The Hunt: waves wanted

Cataloging the 2010 Atlantic Ocean / Gulf of Mexico hurricane season, “The Hunt” is a series of webisodes that will feature the largest storms impacting the East Coast of the United States and the hardcore surfers who cherish their wave producing power.

“I'm hoping the third season of ‘The Hunt’ is going to be the best one yet,” stated Alek Parker, Seven Tiki team rider and webisodes creator. “Hopefully all the components will create an extremely active Atlantic season. It’s an exciting time when the charts turn deep red and purple!”.

The opportunity to harness the energy that creates the best waves the East Coast sees every year leads many surfers to chase these swells. "The Hunt" and crew are not following a set schedule or location schedule, but will spontaneously go wherever the forecast is best.

“Hopefully with an El Nino year, we’ll have plenty of surf and it’s looking that way right now as the Atlantic turns on.”, says Billy Melnyk, senior manager of the sponsoring brand.

With previous filming locations known and unknown, it’s anyone’s guess where the surfers will end up. Plus, this year extra precautions are being taken to make the trips as spontaneous and secretive as possible.

The Kook’s Guide to Surfing: Mark Twain should have read it

Mark Twain tried to surf. He failed miserably, downed a mouthful of sand and a nose full of salt water, and crawled back up a Hawaiian beach uttering the words, “None but the natives ever master the art of surf-bathing thoroughly.”

Twain was a kook, an inexperienced or irresponsible surfer. He never got over it. But if he were alive today, Twain could pick up a copy of Jason Borte’s new book, The Kook’s Guide to Surfing, for just $19.95 and learn everything there is to know about overcoming “kook-dom” and mastering the waves.

“Jason Borte is something rare: a world-class surfer who writes as well as he rides waves. He’s also a gentleman, which means this book is infused with his compassionate sensibility,” insists former Surfer magazine Editor Steve Hawk.

“I know many longtime surfers who’d benefit from reading it.” While The Kook’s Guide to Surfing is primarily a how-to for would-be surfers, it contains pertinent information for experienced wave-riders as well, including a section on etiquette and layman descriptions of the most popular on-board maneuvers.

“One of the wittiest, most insightful voices in surfing is at it again,” boasts big-wave legend and former Surfing magazine Editor Evan Slater. “An essential read for kooks and kings alike.” Utilizing his background as a schoolteacher and surf instructor, Borte manages to deliver his message in a way that is humorously entertaining while simultaneously packed with vital tips.

The Kook’s Guide to Surfing is no joke; it’s soon to be regarded as required reading for every person with hopes of gaining competence on a surfboard. If this book does not make you a better surfer, nothing will.

Borte’s first book, the Kelly Slater bio Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey, appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List for hardcover nonfiction. A former editor for Surfer, Surfing, Explorations, and, his articles have appeared in every major surfing publication.

Most recently, his work appeared in The Mountain and the Wave: The Quiksilver Story (2006), The Best of Surfer Magazine (2007), and Pipeline: The World’s Most Respected Wave (2008). A professional surfer since the 1980’s, he earned the title of East Coast Champion in 1997. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and has operated The Surf School since ’97, whereby he has personally taught thousands of people to enjoy the sport of Hawaiian kings.

Buy "The Kook's Guide to Surfing".

Earthwave 2010: close, but not 100 | Photo: Craig Strachan

It was close, but the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave remains 110 set at the 2009 Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town after today's best effort at the same venue came in at 93.

Despite the ideal offshore winds and gentle rolling half metre waves, the unseasonable rainy weather reduced the field from last year's record 443 to 'just' 228 participants. Even though nearly 50% of those who took part managed to catch and ride the same wave for the required five seconds, they could not improve on the existing record.

"What a fantastic effort by Cape Town's surfing community," enthused Dene Botha from Kahuna Promotions, founders of the Earthwave concept that leverages the immense interest around Guinness World Record attempts to highlight climate change and raise awareness of sustainable lifestyle options.

"We may not have been able to improve on the record, but the rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people at the beach for longboard and SUP events and Earthwave's program of environmental awareness was the best in the 4 year history of the festival," Botha added.

The two day event included stop No. 3 of 5 on the SA Longboard Series and the first course racing events at Muizenberg in the rapidly growing Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) discipline. These ran in conjunction with talks by organisations such as and the Climate Action Partnership, who calculated carbon footprints, displays on marine life by Save Our Seas and demos of wind turbines and solar panels by 3rd Rock Energy.

Noordhoek local Justin Bing won the Open division of the longboarding ahead of Michael Grendon, Alfonso Peters and Dylan McLeod from Port Elizabeth. Bing moved into the lead on the series standings with the next event scheduled for the Eastern Cape in six weeks and inaugural national series will be finalised in Durban early next year.

Tarryn Kyte won the Women's division, Muizenberg local Papi Makanyane took the Juniors, Deon Bing the Over 35's and Gary Van Rooyen the O/50's.

The super-fit van Rooyen also placed fourth in the Coreban SUP racing, behind winner Greg Bertish, runner-up Peter Peterson from Germany and Jono Rosslind, another competing in both events.

The host of activities during the festival included a Dig for Gold for the youngsters, spinning trials run by Spin 4 Charity, an outstanding display of big wave and Earthwave photographs by Nic Bothma, fund-raising by the Shark Spotters, who provided additional staff for the record attempt, and also the Sunflower Fund who do sterling work on behalf of those with leukemia.

Earthwave also featured a transformation component organised by Surfing South Africa and the Ticket to Ride Foundation, supported by Sport & Recreation SA and the Lotto, which brought 15 youngsters from Masiphumalele to the beach where they also received a hearty meal thanks to Compass Bakery.

Source: Earthwave