A serious spring clean of the garage unearthed some long forgotten wetties, including my first surfing wetsuit, a Frontline 4/3, bought waaay back in the day at the surf shop opposite Ster Kinekor in the Bridge. The shop has long gone, but the wettie was still in good nick over 20 years later. Which got me thinking; they made stuff to last back in the day. After posting a shot of the old wettie on social media it seemed like plenty of peeps had fond memories of their Frontline suits – with some still being in use today. So decided to track down the man behind the epic wetties of yesteryear. Say howzit to Gary Cosh…
Gary, when did you start Frontline, and what made you decide to start making wetties?
It all started back in 1987. I moved to SA in ‘85 and still had a surf shop in the UK and thought the wetsuits in SA weren’t as good as those in the UK. So I started Frontline, together with Lisle Coney of Country Rhythm Surfboards, in Margate.
How did the name Frontline come about?
Originally we were going to manufacture a brand under license but decided to start our own brand. A few friends from Country Rhythm were having a coffee break and someone mentioned it should be a name loosely related to surfing and said how about Backline and at that moment, on the radio, "Frontline states" were mentioned and we all looked at each other and said that’s it!
Did you have any background in wettie manufacture or was it a case of live & learn?
I knew what I wanted from a wetsuit. Having surfed in the Atlantic and North Sea I knew what was needed, especially for Cape Town, so I did some research and took it from there. When we started I didn’t know the difference between a washing machine and a sewing machine but we were keen and over a reasonable short period of time we started improving what we had started with.
The surfing market started taking notice both here and overseas (Europe and USA), so a reasonable export market opened up for us. Lisle wanted to concentrate more on Country Rhythm early on, so we parted ways but still had a good relationship and many of the surfers we sponsored used both of our products.
In the mid 90’s the exports started to grow and Ray Wulff, my factory landlord and buddy, joined me and we did well and had great fun. The business got us to the beaches of Europe and the States each year. Lots of travelling and hard work, but well worth it and managed to surf some great breaks.
We had an offer on the business in 2000 which we initially declined, but when Shazzzzzzzzzz (one of our key staff members) decided to leave we reconsidered and decided to call it a day - and sold the business.
Miss it often, and have very fond memories, but I think with the onslaught of cheap manufacturing in the East we timed our exit perfectly, more by accident than good judgement! We made lots of buddies around the world and have only good memories and no regrets.
Nope. But still got me boards and a few suits and who knows, when my son comes back over from the UK for a visit I am sure he will drag me back in the water.
Thanks to Zigzag for kindly supplying the print ads. Gary's hard drive died so he lost all his shots from back then, although did manage to snap a shot of an old ad in the Zag (the "Dream on" one )
This is how the week started. We might be a hick town, but yrr, we get some spectacular sunsets! And as if that wasn't enough - this is what we had on Tuesday...
Plenty of super fun lil waves to start the week as well. Monday morning through to mid-arvo had a few, and a lekker sneaker swell came through on Tuesday - waves all day! Be bummed if you missed it. But late arvo things had dropped off plenty - might have been the spring high killing it off a bit. Although am sure a certain left wedge woulda had no problem with the full tide.
After a promising start to the week it went miff until Sunday morning again, when a few glassy lil peelers pulled through in the morning.....and then continued throughout the day. The NE never really materialised. Everyone needs to pray/wish for/positive think or whatever you need to do to get the winds to behave for early next week - some seriously solid 16 sec period swell is predicted to wrap into the bay....but....at this stage the winds look east, bleh.
For all those groms out there - you might not be familiar with this guy cos he doesn't surf much in the bay these days, but shew - he is by far one of the best power surfers this town has ever produced. In an era of flippy, twitchy surfing, he reminds us that nothing beats power surfing and burying the rail so deep it leaves permanent scars on the wave face.
Kody McGregor took a swim at Super last week and scored this great shot of Dylan, who being typically humble says "I think I bogged it after that!" Betting you we all wished we could surf like this ou bogs!
JBay's Steve Sawyer has wasted no time in slotting right in to life in Yankee land. He scored some beauts at Malibu recently, and what's impressive by Malibu standards is that he's got these bombs all to himself. The reeling right can get crazy crowded, and most waves are generally family waves!
For all those aspiring loggers out there, SF local Richard Arderne has come up with the perfect way to teach yourself to noseride! Just ink on a pair of feet up at the nose, and then go plant yours right there. Too clever...
