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!
Age: 32 gusting 33
Plane you fly: Boeing.
Home Spot: Big Bay, Cape Town.
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’
DH: What are your favorite conditions for wave riding?
DH: I saw you riding with a waterproof mp3 player, what tracks are on your playlist
DH: You come from Durban, now living in Cape Town, is there a big difference in the kiting scene between East and West Coast?
DH: Anything else to add: