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Surf Ninja – Allan Johns

If you’re looking for a tool up the North Coast, then he is your man. We do, of course, mean that literally. Besides being one of the nicest dudes you’ll meet, this wave assassin runs a tool rental business with his bro in his hometown of Ballito. He is also the owner of a radical repertoire in the waves, some sick bonsais, a newborn baby, and a limitless supply of stoke.

Meet this week’s Surf Ninja, Allan Johns…

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NAME: Allan Johns (but you can call me Al)
AGE: 35
LOCAL SPOT: Wherever the sandbanks are best on the north coast.

BEST THING ABOUT SURFING:
Pits and punts – actually there’s too many things to name just one!

WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
The lack of interest in our “sport” from most South Africans.

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TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
Started a business with my brother Brad. We work for ourselves so that we can surf as much as possible (laughs). And make a living of course…

3 TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED:
1.AFI – The Leaving Song (part 2)
2.Thrice – Image of the Invisible
3.Rise Against – Endgame

BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
That’s tough, because in my opinion surfing has different disciplines now – like skating and snowboarding. Jordy Smith is the best all-rounder currently. Chippa Wilson is the most tech. Twiggy is the best big wave surfer right now. And what about 2 John? He has to fit in there somewhere. Tough question!

DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
BOTH!!!

WHERE DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
Well, I crossed Namibia off my bucket list, so probably any of the waves in Tahiti!

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WHEN I AM NOT SURFING I CAN BE FOUND..?
Hanging with my wife Debs and newborn son Noah (Surf Ninja in the making).

MY BIGGEST FEAR IS..?
Not being able to surf ever again. Let’s hope that never happens!

MY BEST SURFING MEMORY IS..?
Sharing crazy pits with Shane Dorian, my favourite surfer growing up, at Sunrise, my favourite beach!

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2 Comments

  1. Malcolm Mersham
    3 February, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Reply

    nicest guy in and out of the water too 😉

  2. Dylan
    3 February, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Reply

    What a lekker guy – good on you Al 🙂

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