With summer comes baggies, dawnies, banks and hopefully some lekker smelling sunscreen. On the other hand, its weather patterns do unfortunately drop the side as far as roping in the most favourable conditions is concerned. But hat doesn't mean you can't find a good couple fun ones during that extra hour before the daily routine beckons. Ricky Basnett kicks off his well defined daily routine, on one of the better lefts on offer at Ansteys this morning. - Image by: Alex Mcgeown / www.shotbru.co.za - Image by: Alex Mcgeown / www.shotbru.co.za
Whether it's during you annual leave, a quick weekday sesh, or just another weekend mission, there's no better stress reliever than going for a surf and hitting the perfect line through a hollow bowl. That's it, go surfing, it makes the world a better place. Neil Zietsman doesn't need encouragement. - Image by: Mike Wrankmore / www.shotbru.co.za
While most of the surfing world's attention is focussed on the world title race at the Pipe Masters, all some of the competitors are focussed on is getting one of their best barrels all year, and making heats. Travis didn't make his heat, but he got a sweet barrel. - Image: ASP / Cestari
The final jewel of the Triple Crown kicked off today in pumping 6-8ft waves at Pipeline. The first round as well as a few heats of the second round were completed, already with a few big names eliminated. The race for the world title is ON. - Image: ASP / Kirstin
Many of the world's proven big wave chargers gathered together for the traditional opening ceremony for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikua. The question, as always, is whether we're going to see the running of the event this year, or will the ocean hold back and leave us teased, but not satisfied. Image: quiklsiver.com/eddie
The North Shore's famous Sunset Beach is a tricky old wave, which requires a surfer to at least attempt to match it's enormous power with power of their own. Dale Staples is not shy to put his board on the rail and his approach suits the big bowls of Sunset and saw him take out his first round heat at the Vans World Cup of Surfing which kicked off at Sunset yesterday. www.vanstriplecrown.com. - Image by: ASP / Cestari
The joker from Scarborough, Michael Grendon, riding his trolley down an epic left towards Longbeach Mall at the 2012 Kommetjie Festival. The annual fun event went down in stormy conditions, but that didn't damped the spirits of those who'd come to take in the vibe. - Image by: Alan Van Gysen
West Coast Boardriders member Diran Zakarian puts his back into it at Big Bay during event 4 of the WCB annual series. The past few years have seen a resurgence of club surfing in SA, with some clubs around the country boasting stacked lineups of provincial surfers. - Image by Claire Butler
Jordy hosted the premiere of his signature movie Bending Colours in front of big and enthusiastic crowd at The Grand in Camps Bay this past Sunday. His movie, which was more than two years in the making, has received sterling reviews around the world - which isn't hard when the main star is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. - Image by: Alan van Gysen
While the Vans Triple Crown is yet to properly get underway, that hasn't stopped the plane-loads of established and aspiring pros gathering at the North Shore's more famous spots for a shot at some recognition. Afternoon delights at Backdoor. - Image: Roy Harley
If there's one stop on the world tour that favours the goofies, then it has to be Steamer Lane. When the screwfoots start that pendulum motion of rhythmically digging in their heels and cracking backside hits at the gutless lips, then it's hard for the regular foots to keep up. And there's lefts too. Travis has been looking sharp and is through to Round 4 of the O'Neill Coldwater Classic. - Image by: Ryan MIller / O'Neill
With the world title race heating up, the TOP 32 have descended on Santa Cruz for a little cool down at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic. The icy water didn't worry the Saffas though, as both Jordy and Travis blitzed back-to-back heats to advance straight through to Round 3. Here's Jordy smashing his way to victory. www.oneill.com/cwc - Image by: Ryan Miller / O'Neill
While the rest of the US east coast were battening down the hatches in preparation for Hurricane Sandy's (aka the Frankenstorm) imminent arrival, surfers up and down the coast were catching their fill of pumping waves. Here's Peter Mendia standing tall at the Pumphouse in Palm Beach, Florida. Image by: Jerome Mosetic
The Durban beachfront during an east swell is a veritable wavepark of lefts, rights, bowls, outside peaks and enough lips to poke your stick at. When the wind swung offshore, Chris Frolich opted for the left bowl and hucked a tail-high frontside air in approval. - Image by: Deon Meintjies / shotbru.co.za
Rain, wind and a touch of swell have been licking the east coast over the past week. This rocky bay took the wind and swell and created some magic during a break in the rain. - Image by Iain Cook / shotbru.co.za
An early morning slab of glory, shot from the comfort of my dining room couch. - Shot Bru contributor Daniel Grebe got it all this AM.