A week of spectacular sunsets was matched by some equally spectacular sunrises. Here's a few of the beauts that were captured by the local photags as JBay, SF and Seals. It's hell in Africa!
The pro circus leaves Rio with another Brazzo champ. Irrespective of the quality of the surf, no one can argue that the Brazil stop on tour gets the biggest crowds by far. Everyone in Brazil loves surfing. Even old dudes in budgie smugglers playing bat & ball. JJF being a total professional and posing with the fans. KS photobombing in the background. Classic.
A blast from the past shot popped up this week. Remember Oceans Surf Shop in Rink Street - massive place packed with all the coolest surf gear. Brownie Moulang has his mitts on a kiff looking stick shaped by legend Spowy (wish we could still get boards from that guy, but apparently the courier costs from up there are a bit hectic!). Carpark John is.....in the car park.
The Kowie crew will know that when there's a big swell running the mouth can be a pretty gnarly place. Apparently not so gnarly though that some ou's won't take the gamble to get out of it in a skiboat. Port Alfred resident Peter Britz captured this "WTF is he doing" moment on Monday morning. Apparently the geelbek were running and so guess this ou was keen to hook a few. But shew, not sure if you can catch enough fish to make that risk worthwhile! Hectic.
Baywest Mall opened it's doors and apparently half of PE went to check it out. Luckily for all those ou's that are gonna get dragged off for some mall madness soon - the new Billabong shop will save your sanity - sneak off there to check out surf movies on the big screen TV whilst your significant other does the wall-the-mall-flat thing.
Wetsuit booties are a love/hate thing. You either swear by them, or you refuse to wear 'em. For some ou's it's about the grip, for others it's about keeping their tootsies from freezing off, and for the crew who constantly surf reefs - they save you from chop-sueyed feet.
No one will argue that a dash out the channel at Supers is a helluva lot easier with some rubber between you and the reef. Even Millers reef can be carnivorous at times. And anyone that's encountered the urchins at Seals would probably in retrospect wished they'd had a pair on.
Not all booties are created equal. Drop the dough and get a decent pair. My personal faves are the Billabong Foils (lank easy to get into) and the O'Neill PsychoFreaks (lotsa technical stuff going on in these). You wanna try go for the split toe vs the rounded toebox, as it does make it more comfy and efficient to have a big toe that can go on it's own mission vs the other 4 lil piggies.
Some of the split toe booties have a small rubber bridge between the big toe and #2 toe, so even though technically the big toe is separate it stops your leash from getting caught in the split. Which invariably happens when you catch the wave of the day...and you end up wobbling down it thanks to the leash tangle.
If it's warmth you're after, go for a bootie that has velcro starp at the cuff for added snugness. Fit is vital in a bootie. How do you know you have the right size? It'll be an absolute bitch to get on! Getting into it too easily? Probably too big for you. An exception to this are the Billabong Foils - lank stretchy, with no fussy stuff. But if you're wanting arch bars, rubber heel cups and forefoot straps...prepare to swear under your breathe every time you put em on.
I've been a bootie wearer since I started surfing. Learning to surf at Muizenberg meant floundering around the shallows and always standing on big slimy bits of kelp. Used to freak me out - so I got booties! Worn em ever since. Did try a sesh in the Maldives once without em...and proceeded to slip right off my board at the bottom of a solid wave. No fun in that - back to the boots.
Only recently worked out the easiest way to get the buggers on. All you gotto do is fold the top part of the bootie right down on itself (like the pic below), as it makes it much easier to get your foot in - instead of trying to squirm it into the normal opening. Usually your foot gets halfway in and then your heel gets stuck and yah - just lank annoying. The fold-over works a treat. More you fold it down, the better it works.
Nothing smells quite as funky as a wetsuit bootie. Yrr, they can honk. Tried all that fancy anti-bacterial bamboo-lining whadawhadawhada - they stink just as much.
Why do they get so bad? Because they don’t dry out before bacteria take over. The same glues and materials that keep the water from getting in fast also prevent its escape. So they stay nice and damp, and the bugs just thrive.
The obvious solution would be to dry em out properly, but unless you turn em inside out it doesn't really happen. At least hang em upside down (toes higher than heels) so that the water can drip out of them. Most definitely don't leave em baking in the boot of your car - maxing the miffness.
