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  • Being Frank

    Being Frank

    Tue, 30 August 2016

    Cape Town big wave surfer Frank Solomon is in LA about to attend the international premiere of his film with a bunch of famous people. Spike caught up with him before he flew out. ..

  • Reunion Shark Injury

    Reunion Shark Injury

    Mon, 29 August 2016

    A bodyboarder, 21, lost his right arm and foot to a shark off Boucan Canot Beach on the west coast of Reunion late on Saturday afternoon, according to reports. ..

  • Robb, Emslie Champs

    Robb, Emslie Champs

    Mon, 29 August 2016

    Cape Town Surfriders won the Presidents Cup at the 51st South African Surfing Champs although Buffalo City’s Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb clinched the open titles in misty, small Long Beach. ..

  • Long Beach SA Champs

    Long Beach SA Champs

    Sat, 27 August 2016

    100 of South Africa's best surfers are battling for individual and team honours at the SA Surfing Champs underway at Long Beach, near Cape Town. Grant Scholtz shot these pics yesterday. ..

  • Trillion Rand Calamity

    Trillion Rand Calamity

    Fri, 26 August 2016

    South Africans have only three more days to comment on a ruinous R1 trillion nuke plan our Government and Eskom are trying to slip through under our noses. Time to act guys. ..

  • Fun Day at the Dungeon

    Fun Day at the Dungeon

    Thu, 25 August 2016

    A beautiful west swell slung in low from the deep to light up Dungeons yesterday. The crew rode some epic waves, and Lee-Ann Curtis was there to catch some of the action. ..

  • What a finale

    What a finale

    Wed, 24 August 2016

    Barrelfest! Check these vids of Kelly Slater's win at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, including the interview about what it means to the 44 year old ballie with 11 world titles. Is #12 on cards?  ..

  • Elastic Man Back!

    Elastic Man Back!

    Wed, 24 August 2016

    Elastic Man Kelly Slater, who just won the Billabong Pro Tahiti - and fellow finalist John John Florence - had 35 barrels between them in cranking 8ft Teahupo’o today. Amazing stat. ..


