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Tuesday 17 January 2017

What a wave Koa Rothman had on Saturday at Pipeline. Here's the video of the Hawaiian threading the eye of an insane tube: the current front runner for the O'Neill Wave of the Winter. 


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Monday 16 January 2017

The wetsuit with 11 fins that turns your body into a wave riding craft was invented by an oral surgeon in the US last year, but Spike still wants to know if he can have one ... please.  


FINS FOR AFRICA: You become a fish with 11 fins. Photo supplied

torpedo-peopleIt's not that new. The US patent (8662946) was granted to the inventor, Dr. Nicholas Noel Gadler, a few years ago, and it had a US launch in April last year after a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. 

They're not too expensive either, considering top end wetsuits these days hit you for R3,000 to R4,000. The website www.wavewrecker.com has the wetsuits, which has "11 fins attached in strategic locations to boost buoyancy and enhance directional control", for sale at $249 (about R3,371).

The idea of a body surfing wetsuit came to the good doctor six years ago, with the worldwide launch taking place last year mid July already.

The WaveWrecker wetsuit is made like a normal surfing wetsuit, but the fins are made of high-tech foam with different densities, shapes and stiffness that turn the human form into a rolling, gliding wave craft.

As part of the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, top investors received first editions of the proprietary bodysurfing gear, then it was offered to online purchasers in the United States, Mexico & Canada.

In preparation for international fulfillment, WaveWrecker succeeded in finding a better manufacturing process that could meet and exceed the first run production costs and standards. The warehouse inventory is stocked with bodysurfing accessories for men, women and children in 9 sizes and can take international orders.

According to Dr Gadler, an oral surgeon for 20 years, he had moments of inspiration for other inventions but never acted on them. After seeing some ideas go to market without him, he committed to taking action on the bodysurfing idea, which apparently came to him when he was in his backyard swimming pool treading water while encouraging his son to swim to him in the deep end.
Tired of treading water, he grabbed a couple of pool nooddles to help him stay afloat. He imagined what it would be like if a person had augmented flotation when body surfing. The idea grew from there.


The first prototypes were crude and made from whatever he could find at home or the local hardware store. After 27 prototypes, the Wavewrecker was born. He hired a Hollywood movie costume design company called Gentle Giant, in Burbank, CA, to make the suit a natural extension of the human body with appealing aesthetics utilizing CAD (computer-aided drafting).

The Discovery Channel met up with WaveWrecker to do a video shoot off the coast of San Diego. Several veteran bodysurfers came out and donned the suit to test the suit’s performance on TV. They liked the suit and thoroughly enjoyed the experience – pointing out several of the suit’s key advantages.

After testing the WaveWrecker suit, 2015 World Champion Bodysurfer Makena Magro commented, “I felt a lot faster in the water, and the suit’s added buoyancy made it much easier to concentrate on maneuvering across the face of the wave.” She added, “WaveWrecker let me spend less time and energy treading water, and let me focus on catching waves.”

Where can I send you my delivery address Doc?

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Friday 13 January 2017

Here's a selection of photos from early this week taken at the World Junior Championship that took place in Australia. The best performing Saffa was Kalk Bay's Jordy Maree, who took equal 5th.

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Thursday 12 January 2017

They call Jordy Smith Godzilla in Japan as we find out in this video of the big man visiting the land of the rising sun after finishing 2nd on the WSL Championship Tour last year. 


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Thursday 12 January 2017

If you haven't been to the North Shore of Hawaii, no matter. Just watch this video clip shot by drones during 2016 and perhaps you won't feel the need to go. Perhaps. 


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Tuesday 10 January 2016

Cape Town's Jordy Maree is fifth in the world after ending his junior surfing career at the World Junior Championship (WJC), held in tricky 2-3' surf at Bombo Beach in Kiama, Australia yesterday.

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JUNIOR WINNERS: The finalists in the Boy's and Girl's divisions. Photo WSL / Cestari

The talented youngster from Kalk Bay, who now proceeds into the big leagues, was ousted by eventual winner, Australian Ethan Ewing, in the quarters, but ended equal fifth, pocketing US $3,000 (approx. R41 000). Another Aussie, Macy Callaghan, claimed the girls’ titles at the annual event, which features the world’s top 36 male and 18 female competitive surfers aged 18-and-under.

WSL Africa junior champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) was the next best of the seven South Africans in the event, finishing equal 13th after losing out in Round 3. Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Bevan Willis (uMdloti), who received a wildcard into the event, were both eliminated in Round 2 while Sebastian Williams (Durban) could not get to the event due to visa problems.

Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), the top two girls on the WSL Africa junior rankings, were also both sidelined in Round 2 of the girls’ event, finishing equal 13th overall.

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YEEEUW EWING: Ethan Ewing took the Boy's. Photo WSL / Cestari

Maree opened his campaign on the final day by placing second behind Mateus Herdy (BRA) as the pair progressed to the quarterfinals by eliminating Marco Mignot (FRA) in a high-scoring Round 4 encounter. But there the Capetonian could not match top seeded Ewing’s march to the title.

The boys’ final was a showdown between the top two seeds and great friends, Ewing and Griffin Colapinto (USA), who were the standout performers throughout the event. The finale was affected by a front that blew through in the opening minutes and after Ewing found two scoring waves early, Colapinto was unable to find any waves of substance. Ewing now joins an illustrious list of World Junior Champions including Joel Parkinson, Andy Irons, Jordy Smith and Gabriel Medina, just to name a few.


RACY MACY: Macy Callahan took the Girl's. Photo WSL / Smith

When a little known Ewing took out the Burleigh Pro QS1,000 at the beginning of 2016, he grabbed the attention of the surfing world. He then went on to win the WSL Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) and finish runner up on the Qualifying Series (QS) booking himself a spot on the 2017 elite Championship Tour (CT), something the young Stradbroke Island native had never set out to do in such quick succession.

After dominating the Australasia Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), Callaghan was a clear favourite heading into the WJC. She continued her terrific form through every heat, posting some of the highest single wave scores and heat totals of the event.

This was no different in the final where the young Central Coaster found herself up against 2014 Junior World title-holder Mahina Maeda (HAW), who also finished runner-up in 2015. Callaghan locked in two solid scores early and continued to build on her score eventually putting Maeda in a combination situation (needing two scores) to win with a heat total of 15.67, the highest of the entire event.


FIFTH ELEMENT: Jordy Maree is the real deal, and surely a future star. Photo WSL / Cestari

More information on the WSL World Junior Championships go to www.WorldSurfLeague.com or the WSL App. The event was secured for Kiama by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Boys Final Result
Ethan Ewing (AUS) 11.34 def. Griffin Colapinto (USA) 1.97

Girls Final Result
Macy Callaghan (AUS) 15.67 def. Mahina Maeda (HAW) 4.60

Boys Semifinal Results
SF 1: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 12.70 def. Cody Young (HAW) 10.63
SF 2: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 15.60 def. Finn McGill (HAW) 8.74

Girls Semifinal Results
SSF 1: Mahina Maeda (HAW) 8.90 def. Brisa Hennessy (HAW) 8.26
SF 2: Macy Callaghan (AUS) 13.26 def. Ariane Ochoa (EUK) 9.13

Boys Quarterfinal Results
SQF 1: Cody Young (HAW) 12.74 def. Mateus Herdy (BRA) 11.83
QF 2: Ethan Ewing (AUS) 14.76 def. Jordy Maree (ZAF, Kalk Bay) 10.67
QF 3: Finn McGill (HAW) 13.53 def. Reef Heazlewood (AUS) 13.00
QF 4: Griffin Colapinto (USA) 12.67 def. Che Allan (BRB) 10.84

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Friday 30 December 2016

2016 was a see-saw year, what with Brexit and Trump and Zupta, but not everything has been whacked. Here's a gallery of photos from the best sessions in the Cape, by Grant Scholtz.

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Thursday 22 December 2016

Organisers have released the final list of 32 surfers and alternates invited to surf in the Cell C Goodwave WSL Specialty surf contest in Durban next year.


TUBULAR TIMES: Organisers want to run the event on a day like this. Photo Patflan

They say that the list is an "exciting mix of old school chargers and new school wizardry". The event takes place at New Pier, Durban, on one of those days that delivers sublime waves and epic surf at the iconic surf spot. That day will be called with the assistance of swell forecaster Spike from www.wavescape.co.za 

The tournament has a one-year waiting period. When the forecast for New Pier looks excellent, the one-day contest will be called on with a 48-hour notice, and these selected surfers will need to make their way to Durban for an early morning start on the day of competition. 

Apart from the 32 surfers invited there will also be 32 alternate surfers. Contest organizers are also willing to accept walk-ups on the day. The selection criteria for the invitees were good experience and a solid reputation at the New Pier when the waves get solid.

