Warrick Meyer Profile

 

When you see a guy on the water, ripping, it’s too easy to assume he is a pro-kiter. A beach bum who spends their days smoking grass and waiting for the wind and tide to align for the perfect session. Well this is not always the case and Warrick Meyer is a true example. His average day is spent 32,000ft above our heads and when he’s not flying planes he is on an aerial assault of a different kind! He shows us that you don’t need to be 19 and spending 4 hours a day in the water to be at the top of your game, which is where he’s at! Dirty Habits managed to tie him down and find out the truth about waveriding, where it’s heading and how to  make sure you’re not left behind on the air-bridge!

Photo: Robin Somogyvari

Age:  32 gusting 33

Years Kiting:   4

Occupation:  
Pilot

Plane you fly:  
Boeing.

Home Spot:  
Big Bay, Cape Town.

Photographer: Robin Somogyvari

DH: Wave riding is taking different paths of progression these days including strapless, unhooked, onshore winds, down the line wave riding and more. Which do you think is the most progressive form of riding waves?
WM: Strapless and unhooked, the closer to surfing the better. If you watch any good rider their feet are always moving, no two waves or two days are ever the same. I think that’s what keeps us addicted. Strapless gives you versatility to change the trim of your board depending on your speed and position on the wave. There is no better feeling than getting barreled, with or without a kite. The only difference with a kite is more waves.

DH: We are seeing shapers and brands coming out with some strange shaped boards and sizes, even fish tail chunky boards. What’s your opinion on board types and sizes for pure surf style wave riding,
WM: KISS, surfboard shapers have been working intimately with pros for decades and if it surfs well it’s going to kite even better. The big advantage with a kite is that you don’t have to paddle into a wave so we can reduce the volume of a board normally in length and gain even more maneuverability in the pocket. The next time you injure yourself and the average on Blowfeed is 13 kts head down to Big Bay and you will see Smarty on a 5″something riding “pure surf style” – respect.

 DH: Which guys out there are influencing your style of riding and giving you inspiration?

WM: Ian Alldredge & Patrick Rebstock. Jordy Smith would be impressed with what they are doing on a kite. I haven’t been kiting for very long but it appeared that the sport was stagnating until Ian & Patrick started riding strapless. I mean this with all due respect, especially because I could never dream of riding like the top freestyle riders but riding a twin tip at professional level is finite, there is only so much you can do. Wave riding however will never been the same, the conditions are always changing so even if you are only getting your stoke on by riding down the shoulder of a wave it’s always going to give you a kick because it’s always different.


DH: A lot of surfers are realizing that it’s time to add a kite to their quiver, including SA top pro surfer Jaco Steyn (spotted a couple times on kiting on kite beach).
What would you say to surfers who are looking to get into ‘surfing with a kite’
WM: Ask Rodney Somogyvari, he’s only been kiting a few months but already shredding on his surfboard. Growing up on the Natal coast we didn’t know about kiting and the only thing that kept us out of the water was the “Beastly Easterly”. So if you are passionate about the ocean kiting is a natural progression to keep you wet.

DH: In winter we see most Cape Town kiters pack their gear away until next summer, what does this upcoming winter have in store for you?
WM: Good idea, it sucks! Only mucking with ya, winter is my favorite time to kite in Cape Town. No crowds, warm-er water and beautiful conditions to practice your aerial attack. Keep an eye out for Graham & Robin in Melkbos with the next North Wester. Our local charges are pushing harder, faster and higher…

Photographer: Robin Somogyvari


DH: What are your favorite conditions for wave riding?

WM: Cross offshore wind + Cross onshore swell + Mates and preferably reeling of some rocks!!!

DH: I saw you riding with a waterproof mp3 player, what tracks are on your playlist
WM: Sail by Awolnation on loop.(Check out Waterfi)

Photo: Robin Somogyvari


DH: You come from Durban, now living in Cape Town, is there a big difference in the kiting scene between East and West Coast?

WM: Crowds, Durban & the East coast are SA’s best kept secret. Miles of pristine uncrowded and unspoiled coast line waiting for you and your mates to kite it with the added bonus of warm blue water.
West Coast – flashy & fast i.e Luke McGillewie .
East Coast – underground & hardcore i.e Rob Chrystal.

Photographer: Robin Somogyvari

DH: Anything else to add:

WM: Take your straps OFF, Surfers get a kite and foreigners, you are most welcome to our awesome beaches but show some respect on the water.
THANK YOU Cabrinha & Firewire, it’s fantastic to finally be on gear that works and lasts.

Robin Somogyvari Profile

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.

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Stance Mag feature of SA rider Warrick Meyer

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

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Graham Howes on his backhand

 

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Graham Howes with a Nukegrab

 

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Warrick Meyer

 

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Graham Howes

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!

Robinsomogyvari.com