Every localised beach in SA is home to at least one – a ripper who absolutely owns their home spot. However, apart from their local crew or a few visitors to their turf, these rippers’ best wave slaying goes down largely unnoticed – but that’s what Surf Ninjas do…
One particular wave assassin has been killing it for years at Caves in the shadows of the Hottentots-Holland range, but his cover has been blown and we’ve got an eye on him. Meet this week’s Surf Ninja Tommy Kruger;
NAME: Tom Kruger
LOCAL SPOT: Caves
BEST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Jumping into the car with your best friend and a boot full of beers and snacks, then missioning around the coast in the search for waves.
WORST THING ABOUT SURFING?
Unhappy attitudes in the water.
TO MAKE A LIVING I..?
Handcraft authentic leather shoes. Untamed shoes.
THREE TRACKS THAT HELP YOU SHRED?
Anthony B – Rise Up
The Notorious B.I.G vs the XX – One more chance…to skip a beat
Gary Clarke Jr – Bright lights
BEST SURFER IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW?
Jamie O’Brien, hands down!
DAWNIE OR ARVO SESH?
Arvo definitely – There’s nothing like coming out from a surf and gooing a fish on the braai while watching the sun go down at Caves.
WHICH SPOT DO YOU HAVE TO SURF BEFORE YOU DIE?
WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURFING, YOU CAN BE FOUND WHERE?
Cruising down hills on my Sector 9, or you could find me serving your drinks at outdoor festivals.
Bluebottles and jellyfish.
BEST SURFING MEMORY?
Probably being about two metres away from having my leg bitten off by a bull shark but narrowly escaping, then pulling into endless Mozam pits all day long after.