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  • Exit Stage Left

    Exit Stage Left

    Mon, 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. ..

  • How to Call the Goodwave

    How to Call the Goodwave

    Fri, 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. ..

  • Laureus Lauds W4C

    Laureus Lauds W4C

    Thu, 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.  ..

  • Shape Shifting Time

    Shape Shifting Time

    Thu, 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.  ..

  • Weekend Clubbing

    Weekend Clubbing

    Mon, 13 February 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. ..

  • Muizies Club Seals Win

    Muizies Club Seals Win

    Mon, 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.  ..

  • Hairy Eyeball

    Hairy Eyeball

    Mon, 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. ..

  • Three in 1 Mum

    Three in 1 Mum

    Sun, 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.  ..


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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Sunday 12th February 2017
three-in-1-mum Video
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 12th February 2017
festival-of-tubes Featured Slideshows
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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Sunday 12th February 2017
saffa-surfback Breaking News
SA Surfers got good results overseas this week, with Matt McGillivray 5th and Sarah Baum 9th in Australia, while Benji Brand took 17th in Hawaii at the Volcom Pipe Pro.
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Saturday 11th February 2017
look-ma Featured Slideshows
Loving this gallery of fresh perspectives by veteran Cape Town photographer Brenton Geach that boost the kiteboard stunts at the recent Red Bull King of the Air to new heights.
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Saturday 11th February 2017
the-swinging-sixties Video
He's well into his 60s but the founder of the Big Wave World Tour is still charging hard. The 2nd in the Don't Crack Under Pressure mini-doccie series by Tag Heuer features Gary Linden.  
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Saturday 11th February 2017
stormy-valentines-2017 Video
It's going to be a stormy Valentine's next week as two eyes and some smeared lipstick form in the deep, while a large orc trundles in from the SW, according to Spike in his latest video forecast. 
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Thursday 9th February 2017
first-aid-for-stranded-marine-animals Breaking News
Here's what to do when a marine animal is stranded on land, by Marine Ecologist Dr Jennifer Olbers of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, who spoke at a workshop held at uShaka Sea World in Durban.
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Tuesday 7th February 2017
seals-sign Breaking News
Defending Champions Seal Point Boardriders will host the Billabong South African Interclub Championships at their local break this weekend for the second consecutive time.
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Friday 3rd February 2017
gold-for-the-king Featured Slideshows
A big SE blew yesterday for the Red Bull King of the Air with 3 days to go. This gallery of "highs", with Danish winner Nic Jacobsen and others, was taken by Craig Kolesky and Ydwer van der Heide
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Friday 3rd February 2017
look-into-my-er-eye Video
You're feeling sleepy ... in this vidcast, Spike gives the low-down (get it?) on a tropical twirly that forms late next week off Madagascar. Move over George Clooney, there's a swell coming. 
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Wednesday 1st February 2017
what-sorcery-is-this Breaking News
They bathed in celestial sparks of electric blue on a nocturnal hunt in the dark deep. Taun Healy, of Blue Owl Media, joins the Bioluminescent Hunters for a magical night of alien oddity.
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Wednesday 1st February 2017
tomorrow-never-dies-by-dirk-ziff Breaking News
The name’s Ziff, Dirk Ziff, and I am richer (and more suave) than James Bond. You may know me as one of the richest men in Florida, US, with my net worth listed at US$5 billion.
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Tuesday 31st January 2017
big-wave-safety Video
Safety is vital to big wave surfing. In the first episode of the short documentary series Don't Crack Under Pressure, by Tag Heuer, WSL experts discuss the crucial role of safety teams.
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Tuesday 31st January 2017
first-east-swell-of-2017 Featured Slideshows
The banana brus have had to wait a bit for the first east swell of the summer cyclone season. Nic Aberdein photographed the swell in Durban over a few days last week.
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Tuesday 31st January 2017
bertish-eyes-the-storm Breaking News
A stiff tail wind is a double-edged sword for ocean hell-man Chris Bertish as he surges towards Florida on his crazy quest, writes Spike, who stands agape at the sheer lunacy of it all.
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Monday 30th January 2017
windy-surf Featured Slideshows
Cape Town has pumped in summer, and not just with swell. A core group of surfers relish days of big wind and surf. This gallery plays at the point where they meet. By Grant Scholtz 
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Monday 30th January 2017
saffas-on-fire-in-hawaii Breaking News
Undaunted by booming 10-15' surf, South Africans Benji Brand and Sebastian Williams posted a 5th and 9th at the Sunset Open, a WSL Qualifying Series (QS) event in Hawaii on Saturday.
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Tuesday 24th January 2017
smoking-cape-town Featured Slideshows
Cape Town has fired this summer as the veld burns and swell thumps ashore, driven by relentless winds. Sean Thompson photographed smoke-filled sunsets and smoking waves.
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Tuesday 17th January 2017
a-rather-ridiculous-barrel Video
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 16th January 2017
torpedo-people-gather Breaking News
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.  
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Friday 13th January 2017
juniors-jump-into-2017 Featured Slideshows
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 12th January 2017
godzilla-on-tour Video
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 12th January 2017
north-shore-droning Video
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 10th January 2017
maree-5th-in-world Breaking News
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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Friday 30th December 2016
goodbye-2016 Featured Slideshows
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 22nd December 2016
surfers-announced-2016-goodwave Breaking News
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.
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Wednesday 21st December 2016
twig-cements-2016-lead Breaking News
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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Wednesday 21st December 2016
christmas-surf-report Video
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 21st December 2016
monster-nazare-gallery-2016 Featured Slideshows
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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Wednesday 21st December 2016
glassy-girl-slide Video
It's the silly season, so let's look at this video silliness from the Kelly Wave Co in the form of glassy perfection and female athletes in the form of surfing professionals sliding the glide elastic.
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
men-in-black Breaking News
Your man is a surfer and you're about to go on holiday? Hold it! Here are nine crucial tips to ensure your break stays fun-filled, sun-kissed and stress-free, writes Melissa Volker.
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
backdoor-man Featured Slideshows
It wasn't the macking Pipeline we've seen in the past but, as this gallery shows, the Billabong Pipeline Masters delivered some epic Backdoor nuggets. Photos WSL.
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
tubular-bell-rings-for-bourez Breaking News
The pro surf season is over after sublime tube riding saw Tahitian Michel Bourez win the Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons, the final stop on the 2016 WSL Championship Tour.
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Tuesday 20th December 2016
surfski-bite-2016 Breaking News
The NSRI has urged caution in the Plett area after a surf ski paddler's close shave yesterday when a large white shark bit off a large piece of his boat while paddling off Keurbooms.
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Monday 19th December 2016
the-beast-awakes Breaking News
Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker is ready to charge a giant 40 foot swell that is bearing down on Nazare in Portugal tomorrow for the third event on the 2016/2017 WSL Big Wave Tour.
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