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{ISSUE 18 // 2013}

INTO THE SUN

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cover amaury lavernhe // by Cobus Bosman

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dane beales. @ Dairy Beach By Luca Barausse

This day started at 4:00am waiting for Durban's first cyclone swell of the year to hit. As my mate and I arrived at 5:00am we saw these epic ramps and barrels coming through at Diary Beach. While sitting out there patiently waiting for a big ramp this one came through and I had to take advantage by doing this invert! Woohooo!


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You would think that with all the factors against us, like our weak currency and the marathon distances we have to fly for international travel, South African bodyboarders would never head overseas. But we are a seriously determined group of individuals who not only work harder than almost everyone else to get there, we also leave a mark in performance while we are there. You need look no further than Sacha Specker, Mark McCarthy and Jared Houston’s performance in the Canaries IBA Event (Which we profile, along with lens man, Cobus Bosman's extended stay on the island). We could fill a whole magazine with just that, but we definitely don’t overlook Iain Campbell’s ISA Dropknee World title, not to mention Matt Webster, who happened to stop over in Portugal on the way to the Canaries and take out the Dropknee event there. We add in profiles on the country's up and coming Groms, an attempt to bring back board art, as well as launching some of our very own merchandise. And as always, the best shots from around the country and the globe. ED ~ Ian Kruger

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Iain Campbell @ Lands by Simon Heale.

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Eastern CAPE

by James Jones

Well, to say the least, the toughest time of the year has come and is slowly leaving us as I write this report. It has been an insanely weak summer with little to nothing to speak of, besides a few wind swells that get met by severe winds and dissipate faster than we have time to look for something suitable to ride. Lately though, good banks have formed at Fence and I've heard a lot about Virgin Bay from mates here about how the banks there have finally come to being once again and apparently is quite "impressive". I myself spent 2 weeks in "The Mother city" which was definitely the highlight of waves for me. Seals beachie has been doing it's usual thing too. On the riders front, we had our first trials of the year and some very impressive riding to say the least - DVT always seems to come up in talk to do with the Eastern Cape but it is very necessary from what I have seen! On the bright side of this mostly bleak report, winter is approaching so fast we can smell the swell light years away and we are waiting patiently for its awakening.

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Southern Cape

by Francois De Kock

Down deep South we have mixed emotions over the past and ending summer season. The Plett crew have experienced their worst summer to date with only 3 days of waves down at Wedge in a two month plus period. We all and especially the Plett crew are waiting in anticipation for the winter season, bringing ground swell to quench their thirst for well deserving waves. Down East, a spot not to be named, with one or two guys out once every blue moon woke up out of the depths and produced 4 days, just before the end of 2012, of perfect 4-6ft right handers and a crowd of 30 plus. Truly one for the history books. Herolds Bay had average banks over the festive season with only a few days of standout waves. The summer easterly swell direction turned a bit more straight over the past three weeks and blessed us with our good old left peak showing face again along with our consistent right never letting us down. The M-Bay boys are still big smiles as always with no worries about sand banks. Easterly swell direction hits their reefs straight giving them nothing to complain about except for the occasional onshore winds. Over the last month we have completed two of our 2013 regional trials. We are yet again set to have a full team this year representing SCBA with riders moving up the ranks to older categories and new faces joining us in all divisions. SCBA is certainly growing! Standouts must be Colin De Kock and Johan Rademeyer in their first year riding the Juniors division improving tremendously since 2012 and then second year riding for us, Tiaan Hoeben constantly showing his versatility on any given wave.

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Boland

by Kyle Cabano

After a long drought of waves in the middle of summer, it looks like waves in the Boland area are slowly coming in with the occasional ground swell bringing some of the lesser known spots to life. Waves like Koeel bay, Onrus beach and even Pringle bay have provided a few good sessions and with the crowd at Koeel bay that has re-established since April of last year it’s starting to feel like summer again. Riders that have been standing out include local Onrus riders, Tristan Roberts who is riding like an absolute animal after his return from the Canary Islands, Dylan Le Roux who is also riding really well and Wian Oosthuizen with his consistent riding at events and really progressing at a phenomenal rate. Micky Du Toit has also been surprising everyone, charging on some of the bigger ones at Caves and hitting some big sections. At the end of this month Boland will be hosting the 4th annual West Coast Classic and because of that, lots of local riders have been pulling missions up that side to try and get a bit of practice on the potential contest waves. Other than that hopefully the last bit of summer will bless us with a few offshore pits and a couple of ramps before we move into our cold and wet Cape winter.

