We are stoked to present the new Dirty Habits Clothing Range just in time for summer. The new threads will keep you looking Fresh this summer with unique artist collections and boardriders range. If you feel happy with your 2 feet on a board.. and you wanna join the crew.. you need to get in this gear now.
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/
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el Jimador Tequila, in partnership with Zigzag and Mahala, will be hosting the very first Agave Surf Classic at Big Bay, Blouberg, Cape Town between 24 – 31 May. The premium 100% agave tequila has teamed up with local shaper Ian Armstrong and carpenter Jason Hayes to produce five unique agave surfboards, which contestants will have the opportunity to ride and if they do well, stand a chance to win and keep forever!
The event has a waiting period and will run on June 7th and promises to be an action-packed day in the best surf possible, ending with the after party at the local beach bar, Boardhouse.
Anyone over 18 years of age can enter, so if you’re amped on alternative surfboards (and good times) then the Agave Surf Classic is not to be missed. Contestants need to be at the beach by 9:00am to sign-up, while spectators are in for a treat as they watch the wave warriors shred these original wooden sleds. And then there’s the after party!
Master craftsman, Ian Armstrong, has already taken care of R&D, so the boards should be ready to fly.
Follow #AgaveSurfComp to stay in tune.
Talented Cape Town shaper, Dutchie, inspected one of the agave boards at the opening function.
Check out the video below, which shows the craftmanship and steps that are required to make one of these beautiful agave wood surfboards.
- 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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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
Jordy sure knows how to throw a party. And with an open bar of Tequila, Vodka, Redbull and Corona, you kinda know it’s gonna be a big one.
Here’s a review from Surfing Magazine’s Beau Flemister. I would love to give my own, but the Tequila was flowing thick by the time to flick started…
“South Africa’s, Jordy Smith, just released a new bio-watch-me-rip-pic called Bending Colours. It’s rad. Kai Neville, maestro of such hits Modern Collective, Lost Atlas, Dear Suburbia, made the film, along with Red Bull Media House, or maybe it’s the other way around. Anywho, Bending is mean. Prior to this, I’d personally thought Jordy was slowing down a little. Wouldn’t say peaked, but he just seemed really focused on Tour life. Like, whenever I’d call him for a sesh after work, or a movie or something, he was always busy. So annoying. It also seemed like he was losing that “so much to prove and nothing to lose” attitude he was famous for when he got on tour. But Bending Colours gave me a swift donkey punch to the back of the head for that misconception.
Because of the Phantom cam, the ultra clean look of the film is very Art of FLIGHT, thanks to Red Bull. But make no mistake, Jordy’s clips are all top shelf Neville nuggets. Jordy’s at-home footage from South Africa is amazing, emerald tubes and air-wind sections. The Bali part is phenomenal and shows his whole range from full-rotation oops to functional finners to ‘roided out gaffs. Cameos by Josh Kerr and John John. God…John John. The J-Bay part’s a lil redundant, but then we get to Reunion Island. Buuuuull shit. Yes, we printed a feature based off this same trip a few months ago — the duel between Jordy and Julian Wilson at that right in Reunion from Mod Col. A worthy preview. But the actual footage from it, as presented in Bending, is worth the whole 49 cents or whatever the film costs on iTunes, just to watch that part. Sickening.”
Buy Bending Colours here and get impressed: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/bending-colours/id574057131
Buy Bending Colours here and get impressed: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/bending-colours/id574057131
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
Jarrod David, the owner a Liquid Force Wakeboard & Kite shop in Blouberg got more than he wished for, for his birthday present when he headed to the Cape for a quick surf session yesterday.
With only a few locals out, and Bianca Asher behind the lens.. he really couldn’t have asked for a better day. Oh and a sunset kite session to finish the day off.
Photos: Bianca Asher Photography
Bianca Asher sports, fashion and event photography: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bianca-Asher-Photography/307937012556782
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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.
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
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
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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)
Westcoast Boardriders event #2 went down this weekend with a bang. Day 1 saw some clean 2-3ft glassy conditions, and some epic surfing. We saw some of SA’s top surfers putting a a huge display including the likes of Shane Thorne, Ryan Payne, Diran Zak and Brandon Benjamin. On day 2 the swell dropped off a bit and we moved down to Derde’s for some fun wave’s and good surfing. The contest was however put on hold when organizers had to remove a man (Justin Kemp) while attempting to surf the contest in his ‘tiny winy pokerdot bikini’ (the bikini was later returned to it’s rightful owner)
The level of surfing in this event was amazing to see. The public and brand support was fantastic and of course seeing a surf community ‘Weskus’ putting their heads and hearts together to take our sport and lifestyle to the next level. Thanks to everyone involved.
All funds raised went to the Shark Spotters Program to ensure our playground is kept as safe as possible for all ocean users.
1st Ryan Payne
2nd Shane Thorne
3rd Diran Zakarian
4th Jochaid Salie
1st Gareth Moyes
2nd Jason Neeleman
3rd Arron Heldsiger
4th Luke Venter
1st Brandon Benjamin
2nd Tristan Lev
3rd Greg Visagie
4th Adin Masencamp
1st Adrian Fields
2nd Nikkie Venter
3rd Steve Gadd
4th Leon vd Merwe
1st Chantelle Rautenbach
2nd Anoush Zakarian
3rd Krystal Tavenor
4th Caylin de Reuck
5th Lindi Louw
VZ expression session:
Power turn. Shane Thorne
Best Move. Adin Masencamp
Best Air. Diran Zakarian
Best wave. Jochaid Salie
Best noseride. Tyrone Jensen
Best Move. Tristan Lev
Retro Craft. Herman Oosthuizen
Style master. Greg Visagie
Legend award. Ted Preciado
Most Improved. Ben Alheit
Sportmanship award. Justin Kemp
Raw deal award. Rafael Gomes
Mom of the day. Shannon Masencamp
Dad of the day. Nikkie Venter
Youngest competitor. Christian Venter
Froth award. J ulian Zens
Freedom of Expression. Tyrone Jensen