The Garden Route is full of ripping surfers flying under the radar, and Zag reckons that you should get to know each of them – one Surf Ninja at a time.
Hailing from the rocky rights of Mossel Bay, Johann Kriek is this week’s featured wave assassin, and he goes about his business of ripping by infusing style and power, while making sure he leaves behind only good vibes in his wake of watery carnage.
NAME: Johann Kriek
LOCAL SPOT: Inner Pool, Mosselbaai
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
The feeling you get when you hit the water.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Clueless kooks and all the unnecessary politics in the sport.
TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
My girlfriend’s dad busts my balls. I work for him.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. Embrace, Pnau
3. Howling For You, The Black Keys
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
I just downloaded ‘Now Now’, so Jordy by far!
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
I’m way too lazy for dawnies, so arvo for sure. I like to be awake when I surf.
WHICH SURF SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
I’d love to surf Keramas like they had it for the Oakley Pro, and because I’m from Mossels and we never go left, I’d really love a fun left like Restaurants or something.
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
Fishing, playing golf, watching my boet f#ck shit up on the rugby field, or having a braai.
Losing a loved one.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
All my sessions and road trips growing up surfing with my best friends.