Kooks R Us

The manufacturers of the Kymera Electric Bodyboard claim that it "combines the ease of use of a jet ski with the portability of a surfboard" and as long as they stick to using it in dams we're absolutely fine with it. What does intrigue us is the 24kph top speed. Imagine being able to throttle yourself into sections with some jetassistance? 720s? No problem. That said, until the manufacturers manage to make it look less like Iron Man's suit, it weights 21 kilograms, up the battery life, who wants to limit themselves to a one hour session?, and do something about that R25k price tag, we're boogers not golfers!, they have plenty of R&D tweaking to do.

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Cape Town

by Simon Heale 

"Summer, oh Summer - you cruel mistress, why do you taunt us so?" ... Would be the usual response to the "after summer surf report" but actually, she's been very good to us this season! A lot of ups and downs but when the swell arrives in a few day increments it seems everything aligned and epic waves were had. The slow and tender migration back to Caves has happened, with warm water and back snapping wedges. Llands and Hoek have been giving us solid servings of double scoop ice-cream pits for those ready with 9mm wetsuits and coffee/ girlfriend on the beach, ready for the post surf warm up. Many other spots have been on and off too, Longbeach, Melkbos, the occasional Stroom paddle when the farmer doesn't show a weapon. And good news, all the groms I've seen have been ripping, so well done boys, keep on it! All in all, a good season so far!

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Richards Bay

by Rudi Stadler 

Bodyboards have Batteries? It is scary to think that a few months ago I was sitting in the same seat looking at the same scene – running back to my skedonk to get my gear on and surf amazingly fun waves against a sky that caught fire, only difference now is that in the back of my mind I am dreaming of capturing the moon so I could move it into place for the darn tide to drop so we could get a good surf in before graft. Instead I'm left with memories of Boetie almost killing himself at El Fronton, warm summer barrels, sexy vaalie stukkies swarming our beaches, and some fools asking us where the batteries go in our boards – so romantic. The local port people stopped dredging for a bit so they could replace the pipeline, this meant we had to make as much of our fading Superbank as possible. She never seized to disappoint though – and as the right swell swung in, the boys were having tea parties inside square water boxes. Our old mate & Richards Bay legend, Greg Vorster & his Preggo came to visit all the way from icy Canada, hungry for some warm waters and his home surf. Greg's wife also bought her bazooka along and shot some kiff footage of which rad little podcasts were made most of us already saw. Nevertheless, this had Rheinhard Du Toit on top form as well as Boetie and some other boogers. We are quite excited due to some good conditions during the last month. Somehow super bank is still there and even a middle bank. All I know is we are like zombies hungry for waves, hungry to hang ourselves posing over curtains of water – crashing back down to earth again so we can reap the criticism. Lekker!

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Durban

by Michael Ostler 

Durban of late has been pretty inconsistent for waves. Winds have been acting up and swell has been MIA. Except for a few days here and there that have really been pumping around the coast, the homing beacon aka North Beach hasn't had much – a few days of rip bowls and fun waves but that's about it. The club contest scene has been really cool – the Just Bodyboarding Club event attracted a bunch of guys from new places, Treasure Beach being one, the event was a success and overall very cool to meet new crew of boogers from all over. Hopefully they keep growing and we move forward from here. Sad news of the Wavehouse closing down which is big news for most of us boogers as that was our way out when waves were kak. However, hopefully something comes up and they manage to save it and reopen the Wavehouse cause as most of you know it's a pretty special thing. Contest season is approaching so most of the guy's heads are down and training hard. Going to be a great year for SABA and starting at the West Coast, I am positive that the event is going to be a great way to start what is set to be an epic year for South African Bodyboarding...

Lower South Coast (KZN)

by Terence Pieters 

Yeeewwwww, I love seeing the amp that guys on the coast have for bodyboarding, especially the groms - groms I didn’t even know about up until our last SKZN trial. These youngsters are exactly what each province needs to guarantee their bright and fulfilled future in the sport we all love. These couple months that have passed have produced some epic waves here on our coastline. The banks at Lucien and Uvongo have blessed us with some solid waves, but as you know, and I’m sure every province will agree with me that we can’t always get perfect waves all the time. The South Coast’s predominate wind is the South East which causes a lot of bump on the sea but in return give us plenty of ramps to have a blast on. I really can’t single anyone out that has been standing out because everyone has really been ripping and everyone bodyboarding on the coast have been the standouts in my eyes. The ones having the most fun and the best attitude in the water are the ones standing out the most. Till next time boogers! Peace.

