Muizenberg: perfect waves in the heart of South Africa | Photo: Surfpop

Want to learn how to surf and get children from disadvantaged communities out the back? Surfpop is building a bridge between crime and drugs, and the love for surfing and the ocean.

Daniel Botha, founder of Surfpop, aims to change the life of underprivileged children born amidst gangsterism, violence and ghettos. His drive involves hope, compassion, smiles, waves, and business, too.

"We want to share surfing, and the lifestyle and culture it offers with others and have them experience the stoke," explains Botha, who owns his surf shack in Muizenberg, Cape Town.


Speed in surfing: pump and bounce down the line | Photo: Quiksilver/Bravo

Generating speed in surfing is making sure you'll be pulling the highest airs, the most powerful carves and snaps. Trimming is a technique, and mastering the art of speed will allow you to explore a wave to the fullest.

Speed lines are imaginary routes drawn on the face of the wave. They're always changing as the roller peels across the line-up, and surfers have to adapt its constant mutation.

Interestingly, optimal surf lines can be horizontal or vertical depending on the type of the wave you're riding, and on what you're about to do next.


Longboarding: be the king of classic and performance | Photo: ASP

The inaugural King of the Longboard will crown the most complete surfer in both traditional boards and performance equipment.

The ASP Europe Specialty event aims to attract the Old Continent's best longboarders in an innovative format of competition. The contest will be held between October 18th-19th, in Playa de Somo, Cantabria, in Spain.

"The King of the Longboard: Classic vs Performance is an innovative event created after many years of experience running longboard events and listening to the opinions of all the riders that compete in our events," explains Pedro Gutierrez, event organizer.