Being just 16 years-old this week’s Surf Ninja is still perfecting the art of wave assassination. And while the Grand Masters may scoff at some of his technique, it’s fair to say that it’s probably because they’re frightened of the wave slayer that he’ll become by the time his teenage years are behind him – plus the fact that they’re going to have to make some room at the top.
Regularly seen practicing his aerial technique at his homebreak of Long Beach, this week’s Surf Ninja is Kommetjie’s Josh Fairley…
NAME: Josh Fairley
LOCAL SPOT: Long Beach
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Nobody tells you what to do. It’s so free and self expressive. I can do what I want to do and that’s what makes me stoked on surfing.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Knowing that you are missing amazing waves while you’re stuck at school.
TO MAKE A LIVING I…?
Ask mom and dad for money and the occasional selling of surf equipment.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
1. Rodriguez – Crucify Your Mind
2. Butthole Surfers – Pepper
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Can’t Stop
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
John John or Dane.
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
Depends on what time high tide is.
WHICH SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
Skeleton Bay, Namibia
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
Cruising around the streets of Kommetjie.
Spiders. I hate spiders.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
I paddled out at Dunes with my friend Jayden. It was some of the biggest waves I’ve ever seen in my life. I remember paddling into one huge one, I felt pressured to go because everyone was calling me into it, I just hoped I’d make the drop. I stood up into one of the biggest, longest barrels of my life and I made it out. That’s definitely my best memory.