"When you hit the lip, you want to take a more horizontal approach sucking the knees up to the chest and projecting both arms forward grabbing the outside rail with the front arm.
The back arm plays a big role in this move as well and needs to be pushing forward to balance out the grab. You’ll see as I’m landing, my back arm comes back but I throw it forward as soon as I land. That part is interesting to check out because It shows the importance of the back arm and how I barely recovered from letting it fall back. Even though the focus is on the front grab, it’s the back arm and shoulder being forward that’s the most important thing to remember. ️" - Shane Beschen on a frontside slob
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JBay – the 2018 JBay Winterfest preparations are kicking into gear, and this year looks to be the best edition of the festival thus far. Entering its 6th year, this year has a number of additions that will undoubtedly elevate it to the biggest sport and cultural festival in the Eastern Cape.
To elevate the JBay Winterfest to the next level, the Corona Open JBay event sponsor has introduced the Corona Sunset Sessions, where 12 of the best bands in South Africa will perform live at the contest venue, free of charge. These bands will perform in Pepper Street, the Corona Open JBay contest site, and will actually perform on the prize-giving stage.
These Sunset Sessions will be broken down into 6 nights, with two bands playing each of these nights. The headline acts for these free sessions include the dynamic Desmond and the Tutus, rock sensation Shadowclub, the inimitable aKing, and Sean Koch, as well as Sunset Sweatshop, Rubber Duc and others. Many of the bands selected consist of surfers in their lineups, and they promise to rock the contest site for those six evenings, all for free.
So that takes care of the two weekends of the waiting period, with the Corona Sunset Sessions taking place Thursday 05 July – Saturday 7 July, and Thursday 12 July – Saturday 14 July.
Last year the Corona Open JBay Championship Tour (CT) surfing event was a huge success, with the best surfers in the world reveling in the perfect surf that Supertubes delivered for 9 days of competition. The event included some incredible performances, a visit by a shark, a 20-point heat by South African star performer Jordy Smith, and some of the most dramatic surfing even seen in JBay by the eventual event winner Filipe Toledo from Brazil.
Jordy Smith, who paid JBay a visit recently to get some waves and acclimatize himself into the winter weather and surf patterns, has two event wins under the belt already from 2010 and 2011, and will come into this event as the danger-man with a very real possibility of taking another win at one of his favourite waves in the world.
“It’s always so good to return to JBay and to get a few waves at Supers,” said Jordy of the upcoming event. “It’s one of the best waves in the world and definitely one of my favourite waves, as well as one of my favourite stops on the tour.”
Jordy had a good run of results in Indonesia recently, and enters this event rated 8th on the Jeep Leaderboard. A big result in JBay will see him back in contention for a world title run for the back half of the CT season.
At this stage there are a few injuries, and reigning world champion John John Florence from Hawaii is a doubtful starter, as is 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater. This leaves the door open for more wildcard and replacement slots.
This year the World Surf League has also invited the Women back for their first Championship Tour contest since 2000. With the incredible amount of good days of surfing last year, as well as the previous few years, there will be plenty of surf to run off the event for the best female surfers in the world, including reigning World Champion Australian Tyler Wright, current Jeep Leaderboard ranking leader Lakey Peterson (USA), the recent Uluwatu CT event winner Johanne Defay (France), Rip Curl Women’s Pro winner and multiple world title holder Stephanie Gilmore from Australia and the dynamic Brazilian goofy-footer Tatiana Weston-Webb among a host of others. These surfers will get to enjoy the perfection that is Supertubes while chasing down 10,000 points and first place prize money of US$65,000 (R875k).
The Cold Water Swim Classic is another hardcore event taking place during the JBay Winterfest 2018.
Sub-15 C water, icy air temperatures and wearing nothing more than a speedo type costume, goggles and a swim cap await swimmers in the 2018 Cold Water Swim Classic.
One of the founding events of the JBay Winterfest, the Swim Classic is an extreme event that takes place in the salt water canals of Marina Martinique.
The Marina is renowned world wide as one of the best open water swim venues on the planet and is also growing in reputation as a cold water swim destination, which has led to the Swim Classic becoming an official Robben Island qualifying event.
There are three distances on offer during the JBay Winterfest – a mile, double mile and a gruelling triple mile.
Swimmers will have an option of entering a wetsuit division, should the thought of possible 12 C water be too much of a challenge.
Presented by Nicholas Melck Property, the Swim Classic has seen swimmers like Theodore Yach participate. Yach is the undisputed king of Robben Island with well over 100 crossings to his name, while Abriella Bredell, the youngest swimmer to ever cross the notorious channel between the Island and Cape Town is also the youngest swimmer ever to complete the Swim Classic triple mile – at age 10.
Conditions are bound to be tough and challenging again in 2018. Pre enter the event via www.jbaywinterfest.com
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Out of all the plastic consumed in the world — some estimate the amount to be more than 250 million tons a year — only 10% is recycled. As a result, enough plastic to fill an entire garbage truck enters the ocean every minute.
Not cool. But that’s enough with the gloomy statistics — let’s talk action.
Three simple words can help us collectively address the world’s plastic problem: reduce, reuse and recycle. For now, let’s focus on the last one.
