” I always wanted to go surfing..” Well you should do it, because it’s fun, tiring, frustrating, salty, slappy and just a downright good time. Today was my first day surfing..
Cape Town area = surfing ..but where the shit are you supposed to do that?! I had done a bit, not a ton of research into the best surf shops, beaches, local favourite spots etc. When you don’t know much, ok anything about surfing, you don’t know what to look for. What conditions are good at what beach.. Is it really worth renting a car to go out to Muizenberg and suck at something for a whole day? Will there be 100 other newbies hogging the coaches while I drown?
The surfing peoples I found do this:
– Pick you up wherever you are
– They’re mobile. They take you to a beach that they know has the right surf for you with the right wind and swell for your level. (they aren’t located in a hut on the beach, they actually take you to whatever beach has the right conditions that day)
– They keep their classes small (mine had 3 other people)
The small company is a called ‘Stoked School of Surf’.
The company began 5 years ago, in 2009 right here in Cape Town, South Africa. From what I gathered they have a small crew of professional, experienced instructors and a single owner that runs a tight ship. David, my instructor came to pick me up in a small, but clean and well running(!) passenger van. Behind it, was a teight little custom made surfboard trailer. It was a good vibe right from the start. Dave greeted me at my hostel with wide excited eyes, “Matt! Dude! Are you ready to surf?” Yeah man! We went on to one more stop to pick up a crew of 3 German students that had a day off from their studies and we were off to Big Bay.
They provide you with a board & wetsuit.
The lessons are simple and you get a lot of free time to try things out and be free. There are a few formal ‘basics’ lessons, followed by a bunch of free time with tips and tricks hollered out by Dave. It was super layed back and fun.
A half day of surf, transportation to and from your place and everything you need was $450rand or about $45 US/Canadian dollars. Wadda bargain people.
I highly recommend surfing and I recommend Stoked. It was a last minute find for me and a real gem.
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Alana Blanchard est une surfeuse professionelle qualifiée pour l’élite mondiale pour la saison 2012-2013. On la retrouve pour l’épisode 3 de sa série “Alana Surfer Girl” sur la côte Na Pali à Kauai, au plus près des dauphins.
I think just about everybody has seen those pictures of surfers with Sharks in the wave just behind them, but have you see this one? It was sent in by Insanity gamer and claims to show a huge whale in the water just behind the surfer.
But is this picture of a big whale surfing a wave, real? Of is it fake?
I started looking around on the internet to see if there was anything out there covering whales and surfers on the same wave. There was a lot of pictures showing sharks, like bulls sharks, great white sharks, and sharks not even identified, but not much on whales, whether blue whales, sperm whales, or any other kind of whales.
But then I thought, I know what to do with this one – put it on my Facebook so my gang over there can take a look at this whale and surfer picture – and thanks to them, I now have this, the official answer!
Thanks to John Ochoa we learn that the whale in this picture is a Minke whale, which is one of the fastest swimming whales in the world. But Prom Sobunsak and Shelby Leanne both agreed that even a Minke whale is too big and heavy to surf a wave of that size. Now you may be able to argue that point with them, but you won’t be able to argue with Eli Ross who came up with the original picture of the surfer without the whale in the picture.
For some reason, the person who put the whale in, also reversed the original picture, but if we zoom in on the surfer, we see it is the same guy, on the same wave..
Ok well that’s all the time for this video. I want to thank Insanity gamer for sending in that picture and all my friends on facebook for finding the truth on this one… And hey if you want to join the fun over there, click on the link in the description to join the action!
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From “The Lost Concert” (1964). This song rose to #7 on the U.S. Billboard Charts in 1963. “The Beach Boys are an American rock band, formed in Hawthorne, California in 1961. The group’s original and best known lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. Initially managed by the Wilsons’ father Murry, the Beach Boys signed to Capitol Records in 1962. The band’s early music gained popularity across the United States for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance. By the mid-1960s, Brian Wilson’s growing creative ambition and songwriting ability would dominate the group’s musical direction. The primarily Wilson-composed Pet Sounds album and “Good Vibrations” single (both released in 1966) featured a complex, intricate and multi-layered sound that represented a departure from the simple surf rock of the Beach Boys’ early years.
Starting in 1967, Wilson gradually abdicated control to the rest of the band, assuming a reduced level of input due to mental health and substance abuse issues. Though the more democratic incarnation of the Beach Boys recorded a string of albums in various musical styles that garnered international critical and commercial success, the group struggled to reclaim their commercial momentum in America despite once being seen as the primary competitors to the Beatles. Since the 1980s, there has been much legal-wrangling among the group members over royalties, songwriting credits, and use of the band’s name. Dennis Wilson drowned in December 1983, and Carl died of lung cancer in February 1998. After Carl’s death, a number of versions of the band, each fronted by a surviving member of the original quintet, continued to tour into the 2000s. In 2012, the surviving Beach Boys put aside their differences, recorded a new album, and embarked on a full-scale reunion tour.
The Beach Boys have often been called “America’s Band”, and Allmusic has stated that their “unerring ability … made them America’s first, best rock band.” The group have had over eighty songs chart worldwide, thirty-six of them United States Top 40 hits (the most by an American rock band), four of those reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The Beach Boys have sold in excess of 100 million records worldwide and are listed at number 12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2004 list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The core quintet of the three Wilsons, Love and Jardine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.” (Wikipedia)
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The surfer who got into an accident with Eduardo Bassetto at Makaha was Kala Alexander. Kala Alexander is a Hawaiian surfer quote: “best known as a merciless enforcer to surfers who visit the North Shore of Oahu and take waves out of turn; called the “Toughest Fucking Man in Surfing” by Stab magazine.”
After moving to the North Shore of Oahu in 2001, Kala Alexander quickly earned a reputation for dishing out public beatings to surfers who violated the strict local pecking order in the lineup, especially at Pipeline. “Getting dropped in on at Pipe is like someone pointing a gun at your head,” he explained to ESPN in 2005, “And you know, if you point a gun at one of us, well, there are gonna be consequences.”
The #brazilian #bigwave #surfer Eduardo Bassetto is still in critical condition. He is in a hospital close to #Waikiki. His brain is swollen and he is still in coma.
The Brazilian big wave surfer Eduardo Bassetto is still in critical condition after his surf accident on 01/15/16 at Makaha in Hawaii. He was in a coma for a few days after he went to hospital.
Brazilian surfer Eduardo Bassetto almost died on 01/15/16 on the west side of Oahu. He was paddling out when a local Hawaiian surfer, who was already riding the big wave, couldn’t move out of the way anymore.
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The local Hawaiian surfer riding the big wave jumped of his board to avoid a collision but it was to late. The surfboard hit the Brazilian surfer so hard that he got unconscious.
The lifeguard pulled him out on their jet ski and started CPR immediately. It took about 8 minutes until the ambulance got to Makaha beach.
People were praying on the beach. The wife of the Brazilian surfer Eduardo Bassetto sat crying and shocked on the beach.
The Brazilian surfer was still not breathing when the ambulance arrived. Later the word on the beach was that he started breathing in the ambulance.
The lifeguard did an excellent job and everybody on the beach was cooperative, tried to help or at least stay out of the way.
The incident showed how dangerous Big wave surfing in Hawaii is. From one second to another a persons life can be on the line!