Surf legends shine in sizeable conditions at the SA Longboarding Champs

Day Two of the South African Longboarding Champs presented by RYD Brand sanctioned by Surfing South Africa kicked off in balmy weather and, once again, flawless offshore surfing conditions.

Sam Christianson

KwaZulu Natal surfer Sam Christianson scores high in entertainment value Photographer: Mike Ruthnum

To start the day, the Veteran division took to the sizable 4-6ft conditions in style. This is no small feat considering that this division comprises surfers aged 60 and older.

Barry Campbell, representing KwaZulu Natal, put together an excellent heat, locking in the second highest heat score total of the day with a 17.00 total (8.00 + 9.00). The 63-year old, former Springbok surfer comes fresh off a win at the South African Surfing Masters Championships last week and proved to be a standout for the day, across all divisions. 

As the wind turned onshore in the late morning, the Open Men’s abilities were put to test in somewhat trickier conditions. Standouts from the first day of competition who shone in the trials of more difficult conditions included Thomas King (Western Province), Sam Christianson (KwaZulu Natal) and Michael Hill (Eastern Province), marking them as surfers to watch for possible podium finishes. Each of these surfers achieved at least one excellent score (range 8.00 – 10.00) in testing surf.

The contest site was graced by representatives of the Kouga Municipality, who took the opportunity to snap a photo with World Tour surfer Jordy Smith. As the main sponsor, the Kouga Municipality has shown unwavering support for the event.

The day was cut short by a rising onshore wind that rendered the conditions sub-par. Action will resume tomorrow with the Quarterfinals taking place in what are expected to be smaller, clean offshore conditions. 

For Live Heat score updates from the event, head to https://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za/ and click on the “LIVEHEATS” Button.

For media use only, images from the day available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rvstnz46i1cdli1/AAD6s4TBzCIWNVxoDgfYcyJ4a?dl=0 

Photographer credit: Mike Ruthnum

Jeffreys Bay delivers pristine waves for Day 1 of the SA Longboard Championships

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 

 

 

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

 

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The first day of the South African Longboarding Championships presented by RYD Brand, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, opened today with magnificent weather and flawless conditions at Point, Jeffreys Bay. The world famous right-hand point-break did not disappoint, delivering nothing short of perfect, lined-up waves throughout the day.
Alfonzo Pieters

Gqebhera local Alfonzo Pieters carving through to the next Round. Image: Mike Ruthnum

 
A well-equipped contest site, experienced staff and strict enforcement of Covid regulations set the stage for a successful first day of the event. 
 
Longboard surfers through the ages took to the waves with stylish manoeuvres. Standouts of the day included Greg Smith, a Cape St. Francis local representing the Eastern Province. With a combination of arching turns and long, steady nose rides, Smith secured an impressive 9.17 points out of a possible 10.
 
Western Province power couple Thomas and Tarryn King impressed in their respective divisions. Tarryn put together a near perfect heat with two excellent scores (9.17 and 8.4) and Thomas followed suit with an equally outstanding combination in the Masters division (9.67 and 8.33) and a further win in the Open Mens division.
 
Jeffreys Bay local Coert Venter put on a spectacular show with his stylish, traditional-inspired longboard surfing, knocking World Tour surfer Jordy Smith into the elimination round. Much to the crowd’s delight, Venter spiced up his successful heat with a perfectly executed handstand, followed by a bow in response to the spectators’ cheers.
 
Crystal Hulett of Cape St. Francis put together a beautiful heat with well-timed turns and tidy nose-rides on the best waves, securing a spot in the Quarterfinals with ease.
 
KwaZulu-Natal surfer Sam Christianson wrapped up the day’s proceedings with the highest heat score total of the day, putting on a spectacular, confident performance to earn him a total of 18.33 points (9.33 + 9.00).
 
The week ahead promises fair weather and brilliant waves. Stay tuned for updates on contest action.
 