Our favorite form of recycling? Making boardshorts, of course.
With the help of Repreve technology, Quiksilver has been turning plastic bottles into boardshorts and other products for over five years. Producing boardshorts with recycled polyester consumes 45% less energy and 20% less water than conventional methods. Overall, the recycled product is responsible for one third fewer greenhouse gases than conventional polyester — and it helps prevent bottles from making it into our lineups.
Over the next few years, our goal is to incorporate recycled plastic into every boardshort we make. Working towards that goal, a major milestone has been reached — Quiksilver has officially recycled 100 million bottles into boardshorts and other goods.
To celebrate, we’re donating $10 for every Repreve boardshort purchased on International Surfing Day (June 16th) to a non-profit organization called 5 Gyres. 5 Gyres use science, art, education and adventure to help make the world a better place.
Shop the range here and find a pair of boardshorts that you can feel good in and feel good about.
In the end, we believe that if you’re kind to the planet, the planet will be kind to you — which means you’ll get more barreled. So, here’s to catching a few waves to celebrate International Surfing Day. And here’s to enjoying a clean, healthy planet on all the International Surfing Days to come.
Despite having left the Dream Tour, Taj Burrow continues to step on the gas pedal.
The Australian who never won but should've won the world surfing title is now traveling the world in search of idyllic swells and transparent barrels.
The talented regular-footed surfer from Busselton, in Western Australia, turned 40 and released a new video edit that proves that he is deeply missed on the Championship Tour.
Sooner or later, drugs are gonna get 'ya. Sooner or later, drugs are gonna win - and you're gonna lose. As I write these words, I can't help think about the late River Phoenix and what could have been.
So much accomplished at a young age, yet leaving so much potential, for future greatness on the table.
More recently, in the past five or ten years or so, a whole bunch of talented, wealthy, famous people with every reason to live have been dropping dead in their forties and 50s: Tom Petty (1950-2017 = 66) Michael Jackson (1958-2009 = 51), George Michael (1963-2016 = 53), Prince (1958-2016 = 57), "Buttons" Kaluhiokalani (1958-2013 = 55), Jay Adams (1961-2014 = 51), Shawn "Barney" Barron (1970-2015 = 44), Vince Collier (1960-2018 = 57).
The JBay Winterfest will be hosting the Corona Sunset Sessions, a series of 12 FREE music bands and acts, that will perform at Pepper Street, on the main Corona Open JBay prize-giving stage.
12 of the hottest acts in the country will be performing for all the music and surfing fans in JBay, and there are some massive bands in the mix.
Sunset Sweatshop are one of the acts that will be performing on the opening night of the Corona Sunset Sessions. Hailing from Cape Town, Sunset Sweatshop describe themselves as ‘a proudly South African feel-good rock band with reggae and folk influences!’
Should be good. Check out their hit video Move It below.
She could've been a ballet, but she ended up chasing the world's largest ocean waves. Here are some curious facts about Brazilian big wave surfer Maya Gabeira.
Maya Reis Gabeira was born in Rio de Janeiro, on April 10, 1987. Unlike many kids of her generation, she was introduced to surfing when she was already a full-grown teenager.
Gabeira has already been called the "Super Woman of Surfing." But she still gets anxious and stressed a few days before a storm kicks in.
The 32-year-old surfer from Florianopolis spent 12 years competing in the Qualifying Series (QS) on a quest to join the elite of surfing.
Now, he is one of the happiest surfers on the planet. Not only he joined the Championship Tour (CT) but also won his first major event.
Cardoso had already done well in Bali by finishing his campaign as a quarterfinalist. This time, the Brazilian regular footer beat Julian Wilson in the final.
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Using complex modular techniques, artists developed exquisite designs and breathtaking masterpieces.
But would it be possible to create surf-inspired artworks using paper and our own bare hands?
Why not? We've seen origami dragons, unicorns, snakes, and dinosaurs, so it's all about putting your imagination to work and making the most out of your natural aptitude.
Surfing came first, but the sport of riding the streets ended up developing its own culture and technicalities. Here's how skateboarding can improve your surfing skills.
Initially, before skateboarding started gaining traction in urban America, the board with four wheels was seen as a warm-up piece of equipment for the flat days.
If there were no waves in the ocean, surfers would step on a skateboard and cruise the boardwalk, waiting for the perfect to kick in. But as they explored its potential, surfers discovered an exciting new sport.
Desmond And The Tutus, Shadowclub, aKing and other Top Acts For Corona Sunset Sessions at the JBay W
JBay – The event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts.
The Corona Sunset Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes.
The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows.
Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds.
Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night.
Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early.
The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced wildcard slot.
Come down and enjoy the surfing and cheer our local surfers on, and then head over to the Corona Sunset Sessions, grab a Corona and enjoy some of the top music acts in the country. Other bands and artists include Sean Koch, Sunset Sweatshop, Sawyer, Rubber Duc, Money For Bali, Majozi and The Steezies.
The full lineup of acts at the Corona Sunset Sessions:
Thursday 05 July
Friday 06 July
Money for Bali
Saturday 07 July
Desmond & The Tutus
Nic Preen & The World of Birds
Thursday 12 July
Friday 13 July
Saturday 14 July