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Young Wise Tails presents Highline

October 15th, 2013 by John Zanussi

Highline is a short movie filmed and edited by Ryan Perry and produced by Young Wise Tails. It is based on our trip to South Africa with Tanner Gudauskas, Taylor Knox, and Parker and Conner Coffin. It was a bit of a search for waves to bring back the stoke in power surfing. More »

Winter Bliss

September 13th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

Winter is South Africa is not much of a winter at all, at least not by New York standards. It doesn’t snow and the coldest average temperature in Cape Town in the winter is 7 degrees Celcius (about 44 degrees Farenheit) and 11 degrees Celcius (51 degrees Farenheit) in Durban. To us, that’s “praise the lord” warm. However, winter in South Africa also means long, fast barrels and clean ramps. Keep an eye on the barrel around the 1:40 mark as the surfer squeezes out of it. Enjoy some “Winter Bliss.” Music: Toro Y Moi- Still SoundMore »

Local, Random

Wavescape Auctions Surfboard Art In Hamptons

August 24th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

South African-based surf festival entity Wavescape raised over $10,200 (R85,000) in an auction in Amagansett, NY last week to benefit the Hoops4Hope and the Isiqalo Foundation charities, which aim to help kids in African countries. More »

Photo of the Day

Green Gold

August 17th, 2012 by John Zanussi

One of the coolest wave photos I’ve seen in a long time. See the entire collection at thespex.com. More »

French Connexion Back in Africa

August 14th, 2012 by John Zanussi

Remember that rad video of the French Connexion dudes surfing that long-ass left in Africa? No? Watch it here. Well the guys went back to Africa and found more amazing waves, both rights and lefts. More »

Contests

Adriano de Souza Wins 2012 Billabong Pro J-Bay

July 15th, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

In it’s first year downgraded to a 6-star event, the legendary Billabong Pro Jeffrey’s Bay lacked it’s usual luster for many of the top seeded pros on tour. More »

Features, Interviews, Surf Movies

Surfing And Sharks

May 3rd, 2012 by Samantha Rupert

All surfers have some kind of relationship or stigma with sharks. They are the mysteriously fascinating predators that swim beneath your feet when you’re waiting for a set, the creatures that can smell the blood from your reef rash from miles away and the animals that have a reputation for being brutal killers, when they are just misunderstood and horrifically portrayed. If you know anything about sharks, you know South Africa is the hot spot. In June, when the swell starts pumping, the sharks roll in, following the sardines on their migration. Only in South African waters can you see a 2-ton great white shark breach the surface in powerful fashion as it bombards its seal dinner. More »

Eric Geiselman South Africa Mini Edit

July 27th, 2011 by John Zanussi

Not sure where I found this one but Eric Geiselman now has an account on Vimeo and this is the first video he uploaded 2 days ago. It’s a pretty good clip of him having some fun in South Africa in the water and at the skate park. More »

John John in South Africa

July 26th, 2011 by John Zanussi

At the recent ASP Prime Mr Price Pro Ballito, John John Florence was surfing like a madman and finished the event in 2nd place. I don’t know about you but with surfing like this, it looks like John John belongs on the big tour. With his current position in the World Rankings, it seems possible that John could qualify for next year. More »

Contests

Billabong Pro J-Bay Results and Recap

July 26th, 2011 by John Zanussi

For the second year in a row, Jordy Smith has won the Billabong Pro J-Bay. Having a bit of a hometown advantage the South African really showed his abilities in the later rounds of the competition. The final against Mick Fanning was a real close one, but Jordy came out on top beating Mick by only 0.77 points. We’ve got the rundown on the later rounds of the competition, along with photos, videos, and the new world rankings below. More »

Contests

Billabong Pro J-Bay ON HOLD!!!!

July 22nd, 2011 by John Zanussi

I’m pretty sure everyone, including the pros slotted to surf in round 3 of the Billabong Pro J-Bay were expecting the contest to start up again early this morning in South Africa. Expectations were let down. After not one, or two, or three, or even four, but nine, NINE, calls to put the contest on hold, they officially called yet another lay day at 3:15pm. More »

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