Every proper surf-roadtrip has a definitive anthem. There have been 2 in the history of theBOMBsurf that really stick out for me. The one trip was Ben Harper & the Relentless 7 - after which we named a feature in the magazine "Shimmer and Shine" and the other was around the middle of 2009 - Billabong Pro time - and the album was Metallica's "Death Magnetic". John and I simply loved that album - and we blasted it wherever we went. Loudly.
When I heard that Metallica were doing a collaborative album with 70 year old Lou Reed, I was naturally curious. For those of you who don't know Lou Reed - he was the guy from the 70's band Velvet Underground, but he enjoyed more success on his own with songs like "Walk on the Wild Side".
The album is called "LULU" and it is inspired by the German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind’s plays Earth Spirit and Pandora’s Box, which tell the story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships, and are now collectively known as the Lulu plays.
Originally the lyrics and musical landscape for Lulu were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin. After Lou performed with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 they decided to make more music together. The Lulu project began in May 2011 at HQ studios in Northern California, with Lou’s lyrics as the starting point.
The Album is available from Look and Listen for Download for R111.00 or if you're a die hard fan, enter the competition and win one of 3 albums exclusively from theBOMBsurf and Universal Music.
This competition is now closed: The Winners have been notified and sent their CDs. Thanks for entering!
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Posted by Raptor on the 29/01/2012 21:57
Metallica bring the power. Lou bring the seed.
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Wave Wizards postponed due to wild surf
The next and final Wave Wizards event for 2011 will be:
Sunday 3 Feb:
BRONZE BEACH – if waves too small then move to main beach
7:30 pm sharp
See entry form attached
Will take place at the Umhlanga Ski Boat Club on Saturday the 4th of Feb
The Wave Wizards Club Surf Event due to be held at Bronze Beach Umhlanga will be postponed from 28 Jan to Sat 4 Feb.
Tropical Cyclone FUNSO which has been reeking havoc in Mozam has reached out coastline and conditions are hectic to say the least. Many shark nets have already been lifted and even safe Ushaka surf will be dangerous.
Apologies from the Wave Wizards Committee but Mother Nature is in charge and for safety reasons we need to respect her.
In short – Final event for 2011 will now take place on Sat 4 Feb (all entries this weekend will be carried over), and later that night at UMHLANGA SKI BOAT CLUB we will have the event AND the annual prize giving all in the same evening. Function starts at 5:30 / 6pm, theme is Pirates and Princesses. Paid up members get their chow (surfer lingo) for free. Family and friends pay R50 for food and there will be a cash bar. ALL WELCOME!
For any queries please call Jestyn on 079 500 3945
You can either enter by EFT (if depositing cash please add an extra R20 for bank fees – no jokes it is R18 odd to deposit cash) OR – go into HURRICANE SURF SHOP and see Louise at Buxtons Spar Centre in Umhlanga.
If you have never entered a WW before – you must please pay R50 temp membership plus R50 for the event = R100 to enter.
A very big THANK YOU to the following sponsors who have and will be sponsoring more prizes for the year end:
HURRICANE SURF CO, HURLEY, MONSTER ENERGY, LUNDUN SUNNIES, CHANNEL ISLANDS, WAVEHOUSE, MEDIA SLAVE, BAR-BA-COA
Inviting all paid up members of Wave Wizards Surf Club for a Free Supper at the Umhlanga Ski Boat Club on Sat 4 February 2012.
All other family and friends of the surfing community are also invited and supper will be at a cost of R50 per head.
We will be celebrating young and old and very old – ALL SURFERS AND THEIR FAMILIES FRIENDS WELCOME!
We need to know numbers for catering purposes so - Please click on link below to download form and fax back to the number listed on form.
