By all accounts the excitement around ‘The Africa Project’ was not just vacuous bullshit, the film delivered – big time! The 400 strong audience who attended the premiere were not disappointed by Jason Hearn’s latest offering. An epic travelogue with amazing imagery, incredible surfing and a superb local soundtrack make for one incredibly exciting surf film. More reminiscent of surf movies of old the audience was stooooked and hooted and hollered their way through the pretty long (for a surf movie) film. If you didn’t get to see it, this is definitely something you want in your Christmas stocking!
2. Michael Grendon.
Resembling someone more closely wanted by the nursing staff at Falkenberg Michael took to the frigid Atlantic waters armed with only his speedo, longboard, ladder and beautiful Movember tach. If you’d been surfing in the Atlantic in only a speedo you’d have also wanted a ladder to get as far away from the water as you could – it was that cold. That said Michael took out the honours in one of the divisions, landed himself on the front page of the Cape Times and took home a new Xcel wetsuit in the process. Niiiice!
3. Roddy Torr
There are a lot of wacky laid back individuals who choose to call Kommetjie home and that is why Kommetjie is, well, like it is, laid back and wacky... Rather than fight the stream, local surfshop owner Roddy Rorr went with the flow and organised a fun surf festival where it was all about been wacky and having fun. Little did he realise what a huge success the event would be and how many peeps would rock up and go off.
Nice one Roddy! If you are ever in Kommetjie go check out Roddy’s shop known fondly as you guessed it The Kommetjie Surf Shop. That place is so cool it should be declared a national heritage site. After you’ve bought something there go next door to ‘The Green Room’ and order a Green Room Burger – you’ll be so glad you did!
And Who Blew It?
1. Neil Zietsman.
You know how the day slips away from you and suddenly there is only a half an hour of light left and you still haven’t had the surf you’ve been promising yourself all day..? Well last week that happened to Neil.He finally reached the beach with his froth is overdrive moments before sunset. He was so amped to get out there and was checking out the sets that he did what no respectful surfer would ever admit to (even if we’ve all done it at least once). He put his suit on back to front in his haste to get into the water. Realising that the chest zip had now become a yogi back zip full flex and his knee pads were busy massaging the back of his legs he decided to bravely soldier on rather than turn back and sacrifice yet more precious minutes of daylight. So the normally very suave Mr Zietsman was rocking some seriously backwards fashion last week and apparently ran home backwards afterwards to complete the picture.
2. Jason Hearn.
If Jason had 400 copies of his film available for sale on Friday he would have surely sold out! Eish now you are just gonna have to rash him on Facebook if you want to try get a copy.
3. The ANC.
Pushing through the State Information Bill last week was so typically banana republic of the ANC, also it means we’re condemned to wearing black on Tuesdays for the foreseeable future. This is ok for Kommetjie locals in their Wetsuits (Michael Grendon excluded) but seriously sucks for the rest of us. Not to mention that a tiny thing called “FREEDOM OF SPEECH” is at stake here...eish ou’s common, seriously how much more gravy do you think there is in this train?
Sorry no.No comoassipn for anybody who actively sold their possessions in preparation for Camping's rapture.These people WANTED to be fooled. They weren't coerced. Camping is not all that convincing. He was WRONG ABOUT THIS BEFORE! Those people are morons. We don;t need to help morons continue to be morons. They sold their stuff and quit their jobs. Good for the economy!
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Injury, excellence and some highly innapropriate fashion behaviour
Who Blew Up
1. Jason Hearn
After years of working on his his most ambitious project to date entitled the Africa Project, Jason the man and creative driving force behind ‘15 below’ and ‘The Path’ has finally completed the edit and it is now done and dusted. Undoubtedly SA’s finest surf film maker debuts his new film next week in Cape Town. The good news is that entrance is FREE, yea we’re not kidding just get down to Trinity, 15 Bennett Street, Green Point, Cape Town on Friday 25th. Pre-drinks start around 7pm with the movie starting at 8. Our suggestion is get there early if you wanna be sure to get a seat to see SA’s best surfers in Africa’s best waves all put together by SA’s best surf film maker!
Apart from dominating the VST title race and running his own dynamic site this year, Wok has been busy working with Peter Hamblin on a new show entitled ‘The Wright Side of Wrong’. This is typically edgy, typically entertaining Wok at his best. It is great to see a new crop of SA surfers turned media peeps breaking exciting new ground.
3. Adeline Mocke
To complete our trifecta of creative acknowledgement this week, we’re stoked to announce that former BOMBshell, Adeline Mocke has just released her new single. To download Adeline Mocke's latest release 'STUKKIES' SMS AM to 38187.Sms cost R10 T&C's apply. If she sings as good as she looks its gonna be epic! Support local artists and download the track.
And Who Blew It?
1. Brandon Kerzner.
On a recent late season trip to the Mentawiis Brandon had just had an epic barrel at Maccas. Only 3 days into his trip, he apparently then jinxed himself while paddling out by saying ‘ha now we can go home’. The next wave he managed tear the bicep tendon clean off the bone in a freak accident. Eish! From there he had a nightmare exit from the Mentawii’s to eventually find decent health care in Singapore. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he is back in the water soon.
2. Grandad in the shorebreak
Summer is the time to bust out the boardies and this year is all about the short boardshort, but beware if you’ve got a couple of clangers that hang just make sure your boardies are a bit longer than grandads!
The god of surf, the maker of waves and the source of all things good looks like he has completely forsaken the Reef Hawaiian Pro which is the first jewel in the prestigious Triple Crown. Talk about scratching the barrel in some of the smallest most anti-climatic surf ever for an event in Hawaii. The organisers will be forced to try and complete the event in barely breaking 1-2ft slop over the next 3 days.
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Shelley / Oh, Liz. You just put into words all my same feelings now too. Emily atsrted a 2-day a week preschool last week and we are both in the adjustment period. (Could they be going to the same one by chance? CCC?) Helps to read about you two also. Where did our baby girls go?!! And come on out now Baby Boy!