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  • State of the Lighteys

    State of the Lighteys

    Fri, 24 March 2017

    Junior surfing: Where are we at? Craig Jarvis ponders the state of our youngsters to see if they pass muster as products of the longest and perhaps biggest junior series in the world.  ..

  • Walking on Water

    Walking on Water

    Fri, 24 March 2017

    The PNG longboard champs are over, and Saffas Steezy Sawyer, Matthew Moir and Alfonso Peters are out, so as consolation we offer these beautiful shots from the women's event.   ..

  • Shape Shifter 2

    Shape Shifter 2

    Tue, 21 March 2017

    Here is Part 2 of the special feature with iconic surfboard shaper Spider Murphy. He tells Mark Muller how his ethos helped shape the history of surfing in South Africa. Part 1 here.  ..

  • Fluro Wave - Free the Funk

    Fluro Wave - Free the Funk

    Tue, 21 March 2017

    Join Wavescape, M@king Waves and Rolling Retro for a big, bright fluro get-together on Llandudno Beach before the Rolling Retro this Saturday to raise awareness about mental health. ..

  • Grom Games Gallery

    Grom Games Gallery

    Mon, 20 March 2017

    Here's a gallery of shots from the 25th Billabong South African Grommet Games underway at Pollock Beach in Nelson Mandela Bay until tomorrow. Grant  Scholtz was in the hood. ..

  • Head's Up!

    Head's Up!

    Mon, 20 March 2017

    A while ago, it was Take Off And Die (TOAD). In recent years, big wave wipeouts are infinitely more ugly than a fat frog: Episode 4 of the Tag Heuer #Don'tCrackUnderPressure series.  ..

  • The Fin Conundrum

    The Fin Conundrum

    Mon, 20 March 2017

    Can you make a single fin log do this? Should you? They're smashing the World Longboard Champs in PNG but top seeds Steezy Sawyer and Matthew Moir are in Rd 3 without riding a wave, writes Spike. ..

  • 2017 kicks off

    2017 kicks off

    Mon, 20 March 2017

    The usual gripes, and epic 4-6' surf, launched the 2017 WSL tour yesterday with Aussies Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore taking the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast. ..


