surfing

Expert surfers are both gutsy and adrenaline junkies and crave dangerous waves.

Thriving on the swell of the water beneath them, there are three things that affect size – wind speed, wind duration and fetch. The pressure and intensity of this deadly combination translates into power. The sheer forces of these extreme waves are left to the pros as they can be quite overwhelming for a novice caught in the current or undertow.
GnARLY sURFERS

John john florence

John “John” Alexander Florence was born on 18 October 1992 is an American professional surfer. He is known as “one of the most dominant Pipe surfers of his era” and has most recently won the title of 2016 World Surf League Men’s Champion, thus naming him the best surfer in the world. He is the first Hawaiian champion since 3 times world champion Andy Irons.

Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright is born on March 31, 1994 is an Australian professional surfer on the WSL World Tour. She is the younger sister of professional surfer Owen Wright. Wright showed precocious talent and at just 14 she overtook multiple champions, some twice her age, to become the youngest-ever winner of a Championship Tour event, Layne Beachley’s Beachley Classic in 2008. Tyler Wright is the 2016 World Surf League Women’s World Champion.

EQUIPMENT

WET SUIT

A surfboard is an elongated platform used in the sport of surfing. Surfboards are relatively light, but are strong enough to support an individual standing on them while riding an ocean surface wave breaking wave.

SURFBOARD

Specifically designed foot wear is usually worn for climbing. To increase the grip of the foot on a climbing wall or rock face due to friction, the shoe is soled with a vulcanized rubber layer. Usually, shoes are only a few millimetres thick and fit very snugly around the foot.

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.”

BUZZY TRENT

RIDE THE WAVE

WORLD’S biggest wave

Garrett McNamara’s 90-foot Nazaré wave was officially confirmed by Guinness World Records as the largest wave ever surfed. A panel of big-wave experts and photographers analyzed the footage with Guinness World Records and named the 2011 wave the “Largest Wave Ever Surfed” finally.

Dungeons

Situated at the foot of the Sentinel Mountain outside Hout Bay, Western Cape, the Dungeons has for years been a popular,
but challenging surfing spot for both locals and globetrotting surfing adventurers. Voted as one of the must-surf ‘big wave’ destinations by
numerous international surfing experts, the Dungeons’ distinctive giant swells are few and far between, but always worth the wait.
The big waves usually occur more frequently during the South African winter, generated from Southern Hemisphere
ocean storms known as the Roaring Forties.

Teahupoo

Teahupoo is a village on the south-east coast of the island of Tahiti, French Polynesia, southern Pacific Ocean.
It is known for the surf break and heavy, glassy waves offshore, often reaching 2 to 3 m (6.6 to 9.8 ft), and sometimes up to
7 meters (23 feet). It is the site of the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti surf competition, part of the World Championship Tour of the
Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour surfing circuit and used to be one stop in the
World Tour of the International Bodyboarding Association.

Banzai Pipeline

The Banzai Pipeline, or simply “Pipeline” or “Pipe,” is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in
Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef.
Pipeline is notorious for huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow,
thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride. There are three reefs at Pipeline in progressively deeper water further out to sea that
activate according to the increasing size of approaching ocean swells.