Rinsing them out with fresh water will help keep the stench at bay, but if the smell is starting to get serious - there are a few ways to unfunk your feet.
Some guys swear that a cold water wash in the washing machine does the trick, others reckon you should soak em in a bucket of water with some mouth wash and vinegar. Dettol works too cos it's an anti-bacterial. Have even heard of guys using vodka and lemon juice (just don't try drink it after you're done). There are some westuit shampoo's on the market, so they'll also do the trick.
Just remember not to piss in your suit - cos that'll really add to your wetsuit funk!
Winter is coming. Go grab some rubber love for your feet. You won't be sorry you did.
An added bonus is that apparently being all warm n snug in booties makes you so happy you throw shaka's - like the Beck bro's here! Frigid feet suck. Cut to shreds feet suck. Feet that slip off boards suck. Booties rock.
Yip, there was some gold at the end of the rainbow this week. Coupla days of super fun surf, specially Saturday late arvo and Sunday morning before the onshore came up.
Wondering why your new stick ain't ready on time? Well, shapers gotto take time off to do some product testing - like Greg Smith seen here on a Supers smoker. Plenty of advantages to working in the surf industry - cos you're expected to be in the "office" when the swell's firing.
Shot to the EP lighties who won their divisions at the PST event at Nahoon this weekend - Jbay's Rewaldo Abersalie (u16), Angelo Faulkner (u14) and PE's Kia Fenton (u18). Nice work groms. Spend those bucks wisely.
Local shredder Bruce Campbell has some new sticks to play with. Expect to see this rather off looking Firewire at a break near you soon. It's somewhat similar in shape to the early Meyerhoffer's. Thomas Meyerhoffer’s weird hourglass shapes first hit line-up's back in 2010 or thereabouts. Initially the board's odd outline took flack, but when ou's like Kelly & Peter Mel gave it the thumbs up it couldn't be discarded so easily.
Now Firewire have made their take on the surf-savant's design and come up with something called the Cornice. Which is undoubtedly a really kak name for a surf board. Nonetheless, be interesting to see what Bruce thinks of it. Always good to shift the paradigm.
This beauty sailed into the bay last weekend. She's called Fidelis, a Perini Navi yacht - 184ft/56m of pure floating bliss. She can hit 15 knots, and has a range of 3500 nautical miles. Chuck in 5 suites and a gym, and you're styling all day long. If you have a spare $20 mil in your piggy bank you can pick up a second hand one just like her. Or if you fancy a charter she's a steal at R340k a week for you and 10 mates.
Surf the Wedge in Plett? Keep ya feet up then. This lil puppy was hooked at Wedge and then landed on Central Beach in Plett. He got pulled in for a photo opp and then was returned safely to sea. Guessing not to many ou's out for the arvo sesh after that....
Supers lit up this week - literally and figuratively. Pretty as it is the glow in the dark surf is a sign of more sinister things. It's caused by an abundance of phytoplankton, which looks a brown miff colour in the day but lights up lekker at night. The hiccup is that it breeds like bunnies and can cause some issues for the local fish if too much of it builds up. Still pretty cool looking despite it's nasty side-effects.
Wonder what happened to that macking 16 second swell that graced our shores recently - well, it takes about 7-10 days to make itself across the Indian Ocean and light up the Indo reefs. Here's what Magic Seaweed has at 3ft 16sec. Which is actually quite correct. But you wouldn't have thought it'd look like this! Period is everything! And can make arb looking swell heights morph into freight train beasts. Always check the period....
Sandy Bay, Cape Town. Home to lotsa naked peeps (it's a nudist beach), kiff lil waves....and panga-wielding muppets. Mikey February and his video dude Steve were making the walk back from Sandy's to Llandudnou when 2 idiots jumped out a bush and attacked them. Lucky for Mikey he managed to stick his board in the way and it took the brunt of the cuts. Poor Steve got a sushi'd forearm. Crazy times.
Parko pulled off a kiff Jetski air during the Rip Pro. Not-so-hot jetski drivers were struggling with the big booming closeouts during the opening rounds and managed to buck poor Parko off during a life back out to the line-up.
