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Thursday 23 February 2017

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 23 February 2017

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 20 February 2017

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 17 February 2017

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.


RIDICULOUS: Doesn't get much better. Alternate surfer Matt Pallet on a bomb. Photo Dawn Rouse

The event traditionally requires a convergence of disparate factors, notably the right amount of sand and shape to the sand banks, the right size and direction to the swell, but also favourable tides and winds.

But for me, the critical component is the hardest to call. It's hard enough tying in all the above strands to compile a stellar day of surfing, but the toughest to predict is quality. It's not about quantity. Swell forecasting tools have been very accurate in terms of when swell arrives and how big the nearshore surf will be, but still fall short in calling quality, despite new technologies such as spectral analyses.


A perfect swell may pass through wind systems out to sea and become damaged. Sometimes you can have secondary swell components mixed with the groundswell that means less-than-perfect surf at New Pier. You also want a few gaps, or lulls, between the sets to smooth off the impact zone and improve the form of the next set when it looms from the deep.

Equating bigger waves with good waves at New Pier is not always the best idea. Sure you get epic days of eight foot surf when its clean and lined up. But the cyclone season is prone to upredictability with a certain random volatility in the way cyclones form, and move. They can slow to a crawl or barrel across the ocean too fast to create a meaningful swell. Sometimes the east swells come right off the conveyor belt - the wind fetch - and slam straight into the beach, with little to no lulls.

This creates a foaming maelstrom with strong rips and is not ideal, even with slightly smaller swells and jetski assist. Six foot closeouts with the odd cooker versus ruler-edged four foot lines with not a drop of water out of place? It's worthy of debate.


GOOD WAVE GOOD: This was the storm that created the 2008 event, won by Shane Thorne

Maybe there's an element of subjectivity to that, since some might see challenge as part of what you call 'good'. But in my experience, you want a little bit of period so that there is more deep water energy feeling the sea floor as the swell shoals to shore. Then you want a little bit of SE in the direction so the swells must work to bend around the Bluff to strip out any 'noise' or windswell caught up in the swell train.

Properly lined up sandbars are a must. Naturally, you want a light westerly wind or NW or a mild puffing SW that's not too strong. The piers are protected by stiff SW winds, but we're talking perfect here. A howling SW creates slightly feather-beaten waves. A nice low spring or close to spring low tide any time in the morning betweeen 9am and noon is nice to have so that the finals are run on pushing tide.

Properly lined up sandbars are a must.

Of course properly lined up sandbars are a must, but first, you need some big early swells of the season to churn up the deep water sand and push it closer to the nearshore. Longitudinal current - the process of longshore drift - is also needed to work to fine-tune the sand into a nicely shaped bank. To cap off the perfect scenario, you want a steady stream of consistent 4-6' surf for a day or two before - and a SW wind, maybe starting with a buster that gradually eases over this period - so you can pick and choose the day. In other words, you're looking at the right swell on one day, and the same swell looks likely for the next two, with improving wind. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

The event, presented by South African Surfing Legends, invites 32 competitors and 32 alternates. When the call is made and the event has a Green Light, the surfers have 48 hours to get to New Pier for an early start to the one-day event. The winner walks away with R100k after paying an entry fee of one buck, payable on the day before the first heat.


BIG WAVE BIG: This beast was on the other end of the scale (early in September 2010). 

“It’s an all-out, hardcore surf event without all the unnecessary bells and whistles,’ said contest consultant and founder Barry Wolins. “We start early, and we surf until it is done. It’s a long and full on day at the beach and it’s all about the surfers, and at the end of the day one deserving surfer will walk away with R100k. The formula is simple, and with Cell C on board the event is guaranteed to be a huge success.”

When New Pier gets big and perfect it is very difficult to paddle out so surfers can use jetskis. This helps conserve energy for the last heats of the day. The finalists will surf four heats in pounding surf, enough to sap the energy of the fittest surfer.

World Surf League South Africa General Manager Colin Fitch said: "WSL Africa is excited to be involved with the Cell C Goodwave," said Fitch. "South Africa is blessed with some really great waves as well as some fantastic competitive surfers".