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Jared Houston, if you didn't know better, you would be forgiven for thinking he is a Canaries local. His fluency in Spanish and way of riding the breaks out there takes most a lifetime to figure out.

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Miguel Macias, Fronton local that tears bags.

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The swell period was off the charts high on this pulse, as you can see the wave consisted of widow maker lips that blasted shock waves into "tiny" barrels draining below sea level.

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Canary Islands with an "s", there is more to these volcanic remnants than just Gran Canaria with it's Fronton slabs. There are places where no one goes or even thinks of going, there are virgin lineups like these...

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All these early morning dusk shots were from two consecutive days of unbelievable waves and light. Jacob Romero about to find out the Pacific is not the only place with power, this is why we travel.

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Sacha Specker, DK World Champ and all round ledge, enough said!

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Wanted to shoot this joint with my fisheye rig the whole time I was over there, it needs a big swell with a very specific direction. Got this wave as a going away present the day before I flew back home!

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This afternoon was so much fun, just having good times with the younger Saffas that were over there this winter. Iain Campbell found this one just before the light disappeared.

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Jase getting his fill of early morning breakfast bowls.

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Yet another empty slabbing right, I don’t seem to ever tire of seeing these, do you?

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Elliott is known the world over for the big airs he does out at Fronton, this year however he seemed to clock up more tube time than most. Setting his line for a early morning grinder.

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Sergio is one of those kids that absolutely blows you away when you see him surf, no matter how heavy the waves are he is always in full control and keeping an eye out for a launch pad regardless of how dry the inside might be.

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Jacob Romero taking to the sky with local videographer Ale Rameriz covering him from the channel. The buildings in the back represents the general architecture of Gran Canaria.

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Not everything in the Canaries is hard bottom blue water grinders. Some of the other islands hold secrets of their own. German Abreu Greco making the most of a secret wedgy beachbreak.

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Seamus and Ale Barbosa scoring some Atlantic pipe at different times of the same afternoon. Ale is a good friend and local legend, so stoked to have gotten this shot of him. Seamus does the IBA video clips and has been going to these Islands for years, this is him in his happy spot. A phenomenon known as the calima (sand blowing over from the Sahara desert) makes for the blinding backlit conditions. As the sun was setting, it started acting as a pretty cool filter and made for some sick colours and beaming sun rays.

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Mark McCarthy took it to the next level during the Fronton Pro pushing himself over the ledge on what can only be referred to as a beastmaster. Even though that is what he will be remembered for I must add that his aerial assault was outstanding too.

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Fronton Pro was pumping this year and will go down in the history books as one to remember. Pierre snatched this beast from Jerry in the final, competition at it's best.

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I love this shot of Nelson Mora, this evening was packed at Fronton and there weren't that many ramps on offer but Nelson just kept sneaking out these insiders and flying all over the place without the crowd noticing any of his antics.

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board art  by the mule Toe grew up surfing in False Bay, and while waiting for a set to roll through at a certain left ledge, he’d find himself entranced by the trains going past. Around 1998 he started doing tags inside of these trains, from there he moved on to doing throwups on the outside of the trains and today he gets commissioned to do commercial work. None of it for Metrorail. Is a bodyboard the weirdest thing he’s written his name on? No, that would be a girl, but kids read this so we can’t go into the details here... --------------------------- x

Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating your very own Wild Styles Spray a plastic primer first, as it¹s tough to get paint to stick to the slick of your bodyboard. Tape off the rails or the paint will melt them. Cut a stencil, tape it down and spray away (Montana is the paint you want). Use pen markers for the outlines (Molotow were used here). Finally use a clear lacquer to make sure the piece stays on. And there you go, your board is now an original artwork and you can now drag your name across some walls without fear of prosecution. *All supplies available from Shelflife in Loop Street. If you don¹t get it right Toe can be approached through the store. If you’re a hot girl looking to get her torso tagged, hell, he’ll do it for free. Sixty40 Competition: send in images of your own board art to ian@sixty40.co.za. Best entry wins a sixty40 vest and cap combo.

