If you’ve ever watched him charge with reckless abandon when the waves are maxing-out and when he is at the jol, you’d be surprised to learn that people’s safety is his number one priority at work. But this wave assassin saves the recklessness for special occasions and is a standout when cyclone season hits the east coast – bringing with it big, thick barrels.
Meet this week’s Surf Ninja and tube master, Matthew Kruger…
NAME: Matthew Kruger
LOCAL SPOT: Umdloti
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Being out with your friends and girlfriend sharing good waves, hanging on the beach and talking smack.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
The crowds and tempers that have become a problem more recently.
TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
Am an air traffic controller for ATNS.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP ME SHRED?
1. Some funky house mixes
2. A bit of Tupac thrown in the mix.
3. Linkin Park
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Definitely home grown Saffa, Jordy Smith, with Josh Kerr (for his insane airs) a close second.
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
Both if you work shifts like I do.
WHICH SURF SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
Skeleton Bay, Namibia. I haven’t had the chance to go that far up the West Coast yet.
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
In Upington, working.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
Elephants. Those huge things scare me.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
The best are yet to come…