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  • Drone Riding in Nam

    Drone Riding in Nam

    Sun, 28 May 2017

    They're calling it the best waves of the year up in Namibia, and it sure looks like they scored a few days ago in this May edit by Bernt Burns filming from his intrepid drone. ..

  • France in Historic Win

    France in Historic Win

    Sun, 28 May 2017

    The surf super powers were absent from the Top 5 with France the winners of its first team world champs at the ISA World Surfing Games, while Team SA came 10th, writes Spike. ..

  • Weskus Water Plan

    Weskus Water Plan

    Fri, 26 May 2017

    World Surf League Africa has called for donations of water for the Vans Surf Pro Classic next weekend due to the severe drought in the Lamberts Bay area, writes Spike. ..

  • Quiet on the Eastern Front

    Quiet on the Eastern Front

    Thu, 25 May 2017

    All is quiet on the eastern front barring lots of S swell - in the wake of the recent fast and wild storm swell - but we’re holding thumbs for the next clean Goodwave swell to show up at New Pie..

  • Logjam is Nigh

    Logjam is Nigh

    Thu, 25 May 2017

    Fresh and funky surf events honor the comeback of retro shapes from twinnies to single fin logs. Brett Shearer gets the lowdown on The Logjam from Liam Bulgen & Jamie Nye. ..

  • Nahoon Dreaming

    Nahoon Dreaming

    Mon, 22 May 2017

    There's nothing like a surf with mates to test your big moves. Richard Hambloch sent us these photos from Nahoon Beach. Luke Goldschmidt took the watershots. ..

  • World Visions

    World Visions

    Mon, 22 May 2017

    Here's a highlights gallery from the ISA World Surfing Games as we move from the Opening Ceremony to the Women's Event, with some free surfing prior to the start thrown in for good measure.  ..

  • Slumtown Millionaire

    Slumtown Millionaire

    Mon, 22 May 2017

    In this short video edit, Luke Malherbe leads the charge, with the likes of Michael Monk, Tayla de Coning, and Dan Emslie during a fun afternoon surf at Nahoon Beach, East London. ..