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//MODEL CITIZEN

Name and where are you from? // My name is Carmen Grobbelaar. I am originally from Johannesburg but moved to Cape Town four years ago and have been in love with this city ever since. What do you do when you're not looking good infront of the camera? // I am currently studying through Unisa, where I am doing a Bachelors of Consumer Science in Food and Nurtition. Favourite beach and why? // Noordehoek. It just stretches on for miles joining Long Beach with it's crystal blue water. The Hoek on the right has a pretty gnarley break. I also cannot ignore the beaches along the West Coast, my local side, which has some crazy beautiful spots too. Have you ever ridden a bodyboard? // I have ridden a body board a few times but not on the regular. Do you have a favourite bodyboarder? // Would have to be our local, Jared Housten. 58

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PORTUGAL by Matt Webster

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place where they believe they may find inner piece, where time is irrelevant and discover the meaning or the purpose of life. For some a journey is fueled by their dedication to a righteous deity, while others venture from homestead to broaden and enrich their minds and then there is a small group in contrast to the total population of travelers, which have no other purpose for traveling other than to find the perfect wave.

my fascination with Europe revealed that they do indeed boast some of the most remarkable waves in the world I desired nothing less than to be there! So my journeys took me to two places within the European territory. It started off with the country of Portugal which is where I decided to go since I had 5 days to spare before meeting up with the SAFFA crew and heading to my second destination of Gran Canaria (Spain).

Portugal was absolutely amazing! This was what my purpose was, having finished my degree and having never traveled I decided to make the journey to Europe to experience the waves on offer. Usually the more mainstream spots to check out for waves are Indo or Hawaii which are amazing places to go and I will not be buried without having gone to both of them but, the feel of Europe is what intrigued me. The many countries that make up Europe are engulfed in rich culture, a culture that I have always been attracted to and when

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When flying into Lisbon my blood started to pump. After 36 hours of traveling I had just caught sight of one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it got me amped because I knew it was 2 more hours and I would be in the town of Peniche. What? You haven’t heard of Peniche? Well for the record this is the fishing town that boasts one of the most insane and consistent beach breaks in Europe called Supertubos, which is the exact reason why I had chosen to trek to this small town. Basi-


An Unknown drives a deep backhand tube at Supertubos (Photo Matt Webster)

cally what I’m getting at is that Supertubos has as much street cred as 2pak. Never the less I made it to the bed and breakfast that I would be staying at for the duration of my stay at about 10pm and was lights out soon after arriving. I woke up on day one with Diego, the owner of the BnB, came into the place saying how good the waves are going to be and if I wanted a lift I must come with him now! With no hesitation I grabbed all the necessities and darted for his car. I can honestly admit that I have never in my life been so amped for a surf and to hear the waves would be good blew my mind! After a 5-minute drive, which leads through a camp full of Gypsies who are regarded by the Portuguese to be the sneakiest prawns

you could ever encounter on earth, we came to a sandy parking. The place was packed with cars and I got this feeling that I was about to score. Running onto the beach I saw offshore winds kissing a beautiful 4ft peak as it rolled through to form a perfect left and right that spat with the power of God. There are no words to describe that 1st wave I saw. Due to the concoction of my desire to travel rapidly being realized and the fact that Supertubos was pretty much as good as it gets, I paused to take it all in. Time stood still for a bit as a gazed into an ocean foreign to me and then with the speed of lightning, I got suited, grabbed my TDK and darted for the water with the intention of not getting out.

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TOP: (Matt Webster) clinches 1st place after sticking this Floater in the finals of the Refresh Drop Knee Challenge (photo: Miguel Caparica) BOTTOM: An empty gem grinds past on one icy Portuguese morning! (photo Matt Webster)

A few hours had passed and I was pap gesurf. It was one of those days when I knew I was going to feel the burn so I got out and headed back to the car. When I got there I saw Diego and a bodyboarder talking. They then looked at me and the Bodyboarder said something like “I saw you riding drop knee out there and I was wondering if you would be interested in surfing a Drop knee contest on the weekend” to which I replied “Stuff yeah!!!” For the 3 days I had to train for the contest we got some sick waves. During possibly one of the most hectic rainstorms Portugal has ever seen we collected some amazing waves at this wedge in Peniche and as you know Portugal is famous for the wedges that the country produces and this wedge is among the best. I was again Pap gesurf! Then came Saturday and I woke up feeling super positive about the contest. The Refresh DK Challenge is an invitational only comp and I felt honored to be part of it. The contest consisted of 30 of Portugal’s best drop knee riders and from what I heard and witnessed that day, these guys ripped! I got to the beach that morning and was greeted by another day of pumping Supertubos. The waves looked solid as it was low tide and in the back of my mind I thought of Famous Last Words which lifted my confidence as I am well acquainted with the West Coast favourite.

