Beyrick de Vries comes across as a funny guy. Believe me, he is very, very funny. Just follow him on Instagram to find out for yourself. But, underneath the humour and laughs lies a very serious competitor and a perfectionist. Hence, it took a bit longer to get his signature film out than planned, because it had to be perfect.
A serious cast of surfing talent
I was fortunate enough to be in the water at a few locations where the film was shot. Beyrick was a standout at every session.
Joining him in the varied African lineups was a tight crew of his friends, who all happen to be some serious rippers themselves. Brendon Gibbens is probably the most famous free surfer to ever come out of South Africa. Shane Sykes is one of the most talented of the younger generation, hailing from Salt Rock in Ballito. Then you have perennial charger, Dale Staples, in the mix.
All in all, a stacked lineup of South African surf talent.
Location, location, location – Beyrick de Vries chose well!
You cant have a good surf film without some dam good surf locations. Beyrick de Vries knows this, so for “Higher Light” he took the crew to some of Africa’s top wave destinations. The crystal clear waters of Mozambique, deadly tubes of Namibia and the fun, exotic destination of Senegal give the film a real African flavour. Then you add some thundering tubes on the East coast of South Africa and the frigid waters of the Cape and you have all the ingredients for an A grade film.
Watch the film, you will enjoy it!
The crew under the direction of, Steve Michelson and Monster Energy have put out an incredible film. So sit back and enjoy one of the best South African surf productions to date!
Every year I say it and this year is no different. Rolling Retro is simply the best day of the year. Where else can one come to the beach without any boards, ride pieces of SA surf history, hang out on the most beautiful beach, see some of the hottest humans alive and drink cold beer and party your socks off?
This year we were celebrating a decade of this amazing event and it really was an exceptional day!
The video will blow your mind
I have warned you! If you were not at the Rolling Retro this year, this may make you feel very, very sad! Perhaps even a little green.
Joshe Faulkner grew up in Jbay and has honed his talent in the competitive lineups and on the strong South African junior series. Some big results over the years, but it is watching him free surf where you really gain perspective on how deep his talent runs. This is why I asked Billabong to give me some time with him to film and boy am I glad I did.
The Kid seems Quiet
When you need Joshe he comes off as this super quiet and reserved human. But travelling with him for two weeks I got to find out he is pretty sharp, has a dark sense of humour and once he feels comfortable around you he actually loves a chat. The main thing I learnt about him though, is that he literally loves surfing more than anything else. He will surf for hours, as in 6 hour session, come out and eat and go straight back in for another few hours.
Make It is just the start
This is our first project working together, but plans are already in motion for a bigger and more radical film to be shot this year. So watch this space, give the young man a follow on social – Joshe on Instagram – and I will keep you posted as we look to make the best free surfing film out of South Africa ever!
In the meantime enjoy this, our first project together…
In his own words, Brendon Gibbens, does not like the new shorter content drops, made profilic by social media. “It’s seems like everyone is craving instant content on social media, but that doesn’t really do it for me.” I like it, I like it alot! In this video he returns to the original surf film format of incredible surfing, in the best locations, with a pumped up soundtrack. It also is just long enough to watch before a surf, to get the amp up, while not being to long, or filled with arty crap.
The Surfing is Outrageous
I got to hang with Brendon earlier this year for a few days in a wild location at home, in South Africa. It was great to just chat to him and get to know him better. He is a very quiet and calm individual out of the water. Once he settles in with you though, you fast realise he has a wicked sense of humor, bordering on dark. This come through when he dons a wetusit and paddles out. His surfing has a wild abandon, bordering on dangerous sometimes. Personally I could watch him surf all day long.
Brendon Gibbens representing South Africa
Much of Homebody is filmed right here at home in SA. While he travels around the world to some of the best locations on planet earth, he admits to loving being home. The waves are great year round and the crowds are thin. Having seen the crowds in his second home of California, I find it hard to disagree. One thing is for sure, Gibbens is representing for us on the world stage and this video proves that he is at the top of the freesurfing world.
Enjoy watching Homebody
Just click on the link below and go watch on Vimeo (Deals with large mags mean it wont play here.)
It all started with Mick Fanning and images of a long, perfect looking, right hand point. Then videos started popping up, the Spanish contingent put more footage up. Then the debates started raging, where was this wave? Is it the same wave? No one is talking, yet…
Follow your heart
When Portuguese Surfers Anotonio Silva and Diogo d’Orey got some insider intel that a mysto and fickle right point was going to turn on, they pulled the trigger and went for it. Getting skunked is a real possibility when searching for new, perfect waves, but the rewards, as can be seen here, are very real!
Natural Footers Perfect Wave
For a number of years now, the goofy footers have had Namibia and now it finally looks like the natural footers dream wave exists too. Antonio and Diogo are not spilling the beans though, but I can guarentee that a mob of surfers are scanning google earth as we speak. Good luck and good fortune, I know I am definitely wanting to go find this one.
Surf fans around the planet had been languishing in the hopes that the prodigal son of surfing would return soon. The good news is that he has, if even just hy releasing some unseen footage. John John Florence is still injured, though rumors are rife we will see his return for Europe.
What makes him so good?
It was only when I started watching, Space, that I realised how much I had missed watching Mr Florence surf. He brings a certain wild freedom to the tour, a sense of abandon and noir that no other surf does. The video is dramatic, but it should be. John John’s surfing is dramatic, while at the same time incredibly relaxed. Simply put, the “Championship” tour has not quite been the same without him.
Watch “Space” Now
Watch John John Florence at his best right now, right here:
Surfers in order of appearance:
Screen Shot: Anthony Walsh
Opening shot: Koa Rothman
Cyclops (empty wave)
Mick Fanning x 2
Matt Meola x 3
Taj Burrow x 3
John Florence x 3
John Florence x 2
Dan Ryan (Closing shot)
Derived from the highly regarded web series Whatever Beach, Monster Energy brings you a short surf film showcasing the talents of Bobby Martinez, Griffin Colapinto, Eithan Osborne and the Coffin brothers, Conner and Parker. Enjoy 4 minutes of the crew ripping in their hometowns of California.
Ok, so John John drops the second video in his new Twelve series with Hurley and I watch it and it blows my mind. From huge waves, to doing massive punts in big waves to surfing Pipeline, he rips it all. By the end I actually said to my mate, I wonder when Jordy Smith is going to drop a boss edit like this again and true as all hell, a few days later he drops a new web video, with some insanely progressive power surfing. Pound for pound these two videos will get you frothing for your next surf (Or maybe not frothing as you realise how far ahead these two gents are!) Either way, prepare yourself for 20 minutes of radical surfing from my two favorite surfers to watch…
What better way to slide into the weekend than to watch two beautiful surfers in perfect, fun, warm water right handers! Alana Blanchard and Leila Hurst surf Salina Cruz, Mexico, all to themselves and the camera crew. How fun do these wave setups look? Add two gorgeous gals in bikinis and I could hang there all day.