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

The Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge Is Approaching

The inaugural WSL Speciality Event for the Northern Cape region, the Experience Northern Cape Namakwa Challenge presented by Billabong Adventure Division, will take place in the Hondeklip Bay environs from August 23-31, 2021

The event, presented by Amandla Surfing Foundation, will most definitely score epic Northern Cape waves, with a 9-day window period. On top of this, only 20 surfers have been invited to compete.  

According to Abraham Vosloo, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, “Tourism remains one of the most important economic contributors in the Northern Cape Province. We are constantly in pursuit of tourism growth. As part of our global and domestic marketing campaigns, we have continuously invested in sports projects to attract more visitors to the province. This is done to strengthen our brand position as a mecca for extreme sports and outdoor adventures and to draw the global media spotlight to the Northern Cape,” explains MEC Vosloo. 

SA Open Champion Joshe Faulkner sampling the Northern Cape treasures
© Van Gysen

The competition will be the first-ever professional surfing event hosted in the Northern Cape. It will do much to help grow surf tourism in the area and to develop surfing as a sport and lifestyle along the Northern Cape coast”, concludes Vosloo. 

According to Mr Avron Thomas, a District Manager for the Provincial Department of Sports, Arts and Culture in the Namakwa region, the event comes at the right time to unearth surfing talent to the locals. 

The event organiser is looking forward to the start of the event in the Northern Cape. “Due to a large outbreak of Covid-19 in Hondeklip Bay, a tiny community with limited medical resources, we have taken the decision to move the Namakwa Challenge to a remote surf spot in Namakwaland. At this new location, the surfers and crew will camp in isolation. While we are disappointed to not show off the wonderful town, we have to take a sensible decision for both the community and our surfers. We are very happy that we have the wide, open spaces of Namakwa. This will allow us to move the event to an area where we will not impact the locals. We will still be able to show off the rugged beauty and great waves of the Northern Cape,” says Kai Linder, Amandla Surf Foundation General Manager.

Top talent that will be in action during the Men’s Speciality Event will be top African Surfers, including World Longboard Champion Steven Sawyer (Jeffrey’s Bay) and Joshe Faulkner (Current SA Open Champion). In addition, hard-charging surfers like Matt Bromley (Billabong) and Dale Staples have been given wildcards to the event. Luke Thompson will also participate in the event.

“I’m very excited for the contest,” said Matt Bromley. “It is such a remote and beautiful part of the world, and the waves are powerful, which will definitely suit my style of surfing. West Coast power, I love that stuff.”

Bromley loves it when it gets nice and powerful. Seen here at Dungeons big wave spot in Hout Bay © Van Gysen

In further exciting news, Amandla Surfing Foundation has brought the NGO, Protect the West Coast on board as our environmental partner. They are doing sterling work to protect the Namakwa Coast from invasive mining and environmentally damaging activities on the coast.  

The event is presented in partnership with Amandla Surfing Association, the World Surf League, the Northern Cape Tourism Authority and Billabong.

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

Top South African surfers to compete on J-Bay’s perfect waves

Pictured: Steven Sawyer rides the nose to victory at the 2018 Taiwan Open of Surfing to claim his maiden WSL World Longboard title. – Credit: © WSL / Tim Hain

Since its world-class waves were first discovered in the 1960’s, Jeffreys Bay has served as a mecca of sorts to surfers from around the world. The quality and consistency of the waves is unparalleled making it one of the top surf destinations in the world. 

 
This year, the famous surf town will be hosting the South African Longboard Championships for the first time in 12 years. After a year off in 2020, the contest will once again see scores of talented longboard surfers from around the country competing for sought-after national titles.
 
The 31st annual South African Longboard Championships, sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, presented by RYD Brand will take place from the 24th – 29th of August 2021.
 
The Championships will be held at the world famous longboarding wave known as Point, which offers a reeling, long-running wave that is ideally suited to longboard surfing. Consistent winter swells in August promise to transform the point break into a spectacular, corduroy-lined surfing arena.
 
“Point is a perfect wave. Having our national contest at the best possible place means so much to us, because it means South Africa’s top longboarders will get to show off their absolute best surfing!” says Jeffreys Bay local and Open Men’s competitor Ryan Lightfoot. 
 
The total prize value amounts to R 80 000, attracting surfers from all provinces of South Africa. Some of the top contenders for the national titles include J-Bay local and 2018 World Champion Steven Sawyer, Cape Town’s rising star Manoa Robb, multiple national champion Tarryn King and top Durban surfer and shaper Christy Gilmour. 
 
In terms of Surfing South Africa Covid-19 protocols all participants will be required to adhere to the Covid -19 event Standard Operating Procedure

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