California Dreaming, overlooking New Pier on the beachfront, will host the competition on the day. Oakley is a supporting sponsor. Jason Ribbink the contest director.

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Thursday 16 February 2017

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


After setting up an iteration of the Cape Town-based trauma programme Waves For Change in the remote town of Harper in war-torn Liberia, Tim flew into Monte Carlo in Monaco where his NGO won the Laureus Sport For Good award at a star-studded ceremony on Tuesday night.

After a day of travelling immediately following an all-night jol with the super stars of the sporting world (he left the after party at 4am to start a series of flights home), he touched down in Cape Town at 1.30 this morning, and already he and other Waves For Change personnel have been on Cape Talk, KFM, Jacaranda FM, Chinese TV and various SABC channels.


RED CARPET: Getting ready for the Laureus Sport for Good Awards. Photo Getty Images

Waves-for-Change-Laureus-2017-002When I spoke to Tim this morning, a news crew from eTV were interviewing co-founder Apish Tshetsha, and the day was chokka block with interviews.

“It's all been crazy, so bizarre,” says Tim, whose feet still haven’t touched the ground. “My last two days have been a whirl. After we got the award, presented by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, we hung out at the after party until 4am, grabbed a taxi with (US track star) Michael Johnson, and then caught a cab to the airport in Nice to fly to Paris, followed by Cape Town.”

“Laureus were amazing. They flew my wife Daniella and Guyver Ngeyake (assistant site manager at the W4C Monwabisi centre) to Monaco, and put us up in this historical hotel near the yacht club.”


OUR NAME HERE: Tim and Guyver point to where Waves for Change will go. Photo Facebook


It was all a bit surreal, with Daniella sitting next to MC Hugh Grant, who was interested in the programme, and later they hung out with Usain Bolt, who was very friendly and curious about their work.

“Wade van Niekerk and Bryan Habana came and chatted to us. They were super friendly and genuine. It was really cool to be part of a South African team identity, and we had to take a South African selfie!”

He said that former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick went out of his way to talk to them. 

Tim, Daniella and Guyver were in exclusive company. Sprint hero Usain Bolt and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles got sportsman and woman of the year, Rachel Atherton won action sportsperson of the year (first DH rider in history to win every event in a World Cup season), and Leicester football club manager Claudio Ranieri and captain Wes Morgan collected the spirit of sport after the 5,000-1 outsiders emphatically won the Premier League in 2016.


BOLT SELFIE: Spot the stars. Tim and Guyver are at the back. Photo Getty Images

Nico Rosberg, who quit Formula 1 in December five days after being crowned world champion, received the breakthrough of the year prize, and Comeback of the year went to American swimmer Michael Phelps, who won his 23rd Olympic gold in his final Games in Rio.

The prestigious award has given a rocket boost to Tim’s dream of turning W4C into a global NGO. “We just have to find a way of making it happen,” he said.

Well, he’s well on the way after travelling to Liberia days before with the support of the Liberian Ministry for Youth and Sport to help the community of Harper, a small town in a remote, war-ravaged part of far eastern Liberia near the border with Ivory Coast.


HARPER LOCATION: Almost on the southernmost tip of the Bulge of Africa. Photo Google Earth

Harper lies close to the southern-most tip of the African bulge. Surfer ears will no doubt prick up at that news. It’s right out in the open ocean facing south, with a vast swell window.

But Tim was not there to surf, per se, although he did surf during his three-day stay before flying to Monaco for the Laureus Awards.

A crash course in history tells you that Liberia was created to settle freed American slaves. They, in turn and somewhat ironically, decided to enslave the native Liberians. Two communities developed: native Liberians and Americo-Liberians, or former slaves and their descendents.

Native Liberian Samual Doe overthrew the Amerio-Liberians, and chucked their leader Charles Taylor in jail. After the CIA broke him out, he instigated one of the most vicious, devastating wars in Africa. Lasting 14 years, and ending in 2003, it laid waste to the country, literally.

You might remember Sliding Liberia, the surf documentary film. Next to Timmy Turner’s Second Thoughts (I like reality style-feral surfing-in-remote places kind of stories), it’s my favourite movie.