My son(15)started surfing 4 months ago, he is really good. Just want to know, do u guys have a club where u practice? How much for a surf trainer to train my son to become professional? Please let me know by email or 079 570 6494
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Riding Road Mountains
"Riding Road mountains" is the theme for this years Mossel Bay Downhill Dash to be held on the weekend of 4th and 5th February 2012. This forms part of the Dias Festival and will see the country's top downhill skaters congregating in Mossels to compete for the coveted title of Downhill Dash Champion 2012 and to show off their skills to the local community.
theBOMBsurf caught up with the organiser, Mike Sheppard from Waves Surf Shop and some of the top competitors from last year and got the scoop from the organisers on what is fast becoming an integral part of the Downhill calendar.
Mike, give us a little background to the event - how long has it been going and how did it come about in the first place?
Riding Road Mountains started last year. Mossel Bay has some of the smoothest tarmac in the country. We also have fairly steep roads in the general municipal area, especially the CBD. We have a growing Skating Fraternity and I would like to see some “Skate Friendly” roads in our municipal district in the near future. I believe our event, Riding Road Mountains could be the catalyst we need for this to happen.
What are some of your personal highlights from events gone by?
Absolutely blown away by the awesome competitors, the distances they travelled to support our event and the community [6000 +-] who came to support the event.
Who are some of the riders participating this year - and who can we look out for?
We have not heard from Glen Phillips yet, but Matt Ardene has confirmed his spot!
From a surfing perspective, do many of the Southern Cape locals, take to the tarmac? Do any of them ever compete with the hardcore downhillers?
Loads of the locals own some form of skateboard. There has been quite a big growth in the sliding and cruising styles. As for the downhill hard core, they go down the hill at 02h00, on anything that would take them on 4 wheels and fast.
Matt Arderne, SA champion in 2010 has this to say...
Matt, you came second last year in this event to Glenn Phillips. What's your strategy this year?
Last year the event was really great, so I think this year everyone will be up for the new and improved course. The right race strategy is difficult to predict because we haven't skated the new course, but most likely you will need to be in front going into the last corner, which will most likely mean mayhem!
Tell us about the equipment you're on?
I ride Fibretec boards, handmade in Switzerland, Abec 11 Wheels, Fat Ant Bushings made in Cape Town and Aera Trucks. The big factor for the race is going to be choosing wheels, it all depends on that last corner and how tight it is...
Have you been doing any specific training?
The nice thing about skating is that the training is pretty fun, and skating with your mates is never dull, so we do "train" a lot, but it's always just skate sessions.
Matt Arderne (left) chases friend, Raoul van Den Berg (right), down the Hot Heels Africa track, the last race of 2011. Image by Loius Joubert.
Matt, What was your highlight of the event last year?
It was such an unexpectedly awesome weekend away, no one really knew what to expect from the weekend, so to go up and enjoy it so much really made it that much better. Not to mention the prize money!
What's your day job?
I'm studying Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University.
You surf right? So why should surfers get into Downhill skateboarding?
I grew up in Cape Town, and surfing mid-winter in freezing onshore slop just because there was nothing else to do, we quickly found out that going for a slide session gave was the better alternative! Also learning to slide gives a cool sensation that you can relate to as a surfer, doing standup slides feels sort of similar to a cutback fin waft type thing.
What do we need to do in SA to grow the sport?
We need local companies to see that the sport is growing rapidly internationally, and that there is an opportunity for a local company to be the first one to get behind the local scene and help push the race scene from its early stages into something bigger.
Full concentration at full speed. Image by Melanie Fourie of Ultra M photography.
Literally following close behind Matt is Anton Pratt, who came a close 3rd in the event last year:
Anton, you came third last year in this event to Glenn Phillips and Matt - what's your approach this year?
My approach......for Mossel's is pretty much to get the biggest smile on my dial....make top 8 and have an extra run.....same approach for all races: "Have a shit load of fun"
What are you riding?
