|Pay attention – SA’s “Most Irresistible Man” has something to say.|
|Dene Botha has been a familiar face in the South African surfing scene for years now. Some of you may know him from the Western Province surfing team, others might recognise him as the co-organizer of the Earth Wave event, or as a regular commentator at local events. The ballies reading this will remember him as Paul Botha’s little snot-kop, who used to run around the contest site stirring kak. Some of you might have ridden your first wave at his old surfing school, Kahuna.
Recently though, you may have also spotted him on the cover of some saucy magazines… He’s been doing some modelling work and appearing in a number of national Pretty Face competitions of late, and this kind of thing could only go on for so long before Zag caught up with him, and grilled him.
Zigzag: So Dene, you were voted SA’s Most Irresistible Man in 2009 and then did lank well at the Cleo Bachelor of the Year pageant … erm … I mean competition. How did you end up entering these?
Giving a couple of groms some surf lessons in Norway.
Do your friends give you kak about entering these competitions?
Probably because you can boast about officially being SA’s Most Irresistable man. Anyway, does it help being a known surfer and using that as an angle for your portfolio? Do creative directors ever make you pull shaka signs and say dorky things, like ‘Kowabunga Dude!’ on photo shoots?
Do you have a signature ‘Blue Steel’ look – a Dene Botha exclamation mark – if you will?
The media portrays models as a bit doff, self-absorbed and shallow. Is this true, or are there really kief people on the scene?
Dene Botha – There can be only one.
When it comes to organizing Earth Wave every year, do you use your connections to smoking hot dolls on the modelling scene to bribe surfers down to the beach? The Online Ed often refers to the unreliable nature of surfers when planning photo shoots…
How are plans for Earth Wave looking this year? It’s a bit early, but is there anything big in the pipeline for then?
Dene strikes one of his more familiar poses. © AVG
We hear you are MCing at the Billabong this year? What MC’ing gigs have you been up to and what have you got planned?
And now, you’re doing some TV presenting and selling property too. Do you in fact even surf anymore?
Thanks so much for your time bru. Well done for getting in so many plugs in such a short interview. That takes skill.
Dene snags an Easter gem in J-Bay. © SIAN DAWKINS
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