Photographer Credit: Mike Ruthnum

Llandudno Surfer Luke Slijpen Signs Multi-Year Deal With Quiksilver International

Llandudno surfer Luke Slijpen is embarking on his rookie year on the World Surf League’s (WSL) World Qualifying Series (WQS) with the strong backing of Quiksilver International.

Luke Slijpen takes to the skies © Ian Thurtell

Luke, a powerful 20-year-old natural footer, blew minds in Hawaii last winter. As a direct result, he found his signature needed on a recent Quiksilver International contract. This initial offering will see him competing for the next two years with a mountain and wave sticker on the nose of his board.

The initial contract is a two-year deal for renewal. The accomplished surfer is determined to vindicate the global surf brand’s vision of signing him up.

When not competing, Luke loves to hunt down heavy barrels and big waves. His gutsy and powerful performances at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu drew the attention of the Quiksilver International team manager Miky Picon. 

Luke Slijpen

A victorious Slijpen © Thurtell

“In Hawaii, I got to stay at the Quiksilver house for a month. It was a good opportunity to surf all day, meet the Quiksilver crew and push my surfing with them,” said Slijpen.

Hailing from a surfing family, Luke has clear cut goals for the upcoming competitive year. “I want to make the Challenger Series (CS) next year, and I want to do a sick movie,” said Slijpen.

He knows what hard work is all about and is grateful for the opportunities. 

“Since I was a youngster, I always looked at the guys that got sponsored by international brands,” said Slijpen. “It’s tough to climb up the ranks in South Africa and get an international brand to commit to taking you on. Now I have Quiksilver, and I’m super amped to push it and do the best I can for the brand and hopefully keep moving forward with them.” 

“I stayed with Mikey Wright and Kauli Vaast, Leo Fioravanti, Zeke Lau, Koa Rothman and a couple of other Quik guys. Thanks to Reef Macintosh for letting me stay at the house. I’m super amped to go back this year and push my surfing even harder!”

Slijpen can often be found on the podium, with a string of successes to his name. These include a series of first-place finishes in the Pro Juniors, including contests at Lambert’s Bay, Durban and Victoria Bay, and a third-place at the ISA World Juniors in the U18 division.

Currently up the west coast in the Northern Cape, Slijpen is competing in the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge at a remote location in the Hondeklip Bay area. An invite-only WSL Specialty contest, the event also raises awareness about the mining that is destroying the place. 

“There are some amazing waves up there, and hopefully, we can share awareness of the destruction of the land that is happening along the coastline,” said Slijpen.  

Sunset Road, Cape Town

Luke also loves the big stuff. Sunset Reef, Cape Town © Van Gysen

For more on the Namakwa Challenge – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2021/spec/3715/namakwa-challenge

Luke’s Instagram @lukeslijpen

Luke’s WSL Profile – https://www.worldsurfleague.com/athletes/10270/luke-slijpen

Luke is sponsored by Quiksilver, SMTH Shapes, Nixon, Globe and Zombie Tread. 

 

 

Complimentary high-resolution images are available for media outlets on request.

 

Distributed by Truth Collective.

e. craig@truthcollective.co.za 

t. 082 376 4443

Gangbusters Issue 4 Is Live!

Time does seem to fly when you’re having fun. It seems just the other day that we were thinking about publishing a new online surfing magazine.with the hope of making a few people laugh.
 
Gangbuster June Edition Online surfing mag
 
We had some support from the start, and that support has been growing nicely as more and more people realise that if they want to keep up with the world of surfing in South Africa, they might have to move off the endless Facebook and Insta photos, to get a decent take on the whole thing. 
 
There is so much happening right now in the digital space that one needs to figure it out and embrace it somehow or be forever wondering wtf just happened. 
 
There are some fabulous websites out there.
 
We have MagicseaweedStabBeachgrit and Wavescape, where we can consume cool stuff daily, and a few classic movies are being made and distributed. We have movies like Satori, Matt Bromley’s new Over The Edge movie coming soon, and John John’s crazy Maps Of Home movie.
 
People are making fantastic online series, like Kai Linder and The Regular Guy. There was the successful Rip Curl E-Pro, part of the Surf Web Series last year – and there is the digital version of the Rolling Retro rolling out right now (did you see what we did there?) 
 
