Graham Howes and Darryl Partington were driving along a dirt road up the Weskus (wild stretch of coast North of Cape Town) searching for waves, when they spotted Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker standing on a big dune watching some heavy bombs detonating on reef Continue Reading →
Matt Bromley and Jordan Alexander showing the diversity Cape Town has to offer with some of the best waves on the coast
Introducing the latest shape in the Starboard Surf range. The Hybrid is being hailed as the new go to shape that literally “surfs everything”!
Matt Bromley and Jordan Alexander test this theory in a range of conditions.
Check out more on the Hybrid at star-board-surf.com/product/hybrid/
Matt Bromley on Facebook: Matt Bromley
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
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.
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
1st – Julian Zens
2nd – Christian Venter
2012 series winner – Julian Zens
(wins a custom Dutchie surfboard sponsored by Redbull)
1st – Adin Masencamp
2nd – Norm Lotz
3rd – Gareth Williams
4th – Gabriel Bayhack
2012 series winner – Adin Masencamp
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
1st – Rodney Somogyvari
2nd – Leon du Preez
3rd – Jason Neeleman
4th – Ettiene Buys
1st – Ryan Payne
2nd – Peder Christensen
3rd – Phillip Visagie
4th – Jaco Steyn
2012 series champion – Ryan Payne
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?
Claire Butler Photography
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.
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.
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
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 😉 )
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.
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.
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)
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!
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!
Follow Dene and his latest projects and trips. And if you need a MC for an event, He’s the man.
Photo’s, unless otherwise stated, copyright Alan Van Gysen – www.avgphoto.co.za
– 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
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: 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.
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…?
Tell us what you think about Claire’s photo’s in a comment below;
For All the Cape Town Kiteboarders, Surfers, boogie boarders, beach goers!
Rugby starts at 8am so beach clean up starts around 10am – got some funky prizes to handout afterwards
Ripcurl has sponsored T-shirts, caps, and 6 Backpacks. Some Pick n Pay vouchers up for grabs too.
Meet at the Beach in front of the KFC
No One Likes a Dirty Beach!!!!
The Bobby Martinez interview after the interview that got him Banned from the ASP, He Talks about Kelly Slate, Joel Parkinson, and The joke of the ASP ‘Tennis Tour’ Continue Reading →