Filipe Toledo continues to head up the Brazilian Storm, and claimed the title on home turf. He's pretty deadly in lil onshore ramps, but does have the game to step it up into the big stuff too. Will it be a Brazzo World Champ for 2015 as well? Gabe's apparently partying like mad still on the back of his 2014 win (in between doing "how to shave" commercials for his sponsors), so not sure if he'll make a late charge for the title again this year - but Filipe seems to have things well on the way for now.
It certainly isn't a dream stop on the Dream Tour, but if you can pack 50 000 screaming fans onto the beach, isn't that what the WSL is after?
Did I mention there were waves this week? Yip, there were......
Pretty good week in the bay as far as waves go. Bit of wind here and there, but who minds some lump if there's surf on offer. Wednesday and Thursday saw some good waves pull through, with Avo's being the pick of the bunch. So much sand there again, kiff to see it come back to life after about a 6 year drought. Think it was the massive storm surf back in 2008 that stripped it of all the sand. Guess we can't bitch about the persistent east's and lack of swell if at least they reward us with sand back at Avo's!
Thursday was the biggest day of the week, with a 16 second swell period with plenty of south in it. Always guaranteed to set up a hell rip. You had to have your paddle arms on out there just to stay in the take-off zone, never mind having to paddle back after a wave. Better option was often the run-around.
Seeing the Bell Buoy breaking without the Bell buoy actually out there was a bit odd. Turns out it's gone in for repairs and is sitting safely in the harbour getting some TLC.
Out west was pumping - JBay went off it's mielie all week. The paddle out's weren't for the faint-hearted. Good to see Dylan Lightfoot back in town and tearing things up at his home break.
Lighties - remember to get your entries in for the RVCA Junior CHallenge asap. Slots for this awesome compo are gonna go quicker than the fresh donuts at your tuckshop, so snooze you lose. All the details here
The surf world lost one of it's pioneers this week. Shawn "barney" Barron passed away at only 44 years young. The ou was a legend - part of the Santa Cruz crew who pioneered Mavericks, and at the forefront of the aerial revolution with Fletcher and Pottz. No doubt he's teaching front side grab's to the angels as we speak. RIP.
JBay local Steve Sawyer has just recorded his first LP. Coming to itunes soon - so grab a copy cos local music is lekker. Steve's off to the US of A, and will no doubt make his presence felt behind the mike and on his board.
JOB's one crazy nutter - in between paddling inflatable rafts into massive double's breaking on dry sand he does actually surf a proper board. He's the ou deep deep deep behind Shane Dorian.
Coupla the older fella's on tour have realised there's life after the WSL (and it just so does not roll off the tongue like ASP did). Bede Durbidge, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr have opened their own microbrewery and are gonna produce craft beer under the Balter label. Balter? About as catchy as Kelly's Outerknown....
Mick's known for his fondness of the brown brew, after getting his shoe sponsors Reef to make him a signature sandal with a bottle opener built in! Remember those. Worked great provided you hadn't stepped in dog sh*t just before you wanted to open your beer.
Here's some more random eye-candy from the week.....
Ex-PE local Jaryd Mason calls Perth home these days. It's a shortish (by Aussie standards) drive down to Margaret River - which hosted the 3rd stop of the WSL. Jaryd was at the event and has done a lekker lil post-comp wrap:
"I’d like to start off by saying “howzit” to everyone back in the Eastern Cape. I really miss surfing with all of you and I hope everyone is doing well! I met up with Craig Potgieter (aka Pottie) down in Margs and we managed to catch up over a few beers and a quick surf. Felt like i was back in PE!
The newly rebranded WSL finally got some swell last week. The West turned on and gave the world of competitive surfing something to froth over. Some were saying that it was gonna be 20ft Mainbreak as the hype grew.
Anyway, I’m not going to harp on anymore about my love affair with The Aussie South-West. Here are five talking points from Stop 3 of the WSL:
1. The Box
The Box, it’s probably one of the most infamous ledge breaks in the world. It’s the wave that we use to measure all other right hand ledges. When we find a ledge back in South Africa we always try compare it to The Box. (“Hey bru, I reckon it looks like The Box when its cooking hey?!”) Growing up in South Africa I used to watch countless surf flicks of surfers taking off over this super shallow reef. I never thought that we’d see the worlds best surf The Box in a tour event, well ....try surf it! Most of the early rounds went down at the Box, with some surfers getting a harder beat down than Liverpool in a title race! It certainly made for some exciting viewing! I’ll surf it…one day.