Among all of this is little old Gangbusters Magazine (issue 4 ekse), with its passionate bunch of supporters and advertisers and a steadily growing fan base of strange people. We’re doing something a little bit different and not too worried about where this is all going, as long as we’re having fun along the way and not just desperately trying to keep up on social hubs. To steal a quote from Elvis Depressedly, “we want to try a few new things and do weird shit and maybe fail.”
 
We have an interview with cover boy Matt Bromley, and we have a classic ‘best-of’ from the photographer, snowboarder and 1987 Billabong Country Feeling winner Grant Myrdal.
 
There’s some more of the gold that Dave Lindemann has been capturing in Durban as the boys get an absolute epic start to winter. Next, Melissa Volker dives into the dank facts behind pay parity in surfing, and we slide over and cover how the WSL events went in Australia and how Matt and Jordy fared (not too shabby).
 
If you like it, please share it and find us on socials and donate us a few likes or send us a few dogecoins or whatever form of happiness currency you’re using.
 
If you don’t like it, then please don’t bang the door on your way out.
 
We have something big planned for the next issue. Something about as mind-blowing as the sugar rush from a double rum and coke, so pretty huge. So try and keep a lookout for that, somehow, maybe even on Facebook. 
Josh Redman

Josh Redman © Dave Lindemann

Beach Protest in Durban

JUST IN –  WHAT A GOOD IDEA

Media Release
Durban Surf Protest

Photo from Facebook post

 

Surf Protest with a Difference 06h00am-08h30am

Released by Ray de Vries
 
A professional surfer, Beyrick de Vries, a street child and a lawyer will be amongst the protesters who will be in the surf this morning from 06h00 at New Pier on Durban beachfront.
 
The surfers are protesting against the inane beach ban that prohibits them from practicing their sport – the law prohibits them from crossing the beach to get into the water to surf.
 
The group left Durban harbour earlier this morning to get to New Pier on Surf City’s Golden Mile.
 
They will surf close to the shore but will not put a toe on the beach so as not to break any of the senseless restrictions.
Durban attorney, Grantham Taylor, has been tasked to accompany the surfers to help in case of wrongful arrest.
The protestors will be back in the harbour at Wilsons Wharf at 09h00 for interviews and pic opportunities.
 
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Released by Ray de Vries of Ray de Vries Media, Marketing and Sponsorship. For further info please contact Ray 0828844881

Surfing South Africa motivates for relaxing surfig restrictions

The Board of Surfing South Africa has submitted a motivation to the authorities to request that the current regulations preventing surfers from accessing the ocean, be relaxed or amended to enable all surfers to surf legally.

The motivation addresses recreational and competitive surfers,, coaches and surf schools. The economic impact that beach closure is mentioned but not detailed as this is beyond SSA’s current scope.

CAll to lift surfing restrictions

Our proposals, if accepted, would be most successful if all athletes, surfing structures and surf related businesses form co – operative relationships. These are outlined in the statement but until we receive a positive response, there is no point in providing comprehensive detail.

The authorities may not accept our proposed plan or they may request/suggest amendments which could lead to changes in the strategy.

Our proposal takes into account the adjusted Lockdown 3 amendments gazetted on 11 January.

SSA understands and supports the National priority at this time, which is to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 second wave. With this in mind, we request that all surfers and ocean users comply with the current regulations.

SSA does not believe that the changes we are proposing will in any way increase the risk of spreading Covid-19, provided the protocols we have recommended are complied with by the ocean users themselves.

SSA has very limited resources and we request that the surfing community appreciate that we cannot respond to individual requests for information on the current situation.

We will provide further updates as and when relevant information is to hand. This information will be communicated on social media and to the district surfing bodies as well as the disciplines that are part of SSA. We request that districts and disciplines distribute this information to their members accordingly.

Surfing South Africa appreciates the co – operation of our surfers and fellow ocean users at this time.

Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport of surfing in South Africa and is a member of the SASCOC.

Media Release