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Thursday 18th May 2017
final-four-for-supers-trial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Jordy Maree, Shane Sykes, Dale Staples and Adin Masencamp join the other eight surfers invited to surf in the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy for a wildcard to the Corona Open JBay.
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Thursday 4th May 2017
next-four-for-supertrial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Steve Sawyer, Matt Bromley, Joshe Faulkner and Davey Van Zyl are the next four surfers to be invited to the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy in June.
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Wednesday 12th April 2017
suped-up-trial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Changes to this year’s JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy promises a fast and lively burst of winter swell action at Supertubes for the invited surfers.
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Thursday 16th June 2016
jbay-vid-highlights-rvca-2016 JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Check the video highlights of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, with some great angles, pumping waves, and this interesting drone shot of a curvaceous carving cuttie. Nice one! 
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Tuesday 14th June 2016
you-re-so-right JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
As the spray settles from the weekend, let us remind each other that this is the best righthand pointbreak in the world. Photog Grant Scholtz was there to shoot Supertubes doing its thing. 
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Monday 13th June 2016
portrait-of-a-young-man JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
An elated Steve 'Steezy' Sawyer is recovering from a moerse party after winning the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Sandy Coffey catches up with him as the reality sinks in.
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Monday 13th June 2016
highs-from-jbay-supertrial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Here are the photo highlights from the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, with some moody portraits from JBay by veteran photographer Alan Van Gysen. 
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Saturday 11th June 2016
we-have-a-winner JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Steve Sawyer has won a berth into the World Surf League JBay Open after a blistering performance at the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA in cranking Supertubes in JBay.
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Saturday 11th June 2016
semis-decided JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
We're down to the business end of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA in cranking 4-6' lines at Supertubes in Jeffrey’s Bay, with the semi-finalists decided.
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Saturday 11th June 2016
supertrial-on JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Swell has arrived for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Here are photos from the warmup yesterday and the event today. Photos Alan van Gysen and Grant Scholtz
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Friday 10th June 2016
jbay-warmup-2016 JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The surfers have today been warming up for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA tomorrow in sporadic 2-4' sets that are due to improve. Pics Grant Scholtz.
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Friday 10th June 2016
lining-up JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is set to go tomorrow as a great-looking storm trundles into town with the first real cold snap of the year.
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Friday 10th June 2016
winter-is-here JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
If you are not surfing upon this weekend, you could be snowboarding a slippery slope as the first full-scale winter cold front klaps South Africa with a cold, wet fish, writes Spike.
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
jbay-forecast-for-weekend JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
It looks like some waves in JBay for this weekend and a good chance the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA will get contestable surf. Spike looks at the charts to break down the coming swell.
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Tuesday 7th June 2016
supers-set-to-run JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
As the contest organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA come to the back-end of their event’s waiting period, it looks like there is a chance of waves at Supers this weekend.
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Friday 3rd June 2016
heat-draw JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The opening function of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA saw the heat-draw take place, and with 24 of the best surfers in the country, every heat is packed with some serious power.
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Tuesday 31st May 2016
high-expectations JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Storms are lining up in the deep south for the waiting period of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, which opens tomorrow Wednesday 1 June, with a big High pressure lurking.
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Monday 30th May 2016
dan-redman-the-man JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Dan Redman is a stand-out in big Supertubes. He recently got a last-minute invite into the JBU Supertrial Presented by RVCA, where he's been before. He spoke to Craig Jarvis.
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Friday 27th May 2016
surf-forecast-for-jbay JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The oceans below South Africa are alive with activity, but are they co-operating for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA? Spike gives us a video surf forecast to clarify.
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Friday 27th May 2016
stone-cold-jug JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Quiet and low-key, Supers charger Dylan Stone from Port Elizabeth makes the cut for the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Craig Jarvis chatted to him.
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Wednesday 25th May 2016
an-extra-four JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
In a surprise announcement today, the event organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have opened up the trial to another four surfers.
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Tuesday 24th May 2016
the-cape-of-jay JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
With the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA opening in a week, Spike gives us the lowdown of what swell you need by comparing JBay and ... Muizenberg. Say what?
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
whose-on-trial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Another surfer to look out for at the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA is Matt McGrillivray, the talented young JBay charger whose racking up international experience. Interview by Craig Jarvis.
