Cutting their surfing teeth on its powerful waves ensures that locals of Durban’s Bluff learn how to ride a barrel shortly after they’ve mastered the duckdive and made it out to backline. There’s a fast learning curve when the surf is serious and this underground wave assassin, like many of his Bluff bros, has mastered the art of weaving through a dredging pit.
Meet this week’s Surf Ninja, Ross Solomon
NAME: Ross Solomon
LOCAL SPOT: The Bluff
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Finding and surfing a new spot for the first time with a couple good mates.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Aches pains and niggling injuries…
TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
Work contracts, so that I can surf more!
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
Offspring – Bad Habit
Placebo – Meds
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Dane Reynolds or Jordy.
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
Eish! Nothing beats being first in the water.
WHICH SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
Puerto Escondido or Rifles
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
Missing good waves.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
First ever Indo trip with my brother, Ryan. Two green-behind-the-ears lighties off to Nias and Hinako’s. 12 hour bus rides, getting ripped-off, giant Bawa barrels, living on Marie biscuits in Asu… Good times learning the ropes!