name a few. There are so many photographs that one just sees on a daily basis via facebook or twitter that are amazing and awe-inspiring.

 


 

Surfer: Jacob Mellish

DH: Where have been your favourite locations to shoot / travel / surf?

Claire: I haven’t yet had the opportunity to travel to any amazing surfing destinations, but a number of trips are on the cards for next year. Locally I love to shoot Jbay, Llandudno and a certain beach break, which I probably shouldn’t name but you’ll see it in a lot of my pics. Other than that I’d have to say my favourite “photographic” holiday to date would have to be Stockholm in Sweden. It’s an incredible city and I was able to capture some beautiful images there.

DH: Do you prefer shooting from land of from the water?

Claire: Tough one. Being in the water is more challenging and when you nail the shot it feels more rewarding. But I’m a sucker for pulled back line-up shots from the land. Both produce such different results, and you can be super creative with both, so I’m going to sit on the fence on this question and say both!

DH: Finally, for fans of your work, is it possible for people to purchase any of your photos from you or elsewhere…?

Claire: Yes, anyone who is interested in purchasing any of my photographs can contact me via my Facebook page or on email (my email address is available on my blog).

 

 

Kit Bag:

 7D

50mm f/1.8
10-20mm f/1.8
70-200mm f/2.8 L II

Connect with Claire Butler

Twitter: @clairelecila

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/whatshesaw

Website: http://clairebutlerphoto.blogspot.com

 

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