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Tuesday 17th May 2016
trial-by-fire-ing JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The edit for this year's JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA has dropped to ramp up the anticipation before the best young surfers in the land congregate in the bay of jay. 
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Thursday 12th May 2016
final-five-on-fire JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
After a cranking start to Winter 2016 event organisers of the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have released the final five invitees.
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Tuesday 10th May 2016
two-by-two-rvca-supertrial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Two surfers in two videos highlight cranking JBay at the past two JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA events held at Supertubes - the aim to single out a wildcard entry into the JBay Open.
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Thursday 5th May 2016
on-a-mission JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Photographer Alan Van Gysen has captured many surfing moments in his career. He spoke to Craig Jarvis about shooting JBay, and other aspects of life, the universe and alles.
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Thursday 5th May 2016
spray-slash-slade JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
You'll find buckets of spray by Slade Prestwich and others in this gallery of photos from last year's JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA. Man with the golden lens Alan van Gysen was there.
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Tuesday 26th April 2016
supertrial-15-revealed-5-to-go JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The next 5 surfers invited to the JBU Supertrial have been announced, and they have an admirable mix of surfing proficiency, flair and hard-earned Supers stripes.
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Wednesday 13th April 2016
next-five-surfers JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The next five surfers invited to compete in the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA have been announced, and they are a mix of experience, talent and Supertubes know-how.
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Tuesday 12th April 2016
february-can-t-wait-for-june JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
We spoke to Mikey February, who is frothing for the 2016 Supertrial after he got a taste of the JBay Open as a last-minute alternate last year. CRAIG JARVIS asked the questions.
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Wednesday 30th March 2016
supertrial-set JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
The prestigious invite-only event, the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA, has announced the dates when it returns to the best righthand pointbreak in the world this year.
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Sunday 28th May 2017
drone-riding-in-nam Video
They're calling it the best waves of the year up in Namibia, and it sure looks like they scored a few days ago in this May edit by Bernt Burns filming from his intrepid drone.
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Sunday 28th May 2017
france-in-historic-win Breaking News
The surf super powers were absent from the Top 5 with France the winners of its first team world champs at the ISA World Surfing Games, while Team SA came 10th, writes Spike.
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Friday 26th May 2017
weskus-water-plan Breaking News
World Surf League Africa has called for donations of water for the Vans Surf Pro Classic next weekend due to the severe drought in the Lamberts Bay area, writes Spike.
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Thursday 25th May 2017
quiet-on-the-eastern-front Breaking News
All is quiet on the eastern front barring lots of S swell - in the wake of the recent fast and wild storm swell - but we’re holding thumbs for the next clean Goodwave swell to show up at New Pier.
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Thursday 25th May 2017
logjam-is-nigh Breaking News
Fresh and funky surf events honor the comeback of retro shapes from twinnies to single fin logs. Brett Shearer gets the lowdown on The Logjam from Liam Bulgen & Jamie Nye.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
nahoon-dreaming Featured Slideshows
There's nothing like a surf with mates to test your big moves. Richard Hambloch sent us these photos from Nahoon Beach. Luke Goldschmidt took the watershots.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
isaworlds-gallery Featured Slideshows
Here's a highlights gallery from the ISA World Surfing Games as we move from the Opening Ceremony to the Women's Event, with some free surfing prior to the start thrown in for good measure. 
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Monday 22nd May 2017
slumtown-millionaire Video
In this short video edit, Luke Malherbe leads the charge, with the likes of Michael Monk, Tayla de Coning, and Dan Emslie during a fun afternoon surf at Nahoon Beach, East London.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
the-crown-jewels Featured Slideshows
Here's the highlights gallery from the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong at Long Beach. KIM BOUCHIER took the Day 1 shots, Ian Thurtell took the Day 2 photos as the surf picked up.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
1-in-africa Breaking News
Cape Town's Michael February is a geniunely nice guy. He also surfs like a new-age hybrid between Dave Rastovich and Rob Machado. Spike chats to Africa's #1 surfer of the moment.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
large-at-long Breaking News
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong in 2-4' waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie yesterday.
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Monday 22nd May 2017
copper-for-sa-in-france Breaking News
South African team captain Bianca Buitendag made it to the final of ISA World Surfing Games in Biarritz France this morning, but was unable to pull off the win.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
captain-bianca Breaking News
France-based South African Bianca Buitendag will captain Team SA as it joins a record number of countries at the World Surfing Games, which starts in two days in Biarritz, France.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
winter-swell-course-2017 Breaking News
Pull into the Spike Winter Swell Course on Tuesday 30 May at Touch of Madness in Obs, Cape Town. Spike is back for another edition of his fascinating audio-visual study of storms, swell and waves.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
tables-topple-over-2017 Breaking News
The tables are turned on the Dream Tour. John John Florence's lead has all but gone after Jordy Smith, Owen Wright, and Oi Rio Pro winner Adriano de Souza clawed their way into the mix.
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Thursday 18th May 2017
final-four-for-supers-trial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Jordy Maree, Shane Sykes, Dale Staples and Adin Masencamp join the other eight surfers invited to surf in the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy for a wildcard to the Corona Open JBay.