The 32 invited surfers are, in no order:

1. Brandon Jackson
2. Matt MacGillivray
3. Dale Staples
4. Shane Sykes
5. Mikey February
6. Josh Redman
7. Damien Fahrenfort
8. Dan Redman
9. Mike Frew
10. Simon Nicholson
11. Gavin Roberts
12. Frankie Oberholzer
13. Matt Bromley
14. Davey Weare
15. Grant Baker
16. Chris Leppan
17. Sean Holmes
18. Ricky Basnett
19. Jason Ribbink
20. Beyrick de Vries
21. Gary van Wieringen
22. Dylan Lightfoot
23. Chad du Toit
24. Brendan O’Connor
25. Warwick Wright
26. Noel Rahme
27. Casey Grant
28. Paul Canning
29. Richard Kidd
30. Davey van Zyl
31. Robbie Schofield
32. Greg Emslie

Alternates, in no order:
Secret International VIP, Alan Johns, Josh Smit, Jordy Maree, Adin Jeenes, Simon Fish, Joshe Faulkner, Matt Pallet, Stever Sawyer, Dylan Stewart, Lee Bisset, Scott Venter, Billy Payne, Scott Hamilton, Ryan Payne, Sam Christianson, Derek Footit, Ben Dancaster, Bevan Willis, Koby Oberholzer, Antonio Bortoletto, Manfred Adrio, Wes O'Driscoll, Elton Cuthbert, Andrew Lange, Blane Wood, Chris Frolich, Wade Simkiss, Rene Terblanche, Frank Solomon, Mikhael 'MK' Vawda, Andrew Banks..

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Wednesday 21 December 2016

Charging! Twiggy Baker increased his lead on the BWT rankings after finishing 7th in the Nazare Challenge in ginormous 40 foot surf at Praia do Norte in Portugal yesterday. 

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TWIG ON A BOUGH: Grant Baker is dwarfed by a massive wave. Photo WSL / Arrieta

The 3rd stop on the current Big Wave Tour (BWT) season was run in enormous 10-15 metre waves and icy cross-offshore winds, something BWT Commissioner Peter Mel and Co will be delighted with for the first paddle-in contest at this venue, notorious due to a deep underwater canyon that funnels and amplifies the gigantic swells as they approach the beach, producing surf which is more commonly towed into than paddled.

Baker started his campaign in the Heat 2 of Round 1 and confidently caught and rode a heat-high five waves to finish in second place behind Nic Lamb (USA) as the pair advanced to the semi-finals along with third placed Pedro Calado (BRA).


NASTY NAZARE: Must be more than a few bruised bodies today. Photo WSL / Masurel

In his semi, the South African fell on his first ride and then suffered an horrendous wipe-out when he was bounced off his board at the top of a huge wave and, unable to penetrate the water, skipped 13 metres down the face of the wave on his back before the lip landed on him. Recovering from the impact, Baker then spent more than 20 minutes clinging with all his strength onto a rescue sled behind a jetski as the pilot tried to get out to the lineup through countless massive waves.

In a credit to his courage, fitness and tenacity, Baker was back in position with just five minutes remaining. In a late flurry, he caught and rode two more waves to move into fourth place in the heat. Although he did not advance to the final, the extra rides ensured he finished seventh instead of 11th overall in the event, earning an extra 2000 rankings points.

With just one more event on the 2015/16 BWT schedule, at Todos Santos in Mexico, Baker is now 3,000 points ahead of his nearest rivals, Calado and reigning BWT champion Greg Long (USA), and the Durbanite is in line to add a second BWT title to the one he clinched in the 2012/13 season.


WELL AND GOOD: Damien Hobgood flies then falls to a monster. Photo WSL / Masurel

“Yesterday was pretty unique in my surfing life. Riding a giant double-up shore break where you have to catch 2 waves in 45 minutes for a WSL BWT event was insane,” Baker said on his Facebook page. “Nazare as a wave is a phenom, as challenging and beautiful as any big wave I've surfed and the respect I have for Garrett McNamara (the pioneer of Nazare) and the rest of the locals is unparalleled. But do the dangers involved outweigh the rewards?”

“Those 20-30 minutes during each heat on the back of a ski, holding on with all your strength while jumping 10ft (3 metre) foamies, were some of the most terrifying experiences of my life, and something I can't see myself repeating. Deservingly Jamie Mitchell, the maddest dog, won and hoping all the guys with injuries recover soon.”