Walking onto the beach I saw dozens of drop knee riders unleashing an arsenal of moves and barrel riding and I started to feel intimidated. I paddled in for my 1st heat and I had no clue who it was that I was up against and what their skills on the knee were like. I scooped what I thought were 2 good waves, the siren went and I headed for the shore. The wait for the results killed me because I needed to know how the judges were scoring to allow myself to develop a strategy for making it to the end of this contest. Unlike me, the other guys were getting barreled while I was going for sections and executing combos. When the scores dropped I saw I had narrowly made 2nd place and a sigh of relief fell upon me. Now I knew I had to get barreled and that is exactly what I did for the next couple heats before semi-finals where the wind turned and was making it difficult to get barreled but, with the high tide presenting itself, the waves became longer and more suited to the approach I had in the beginning of the contest and I was keen to hit it. Semi finals were not your usual heats. As it is winter up there during November, the days are short and there was not enough time to run quarter final heats and so we surfed 6 man Semi final heats. You can well imagine how frustrating it is in a 6-man heat and with only

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the top 2 places going into the final. The atmosphere was flavoured with a hint of ruthlessness. The heat started and I scooped a good 1st wave which was a decent cut-back and then carrying on down the line I ended the wave off with a floater. Feeling chuffed with myself I paddled back and started to wait and flip did I wait! 15mins passed by and I still only had one score on my heat sheet. I started to stress. There was a lul and there was nothing I could do about it. I glanced at my watch and saw there was 1 minute left on the timer and still I waited. Being on the verge of losing all hope I saw a set roll through and I paddled hard to get to the take off zone. On my inside was a one of the contestants and I knew I had to pull dirty tactics to get this wave. I called for the left and he pulled off and then last split second timing I went right and raced down the line to boost a big floater. Upon landing this floater I hear the

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siren go and the heat was over. Very quickly I got out and headed to the judges to await the result of the heat. Scores dropped and I had won the heat. There we were the 4 contestants that had made it through the ranks and into the finals. It was unbelievable to think that I had come this far around the world and been invited to ride a contest that I was not about to surf the finals of. Eish it felt lekke! We took our rash vests and proceeded to get ready for the heat, although this time was different there was a completely chilled atmosphere in this heat and as we paddled in everyone was chatting and it felt good to paddle in for the final heat with no stress what so ever. This changed almost instantly when the siren signaled the start of the heat and once again it was every man for themselves! This heat went on forever and every one was scoring good waves. Out of the corner of


my eye I spotted a bomb approaching. I paddled for it and got into the drop knee position. Racing down the line I saw the section this gem of a wave was producing and knew that I had to hit it. Speed plus perfect timing caused this wave to launch me for one massive floater! I came down with immense force and felt my board take a beating under me. The white water immersed me within its cold clutches and then pushed me out. I had stuck it. Going onto the beach after the heat had finished I was met by all the spectators, riders and two guys that turned out to be none other than, South African legend, Kelly Footit and his mate Hayden which was a good surprise being so far from the Motherland. The contest director explained to me that I had achieved 10s across the board for that floater and that I had won the contest. This news caused me to perform the most unbelievable fist pump I have ever pumped in my life!

That night there was an after contest feast at the local restaurant and as is the European way, we sat around a table sharing stories, eating and drinking till the early hours of the morning. Portugal was an experience where I found myself in a zone of amazingness and the day I left to start the 2nd leg of my journey was a bit of a sad day. The 14 hour lay over I had in Madrid was 14 hours spent of when and how I am going to get back there to that small country with so many waves. As for the Canary Islands, well, that’s a totally unique story on its own and will have to be saved for some other time. As I write this I am traveling down the lane of memories and can think of nothing else but the 2013 winter and how I’m going to score in Portugal again.