Julian Wilson claimed his maiden Dream Tour victory at the Rip Curl Pro Portugal today. J-Dub took out in-form goofyfoots Gabriel Medina and Owen Wright along the way with a mixed bag of punts (like this) and some deep pits. - Image copyright Rip Curl
Kelly Slater lost out in a frustrating Round 3 heat at Supertubos in Portugal against Brazilian Raoni Monteiro. His early loss narrows the odds at the top of the rankings and will surely make for an exciting title race going in to Santa Cruz and Pipe as the 2012 World Tour winds down. Image by: Kelly Cestari / ASP
'No, it's not Washing Machines, it's not Hoek, it's not Tand and it's not some secret wave in OZ. If you had 1000 guesses you'd still be wrong... Those few that do know, keep it quiet.' - Image & Caption by: Daniel Grebe, shotbru.co.za contributor.
While the south easter threatened to huff and puff and blow down the Mother City, Noordhoek local Deen Hill tucked in at a windy corner. Image by Marc Francis - shotbru.co.za
The Rip Curl Pro Portugal kicked off with Round 1 at Supertubos this past Saturday, and although Jordy couldn't find the scores to beat Dusty Payne in Round 2, he still locked in some quality time in the green room at the perfect beachbreak peak. Not such a bad day at the office by most accounts. Watch the event unfold at http://live.ripcurl.com
Bianca Buitendag will be looking to cap off a fine 2012 season with the Oakley World Pro Junior title to go along with her World Tour qualification. She's been on fire at Keramas, and now all that stands between Bianca and the crown is Australian Nikki Van Dijk, who she'll face in the finals. www.oakleyprojunior.com / Image by: Russ Hennings
Big Wave World Tour surfer Frank Solomon has begun his extended northern hemisphere winter assault by stopping by at one of the world's heaviest beachbreaks, Puerto Escondido. While he's yet to score the monster barrels he came there for, Frank still reckons it hasn't got smaller than this since he got there - and the water's warm. / Image by: Sasha Specker
While its more famous sister, Supertubes, lies dormant just around the corner, The Point has been picking up just enough swell to keep things interesting for the groms contesting the Hurley SA Junior Champs. Check out all the highlights and results at www.sajuniorchamps.co.za
While competitors were launching themselves over the ledge at K-Bay for the Shootout, Strand grom Steffen Burrows hooked up with his coach Llewellyn Whittaker ahead of the Hurley SA Jnr Champs this week, scoring some kegs of his own in the Southern Cape. Image by: Wayne Tourell
The Kalk Bay Shootout got the green light yesterday after waiting two months for the perfect day. The right call was made and some heavy barrels were ridden on the way to deciding the slab champ. Here's Ian Armstrong putting in a big shout for top honours during his run to the semi-finals. Image by: Matthew Slater / Shot Bru
Thick pits, some broken boards and a few pin-drops into the flats - that's what went down at La Graviere yesterday as the Surfdome Trials kicked off the Quiksilver Pro France. Here's Beyrick slotting into the trails and loving France. Check out more at www.quiksilverlive.com
With the Hurley SA Junior Champs set to kick off next week Wednesday in J-Bay, groms like Matt MacGillivray have been putting in the hours in preparation to make a run at perhaps the most prestigious title in Junior surfing. Image by: Don MacGillivray - Stay tuned next week here: http://www.sajuniorchamps.co.za/
After weeks of incessant rain and onshore winds, the elements briefly combined for Durban surfers before the windy season onshores kicked in again. Twiggy pulled in. Image by: Matthew Van Wieringen / shotbru.co.za
Jordy looked in good form on the opening day of the Hurley Pro Trestles, gouging some of the most powerful turns of Round 1 and looking solid without having to shift gears into overdrive. The gear shifting comes in the later stages where momentum is everything
As we ease into the tail-end of 2012 it's going to be a case of keeping your eyes peeled in False Bay. The South Easter is yet to build up its Summery momentum, so there'll still be some windows of opportunity to score some clean peaks for the vigilant. Image by: Tyrone Pelser / shotbru.co.za
Competitors contesting the 6-Star SATA Airlines Azores Pro would've seen this image of contest site Ribeira Grande going wedge-crazy and plastered all around the scaffolding and website. What the ocean dished up today, however, is a different story. Beyrick De Vries battled through near flat waves in his Round of 144 heat to join up with Shaun Joubert and Dale Staples in the Round of 96. Catch all the action here: http://azores.aspeurope.com/
With what seems to be ice running through his veins, Mick Fanning slotted into some crazy buzzer-beaters on his way to victory at the Billabong Pro Tahiti. The last time Mick looked this focused the season ended with him holding the Dream Tour trophy aloft.