Well, from what Tim tells me, comparing the town where Sliding Liberia is set, Robertsport, to Harper is like comparing Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla to a homeless person’s makeshift shack under a highway overpass.

For a start, if you wanted to drive to Harper from Monrovia, it takes anywhere from two to five days. In rainy weather, you will battle vast bogs of red mud, and sodden dongas the size of a small canyon. There are stories of people getting stuck on the road for two weeks. By the way, Liberia gets 4,624mm of rainfall a year. That’s an average of 385mm per day.

Robertsport is a bustling community, with a small surf industry, and much has been achieved there to rebuild infrastructure. But in Harper, which is in Maryland county, you don’t get more remote, or more rundown and broken. Since the war, there has been a total breakdown in infrastructure and healthcare, says Tim, with the road one of the casualties. Then the Ebola outbreak came, and aid simply dried up.


STREET WALK: New surfboards transported along a dusty street in Harper. Photo Tim Conibear

“The UN mission in Liberia used to have a flight there, but they cancelled that.”

However, a ten seater aircraft operated by a Christian missionary NGO called MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) flies aid workers in and out twice a week, and Tim managed to get on a flight. One hour in the air beats days on the ground.

“We worked with the only university in the area William Tubman University, who run a counselling programme. They came to us in April last year to help train their people. We are also working with Partners for Health, a wonderful healthcare NGO who are doing amazing things in Maryland. They’ve just instituted a mental health programme to help the many people damaged by trauma and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).”


SURF FOR GOOD: Co-founder of W4C Apish Tshetsha does his thing. Photo Getty Images

This is where W4C comes in. “We are building a referral service where the worst effected are selected through a process we have instituted with counsellors. Basically, it’s the same model we run here, with six coaches and one manager.”

It’s a fairly simple and transferrable method, he says, and while Waves for Change in Cape Town started through the medium of surfing as the method to heal members in the programme, the coaches in Harper do not surf, although with all the new surfboards that arrived, you have to think they will be learning soon. It’s the first international example of the franchising system of W4C, with programmes already running sucessfully in East London and PE.

Only one person surfs at the moment in Harper (population about 18,000), a fellow by the name of Ian Mountjoy who runs the Partners in Health programme there. Ian took Tim surfing and they had fun surf all to themselves.


SLIDING BOARDS: Chuffed Liberians bear precious cargo on a motorbike. Photo Tim Conibear

“He’s the only surfer down there, and he gets some ridiculous waves all to himself. We saw incredibly good waves from the air, but I have no idea how to get to them!”

Tim says that Ian was leading the rehabilitation of the healthcare system in Maryland, which was laid waste by war and Ebola, and he was doing an amazing job considering the challenges he faces every day: “You can’t imagine it until you experience what life is like there. There’s no elecricity. It’s all generators. Liberia is rated by aid agencies as the toughest place to operate in the world. And Maryland is possibly the worst in Liberia. That’s why we chose it.”

That will double the crowds at your nearest surf spot to two.

The medical supply route for Ian’s NGO between Abidjan to the East and Harper has been further complicated by the closure of the border with Ivory Coast due to Islam radicalisation, which has made the area unsafe.

Tim will be returning in May to firm up the programme and make sure everything is on track.

Oh and by the way, he’s looking for someone to fly up with him and stay on for a year: “In fact, if anyone with counselling experience or studies wants to come up with us, and stay on for a year helping out, please get in touch! Call it a career break, gap year or internship.”

That will double the crowds at your nearest surf spot to two. 

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Thursday 16 February 2017

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. 


LASER EYE: Machines are precise, but there's nothing like the human eye. Photo Pat Flanagan

spider-portraitDescribe your job in 10 words.

Surf, test, research, design, shape, innovate, coach, motivate, train, travel

How did you get into shaping surfboards?

I needed a board for myself so I made it. Tony Cerff used to make a few boards here in Durban in the 1950s. Tony was a lifesaver and he used to shape behind the flats on the beachfront; he had about ten to fifteen boards around, mainly in the South Beach to Addington area. But there weren't really boards available and if there were, they were too expensive. I was a sea cadet at Dolphin Surf Club on Brighton Beach, which was where I learnt to surf. There weren't leashes and when the lifesavers' boards rolled in we'd grab them, catch a few waves quickly in the foamies, then paddle them back out to them. Sometimes the boards would be damaged or broken, and I learnt to fix dings. The boards were so big and heavy then, and I wanted a smaller board: that was what inspired me to make my own.