Friday 24th March 2017
state-of-the-lighteys Breaking News
Junior surfing: Where are we at? Craig Jarvis ponders the state of our youngsters to see if they pass muster as products of the longest and perhaps biggest junior series in the world. 
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Friday 24th March 2017
women-walk-n-water Featured Slideshows
The PNG longboard champs are over, and Saffas Steezy Sawyer, Matthew Moir and Alfonso Peters are out, so as consolation we offer these beautiful shots from the women's event.  
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Tuesday 21st March 2017
shape-shifter-2 Breaking News
Here is Part 2 of the special feature with iconic surfboard shaper Spider Murphy. He tells Mark Muller how his ethos helped shape the history of surfing in South Africa. Part 1 here. 
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Tuesday 21st March 2017
fluro-wave-free-the-funk Breaking News
Join Wavescape, M@king Waves and Rolling Retro for a big, bright fluro get-together on Llandudno Beach before the Rolling Retro this Saturday to raise awareness about mental health.
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Monday 20th March 2017
grom-games-gallery Featured Slideshows
Here's a gallery of shots from the 25th Billabong South African Grommet Games underway at Pollock Beach in Nelson Mandela Bay until tomorrow. Grant  Scholtz was in the hood.
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Monday 20th March 2017
time-to-take-one-on-the-head Video
A while ago, it was Take Off And Die (TOAD). In recent years, big wave wipeouts are infinitely more ugly than a fat frog: Episode 4 of the Tag Heuer #Don'tCrackUnderPressure series. 
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Monday 20th March 2017
the-fin-conundrum Breaking News
Can you make a single fin log do this? Should you? They're smashing the World Longboard Champs in PNG but top seeds Steezy Sawyer and Matthew Moir are in Rd 3 without riding a wave, writes Spike.
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Monday 20th March 2017
2017-kicks-off Breaking News
The usual gripes, and epic 4-6' surf, launched the 2017 WSL tour yesterday with Aussies Owen Wright and Stephanie Gilmore taking the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast.
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Sunday 19th March 2017
life-comes-a-circle-2017 Breaking News
The preservation of inclusive South African surfing heritage reached an important milestone today with the unveiling of the Surfers’ Circle Walk of Fame in Muizenberg, writes Spike. 
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Thursday 16th March 2017
one-day-in-bali Video
Feel the need to travel? This video tracks Alex Smith in Bali over one day from waking up to going to sleep. Features all the cool things you do from getting tubed to exploring waterfalls. Go forth. 
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Thursday 16th March 2017
upside-your-head-march-2017 Featured Slideshows
And the wheels begin to turn once more. Here's a highlights gallery from the first events on the 2017 tour: Quik Pro Gold Coast and Roxy Pro Gold Coast on the .... er ... you guessed right. 
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Wednesday 15th March 2017
speed-blur Video
Austrian MTB speed freak Max Stockl, 42, goes 167.7km/hr while screaming down a 45 degree slope on a stony mountain in Atacama, Chile. It may not be surfing, but ... wow.
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Wednesday 15th March 2017
northern-nature Video
While shooting a doccie in the Tromsø region of arctic Norway, the team at Buendia Photography got up close and personal with killer whales and humpbacks. Extraordinary footage.
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Tuesday 14th March 2017
pier-without-peer Video
In this epic edit of the barrels from Cyclone Enawo at New Pier yesterday, Agustin Ritacco shows just how good it was before a light onshore worsened during the day. 
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Tuesday 14th March 2017
third-time-lucky-2017 Breaking News
Finally, it looks like the weather gods will smile on the Rolling Retro, which has had to be postponed twice. Hopefully no need to ritually sacrifice your antique gun yet, writes Spike.
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Monday 13th March 2017
magnificent-monday Featured Slideshows
For a time early today, Durban was the best its been in years. Surfers feasted on Cyclone Enawo's spoils as the piers produced perfection. Pics Nic Aberdein and Dawn Rouse. 
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Monday 13th March 2017
durban-vids-of-enawo Video
Here's some video clips that depict the carnage on the beachfront in Durban yesterday, including a funny one in mixed Xhosa / Zulu with a lot of hilarity and jokes about the 'tsunami'.  
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Monday 13th March 2017
massive-swell-pummels-kzn Featured Slideshows
Cyclone Enawo, as predicted, ground out giant swell and yesterday Durban battened the hatches and got barrelled in the beachfront bombardment. Pics Nic Aberdein and Dawn Rouse.
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Friday 10th March 2017
highlights-from-a-heroic-passage Featured Slideshows
Here are photo highlights of the momentous 4000 mile journey by Chris Bertish and the raucous wall of euphoria that met him on his arrival in Antigua. Photos: Bertish Bros
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Friday 10th March 2017
tale-of-two-swells Video
Cyclone Enawo has detached from Madagascar and is reforming as it moves south into the ocean again, while another is forming to the east. Spike breaks down the coming swell next week.
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Thursday 9th March 2017
12-miles-to-go Breaking News
Chris Bertish became the first person to Standup Paddle across the Atlantic Ocean. Chris has paddled into English Harbour after the most memorable downwinder of his life, writes Spike.
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Tuesday 7th March 2017