OK well my board is a Rebel 2 aka "Ama Speed Freak" made by Project Skateboards......really cool local skate co. GOG trucks with FAT ANT Bushings Bones Swiss Super 6 bearings and Wheels range from ABEC 11 Lime Big-Zigs to Orangotang Orange In-heats/4 Prez. This is my race set-up.......one of many boards in the quiver.
Have you been doing any specific training or you just skating whenever you can?
Ha ha ja I am always training.....skate hard always
Anton showing skill and style at full speed - image by Jakub Fulin.
What was your highlight of the event last year?
Just the whole mission hey, I went up with a sick crew (Gerhard, Eebin and Steve) we drove up in the Faff van. The comp was well executed for a first time event and friendly organisers and a styling vibe. Skating with all your friends burning down a 4 lane wide Main road..........ja what's not to like. It's so hard to put a finger on an actual individual thing.........so I'll have to say it was the party.....
How else do you keep busy when you're not bombing hills?
WOW......well I do Irrigation, civil and turf from 7-5 with the rest of my time I focus my attention on FAT ANT Bushings and Project Skateboards.
Mossels is primarily a surf-orientated town. Is downhill skating relevant to surfers, and will it become more so through events like this?
Yeah I still surf......not as much as I would like to though. Downhill took over my life, once you start........... ............As for skating in any respect being related to riding the glossy tunnel, the answer is "4 sho". Surfing was the birth of skating, surfers can get into it quick cause of the similar aspects..... .....I think the more this gets exposure the more will come ride, plain and simple.
Where do you see the growth coming from in the sport?
The youth......the key lies with them... There is already a boom in the Industry locally and abroad. Last year we had record turn outs at comps. We now have an established Groms category (under 17) and our first Ladies Category as well. More get together's like this up coming event in Mossel Bay.
Finally, theBOMBsurf caught up with Raoul van den Berg - one of the main stalwarts in the Stellenbosch and Western Cape skating scene
Raoul, Tell us a little about about the state of Downhill skateboarding in SA?
It's become huge! Real sponsors are getting involved. More and more spectators pile in at every event. But more importantly, there has been a change in the riders. They train, they prepare mentally, they don't drink before or at events. They look after their bodies. It's awesome to see guys taking it to the next level!
Do we compete on a global scale?
I think we do, and on fast tracks with fast sweeping corners we definitely do. The majority of our hills are fast, which in turn makes us fast. We do however struggle a bit when it gets technical. For that reason few of us head overseas every year to learn.
In the shot from front to back, Raoul van den Berg, Anton Pratt, Paul Du Plessis, Murray Chandler
Image by Melanie Fourie of Ultra M photography.
What was your highlight of the last Mossel bay event?
Other than the fact we got to race down a city main street? I would say all the stoked spectators.
Who's the smart money on for this year's event?
Sjo, this is a difficult one! It could be any of the usual favourites. It's anybody's game really.
Who's your personal favourite SA Downhill skater and why?
It's impossible for me to choose one. All of us bring our own style and flare to the table. I enjoy skating, learning and hanging out with each and every one of them.
Raoul and the Cornerstone crew shot this little clip from last year's event.
Mosselbay 2011 event final results: 1st Glen Philips, 2nd Matt Arderne, 3rd Anton Pratt, 4th Alex Duss
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Posted by Arlind on the 22/02/2012 08:51
Wow so glad you guys got to go to Cape May one last time. Wish we could have been there. Even thgouh we haven't been in years, it's sad to see it go. Was hoping to go one last time ..
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Make every second count
"How much?" I asked the guys in the shop. "And can I surf with it?" They looked at me with a tilt of the head, and while they listened to my predicament, strapped it to my wrist and swiftly explained the functions.
"It's digital and analogue. It has a stopwatch. It has a timer. It has a second time-zone in case you travel overseas. It's bloody tough and water resistant. Anything else you need? "
"Um...diving" I stammered. Trying not to look foolish.