While his mates in Cape Town have been sending reports of secret sandbanks and fun barrels, Nigerian local John Micheletti has reported nothing out of the ordinary. Tarkwa Bay looking as good as ever.
While back-to-back swells have been lighting up many of the Mother City's big wave spots, the amount of water moving around is transporting and depositing sand in some unusual places, creating temporary perfection at otherwise forgettable spots. Seek and ye shall find! Image by: Marc Francis / shotbru.co.za
Fresh off his victory at the Bong Pro J-bay, Adriano continued his good run of form by easily winning his first round heat at tricky Teahupoo with a pair of pocket high-nine's. Image by: ASP / Robertson - Watch the action unfold here: www.billabongpro.com/tahiti12
How's this for a BIG discovery? That's Mark Healey's 9'8 stuck in the lip of a massive wave at a new big wave spot that photographer Ant Fox and Twiggy have had their eye on for some time.
While a contest like the US Open of Surfing draws hundreds of thousands of surf fans down to the beach, there's very few who'd hike around the Sentinel to go catch a glimpse of an even bigger show. Jacques Theron puts on an incredible performance at Dungeons, with very few eyes baring witness. Image by: Corne Snyders
Hoods and fullsuits are not something you'd typically see being worn on the KZN South Coast. But with this week's cold front currently turning the weather on its head and blanketing half the country in snow, typical isn't part of the equation. Two suited and booted south coast locals prepare to brave the elements. - Image by: Justin Klusener / Shot Bru
Follow the angle of Bianca Buitendag's purple rocket as it slices the lip of this Lobitos wall, and it will give you a good indication of her trajectory on the women’s WQS: After winning the 6 Star Movistar Pro in Peru over the weekend, she has shot up to 5th place on the ASP world rankings. Image by: ASP / KirfaLens
You know you're involved in a speciality event when the lineup looks like this, yet the contest director calls a lay day. J-Bay local Dylan Lightfoot (blonde surfer leaning on the railing) is an invitee to the Rip Curl Padang Cup, and you can bet he's frothing for the contest director to call the event on - and so are we. - Image by: Hamish / Rip Curl
While the country's best right-hander was playing host to the current stars of world surfing, the country's best left was keeping a future star entertained. Cape super grom Brandon Benjamin tucks in at E-Bay. Image by: Cayla van Wyk / Shotbru
Casey Grant got knocked out in his Round 48 heat this morning at the Billabong Pro J-Bay, but not before taking some scalps and showing the world what he’s capable of with the second highest combined heat total of the event so far (18.50pts / 20.00pts). Keep watching this man.
With the first perfect 10pt rides of the event already locked in, the Billabong Pro J-Bay continues to show why it is one of the most exciting events on the ASP World Tour - WCT or not. Image by Alan Van Gysen
While J-Bay was warming up for the Billabong Pro with groomed sets, the big-wave crew down south were sinking their teeth into more ragged lines. Mike Schlebach, Dungeons. Image by: Dirk Schmidt / Shot Bru
The early bird catches the worm. In this case the early bird is Zag's old online editor Brandon Bradley who's letting all his old colleagues know exactly what they've been missing out on over deadline. Snapped this morning, somewhere on the east coast.