A synchronized wakeskating stunt featuring Matti Buys and Brian Grubb

March 25, 2019 | Wakeboarding
Matti Buys and Brian Grubb: wakeskating in the heart of Durban | Photo: Red Bull

Matti Buys and Brian Grubb attempted to synchronize the same tricks in the heart of Durban, South Africa.

Buys, a South African wakeskater, invited one of the most influential pioneers of the sport, Grubb, for a trip around some of the most iconic landmarks in Durban.

The duo visited spots such as the Point Waterfront Canals, uShaka Marine World and the city's iconic beachfront pools.

Buys and Grubb added obstacles such as ramps or kickers to perform a host of tricks that you would generally expect to see on public cable park or lake.

Matti Buys and Brian Grubb: riding Durban's beachfront pools | Photo: Red Bull

A Tricky Challenge

The idea was to hit all the obstacles in synchronized movements. This required them to ride together and perform the tricks at exactly the same time.

"I know Matty for quite a long time. We met in Johannesburg when he was just a little grom. He wasn't even wakeskating 12 years ago when I was first here in South Africa," said Grubb said.

"It's great to get back here in his home zone and get permission to ride some of these pools. It's the perfect setup for both of us."

Grubb, 38, has been dominated the wakeskating scene since he turned professional in 2003, and was one of the first professionals Buys got to see ride.

"Moyo Pier was the best first option for us. We had the surf and went through the pier, and it was a cool and fun aspect of wakeskating that not a lot of people get to see," adds Buys.

"It was great to open people's minds. Wakeskating is not something you need to do in a river or a dam behind a boat. You can wakeskate where there's enough water to do it, or you can make a plan to make it happen."

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