Mikey February is unique. He is the only surfer on the Tour who combines style and power.
Watching Mikey surf is something unique. He can draw lines effortlessly, carve, tube and finish the ride with powerful airs. Mikey is refreshing especially when it comes to surfing contests, where everything is codified and over complicated. Even if with his current 31st position in the rankings, it’s unlikely we will still see Mikey on the tour next year, the young 25 year-old South African is changing the rules of surfing and putting African surfing in front of the world scene.
Today, Mikey decided to left his sponsor Quiksilver to sign a 5 years deal with Vans. We hope to see him more on trips, pushing the limit of style on long waves, even if it’s not with a jersey on.
Here is a short video to understand Mikey Feb, his inspirations, his family, music, home spot…
Video: Tao Johnston for Surfer
I glance down at my watch, it reads just after 9am. Over the top of my coffee, I scour the ocean, It’s a wild and bumpy canvas layered with mood. There’s only going to be one decent spot on a day like today I think aloud.
The air was full of song. The smell of gazoline and resin was everywhere. Colors of custom bikes and handmade surfboards attracted visitors as light attracts mosquitos. Fun, friends, ride, waves, dust, smoke, music, sun, rain, art, shape… These are the words that define best the last 5 days in Biarritz during the Wheels and Waves.
Since the creation of Salt Water, Simon Fitz has always been supporting us. He was part of the first magazine we published last year, and I hope, will be part of the next one ! We met with him in France to discuss surfing photography, mostly. If you don’t follow Simon on Insta, you are missing the best of what this social network has to offer.
In January 2019, snowboarder Mathieu Crepel and surfer Damien Castera, joined by photographer Greg Rabejac and lmmaker Pierre Frechou, traveled to the very northern tip of Norway for a boardriding expedition in the heart of the Arctic winter. In between snowy peaks and icy waves, they went deep into the polar night where solar winds meet Earth’s magnetic eld to create the fairy dance of the Aurora Borealis.
Just after the Wheels and Waves, we met with Nathan Sadoun to discuss present, future and surfing. Nathan is a great human being. Always smiling, always stoked when there is a shitty wave to surf and always the first when it comes to have a couple of beers. Congrats on winning the event log contest. See you around Nathan!
Nothing beats a morning sesh with friends. When the wind is still light and offshore, when most of the people are still sleeping, when waves are breaking with none spoiling their beauty. That’s he best moment of the day. And that’s the moment Leila Hurst and Karina Ronzuko chose to ride the sand bank.