Monday 22nd August 2016
cape-town-swell-course-2016 Breaking News
Pull into the Spike Winter Swell Course next Tuesday 30 August at Touch of Madness in Obs, Cape Town. Book for this fascinating audio-visual profile of ocean storms, swell and waves. 
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Tuesday 30th August 2016
being-frank Breaking News
Cape Town big wave surfer Frank Solomon is in LA about to attend the international premiere of his film with a bunch of famous people. Spike caught up with him before he flew out.
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Monday 29th August 2016
reunion-shark-injury Breaking News
A bodyboarder, 21, lost his right arm and foot to a shark off Boucan Canot Beach on the west coast of Reunion late on Saturday afternoon, according to reports.
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Monday 29th August 2016
robb-emslie-champs Breaking News
Cape Town Surfriders won the Presidents Cup at the 51st South African Surfing Champs although Buffalo City’s Greg Emslie and Nikita Robb clinched the open titles in misty, small Long Beach.
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Saturday 27th August 2016
long-beach-sa-champs Featured Slideshows
100 of South Africa's best surfers are battling for individual and team honours at the SA Surfing Champs underway at Long Beach, near Cape Town. Grant Scholtz shot these pics yesterday.
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Friday 26th August 2016
trillion-rand-calamity Breaking News
South Africans have only three more days to comment on a ruinous R1 trillion nuke plan our Government and Eskom are trying to slip through under our noses. Time to act guys.
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Thursday 25th August 2016
fun-days-at-the-dungeon Featured Slideshows
A beautiful west swell slung in low from the deep to light up Dungeons yesterday. The crew rode some epic waves, and Lee-Ann Curtis was there to catch some of the action.
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Wednesday 24th August 2016
what-a-finale Video
Barrelfest! Check these vids of Kelly Slater's win at the Billabong Pro Tahiti, including the interview about what it means to the 44 year old ballie with 11 world titles. Is #12 on cards? 
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Wednesday 24th August 2016
elastic-man-back Breaking News
Elastic Man Kelly Slater, who just won the Billabong Pro Tahiti - and fellow finalist John John Florence - had 35 barrels between them in cranking 8ft Teahupo’o today. Amazing stat.
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Tuesday 23rd August 2016
surfers-froth-in-durban Featured Slideshows
During the current Durban lean patch, here's a gallery from the beginning of the month to make you froth for the next swell. Nic Aberdein was there.
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Tuesday 23rd August 2016
kelly-on-olympics Video
If you haven't seen this video yet, here is an interesting interview with Kelly Slater on surfing in the Olympics, and his views are not what you might expect. 
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Tuesday 23rd August 2016
attack-of-the-flying-ballie Breaking News
Just when you thought it was safe to paddle back out at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg after the lastest shark siren, a new danger has emerged, writes Spike.
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Monday 22nd August 2016
highs-at-chopes Featured Slideshows
The scariest left in the world has looked innocuous for the Billabong Pro Tahiti, which has seen two days of fun barrels, with Jordy Smith looking good again. Here are some pictorial highlights. 
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Sunday 21st August 2016
sa-s-youngest-gun Breaking News
It’s a school day and Fabian Campagnola is still in his uniform. He is the youngest South African big wave regular after starting to surf Sunset at the tender age of 16, by Dougal Paterson.
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Wednesday 17th August 2016
surf-dreaming-the-search-for-waves Breaking News
Surf trips to tropical lands sound exotic and enticing, prompted by those ubiquitously perfect photographs in surf mags, but are they what they promise? Spike goes to the Maldives to find out.
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Wednesday 10th August 2016
liquid-gold-kzn Featured Slideshows
The waves breaking along the Durban beachfront have been sublime this winter. As you can see in the gallery by Nic Aberdein, the locals live in a surf paradise.
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Monday 8th August 2016
family-wave-cape-town-2016 Featured Slideshows
Amazing surf has been running for days in the Cape. This is just one session at a big wave reef near Cape Town that had the ous smiling. Grant Scholtz captured a few family waves, and more.
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Monday 8th August 2016
killer-surf Breaking News
You're surfing a cooking reef pass when next thing an arrow flies into your eye. These locals are beyond heavy. Craig Jarvis checks out North Sentinel in the Andaman Islands, a land that time forgot.
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Monday 8th August 2016
a-frames Video
A stonking 15 second bomb-swell thundered across Cape Town reefs yesterday, and the crew enjoyed a few at an offshore reef. Steve Benjamin put this kiff little edit together. 
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Sunday 7th August 2016
wipe-out-compile Video
Just a brutal wipeouts compilation video from 2016 to make you thankful that all - or most - of your limbs remain intact and that you will live to surf another day.
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Thursday 4th August 2016
bolt-action Featured Slideshows
The ous surfing around Cape Town are getting into the Olympics mood if this photo in the gallery by Grant Scholtz is anything to go by after the kiff west swell we got this week.
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Thursday 4th August 2016
bali-king-rules-padang Video
