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Melali the Drifter SessionsMon, 22 November 2010

Slideshow of sick screen grabs from the surf films on show this December in Cape Town at the Wavescape Surf Film Festival. It all kicks off with the surfboard art at Depasco Cafe in Cape Town from 1-8 December, followed by the films between 9 and 20 December. Check you there. More info on the films and surfboard art exhibition here.

The Cape Doctor

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During the spring and well into the summer, Cape Town is smacked in the chops by an intense South East wind known locally as the Cape Doctor. The Doctor does many things; it cleans the atmosphere of pollution, pollen and dust mites making the air in Cape Town crisp and clean to breath. The Doctor also sends rain inland and regulates the climate of the whole country, but most importantly The Cape Doctor scalps the sandbars of the Atlantic beaches into fine tuned barrel churning machines. Simone Robb captured the Doctor at work in a little corner of the Deep South last weekend.

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Planning for tomorrow

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The Western Province PeeWee Champs went down at Witsands this past weekend. Its contests like these that offer the world of compeditive surfing an insight into what tomorrow holds. Talent is identified and future champions are born. Every division was tights. Click through the slideshow to find out who won. All photography bu Simone Robb.

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Pits and Pieces Vol 2

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In this instalment of Pit and Pieces from Simon Robb, the pit goes to someone more associated with conquering the moving mountain of Dungeons and Sunset. Mike Slebach gets so deep in this barrel he has time to enjoy a quick cup of tea. The pieces though are a mad collection of airs, boosts, board breaking floaters and super-groms going head to head in a showdown of who will dispose KS20 as the new king of the waves.

KS Photo Essay

Sun, 7 November 2010

Some images from the last year or so depict the ten time champion in his element, surfing hard in the best waves in the world interspersed with occasional bouts of hero worship, friendly distancing from over exuberance and generally living the life of a hero.

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SA paddles for AI

Sat, 6 November 2010

thumb_a-llandudno_Anton-Louw2Surfers around South Africa held paddle-out memorials for Hawaiian Andy Irons as his career nemesis Kelly Slater closed in on an unprecedented 10th world surfing title.

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War and Peace

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Long Beach, the spot everyone loves to hate. Recently there has been a lot of venomous rhetoric under our Kommetjie cam as to the use of Long Beach for one too many contests, greedy longboarders hogging sets, infestation of boogers, wanna-be pro boys with egos bigger than Ju-Ju Malema snaking sets off everyone. Sadly this doesn’t paint a good picture of a lovely wave that breaks very consistently and has nurtured many of us onto the heavier sand bars around the peninsula. Fact is, Long Beach has always been crowed, it has always been used for contests and it will always attract a vast cross section of surfing traffic. If a picture paints a thousand words, then this slideshow by Long Beach local Simone Robb is the War and Peace of why we put up with it keep coming back for more.

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Pits and Pieces Vol 1

thumb_20100714_9999_55Mon, 18 October 2010

The debate rages on. The first in a few instalments of Pits or pieces of air, Simone Robb brings us images from all around Cape Town to as far a field as Plettenburg Bay. This one is mainly of the beast that drives us, the barrel, the greenroom, the tube, the PIT.

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Barrels or Boosts?

Kelly Slater charged hard. Photo ASP / Kirstin

Thu, 14 October 2010

What is the most impressive surfing manouvre: the boost, or the barrel? In the old days, airs were avoided, barrels were not, much. Nowadays, crazy aerial antics are de riguer. Names like sushi roll, superman and rodeo clown have vets like Rip Curl Pro Portugal winner Kelly Slater - aged 38 - pulling them off. But which is the more impressive? Which move gets you a ten nowadays? A combo? Here's comparative photo evidence from the last few days - boosts and barrels.

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Wild and Woolly Monday

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Monday dawned wild and woolly in the grip of a late burst of winter. The swell had inflated overnight in the raging wind that lashed the Peninsula. Jake Kolnick, Jem Johnson and Jason Hayes took up the challenge in the Boland.
All photos by Simone Robb

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Parish of St Tudno

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Thu, 7 October 2010

Pierre Hugo takes a break from the endless quest for beats and gets absorbed in a sun downer session in the bay of the African Parish of St Tudno. The surf was cranking and the setting sun gave the waves a surreal golden shimmer, with the gentle South East wind adding a fluff of Mother Nature’s artistic mastery, the elements were in place for any budding surf photographer to start drooling.

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