Good memories, many moons ago, my first boat trip, for Jason Hearn’s movie “15 Below”, frothing groms. Dale and Dane Staples, James and Thomas Woods, Nick Godfrey, Brendon Gibbens, Mickey February and Matt Bromley – good friends -miss them – sadly I don’t see enough of them anymore…
Alan van Gysen photo
I took these shots last year with my Lomo Fisheye. Last year the ocean was flat and the weather was nice. This year the weather has been windy and rainy, and there have been waves (which is why I have no photo’s – too busy frothing, surfing and “focusing”)!
Alan Van Geysen, water-photographer, Captain of the motorboat….
Dale Staples, Mikey February, Dane Staples, Matt Bromley
Good times on a boat in the Maldives……during the filming of Jason Hearn’s movie “15Below”. Good crew, Woods brothers James and Thomas, Staples brothers Dane and Dale, Nick Godfrey, Brendon Gibbens, Mikey February, myself. Jason did the filming and Alan did the photos for Zigzag.
The World Juniors is in full swing. The waves have been fun, despite a slight blue bottle problem. Bianca Beautendag is in the girls semi’s – a massive result! A few top seeds have also lost so it’s wide open for guys in the running for the title…. Oh, the opening fuction was sick, guys playing didgeridoos…
Been in Santa Cruz, California for 2 days now. Been hanging with Brendon and Davey (travel partner for the trip). It’s a really weird place, with odd (to say the least) people, but the wave, Steamer Lane is really fun, which makes me very exited for the contest, the O’niell Coldwater Classic. Oh and it’s cold!!
Dale spent some quality time in the tube this morning – as he usually does……
I also managed to get barreled. And do a turn. And snap a good board (sad face).
Started off having an early surf at Kerammas today, which was cut a bit short when I was informed I had to surf my round 3 heat – I made it, stoked…. Beyrick surfed an amazing heat, but unfortunately couldn’t get a back-up wave. Chad, Dale and Brendon get to surf their round 3 heats at Kerammas, I’m pretty jealous hahaha…..
These photo’s were taken in the free-surf next to the contest site today at Canggu. Round 1 and half of round 2 has been completed. The waves have been firing. The level of surfing has been sky-high and over all it’s been good to be part of the contest so far. Oh, and all the SA boys are still going which is sick!!!
Portugal…… The last stop of the long, grueling, European leg. Staying with good friends Brendon and Rudy…. The waves are kind of fun, but still not great…. I’m still going in the contest which is making me a bit more positive! It’s a sick place, though. I’m enjoying it!
Had a pretty fun day cruising in Biarritz with Brendon and my dad, had a surf after – waves were pretty average, but better than nothing. It’s a really beautiful place with amazing architecture……
Our main man Kevin Olsen who lives and runs his surfschool in France. He’s been taking us to the funnest banks…. Always good to have someone who knows the area.
Our (Kevin’s) spot for the week……
Rudy Palmboom, who’s actually in France with Fox, but we’ve been bumping into him pretty regularly.
The war bunkers at Capbreton Beach.
Beautiful scenes of Hossegor…….
Everyone chose a different path home. Some drove to Europe, some hung in Scotland, some didn’t know what to do, some caught trains, some went to airports, some spent all day at the pub waiting and some, like me, drove to London. It was my first time in London and luckily I met up with one of my good friends, Brendon, who also did the drive to London. He knows the joint really well and took us to see all the tourist stuff and we went to some sick shops too. Airspace has opened and almost all the boys have got flights home. I’m on the airport at the moment and really relieved to be leaving only a day and a half later than originally scheduled. I must say if it wasn’t for my mom’s orginization, I would still be stuck somewhere in Thurso. The first picture is of a few of us hanging at the hotel, still stranded, mainly watching the news and having a beer, the second one is on the morning the airspace opened – I’m checking out a plane about to land, a rare sight over the last week….
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Lord Royden Bryson…. Well what can I say? The guy deserved to be a Lord after his performance today. He had being getting the job done all week, making heat after heat, leaving his best for last. A 16.60 semi-final heatscore and a 14 in the final. He sat for roughly 26 minutes, a heat restart included after 10 minutes with no waves, before opening his account with a massive 8.67 in the deteriorating conditions. From there on out he was in the drivers seat and the next thing he knew he was on the shoulders of Dave Weare and Brandon Jackson and being awarded surfing’s coolest trophy soon after. Oh he won land in the Scottish Highlands so he is officially a Lord, jokes aside. I’m really proud of the guy and that I am on speaking terms with a Lord….. Congrats Roy!!
It’s pretty common knowledge that all flights to and from the UK are grounded. Not such good news for us, who are in Scotland at the moment and have to urgently be back in SA by the weekend for a big Pro Junior event. Apparently it’s getting worse too…… Eish.
Some shots of Matt Bromley, Brendon Gibbens, Beyrick Devries, Brandon Jackson and the surrounds of the contest venue of Thurso East.
A third of the Saffa crew at the usual lunch spot. All of the worlds problems get solved around that table……
Played a soccer match on an off day at the Coldwater Classic. These are the memories you treasure, I reckon….. Good times.
We’ve been surfing at Brims Ness for the first few days of the O’Neill Coldwater Classic. All the SAFFA’s were out there free surfing until around 8 o’clock last night – almost froze to death – could not feel my feet at all. Some swell is predicted and the contest will probably move to Thurso East tomorrow.
We also took a drive to John O’Groats house – the most Northern house in Scotland – after that it’s just a few Islands and then the North Pole !!!!