Lindy Taverner

SA one hardcore nation

2011-08-24 15:29
Sport24 columnist Lindy Taverner (File)
Lindy Taverner

The seriously huge turnaround from the Springboks to grind out a win against the All Blacks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday has given us a glimmer of hope leading into the World Cup Rugby in New Zealand. We are all critics, but now that the squad has been named, let’s get behind our boys!

We really do have the most hardcore athletes in existence. In the last few days there was Bakkies Botha's dominating display on the rugby field, Ryan Sandes winning the Leadville 100-mile trail run in Colorado in the third fastest time in race history and our star-studded big wave surfers were out there pushing boundaries.
The waves around the Cape have been uber massive of late, and the big wave chargers are pouring in from all over. I couldn’t believe how many surfers, jetski’s and boats were out at Dungeons in Hout Bay the weekend, the freezing cold being no deterrent with the opportunity of catching up to 40-foot waves! 

It also had a lot to do with the chance to win a share of R110 000 in the recently announced Rebel Sessions! The committed few who ride giant waves off the Cape of Storms every winter will be filmed and photographed by the Rebel Media crew on the 10 best days of surf of 15 feet or over.

Iain Walsh, Twiggy and Simon Lowe were all out charging, but Mike Schlebach and James Taylor got the seriously insane tubes and Andy Marr caught the monster wave of the day. Nice to see our mountain chasers haven’t lost their touch!

Our ASP surfers are dominating in cooking surf at the Billabong Pro in Tahiti. Jordy Smith and Travis Logie advanced directly into Round 3 at Teahupoo with their wins in the opening Round 1 heats.

Although alternative and extreme sports are a growing trend, many disciplines are still sub cultures, and the opportunity to learn about and experience them in SA is rare and deserves our support.

Legendary SA FMX champion, Nick De Wit is getting ready to blow our minds with some of the best riders in the country in their acrobatic display of modern FMX (Freestyle Motocross) at the Red Bull X-Fighters Jams at the Van der Stel Rugby Club in Stellenbosch on Friday night.

An insane alternative and extreme sports exhibition is going down in Johannesburg from September 23-25 on Riversands Farm, close to Pretoria. The AltX Sports Expo is the country's first and only sports show of this size. MotoX, abseiling, parkour, kitesurfing and aerobatics are just some of the 50 activities happening in nine different arenas!

There’s a spectacular Great Outdoors Expo happening in PE on September 8 at the remarkable Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, with the enormous North End lake right at its side to showcase all the watersports activities. There’s also going to be a snowboarding ramp, a pro snowboarding demo with winch jumps and snowball throwing games!

There hasn’t been a hugely successful extreme sports expo in Cape Town for a few years, but we can look forward to these expos featuring in the Mother City in the not too distant future. I can't wait!

Lindy Taverner is the editor of the RUSH magazine that was based in the Eastern Cape and recently relocated to Cape Town. Previous issues and updated extreme sport news can be found on her site

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