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Wednesday 17th May 2017
puerto-to-jaws Video
Follow Twiggy Baker on his path to the 2016/17 WSL Big Wave Tour title, from Puerto to Pe'ahi to Nazaré - the 6th episode of TAG Heuer's Don't Crack Under Pressure series by the WSL.
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Monday 15th May 2017
jack-of-arts Featured Slideshows
There is something brutally majestic and breathtakingly surreal about frames frozen from within the fury of a big wave breaking. Sean Thompson is spot on with his gallery from Dungeons last week.
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Saturday 13th May 2017
bragging-rights Breaking News
A large contingent of 110 junior surfers will vie for local and global bragging rights at the second BOS Cape Crown to be held next weekend at Kommetjie's Long Beach near Cape Town.
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Saturday 13th May 2017
oi-rio-pro Featured Slideshows
Jordy Smith is through to Round 4 of the Oi Rio Pro being held in Brazil. Here's a high octane selection of photos from Rounds 1 through to 3, courtesy WSL.
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Friday 12th May 2017
thats-what-iam-talking-about Breaking News
The contest organisers of the Cell C Goodwave have decided to keep the event on hold as a strong but messy storm swell bears down on Durban, arriving later this weekend.
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Friday 12th May 2017
biggish-wednesday Featured Slideshows
In the Dungeons, the tools of torture were mostly absent, apart from some guns and engined craft the main manne used to carve the glass. Chris Mason shot this gallery for Wavescape.
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Wednesday 10th May 2017
may-twirly-report Video
Spike has put up a surf report covering three storms that he's been monitoring, one for the West Coast and two for the East. Durban is going to get a few waves next week!
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Tuesday 9th May 2017
heads-up-for-goodwave Breaking News
Some swell is headed for Durban, and the Cell C Goodwave surfing event is on standby while the charts try to settle into something we can make a proper call from.
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Monday 8th May 2017
weskus-brought-to-its-knees-2 Breaking News
Fifty years separated the youngest and oldest as a clan of kneelos gathered in Elands Bay recently. Former Bok legend Lawrence Atkinson penned a piece. Photos Sean Thompson
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Monday 8th May 2017
the-hot-curl-kelp-cruiser Video
In this little movie, find a smooth ride over the kelp with the fin-less Hot Curl, an old-school all-round surfboard shape resurrected by Cape wood craftsmen Cobus Joubert.
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Monday 8th May 2017
new-tidal-wave-discovery Breaking News
A new tidal wave has been found in Myanmar, according to veteran surf explorer and Stormrider guide author Antony Yep Colas who chats to Spike about a recce to the Gulf of Martaban.
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Thursday 4th May 2017
future-obscura Breaking News
Talented young surfer Sebastian Williams, 16, has been fined and suspended by the WSL for three months after alleged misconduct at the East London leg of the City Surf Series, writes Spike.
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Thursday 4th May 2017
30-hour-surf-session Video
Scottish surfer survives a 30 hour ordeal drifting off the coast of Scotland almost to Northern Island before he gets rescued by a Belfast coastguard helicopter.
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Thursday 4th May 2017
next-four-for-supertrial JBU Supertrial Presented by Monster Energy
Steve Sawyer, Matt Bromley, Joshe Faulkner and Davey Van Zyl are the next four surfers to be invited to the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster Energy in June.
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Sunday 30th April 2017
king-and-gilmour-rule-the-waves Breaking News
Thomas King (WP) and Christy Gilmour (KZN) were the standouts at the SA Longboarding Champs in Durban after winning two titles each. Spike spoke to Contest Director Ann Wright.
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Sunday 30th April 2017
shark-bites-plett-surfer Breaking News
Yesterday evening, Keurbooms River mouth was the scene of another shark bite, according to a report by the NSRI after a PE teenager was hospitalised by a shark at the popular spot near Plett.
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Sunday 30th April 2017
big-wave-winners-xxl-17 Breaking News
Moments of monstrous madness were relived early today as the best big wave surfers gathered in Huntington Beach for the 2017 World Surf League Big Wave Awards.
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Sunday 30th April 2017
stay-stay-stay-stay-staying-alive Featured Slideshows
A nasty beasterly yeast wind has failed to stifle the style or the stoke at the SA Longboarding Champs in Durban. Photos Dawn Rouse, Nick Nesbit and Craig Dove.
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Sunday 30th April 2017
another-reunion-death Breaking News
The death toll from sharks in Reunion is mounting. Two months after his best friend died, trained shark spotter Adrien Dubosc, 28, passed away after bleeding to death on the beach yesterday.
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Friday 28th April 2017
zebra-milk-mimic-man Video
He's an ordinary surfer but his Trump impersonation has gone viral, and if you think that's good, check out his hilarious South African surfer accents: "out of zebra milk"! 
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Wednesday 26th April 2017
foam-fighter Video
Meet Lyon Farrel champion snowboarder from ... Hawaii! It's not quite as unusual as Cool Runnings, but it's pretty unique. Here's a little video profile of Farrel. 
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Monday 24th April 2017
high-lights Featured Slideshows
Conditions at the Corona Durban Surf pro were small and glassy - just enough of a platform for some big airs and power moves. Here's the "high" lights gallery by Ian Thurtell.
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Monday 24th April 2017
february-eyes-elite-future Breaking News
Is an elite tour berth on the cards? Michael February has rocketed to 15th on the global WSL Qualifying Series rankings after his win in Durban yesterday, writes Spike.
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Monday 24th April 2017
ring-my-bell Video
In this video of the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach final, Jordy Smith shows himself to be a bit of a showman with a couple of cheeky claims on two high-scoring rides.
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Friday 21st April 2017
zebra-crossing Breaking News
Mikey February wears the striped leader’s vest in clean 3' surf in Durban today at the third event of the City Surf Series, the Corona Durban Surf Pro presented by Quiksilver and Roxy.  
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Wednesday 19th April 2017
jordy-win-a-first-for-sa Breaking News
An emotional Jordy Smith became the first South African to win the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach - in glassy 6-8 foot surf at Bells to bolster his world title hopes for 2017, writes Spike.
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