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exposures by Kevin Row

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UFo - North Portugal by Fabio Dias

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Tristan ROBERTS - Famous Last Words by MARCEL HABETS

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UFO - The Hoek by Claire Butler

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Jared Houston - El Fronton by DANIEL MEana

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Luke Dixon - Babypipes by DANIEL GREBE

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El Confital - Canary Islands by DANIEL MEana

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Andre-Hugo van Zyl - Spot X by MARCEL HABETS

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El Confital - Canary Islands by DANIEL MEana

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Omar Meana - La Ballota - Asturias by DANIEL MEana

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Terence Peters - Llandudno by SIMON HEALE

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El Carmen - Asturias by DANIEL MEana

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Tristan ROBERTS - Famous Last Words by MARCEL HABETS

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Darren Halse - Donkies by Alistair JOnes

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El Carmen - Asturias by DANIEL MEana

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Sacha Specker - Llandudno by Seth Phitides

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Manuel Centeno - Praia Azul by Jo達o Pedro Rocha

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Guillermo Cobo - El Fronton by DANIEL MEana

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John Catlin - Llandudno by Seth Phitides

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Steve Du Preez - Cave Rock by Alistair JOnes

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Andri端n - Asturias by DANIEL MEana

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Manuel Centeno - Supertubos by Jo達o Pedro Rocha

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Mark Mccarthy - Llandudno by Seth Phitides

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Nuno Azevedo - Praia Azul by Jo達o Pedro Rocha

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UFO - OTW by Claire Butler

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El Confital - Canary Islands by DANIEL MEana

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Sacha Specker - Llandudno by Seth Phitides

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Sam Strachan - Blackrock by Louis Heath

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Sacha Specker - Llandudno by Ronks TV

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UFO - Duckdive by Kent Andreasen

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SIMON HEALE

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Wesley Potts - The hoek by Claire Butler

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Wesley Coetzee - Lucien by Michael Ansermino

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Questions and answers with Iain Campbell The ISA World Dropknee Champion Introduction and interview by Michael Ostler

Iain

is a dick; however, these days isn’t any honest person considered one? That is why I love him. No grey area with him and that is why we get along. Iain will look me in the eye after a wave and say `hey man, that was the worst backflip I’ve ever seen, keep it up cause I’m on three already`. I love that. Iain and I have been pushing one another since we were 10. There has always been a rivalry between the two of us, but when it comes to his world games title, I take my hat off to him because he damn well deserves it. The guy is an animal on the knee. I hate free surfing with the guy when it’s a left little bowl because to be frank, he tears me to shreds. It’s no hidden secret, I am not the best drop knee rider around, however Iain is. Iain has an attitude. Which most people question? Surf with Iain, he can have any bloody attitude he wants, Because what he represents and what he portrays, he can follow through. The saying ‘walk the walk’ is Iain’s motto and is the best part about my young hombre, Mr Campbell. He is true to what he believes and dedicated in what he wants. I’m so stoked to call Iain my hombre; I'm so stoked to have Iain around every day. He is my bro-Montana. My bromance. Iain Campbell is a bad ass and shows this through his bodyboarding. Something I respect in him. He expresses himself perfectly in and out that water. I respect that. And that’s why I love Iain Campbell. Mr Black and white.

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How do you feel about the recent win at the ISA World Bodyboarding Champs? I am so happy to have won the event in Venezuela. The support from the South African bodyboarding community as well as friends and family was overwhelming and more than I could have wished for, and I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent my country in such an amazing event. What were your competitors like? The other competitors were all amazing talents from various parts of the world and I was fortunate to win all my heats leading up to the final. You have the likes of Cesar Bauer who is an amazing competitor and proved to be my biggest competition, but luckily with a few waves going my way in the final I managed to take the title away from him. What was the event like? The event was really well organised and run. As it was my first international contest I wasn't sure what to expect and I was very impressed with the standards, the professionalism of the event as well as the passion of the officials blew me away and it was a privilege to be involved with an event such as this one. How was the venue and the island? Margarita Island off Venezuela is a beautiful place with friendly and helpful people. The island may lack money and lavish lifestyles but it makes up for this with raw beauty and amazing culture. What are your plans for the future? My goal is to compete on an international level on the IBA World Tour which will see me competing in places like South America and Portugal to ride the pro events on the world tour. I aim to be a strong ambassador for the brand I represent which is Thiel Board Co. as well as my country in my future world tour ambitions. It is with the help of Thiel Board Co. that I will be able to live my dream.