Watch Bali surfing king Mega Semadhi pull into one of his two mega barrels to win 2016 Rip Curl Padang Padang Cup in absolutely prime surfing conditions. Two vids for the price of none. 
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Thursday 4th August 2016
skate-and-surf-in-olympics Breaking News
More than a century since Duke Kahanamoku said surfing should be in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, the IOC agreed last night to add surfing and skateboarding to Tokyo 2020, writes Spike.
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Monday 1st August 2016
us-open-highlights Featured Slideshows
This gallery of photos ain't from no tennis tournament. It's the Vans US Open of Surfing QS event, and these are the lifestyle and action highlights from the last week or so. Photos courtesy WSL.
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Monday 1st August 2016
big-wave-kalk-bay-2016 Featured Slideshows
Nothing compares to the wild energy of nature when provoked. Here's a gallery of the cutoff low carnage from the lenses of Nic Aberdein, Wilma Calderwood & Stephen Cruickshank.
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Sunday 31st July 2016
eye-of-the-storm Breaking News
As we recover from the storm carnage of last week, Spike ponders the mechanics of the often repeated but not very well known cutoff low responsible for all the weather.
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Friday 29th July 2016
round-squared Featured Slideshows
The cool thing about the Cave Rock Invitational is that mats and standups surf together, like the Kalk Bay shootout in the Cape, to do away with separatist conventions. Photos Nic Aberdein.
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Friday 29th July 2016
a-taste-of-tand Video
Tand (tant) is Afrikaans for tooth, and teeth rattle when you ride this jaw-clamping rock-blast up the Weskus. Welcome to the Tand Invitational: two vids depict the 2016 event differently.
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Thursday 28th July 2016
early-golden-hour-in-durban Featured Slideshows
Durban awoke from her winter slumber with a pumping east swell that saw the beachfront awash with messy waves. But then the west came through and everything changed. Nic Aberdein was there.
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Wednesday 27th July 2016
toes-on-what-nose Video
What is the world coming to? Surfing without a surfboard? What trickery is this? This video depicts the results of exhaustive studies into how to ride waves with ... nothing, just your feet.
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Monday 25th July 2016
the-iceman-cometh-part-2 Breaking News
Known for his cool head in giant surf, "The Ice Man" features in the last of this Where Are They Now series. Mark Muller presents Part 2 of an exclusive interview with Johnny Paarman. 
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Friday 22nd July 2016
cutoff-mayhem Breaking News
Gnarly conditions are heading for SA next week as huge SE swell, big rain and yowling weather crunches into big chunks of our coast, says Spike in his video forecast.
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Thursday 21st July 2016
zulu-skate-riders Video
Shot deep in the Valley of a Thousand Hills of rural KZN, and in Durban, this story depicts young shredders who speak a new language of opportunity using the syntax of skateboarding.
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Thursday 21st July 2016
twiggy-solo-surf Video
Grant 'Twiggy' Baker on a solo mission somewhere along the West Coast. A film by Graham Howes from @dirtyhabitstv
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Wednesday 20th July 2016
logjam-unplugged Breaking News
A rag-tag bunch of loggers, woodie riders and assorted salty sea dogs assembled at the historic home of SA surfing Muizenberg Corner to strut their stuff in the Logjam Invitational, writes Spike.
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Saturday 16th July 2016
fanning-claims-2016-jbay-open Breaking News
Mick Fanning has won the #JBayOpen, stop No. 6 on the 2016 Samsung Galaxy World Surf League Championship Tour, defeating John John Florence in an exciting Final at Jeffreys Bay. PHOTOS Paul van JAARSVELD.
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Friday 15th July 2016
how-we-got-here Featured Slideshows
The #JBayOpen saw record crowd numbers on the beach for Round 3, 4 and 5 on Saturday. Right now, 6 days later, things are getting tense with only 3 hours of competition left. Paul van Jaarsveld shows us how we got here.
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Wednesday 13th July 2016
film-fest-at-jbaywinterfest Breaking News
Movie night! #JBayWinterfest and the Wavescape Festival presents Movie Night at the #JBayOpen contest site at 5pm. Shows on Big Beach Screen so pull in for a drink at the bar or picnic on the beach.
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Monday 11th July 2016
junior-blast-in-kzn Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of shots by Luke Patterson of the final day of the Quiksilver and Roxy J-Bay Junior Pro that went down at Magnatubes from the 8th to 10th of July.
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Monday 11th July 2016
jordy-vs-john-john-anticipated-and-debated Video
The #JBayOpen ran for one heat Sunday: a much anticipated quarters clash between John John and Jordy. It was a bit of a wave-starved controversy. Here's the recap. What's your call?
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Saturday 9th July 2016
quarter-finals-decided-at-the-jbay-open-2016 Breaking News
The WSL Top 34 fought to avoid elimination and a place in the Quarterfinals in building 3-5' surf at Supers during the rest of Round 3 and rattling straight through Rounds 4 and 5.
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Saturday 9th July 2016
weskus-teeth Breaking News
A solid 4-6' west swell and clean winds for tomorrow has put the Sniper SA Tand Invitational into green light mode, with the top guys looking forward to a slabby Sunday.
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