2. “Stack” of the contest
Most of the worlds best got shown up by a firing Box. When the daily high lights reel has more wipeouts than actual waves surfed, you know it’s been a “fun” day of competitive surfing. Out at Mainbreak, Kelly got sucked over the falls in his heat against Adriano. He snapped his board and was a little reluctant to catch waves after that. I think he only caught one more wave for the rest of the heat.
But I reckon the “stack” of the contest out at The Box went to Adam Melling for his death defying, circus jump over the falls on an absolute freight train of a wave (definitely worth the youtube search).
Rumour also has it that a certain pro surfer twin had a few too many drinks one night and got into a brawl at one the only bars near the contest site. But we will leave it there….
3. Wave of the contest
On an 8ft day out at Mainbreak, Kelly rolled back the years and found a barrel at the takeoff zone and then proceeded to lay down the turn of the year so far. He got a 10, backed it up with a 9.5 and sent poor ol Glenn Hall crashing out of the contest.
Although I think Owen Wright scored the wave of the contest when he somehow managed to come flying out of a monster Box Barrel. I can’t describe how crazy it was…possible contender for wave of the year.
4. Free Surfs
The waves were on tap over the contest period. The South-West was showing off it’s stuff. The whole coast from Yallingup to Margs lit up and some crazy free surfs went down at North Point and some other more secret locations up the coast. Everyone’s Instagram accounts lit up with photos of cooking waves and gut wrenching wipeouts. A few of the pros got a little carried away surfing a firing North Point for 6 hours! Jay Davies, surfed North Point for hours the day before he took down Medina. But then again we all surf for the love of it. Unfortunately two potential title contenders, Jordy and Steph got injured in their free surfs. Jordy got a slash to his heal and hurt his knee and Stephy apparently hurt her knee when she jumped feet first into a sandbar down the coast.
5. The Brazilian Storm
Two out of the three events this year have been won by Brazilians. It looked like The Brazilian storm was going to subside in The West. Most of the Brazilians got shown up at The Box including current World Champ Gabe Medina. Adriano quietly made his way through some tough heats against Kelly, Taj and took down JJF in the final. I think he deservedly claimed this years Margies Pro as well as the yellow jersey! Although I think the best surfer out West this year was JJF. He was a standout in all of the free surfs and in the contest.
Words like RAW and UNTAMED are used to describe the Margies Region, but I’d like to describe the region as a super hot supermodel that doesn’t really need make up to look good. She also loves showing off whenever she feels like it and has a little bitchy streak! I guess one thing is for certain, Margaret River is beautiful!
Hugh Bradner, we salute you. Hughie was a Berkeley physicist named Hugh Bradner who worked with the U.S. Navy to design a diving suit for the military that didn’t need to prevent water intrusion to keep the wearer warm. And thus the wetsuit was born. Surfing went from being a summertime, warm water pursuit to year round, any time, anywhere.
He used a foamed neoprene material made by a company called Rubatex. Back in the day, extruded neoprene strips were mainly used as a sealant around gaskets for cars and planes. Neoprene worked to keep you warm cos it was filled with tiny, uniform air bubbles that helped insulate against the cold, even without being waterproof. The navy divers tested it out and it worked a treat.
Bradner wasn't interested in the monetary side of his invention, so didn't pursue a patent for it, leaving it open for anyone in the market to copy. There weren't many divers or surfers back in 1952 so he probably didn't fully understand it's economic potential. Lucky for us.
Bradner formed the Engineering Development Company (EDCO) with some colleagues in order to manufacture his “Sub-Mariner” suit. An ad in the Skin Diver magazine showed the short version of the Sub-Mariner selling for $45.
The same year EDCO started, Jack O’Neill opened the first O’Neill surf shop in his garage near Ocean Beach. O’Neill was a surfer and had been testing various ways to stay warm while surfing off the frigid Nor Cal coast. He'd tried soaking his jersey in kerosene to make them more water resistant, as well as experimenting with the rubber drysuits worn by Navy frogmen. These were tightly sealed at the wrists and ankles to stop water from entering the suit, and worn over long underwear to stay warm.
O’Neill’s earliest wetsuit prototype was this vest coated in PVC plastic, circa 1953.