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GROM FILES Favourite surfspot: Caves, wedging bowls are always something that excites me. Surfspot wishlist: Any perfect right hander. I wouldn’t mind being able to travel to Australia or Canaries one day.

Age: 18 Years Bodyboarding: 7 Home Town: Melkbosstrand, Cape Town. School: Milnerton High School Local surfspots: Kelp Land, Tube Wave and Derdesteen. Top 5 playlist: Azax Syndrom Sons of Gods Skrillex Monsta Holdin On P.H Fat Radio

Top achievements: 3rd in the Junior division at SA Champs 2012 and winner of the Mothers Pride Award 2012. Gear: 4:3 Reef Wetsuit, Stealth Swim Fins, Reef Tand 41” PP Bodyboard Sponsors: Reef Wetsuits and Bodyboards, Stealth Swim Fins, Melkbos Surf Shop, Gutta Kings Lifestyle Clothing and of course my parents. Riding Style: 80% prone / 20% dropknee Do you prefer lefts or rights? Rights Dropknee Stance: Goofy

Kid Cudi Just What I Am

Favourite manoeuvre: Invert

Red Hot Chilli Peppers Dani California

What manoeuvre you are working on? Air reverse

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Name your favourite bodyboarder and why? Jared Houston, his style and control is unbelievable. He has the ability to make every move look so easy.

Aiden Wilson

Name your favourite and least favourite contests and why? My favourite contest would be Wedge Classic, the vibe is always great. I don’t really have a least favourite I guess they all have their ups and downs and it’s what you make of it at the end of the day that really matters. If you could change one thing in SA Bodyboarding, what would it be? Live scoring would be amazing. How did you start bodyboarding? I went down to the beach one day with my parents and saw this guy do a roll and thought I want to try that. Was hooked after my first time out. Why do you bodyboard? It’s just what I love to do. I love the ocean. How often do you bodyboard? Every day for as long as I can, depending on the waves though. Favourite bodyboard DVD: 6 Months and Blow Up. What other sports do you play? I used to play rugby, but I got tired of getting hurt in every game stitches and all.

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GROM FILES Favourite surfspot: Herolds Bay, it’s an all-round bodyboarding wave with left wedges and good rights, barrels and ramps. Surfspot wishlist: When my skills are up to scratch I’d like to surf Fronton and travel the Indo islands with my brother. Age: 15 Years Bodyboarding: 3 Home Town: Herolds Bay.

Top achievements: 9th SA Champs 2012 (Boys), 1st SCBA Trial #1 2013 ( Juniors)

School: Oakdale High School.

Gear: Reef Tand, Churchill Makapu

Local surfspots: Herolds Bay.

Riding Style: 99% prone

Top 5 playlist: The Kiffness Sweet Mistery As I Lay Dying Behind Me Lies Another Fallen Soldier Billy Talent Line and Sinker Kid Cudi Just What I Am Skrillex First Of The Year

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Do you prefer lefts or rights? Lefts

Colin De Kock

Name your favourite and least favourite contests and why? I don’t have a least favourite but my favourite will probably be the Wedge classic because what bodyboarder does not like a wedge. If you could change one thing in SA bodyboarding, what would it be? For the sport to be more recognised. How did you start bodyboarding? Since I can remember my brother Francois kept shoving a board in my hands but I was never very interested until one day it all just clicked and I fell in-love. Wished it clicked earlier though.

What manouevre/s you are working on? Still working on perfecting all my moves.

Why do you bodyboard? It gives me a feeling that is hard to explain to anybody that is not a wave rider. I guess I can say I bodyboard because it’s a sport dependent on nature and makes me feel free.

Name your favourite bodyboarder and why? Mitch Rawlins, in my eyes he is one of the most stylish bodyboarders on the scene and he rips.

How often do you bodyboard? I’m in hostel during the week so I try to spend as much hours as possible during weekends. I’m in the process of moving back home.

