There has been a bit of talk lately about a new wave pool possibly coming to South Africa in the near future, while getting completely sidetracked on youtube I came across this clip uploaded way back in Nov 2010, but it had some recent comments flying around, one which was quite interesting….
Adrian Buchan (AUS), 30, has claimed the 2013 Billabong Pro Tahiti over 11-time ASP World Champion and four-time Billabong Pro winner Kelly Slater (USA) in solid four-to-six foot (1.5 – 2 metre) waves at Teahupo’o. The results were rather controversial with a mis-called priority hiccup which may or may not have changed the result. Many fans have been left disgruntled and are calling for ASP to make a statement regarding the fudging.
South Africa’s Jordy Smith finished in an unfortunate 9th position, with fellow saffer, Travis Logie, finishing up further down the line.
CURRENT ASP WCT TOP 5 (Following Billabong Pro Tahiti):
1. Kelly Slater (USA) 38,950 pts 2. Mick Fanning (AUS) 37,900 pts 3. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 30,700 pts 4. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 29,200 pts 5. Taj Burrow (AUS) 25,400 pts
Not quite our usual content, but some might say even more important. An awesome story and a great way to lift up someones spirit. For those that surf, the words of Tom ring true, it is an escape from everything when you are in the water.
Hopefully Tom’s story inspires more to make a difference and help someone less fortunate. Whether it be with surfing or any other outlet.
“Tom Hewitt MBE is committed to a”global popular movement around the rights and potential of street children.” He has worked “in the field” with street children for over 20 years. He and his wife, Bulelwa, founded Umthombo Street Children in Durban, South Africa in 2004.