Real talk with Kelly Slater

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.

kelly slater interview

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.

 

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GLOBE’S ELECTRIC BLUE HEAVEN

GLOBE’S ELECTRIC BLUE HEAVEN from GLOBE on Vimeo.

Introducing Globe’s ELECTRIC BLUE HEAVEN, a short, conceptual film featuring Dion Agius in the WORLD’S BEST WAVE POOL! Read on to know more…

A few weeks back, Dion Agius and crew embarked on a journey to the Middle East. A journey for waves. A journey that would bring Dion to unleash on the world’s best man made wave. A studio for surfing. Smack in the middle of a desert mountain range in a foreign land.

There was a concept. A concept involving 10 Russian models, a Lamborghini, and Dion boosting virtually every air in the book, plus a couple new ones. Electric blue water contrasting against wild mountainous backdrops.

A story was captured. Captured through the lenses of Joe G, DJ Struntz, Beren Hall, and Grady Archbold. Motion & Still. Film & HD. The story will be told through the pages of our global media partners and through this short film directed by Joe G.

This Video is filmed in the Al Ain wave park, in the United Arab Emirates.

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Westcoast Boardriders results and pics

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.

Results

Open Pro:

1st Ryan Payne

2nd Shane Thorne

3rd Diran Zakarian

4th Jochaid Salie

Jeandre Blignault

 

Open Plate:

1st Gareth Moyes

2nd Jason Neeleman

3rd Arron Heldsiger

4th Luke Venter

Tristan Lev

Juniors:

1st Brandon Benjamin

2nd Tristan Lev

3rd Greg Visagie

4th Adin Masencamp

Masters:

1st Adrian Fields

2nd Nikkie Venter

3rd Steve Gadd

4th Leon vd Merwe

Brandon Benjamin

Girls:

1st Chantelle Rautenbach

2nd Anoush Zakarian

3rd Krystal Tavenor

4th Caylin de Reuck

5th Lindi Louw

Jochaid Salie

VZ expression session:

Power turn. Shane Thorne

Best Move. Adin Masencamp

Best Air. Diran Zakarian

Best wave. Jochaid Salie

Jeandre Blignault

 

Weskus

Retro Heat:

Best noseride. Tyrone Jensen

Best Move. Tristan Lev

Retro Craft. Herman Oosthuizen

Style master. Greg Visagie

Legend award. Ted Preciado

Robbie Schofield

Extras:

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

Diran Zak

 

Westcoast Boardriders Leader Board

 

Diran Zak

 

Westcoast Boardriders

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