Favourite manouevre: ARS

Favourite bodyboard DVD: Definitely 6 months. What other sports do you play? Swimming and Squash

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GROM FILES Surfspot wishlist: Plettenberg Bay Top achievements: Represent NKZNBA at SA Champs Gear: VS Boogie, Reef Leech & Stealth Fins Age: 16 Years Bodyboarding: 2 Home Town: Richards Bay School: Richards Bay High Local surfspots: Alkantsrand, Sandies, Kleiklip Top 5 playlist: Jimmy Eat World Let it happen Like Mike Vegas Swedish House Mafia Don't you worry child Authority Zero Taking on the world Hoobastank Pieces

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Riding Style: 50% prone, 50% dropknee Do you prefer lefts or rights? Lefts Dropknee Stance: Switch Favourite manouevre: Backflip

Edric Norman

How did you start bodyboarding? In grade 8 some Matric boys talked us into to trying it out. Addicted ever since. Why do you bodyboard? It is something I enjoy doing and I will never stop because you can't get enough of a good thing. How often do you bodyboard? Four to five times a week Favourite bodyboard DVD: No Friends What other sports do you play? Soccer

What manouevre/s you are working on? Air Reverse Name your favourite bodyboarder and why? Mark McCarthy - He is local and shares his knowledge to help us improve. Name your favourite and least favourite contests and why? Koko's Classic favourite, 2012 SA champs least favorite got injured in knockout rounds couldn't continue.

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GROM FILES Favourite surfspot: Caves because it’s such a fun and sick wave and sometimes heavy! Surfspot wishlist: Fronton, Itacoatiara, Shark Island, Salt Creek and Tand.

Age: 14 Years Bodyboarding: 3 Home Town: Strand School: Paarl Gymnasium Local surfspots: Silkies, Caves, Pringle Bay, Betty’s Bay and Kokkarot. Top 5 playlist: Coconut Records Microphone Art of sleeping Empty hands Zedd Spectrum Sonepac Paradox

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Gear: I’m riding a 40.5” Science Tom Rigby, Reef wetsuit, Reef leash and Ally fins. Sponsors: None yet Riding Style: 90% prone / 10% dropknee Do you prefer lefts or rights? Rights

Micky du Toit

How did you start bodyboarding? I saw some bodyboarders getting barrels and doing rolls and it looked fun so I asked for a bodyboard and started. Why do you bodyboard? I enjoy being barreled, landing new tricks and going big. How often do you bodyboard? I try to bodyboard every day during holidays and about 3-4 times a week during school term. Favourite bodyboard DVD: No Friends-Decade Other sports: Athletics

Dropknee Stance: Regular Favourite manoeuvre: Invert What manoeuvre you are working on? Backflip Favourite bodyboarder: Andre Botha because I love the way he does his manoeuvres, his style and he is always going big. Which was your favourite contest? My favourite contest was the Boland Trial at Famous because I had some sick barrels and did some sick manoeuvres.

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GROM FILES Favourite surfspot: Plett Wedge. I love big ramps and after Wedge Classic 2012 I’ve been itching to go back! Surfspot wishlist: El Fronton, Pipe and Mexican Pipe.

Age: 17 Years Bodyboarding: 6 Home Town: Margate School: Port Shepstone High School Local surfspots: Margate, Lucien & Uvongo Top 5 playlist: Flume On top Lil Wayne No worries Mickey Avalon More junk Knife Party Bonfire Lil Wayne Something you forgot

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Top achievements? 1st at SA Champs 2010 (Boys), 3rd on SABA 2010 (Boys), 2nd at Wedge Classic 2012 ( Juniors) Gear: NMD Jase Finlay, Hubb Churchills. Sponsors: Maniac Bodyboarding Accessories. Riding Style: 90% prone, 10% Dropknee Do you prefer lefts or rights? Love them both, just give me a good wave! Dropknee Stance: Natural Favourite manoeuvre: Air reverse What manoeuvre you are working on? Invert-reverse

Wesley Coetzee

Name your favourite bodyboarder and why? Jared Houston, he is such an inspiration to South African bodyboarding and to those who are working on making a career out of it! Anything is possible! Name your favourite contest and why? Favourite contest will have to be Plett Wedge Classic if its anything like last year, pumping wedge! Love it! If you could change one thing in SA bodyboarding, what would it be? Get more publicity involved in the sport and have more Bodyboarding clinics to get the groms amped and on the right track for the future of bodyboarding. How did you start bodyboarding? My sister dated a bodyboarder and he got me so pumped on the sport! Hahaha Why do you bodyboard? I wouldn't want to spend my time doing anything else! I love the sport and the stoke one gets out of it! How often do you bodyboard? Every chance I get! Favourite bodyboard DVD: The Hollowcast

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Sixty40 Bodyboarding Magazine #18 - Into the Sun