"It's got a stainless steel case back and case protector, a salt water resistant Polyurethane strap and will easily survive diving to 100 metres. You'd do well to break it chum"
"What if do?" I tested, as I sidled backward from the big guy.
"It's got a 12 month straight swap guarantee. If anything happens in the 1st year of ownership you simply send the watch and the slip back and get a brand new one for free" he replied.
The exchange done, and I went straight for a surf.
You see, If you're like me, and you always wear a watch - no matter what - then you'll know that helpless, naked feeling that envelops you when you don't have one on. I HAVE to have a watch on - to tell the time, the date, what day of the week it is and timing my cross-training runs. If I don't have a watch on I feel anxious and lost. Especially when I'm surfing the dawnie and I know I have a meeting to get to.
The other day my regular tide watch went in for repairs. They told me it would have to go back to the manufacturers and would take up to 3 weeks to fix. I started to panic. Besides my dress watches and a few perished non-functional surf watches from my youth, I was watch-less. It just so happened that later that day when pulling into the Surf HQ down at the beachfront, I saw this little fella:
The relief and the waves washing over me simultaneously. I was amazed at how weightless this watch is. So light in fact, that I hardly realised it was on. But as I habitually glanced at my wrist, there it was - ticking and blinking back at me.
I wore it for 3 weeks and it never came off my wrist. Sure, it's not an onboard computer - but it doesn't pretend to be. It tells the time, it's light, comfy, tough and at R399 - almost everyone can afford one.
My original tide watch came back the other day. Truth be told it sat in the packaging for another week before it saw daylight. Now I'm spoilt for choice. If I'm running or dirtbiking, then this is the watch I use...and lately I've noticed, glancing at my watch out at backline, trying to see how many more waves I can squeeze before heading in...I'm sometimes surprised to see this little fella twinkling back at me.
The Bad Boy BB5155
Dual Analogue and Digital Display
24 hour Stopwatch
Countdown Timer (Can be used as a Heat Timer)
2nd Time Zone for Overseas Travel
Backlight for Night Illumination
Stainless Steel Case Back and Case Protector
Stainless steel buckle
Tough Salt Water Resistant Polyurethane strap
10ATM Water Resistant
12 Month Warranty
R399.00 FREE delivery anywhere in RSA if you order from the SURF HQ surfshop in Durban
or contact Charl at firstname.lastname@example.org or 031 3687568.
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Rollin Retro with RVCA
Rollin' Retro...by Roosta.
So what if retro aint cool anymore…Rasta shmasta- cool kids riding planks is so that last Jack Johnson movie and Drifting. What happened to celebrating our surfing heritage as a buncha stylish reprobates? Lurking in carparks and living in vans. Now that the ASP has all our heroes peeing in cups with their tennis player professionalism.
We the other 99 percent are gona be giving it stick like the old school at Llandudno this Saturday the 21st Rolling Retro with RVCA and VUDU surf- we all know how much you love to dress up there in the Cape so bust out the Zink- or keep it cosmic with a beaver tail and Gerry Lopez Single fin shooter the weather gods look they are on our side with sun , swell and a Summer’s day much like last year predicted- the slides are gonna be play…
A hundred bucks gets you in the draw for a sweet ol’ school Vudu replica surfboard- with the event logo on it, a RVCA tee, and in a heat with access to Robbie Macdonald of Vudu surf’s most delicious of quivers from old John Whitmores to some super nasty looking 80’s thrusters-or bring your own board if you have one and wana show it off- there will be prizes for best dressed dudes and dudettes and chow n’ beer at the lifesaving club…
Last year we had some serious players in the celebrity heat and this year’s looking no different- Lord Royden Bryson who’s now big in China and Japan will be in the mix, Mike Shlebach and the big wave crew will be there im sure as well as last year’s winner one Mike Grendon who recently rode a wave on a stepladder and in a speedo!?! so entertainment will be of a premium quality as well as the always lavish spread of eye-candy all over the beach- so which part don’t you get? And pull in…
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