“They’d roll the top and bottom together to seal around the waist,” explains Brian Kilpatrick, O’Neill’s Director of Marketing Communications. “You’d be good for half an hour before the seal would break and then the waders would fill up with water, and you’d be lucky to survive. You can imagine how dangerous that was: He’d be surfing at Ocean Beach basically in rubber overalls filled with water. Super scary.”
The drysuit let O’Neill stay in the water a bit longer - but it sure wasn't safe. About the same time that Bradner was conducting his experiments in Berkeley, O’Neill heard about neoprene from a pharmacist mate. He hand-cut neoprene panels to the desired size (starting off with a swimsuit brief and vest) and then added some PVV sheeting to tone side of the neoprene to strengthen it.
O’Neill introduced his wetsuit to the world in 1956: At a sporting goods trade show in San Fran, he set up a swimming pool, put his kids in his new wetties, and chucked them in along with a flotilla of surfboards, inflatable rafts, and big chunks of ice. The orders started rolling in.
But still, most surfers weren’t sold on the benefits of wetsuits, and many continued to brave the cold waters without one. You were considered a "sissy" if you wore one! Maybe the delay in uptake was also cos the early suits were really basic and often restricted mobility, with their their rough rubber interiors chafing the hell outta ya skin. Add to this some really thick neoprene material and lack of zippers, which made them really hard to put on.
At the same time down in Redondo Beach, Bob Meistrell and his twin brother Bill had been experimenting with their own wetsuit designs. The bro's went to Rubatex to learn about their different rubber products and work with the company to produce the best possible wetsuit fabric....and came up with the “Dive N’ Surf Thermocline Wetsuits". Luckily for them the marketing guy they hired to help 'em, pointed out that that didn't exactly roll off the tongue.
“What makes your suits better than anyone else?” he asked them. The brothers replied, “They fit like a glove.” A few days later, the marketing guy returned to their shop with a finished version of their classic, circular hand logo labeled “The Body Glove.”
Sixty years later ou's surf in Iceland and in Antarctica. The advent of the wetsuit has pretty much quadrupled the coastline that’s eligible for waves, and there's no mistaking that some of the world’s best waves are on colder coastlines.
A big thanks to Hugh, Jack, Bob & Bill. No more having to chase the Endless Summer around the world. ("And of course we all know there's no waves in Tahiti" - watch the original Endless Summer movie for that quote alone. And of course some lekker Bruce's footage).
Big news of the week was EP winning the SA Longboard Champs. Not just winning mind you - giving those WP and KZN crews a lekker snotklap in the process. Local is just so lekker! Also hooked eight division titles as well. Check out all the results and the shots here.
The event ran in some epic surf, and despite all the great surfing there were some pretty comic moments as well. Craig Cuff provided one such rib-tickler with his visit to the Seals punctuation mark (aka Full Stop). Craig talks us through the "ah kak, why is this happening to me" moment...
"I was sneaking past Full Stop (or so I thought), when all of a sardine I was bouncing on my bum. I managed to stop myself, reel my board in and stand up (on dry rock). That baby even claimed a seasoned vet like me. Too funny!"
A picture says a thousand words. Spotted during the comp arvo by Andre du Plessis - Captain Kai’ Linder, Tym Kanigowski (who had just won his legend’s event) and Andrew Goodman (Surf Camp SA) spotted watching the longboard champs from a very appropriately named house!
Plenty of wildlife out at the second most southerly tip of Africa as usual. Thankfully just the friendly kind was around. You got to surf with dolphins, penguins and gulls. And brave ou's in boardies. And a dead ou? Peter Coffey apparently spotted a lekker crayfish mid-heat and went looking for it.
Shots by Robbie Irlam & Clive Wright.
Plenty of waves all round for the long weekend, so if you didn't get wet give yourself a kick in the pants. Cos really - how often does PE get fun surf for 3 days in a row with favourable winds? Make it count when it does. Too busy surfing to get any shots of the bay. Oops.
Things looking pretty decent for later this week too, so have the sick notes ready, and clear those diaries. Wondering how many other peeps consider Windfinder and Surfline as their diary? First thing you should check before scheduling any appointments or meetings!
The Big Wave awards happened on 1st May - biggest tube goes to Mahati Drollet, biggest wave to Sebastian Streutner and biggest paddle-in to Jamie Mitchell.
Some fresh reads hitting the shelves. New Zag is out (with a free lolly - go figure?) and the Boardtalk should be out soon. Buy em. Read em. Let print never die.