After making name in junior events across the country during his grom days, this week’s Surf Ninja apparently disappeared from the scene (at least from the eyes and ears of the uninformed).
Of course this weskus local didn’t just disappear, he was simply off the radar of those that follow surfing media or contest results with fervour, instead he was off getting barrelled in places like Nias, or punting big airs in Spain, as well as getting properly shacked and doing big hacks at his home break.
Operating off the radar is just what Surf Ninja’s do, and Jaco Steyn is this week’s featured wave assassin.
NAME: Jaco Steyn
LOCAL SPOT: Anywhere between Big Bay and Melkbos
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Getting tubed! There is nothing in the world that gets me as amped as to make a mission somewhere and to score good waves and get shacked all day. Best feeling in the world.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
That feeling you get when your friends phones you telling you how good the waves were on the day you had to study for a test.
TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
I am busy finishing my honors in Bcomm Risk Management at Stellenbosch.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
Bassnectar – Magical World
Riot Squad – The Cove
Rage Against The Machine – Know Your Enemy
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
Dawnie. Offshore winds and less crowded.
WHICH SURF SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
Probably in Stellenbosch studying, or on the jol with my friends.
Having to live in a place like Joburg or any place far away from the sea because of work.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
First time I went to Nias in Indo. Myself, Jerome Mosetic, his brother Jeff and my friend Shaun Botha made the mission. We travelled for two days bribing people to get on planes ect, not knowing what to expect or what the swell was going to be like. When we finally got to Nias we arrived to flawless 6-foot surf. I will never forget that first surf thinking to myself that at last I’m surfing those same perfect waves I’d always seen in those surf movies.