‘It was 1963, I was 16, and I used fridge foam and kitchen tools.’

So I just took it on. It was 1963, I was sixteen, and I used fridge foam and kitchen tools. I set up in my Mom's garage in Brighton Beach, bought three blocks of styrofoam, placed a wooden stringer down the middle and glued it all together with cascamite, a water-based glue. I used my Mom's bread knife to cut out the plan shape, a cheese grater to do the rails, and sandpaper to finish it off. I used to get epoxy resin from Dura products on the corner near the Butterworth Hotel: then I glassed it with the epoxy, and two days later I was surfing. My first board was 9 foot long and 21.5” wide. From that day I learnt that you can always make a plan.

The guys started asking me to make them surfboards. My Mom insisted that I finish my trade as a carpenter, where I learnt about the tools, while making boards at night and weekends. Eventually I couldn't keep up, and so I had to tell my boss I was leaving.


OLD SCHOOL: The original Spider signature from back in the day. Photo Supplied

Then in 1969, I started War Surfboards with Lynton Ryan. This was when the light surfboards started coming in and we were making stringerlesses with single fins, and twin fins, and also the three fins, with a single box in the middle and two small side fins. It bounced all around and eventually it went back to the single. Even though I hadn't made a lot of boards, I started making boards for guys like Mike Esposito and Willy Sills. Lynton lost interest and decided he wanted out so we only went for three years at War Surfboards.

In 1972, I went in with Graham and Lorraine Hynes at Safari Surfboards. Max Wetteland and Baron Stander used to own Safari; Tony Cerff shaped for them. Max quit to start Wetteland Surfboards, but Baron stayed on when Graham came in with Joe Moore. Baron and Joe also left later, then it was only Graham. There was competition between Wetteland and Safari as Max was quite a hard competitor.

I'd only been at Safari about six months, and didn't really know that much about shaping yet, when all of a sudden the cousins Shaun and Michael Tomson won contests in the Natal Championships, and their prizes were Safari surfboards. I made them their prizes, they tested them, were impressed with their performance, and that's how they started with me, becoming my team riders.

When did you start using polyurethane blanks?

Tony Cerff used that brown foam for a long time, which was horrible. Max Wetteland and Baron started making F-types out of styrofoam in about 1962 at Safari. Graham Hynes was blowing Foss foam and then started buying Walker Blanks from Max, but then there was a disagreement and he stopped. Graham had to go to Australia to find a foam supplier, Bennett, and then he started Bennett foam in South Africa. Polyurethane blanks were being made in the USA but we couldn't really get them here. John Whitmore was blowing Clark foam in Cape Town, so we used to buy his foam: some of his blanks were used to make Shaun's early boards.


PIPELINE PRO: Shaun Tomson on a banana. He and Spider go way back. Photo Dan Merkel

When you went in with Graham, was he paying you as a shaper or did you have shares in the business?

When I started off I was basically working for him shaping, and then I helped out with all the different parts of the business, the glassing and the colour, as a team-player. The shaping was the main thing, and when I joined the business it expanded as well, and started to take off. Orders multiplied and with Shaun coming on the business kept growing the whole time. Eventually they gave me shares. Together we became the biggest surfboard manufacturer in South Africa.

Shaun won the Gunston 500 for the first time in 1973 on your board, when he was 17, and went on to win it another five times on your boards. He won twelve other events around the world on your boards, and won the world title on your boards. How did your relationship with Shaun progress?

‘... with their feedback I fine-tuned them, helping to take their surfing to the next level.’

We had amazing surf in Durban during the winters of 1974 and 1975. I was shaping boards for Shaun and Michael, and with their feedback I fine-tuned them, helping to take their surfing to the next level. The cousins were able to develop their tube riding and rode barrels at the Bay of Plenty like never before. In Hawaii in 1975 they made their mark on the surfing world and Shaun won the Pipeline Masters, and in 1976 became the first South African World Champion. He's still a surfing icon the world over. This paved the way for us to start shaping surfboards for most of the top surfers in the world.

