Why would I put a picture of a man running up a beach for a post on the best left tube in the world? If you have ever been to Skeleton Bay for a solid swell, you will know that what I write here is the absolute, honest truth – Andre Botha is the man at the Namibian freight train. He will literally ride a 100 waves all day long, he does not stop, he goes deeper than anyone and he runs back up the 3km point after every wave. He is almost not human! Watching him both inspires, blows your mind and makes you feel somewhat like a pussy. That is why I chose the image I did for this post, because while every other person is dragging their board back, fighting the worst wetty chafe of their lives and takin a breather, Andre Botha is going full tilt!
You will think 7 minutes a wee long for an online edit, but as I did, you will feel like this video is over in the blink of an eye. So enjoy!
If like me, you are sitting in a boiling hot South Africa and dreaming of deep Pow and colder climes, you might not want to watch this video. Filled with the most glorious powder conditions you could ever dream of, it has me pining for some snowboarding action.
Explore Japan with GoPro athletes John Jackson and Chris Benchetler as they seek to find a moment of perfection in the snow. Follow the journey from the bustling city of Tokyo, to the rural beauty in Hakuba, and finally to the wintery north island of Hokkaido as they find endless fields of untracked powder.
This is seriously the best thing I have ever seen! Since I was a boy I have dreamt what it would be like to fly free like a bird of prey and these guys are about as close to that feeling as you will ever get. I had goosebumps the entire time I was watching. So if anyone out there wants to make my dreams come true, sort me out with these guys so i can go fly free at high speeds above the desert sands.
We mark a new milestone in the chapter of human flight. Join Jetman, Yves Rossy, and his protege, Jetman Vince Reffet as they explore the limits in the city of dreams.
Meet Quincy, she is 6 years old and lives on the Gold Coast of Australia. When most kids her age are just learning to swim, she is already a sponsored surfer and a full on frothing grom! What I like most about her story is that she chose to surf this young. In a world where often we see young sport proteges that have been pushed into it by their parents, it is refreshing to see this story.
If you missed this event, you were sleeping! Absolutely the best locally produced action sports event in South African history. I was lucky enough to host the event and thus got to see most of this action up close and personal, but for those of you who missed out, GoPro have made a great video for you to check out. I guarantee once you watch this, you will not miss the show again! Skate, FMX, BMX and Brian Capper going nuts on his trial bike.
Wow, what an event. Seriously brought home to me why Supercross is the best racing to watch. You get the whole track perspective, instead of just a part of the course, you see tight and fast racing, massive crashes, big jumps and loads of extras like an FMX show featuring Bilko and of course the gorgeous Monster Girls. I was lucky enough to experience the event on the ground, behind the scenes, on track and alongside the gals. Here is my video of the experience.
Get online and make noise, as it looks good for 2 Supercross Africa events next year and you want them in your city!
Big thanks to Wohza (GoPro Africa) and Monster Energy for the assistance.
Yes we all know that that left in Namibia spits out incredible tubes at the drop of a hat. This tube is special though, just look at it, not a drop of water out of place. No speed checks, no misty chandeliers and no kooks floating through the lineup. Then when you time the real speed version in the 2nd half of the video, it comes out a ridiculous 27 seconds – almost half a minute of tube time. So go vote for the guy! Check it out, but be warned you may give up surfing haha.
By now we all know about the absolutely perfect, terrifying and mind blowing tubes on offer at a certain sandbar in Namibia. This video though will simply blow your mind and possibly induce you to make a voodoo doll of Koa Smith, as your jealousy levels may spike rather dramatically from watching the length and utter perfection of his tube rides. Sit down, take some deep breaths and just enjoy the view…
A LastNameFirst.tv short film feat. Koa Smith + Alex Smith, Travis Smith and Dylan Goodale.
In this arid African Desert, 1/5 of all the diamonds in the world exist. They were so common at one point that the locals could walk across the dunes on a full moon and spot them shimmering from a far. We went to this rumored place and found a diamond of our own.
She is one of South Africa’s top action athletes and has competed around the world for her country. On top of that she is a super rad human and rather good looking! All in all, Melissa Coleburn is a great ambassador for SA Sport. Check her out as she destroys the Blue Rock cable park in Somerset West.