HISTORICAL: Something Jamie Mitchell will remember for quite some time. Photo WSL / Masurel

Jamie Mitchell (AUS) dominated the event, catching several of the biggest waves that came through and winning his Round 1 and Semi-final heats before coming from behind to overtake tour veteran Carlos Burle (BRA, 49) to clinch his first BWT event title. The 12,500 points he earned rocketed the former lifeguard and world renowned prone and SUP paddle racer from 13th to fifth on the latest BWT rankings.

"I instantly fell in love with this place and the people the first time I came." said an elated Mitchell. "Today was next level, it was survival, it was heavy. I want to dedicate this to my wife and little daughter, and to my Mum and Dad, I think today is a family theme. All the big wave family behind me, around the world, it was just an incredible day."

The final opened with an exciting first exchange between Burle and newcomer Calado (BRA), Burle taking the nod and an early lead with a clean lefthander on his backhand that earned a 6.50. Lamb followed in dramatic fashion with two of the most horrific wipe-outs seen all season and local wildcard Joao De Macedo (PRT) struggled as well, air-dropping unsuccessfully into a monstrous set wave before falling at the bottom and being engulfed in a waterfall of churning white water.


LOCALS RULE: People will recognise Joao De Macedo's name after this. Photo WSL / Masurel

Halfway through the final, Mitchell committed to an incredibly late drop on a lefthander, grabbing the rail of his board to engage into a bottom turn before being eaten by a mountain of foam. Mitchell surfaced with his equipment and was rewarded with an excellent 8.67 for his effort, stealing the lead from Burle. The Australian quickly put a second score on the board to cement a lead that he held throughout the remainder of the heat.

De Macedo was the giant killer of this event, eliminating reigning Big Wave Tour Champion Greg Long (USA) in the first round, as well as current BWT leader Baker and Aaron Gold (HAW) in the semis. De Macedo’s amazing run culminated with a third place in the final.

A capacity crowd of big-wave enthusiasts gathered around the landmark lighthouse on the cliffs overlooking the break to watch the event unfold in the biggest waves ever paddled into in Portugal.

Highlights available at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL App.

Nazaré Challenge Final Results:
1- Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 23.94 (points out of 30)
2- Carlos Burle (BRA) 13.00
3- Joao De Macedo (PRT) 10.84
4- Pedro Calado (BRA) 9.34
5- Nic Lamb (USA) 3.00
6- Antonio Silva (PRT) 0.20

Nazaré Challenge Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Pedro Calado (BRA) 21.27, Nic Lamb (USA) 17.34, Joao De Macedo (PRT) 14.83, Grant Baker (ZAF) 10.30, Aaron Gold (HAW) 9.67, Damien Hobgood (USA) 0.20
SF 2: Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 22.16, Carlos Burle (BRA) 15.33, Antonio Silva (PRT) 10.44, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 6.20, Christian Merello (CHL) 0.20, Hugo Vau (PRT) 0.20

Nazaré Challenge Round 1 Results:
Heat 1: Joao De Macedo (PRT) 22.13, Damien Hobgood (USA) 19.00, Aaron Gold (HAW) 11.66, Greg Long (USA) 11.29, Kealii Mamala (HAW) 11.26, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 10.67
Heat 2: Nic Lamb (USA) 14.27, Grant Baker (ZAF) 13.67, Pedro Calado (BRA) 10.49, Alex Botelho (PRT) 9.00, Andrew Cotton (GBR) 6.40, Koa Rothman (HAW) 0.00
Heat 3: Cristian Merello (CHL) 20.83, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 14.36, Antonio Silva (PRT) 12.14, Kai Lenny (HAW) 11.67, Billy Kemper (HAW) 11.39, Nic Von Rupp (PRT) 8.37
Heat 4: Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 25.24, Hugo Vau (PRT) 24.93, Carlos Burle (BRA) 19.81, Will Skudin (USA) 11.73, Ramon Navarro (CHL), 11.66, Tom Butler (GBR) 3.54

WSL BWT Rankings Top Five (following Nazare Challenge):
1 - Grant Baker (ZAF) - 25,018 points
2 - Pedro Calado (BRA) - 21,943 points
3 - Greg Long (USA) - 21,921 points
4 - Carlos Burle (BRA) - 18,175 points
5 - Jamie Mitchell (AUS) - 15,690 points

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Wednesday 21 December 2016

Here is a video surf report by Spike for the rest of the week and Christmas weekend. Lank good waves and westerlies (except for the poor folk at the start of the clip). Have a good one.


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Wednesday 21 December 2016

There was giant surf for the Nazare Challenge yesterday. Our gallery features charging locals and pros taking another leap forward. The event was won by Jamie Mitchell. Twig fell in the semis.

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