Shaun always wanted me to surf with him to experience how important it is to feel and see the surfboard shape on the waves, which proved to be the best advice for my shaping career: I still do it to this day. My own level of surfing grew so fast that I won Natal and South African Masters Champs competitions, and went on to get my Springbok colours.
I remember one day when it must have been about eight to ten feet at the Bay of Plenty and Shaun said I must come out with him. I thought ‘I'm the shaper, I better get out there'. There were these ruler straight waves and we paddled out together. I was behind and got caught inside by some sets and then paddled through from right on the inside. As I paddled out, I remember him pulling into the barrel and coming past me, nearly touching me, going on and on.

The Bay was almost perfect in those days, like Supertubes at J-Bay, and it stayed open, which was amazing. I've had excellent waves at Tamarind Bay in Mauritius, but those Bay days were the most exciting ever for me. There were days when it would drop to four-six feet and it was still amazing, seeing Shaun perfecting the barrel. He'd pull into one that looked like a close out and you'd wonder where he was, and then he pops up alongside you like a submarine popping out the water: he's pushed under with that kick out through the back of the wave.


PINK AND BLUE: Shaun's Hawaii quiver circa 1975. Photo Jeff Divine

I'd make Shaun a set of boards for Hawaii but he would also get one or two boards from the guys there. I hadn't been to Hawaii yet and he explained to me about the conditions. Mostly, our boards worked there but for some of the very big conditions, like out at Sunset, he'd get boards from other guys, and he'd bring one or two back and get me to look at them, to refresh…he'd have my boards there and talk to other shapers and try to get as much out of them as possible, and then bring his knowledge back to me.

He liked his single fins but later did very well on twin fins too. He maybe stayed on the twins too long, but I made him some good thrusters and he won competitions on those too, like the Stubbies in Australia.

One wonders what would have happened if Shaun and Mark Richards and Simon Anderson hadn't have been around. Three key figures, with important developments that progressed surfing more than anything or anybody in the modern era. Where would we have been today? I'm sure the developments and progress we've made since wouldn't have been so rapid.

What happened to the famous ‘pink banana' that you shaped for Shaun for Hawaii? Shaun said that he never lost it once on take-off at Pipe on that board.

It's apparently buried somewhere in Haleiwa. The guys in those days had all these amazing boards but they would trade them in. We still make exact replicas of that board, which was 7'10" x 18.5" x 3.0". It had extra curve, a concave under the front foot, a vee in the back third and it had double concave inside the vee panel. It was actually quite a modern shape, even the curve. If you took the curve and placed the centre of a modern six foot board on that board's curve, it would fit – quite amazing.


JUST TESTING: It's useful when surfboard shapers know how to surf a bit. Photo Pat Flanagan

What was special about the blue and white boards he surfed so well in the tube at Off the Wall during the same period?

Those boards were also designed at the Bay of Plenty barrels. Shaun would use a 6'8" as a short board and then he'd use a 7'0" for the barrel days, and the really big days when it was ten foot plus, he'd use a 7'6". The 7'6" he'd take to Sunset and then the seven footer was used for Off the Wall. That was a pulled in pin tail. And then the same concept as the Pipe board: concave under the front foot, vee in the back third, also double-concaves as well. That concave under his front foot he used for driving though the barrel. That worked almost like a saucer and as he went you could see him weaving in the barrel. The single fin was there just to stop the tail from sliding out, but the rails and the concave were the big things. I also still make replicas of those today.

So this has really been a winning working relationship with Shaun, the key to your development as a shaper?

Shaun was very, very loyal to me. He inspired me more than anybody really, because of his interest. He was very on time with appointments with me: if it was three o clock he'd be there at three exactly, not five minutes after - on the dot. That's how he was. When we tried a new board out, either way, if the board worked or not, he'd come see me straight after and let me know how it went. It was such a professional way of doing it. I would get up at 3 o'clock in the morning for Shaun and do his boards while nobody was around. That attitude of trying your hardest and being kind and fair to everybody: that's the way Shaun is.

