Sean Holmes 

VonZipper is proud to announce the seven local surfers poised to battle it out against the best the world has to offer at Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay.

With three coveted Wild Card slots up for grabs into the prestigious 2009 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay, the VZ Trials will consist of three heats of four surfers each, comprising both international and local hopefuls.

Traditionally run on the first day the event is called “ON”, the VZ Trials offer a winner-takes-all approach, which sees the victor of each heat awarded a coveted wildcard and advancing directly into Round 1 of the main event. 

This year will see the likes of seasoned World Qualifying Series (WQS) protagonists and no less than 3 former South African Surfing Champions battling it out against up-and-coming rippers. Throw in a few underdogs and working class heroes and we are in for a battle royal.

And for the first time there will be additional local flavour with the winner of the16-man Xcel Supertubes Showdown gaining automatic entry into the VonZipper Wildcard Trials ‘09.

Perennial crowd favourite and Supers’ stand-out, Sean Holmes, Wilderness (VZ, Billabong, Kustom) will make a welcome competitive return to the J-Bay line-up. After a season on the sidelines this VZ stalwart will be back to cause some chaos amongst the upper ranks of the top 45.

Sean will be joined in the VZ Trials by the likes of:
Shaun Payne   
Dale Staples    
Damien Fahrenfort             
Devyn Mattheys 
Shaun Joubert

The remaining International Wild Card Trialists, as well as the winner of the Xcel Supertubes Showdown, will be determined closer to the event. Once all comers have been selected the heat draws will be announced. Stay tuned.

Raica, one of the 25 Miss Reef 

Reef is celebrating 25 years in the surf industry, giving you a chance to win a trip to Panama to be the next guest Miss Reef judge.

Just go to, vote for your favorite Miss Reef from the past 25 years, register to win and you could be heading down to Panama to help Reef pick the perfect butt.

Check out to download the 25 all-time best Miss Reefs and browse the Reef timeline to get a little bit of Reef history from the past 25 years.

World economic crisis postpones 2009 UK Surf Shop Expo 

Brintex, the organiser of the UK trade show Surf Shop has announced that the event will not be taking place this summer, but will be returning in a new format for 2010.

Trading continues to be exceptionally difficult for suppliers and buyers across the boardsports sector, and while we seem finally set to get the weather that the industry needed, it will take some time for the benefit to feed through and for stability to return to the boardsports business.

While hardware is holding up well, current conditions are hurting the core apparel brands that the buyers also want to see.

Brintex has therefore decided that the Surf Shop Expo should not take place this summer as the organisers felt that they would not be able to offer a fully representative exhibition and this would be a disappointment for buyers who had taken the time to attend.

Discussions with the trade have confirmed the need for the UK boardsports business to meet, for buyers to find new brands and ranges, and to bring together the full range of apparel and hardware that can’t be found elsewhere. So Brintex also remains fully committed to this sector, and the event will be back with fresh new content and new branding in 2010.

Event Director Lucy McPhail said “Everyone is really disappointed that the event won’t happen this year and all the suppliers we have spoken to will really miss the show, but we felt it was better to take a year out and come back in force than to disappoint. The UK business needs a meeting point, but sadly this year it won’t be Surf Shop”.