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Dane Staples wins Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

January 21st, 2015 No comments
Dane Staples (centre) has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

Dane Staples (centre) has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest

Dane Staples has won the Wavescape Short Cuts Film Contest with his movie The Donkey Unleashed which features his brother Dale and other top SA surfers spending inordinate periods of time inside the barrel at Donkey Bay in Namibia.

Staples, from St Francis Bay, wins the opportunity to work with Red Bull Media House (South Africa) on a collaborative project.

In a brief award ceremony after the six finalists were screened as part of the Wavescape Festival in Cape Town in December, Russell Martin from RMBH (SA) said that they had always focused on extreme sport and action films, but were now keen to work with films and filmmakers who could also add compelling storytelling to the action genre.

The top three finishers were:

• 1st: The Donkey Unleashed (Dane Staples) –
• 2nd: Skate City (Jonathan Kyriakou) –
• 3rd: Lost 4 Words (Dan Mace) –

Runner-up Jonathan Kyriakou received a GoPro Hero4 Black Edition and a Quiksilver Syncro backpack while third placed Dan Mace received a GoPro Hero4 Silver Edition and a Quiksilver Syncro backpack.

Staples’ winning film captured the imagination of the jurors with its pace, music score, visuals and storyline and was placed first by six of the eight jurors.

The three runners up finalists included:

• Wake Skate (Wayne de Lange) –
• No Life Wasted (Joubert Cronje) –
• Next Dimension (Chris Rogers) –

In formulating the juror’s statement Monica Rorvik, Film and Media Manager at Wesgro, said: “The jury had a tough job. We had to watch the 40 or so entries and narrow them down to our favourite ten, and then meet to discuss. Luckily most of our favourites overlapped and while re-watching the shorts, we were able to easily narrow down to the winners. It took four hours of discussion. We enjoyed many even more the second time around.”

“It was great to work with Wavescape film festival team, Spike, Ross Frylinck, Shani Judes and Roos van der Weerd; the amazing team from Red Bull Media House, Russel Martin and Angela Illing; Kyle Lord from Go Pro; and Karim Norman from the SAE film institute.”

“As Wesgro film and media manager I was very excited to discuss these films and filmmakers and look forward to helping producers become more export ready and to find a way to help companies monetize these and their on-going projects. Competitions like this one are a great way to do this and I hope the competition continues to grow.”

For more information about the Wavescape Film Festival highlights 2014, please go to



Matthew Moir heads ASP Africa challenge at GoPro World Longboard Surfing Championships in China

December 4th, 2014 No comments
Matthew Moir will be competing in the GoPro World Longboard Championships at Hainan Island in China from 5 to 12 December  Image: © Butler

Matthew Moir will be competing in the GoPro World Longboard Championships at Hainan Island in China from 5 to 12 December  Image: © Butler

Matthew Moir heads a quartet of South Africa’s top longboard surfers who will compete against the world’s best riders of traditional nine foot plus surfboards in the GoPro World Longboard Surfing Championships presented by Wanning that gets underway at Riyue Bay on Hainan Island in China tomorrow (Friday).

The event will crown the 2014 ASP Men’s and Women’s Longboard Champions and runs from 5 to 12 December featuring 36 surfers from a total of 12 countries in each event. There is a total of US $100 000 in prize-money on offer.

Moir, a former two-time ISA World Champion who has also won the Rabbit Kekai Classic in Costa Rica and eight South African Open Men’s titles, will revel in the long left breaking waves at Riyue Bay which are similar to his favourite home break of Elands Bay on the West Coast of South Africa.

The 37 year-old Capetonian is looking forward to meeting up with friends and former opponents in China after competed extensively on the ASP World Longboard Tour in the mid 2000’s, regularly placing in the top 10 at events. He suffering a stroke in 2009 and has cut back on his international travel since then.

Moir will be joined in the Men’s event by Grant Beck (Cape St Francis) who will be making his debut in the World Title event after reaching the finals of the SA Longboard Championships earlier this year.

The ASP Africa representatives in the Women’s event are reigning SA champion Hannah Bing from Cape Town and Margreet Wibbelink, the 2014 SA Women’s runner-up, from Jeffreys Bay. It will be Bing’s first World Championship event while Wibbelink competed in China last year when she reached Round 2 before being eliminated.

This year will see the fourth edition of the ASP World Longboard Championships on Hainan Island, and the event has been confirmed for the next three years. The defending champions are Piccolo Clemente (PER) in the Men and two-time winner Kelia Moniz (HAW) who has reached the final in the Women’s event for the past three years, all of them against Chelsea Williams (AUS).

The GoPro World Longboard Championships China hosted by Wanning will run from Dec 5 to 12. News, live scores, results, images and video highlights available via


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