NOTHING CHANGES: Quality control at the Safari Surfboards factory in Durban. Photo Supplied

But he's a very tough competitor. When it comes to fighting for his position in the line-up, he stands his ground. Sometimes it gets a bit embarrassing and I've got to paddle away because I know the guy he's having a thing with. Like he came out to South Africa a few months ago, and I made him some boards: we went and did a training session with my team of youngsters - they were so stoked - and he surfed that little session just like a heat.

‘If this happens again, I think we're going to clash.’

He knew exactly where the waves were and he went and sat there and waited. A longboarder came along and he looked at the guy; the guy paddled on his inside, and Shaun looked at him some more, and of course the longboarder caught the wave easily and was back out there again, and Shaun says to him. ‘If this happens again, I think we're going to clash'. That was it. He pushed the longboarder out of position and when the next wave came he was on it: he got the best waves in that session out of everybody. And that's how he works – like clockwork. He goes to J-Bay, it's the same thing: he sits there and he waits. He'll surf all day and that's his routine: very professional, and when he's out there he means business.

I respect all the surfing champions and they were all very similar in ways. Kelly Slater is a normal guy, but incredible, and even little things are a challenge for him. I made him some boards and we were trying these Dean Geraghty swivel fins. I took the board out and when I wanted to put the fins in Kelly said he wanted to do it: he struggled with it and when I offered to help he insisted on doing it himself. He also wanted a Pottz twin fin, so I made him one and I had it ready for him at J-Bay. He pitched up one night where we were staying, clambering up the ballast to get into our place. He took it away and rode it unbelievably…you've never seen anyone ride a twin fin like that. He wanted to ride it in the J-Bay Pro but the waves were a little big for the board. He still has that board in California.

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Thursday 12 March 2017

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 13 February 2017

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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MUIZIES MENSE: It was tough, but they came through in the end. Photo Kody McGregor

The SWOT (Surfers with Original Talent) will be hard to beat at the gentle curling breakers of Muizenberg Corner next year, where the contest will move.

It was a tight affair, with SWOT beating 2016 runners up CYOH Surf Club by a mere 4,4 points in a strong SW buster and wind-effected small waves at Seal Point beach break in Cape St Francis yesterday.

SWOT came with an A and B side to improve on their semi final result last year. Determination, team spirit, good organization and hands on coaching paid off for the team, under the leadership of Danielle Johnson, her brother Craig, Brandon Benjamin, Papi Makanyane and Dillon Fernandez and coach Mark Powiss. The SWOT B Team finished 10th overall.


BEACHBREAK: Stiff busters blew as the event moved to the beach. Photo Kody McGregor

This was the third consecutive year that Port Elizabeth CYOH Surf Club has finished as runners up. They pushed 2016 champions and hosts Seal Point Surf Club into third place while the JBay Boardriders Surf Club of Jeffreys Bay, came fourth.

Durban based Sisonke Surf Club A team put together a massive performance to reach the semi finals and had to settle for joint fifth place with newcomers Tripout Surf Club of Buffels Bay but Sisonke improved on their seventh place result in 2016..


LEGGING IT: The surfers compete using a tag team format. Photo Kody McGregor

A record twenty four teams representing twenty surf clubs from as far afield as Johannesburg participated in this annual club get together which has grown in numbers over the last six years.

The event was hosted for the second year in a row by two time champions, Seal Point Boardriders. The South African Interclub Championships is a Surfing South Africa event made possible support from Billabong and Sport and Recreation South Africa.

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is a member of the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). SSA is the governing body for all surf riding in South Africa and is recognized as such by Sport and Recreation South Africa.

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SEE WHY: The PE CYOH team have been runners up three times in a row. Photo Kody McGregor


2. CYOH SURF CLUB 134,7pts


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Monday 13 February 2017

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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Sunday 12 February 2017

The best surfers have perfected tube riding to ridiculous degrees, as you will see in these three videos depicting three days of the Volcom Pipeline Pro last week in cooking Pipeline, Hawaii. 




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Sunday 12 February 2017

Twas a festival of barrels at the Volcom Pipeline Pro. Here is gallery of shots, featuring our barrel boy Benji Brand, as well as pics from the Kommunity Project men's and women's events in Oz.

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