the-soul-of-muizies Video
This kiff little edit Winter Walk enscapsulates the spirit of Muzies, the soul home of longboarding in South Africa. Fimed, featuring and edited by one of our best loggers Tao Farren-Hefer. 
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Monday 6th March 2017
stormy-stormy-night Breaking News
In this wild and crazy season of Indian Ocean cyclones, which seems to be shaping up as one of the worst in a while, Spike looks at the history and naming convention of tropical storms.
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Monday 6th March 2017
surfing-and-wine-deal Breaking News
We got so much interest in Wavescape Wines at the First Thursday wine-tasting last week, we've decided to keep the 35% discount until Second Thursday! Place your order.
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Monday 6th March 2017
never-take-our-freedom-2017 Breaking News
The champagne is on ice for Wednesday as Chris Bertish draws near to English Harbour in Antigua after turning the improbable into the definite, writes Spike with confidence.
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Monday 6th March 2017
death-and-taxes-grant-twiggy-baker-pays-them Breaking News
In the wake of his world title, Grant Twiggy Baker speaks his mind about resolving the paradox of big wave surfing, dangerous waves, and what the future holds. He chatted to Jason Janks.
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Friday 3rd March 2017
first-thursday Featured Slideshows
Former champ Shaun Tomson popped into First Thursday at Keep it Simple Surf in Cape Town yesterday, saying howzit to Ricky Basnett and RVCA, while testing some Wavescape Wine. Gallery RVCA.
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Friday 3rd March 2017
blistered-barnacles Video
Mighty Cyclone Enawo looks set to create carnage for the eastern seaboard of southern Africa. With winds of 100kts+, Spike thinks we might be in for one helluva ride.
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Thursday 2nd March 2017
two-chargers Featured Slideshows
Two world title big wave chargers: Twiggy Baker and Paige Alms, standing tall, side by side, on a huge Jaws wall each to rival the other. Highlights of the year. A gallery courtesy WSL
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Wednesday 1st March 2017
bubbles-and-bob-sleds Breaking News
It was chilled. It was mellow. It was the launch of a unique creative collaboration between free surfer Ricky Basnett and vet photog Sacha Specker. SPIKE pulled in to enjoy the vibe.
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Tuesday 28th February 2017
is-what-okay-2017 Breaking News
The intervention of Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson has prompted Kelly Slater to retract his call for the culling of bull sharks off the island of Reunion, write Jason Janks and Spike. 
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Tuesday 28th February 2017
two-times-twiggy-2017 Breaking News
Perhaps he will concede that it's not the most dramatic way to win a world title, but the end of the Todos Santos window period (not the Eddie) makes Grant Twiggy Baker world big wave champion.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
daughter-of-the-sun Featured Slideshows
Just a little gallery of the Anditi Women’s Pro (QS6000) in Australia yesterday, featuring Bianca Buitendag, who is fighting through the QS ranks to reclaim her place on the dream tour.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
the-culture-of-yuki-ita Featured Slideshows
Welcome to the Japanese snowboard craft culture of Yuki Ita and ride the equivalent of an alaia in powder snow. Here's a gallery from Red Bull Yuki Ita in Hokkaido, Japan, three days ago.
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Thursday 23rd February 2017
it-is-not-okay Video
Fantastic to see huge social influencers like Kelly Slater supporting the ocean in such a powerful way. If you haven't seen this video clip, check it out now. Big ups KS. Good work.
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Monday 20th February 2017
exit-stage-left Featured Slideshows
Cape Town has had some scintillating surf this summer. In this super-tube sequence, Grant Scholtz captures the crystalline essence that infuses surfing with the soul of the sea.
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Friday 17th February 2017
how-to-call-the-goodwave Breaking News
The Cell C Goodwave has begun a one-year waiting period and we're starting to study the swell forecasts with emphasis on twirlies forming SE of Durban, writes official forecaster Spike.
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Thursday 16th February 2017
laureus-lauds-w4c Breaking News
Life has been a blur lately for Waves For Change director Tim Conibear, who flew into Cape Town in the early hours this morning clutching a rather prestigious award, writes Spike. 
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Thursday 16th February 2017
shape-shifting-time Breaking News
Iconic shaper Spider Murphy is regarded as a pioneer of surfboard design who has been integral to the evolution of surfing. He tells Mark Muller how it all came about. Part 1 of 2. 
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Monday 13th February 2017
weekend-clubbing Featured Slideshows
Here's the highlights gallery from the Billabong National Interclub Champs held at Seal Point over the weekend. Kody McGregor was on hand to capture the weekend vibes.
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Monday 13th February 2017
muizies-club-seals-win-2017 Breaking News
Muizenberg-based SWOT Surf Club has won the 2017 Billabong National Interclub Champs at Seal Point over the weekend, home of former defending champs Seal Point Boardriders. 
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Monday 13th February 2017
hairy-eyeball Video
The little sister of Cyclone Carlos is about to throw her toys. Southern Mozambique and northern KZN are in for a stormy ride, says Spike in this special update of his Valentine's Day forecast.
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