The South African surf season is upon us, with two QS 1000’s down and the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA coming up fast. We checked in with 2014 event winner Dylan Lightfoot from JBay to see how his preparation is coming on.
Interview by Craig Jarvis
Hey Dylan. It has been a crazy start to the year in professional surfing. The Championship Tour is on its head, the South African circuit is looking healthy, and the waves have been pumping. How has the world of pro surfing being treating you this year so far?
The beginning half of this year has been extremely busy for me as well, just trying to give myself a real shot at breaking the top 100 on the Qs this year. I have been enjoying my travels though, and it’s starting to feel like the three years of experience on the QS is starting to pay off.
It’s soon going to be JBay time! How do you feel coming into the Supertrial?
I am so excited! It’s my favorite wave in the world and I have been enjoying surfing Supers more then ever lately.
It’s a testing wave. Have you go any new boards specific for Supers that you can tell me about?
I have a Spider Murphy that I have wrapped in cotton wool, I have only surfed it a couple times and it feels like a gem! Dimensions are 5.10 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 rounded squash.
Local knowledge is such a crucial element in the mix out there, as you would know. Who of the local invitees have been ripping of late?
I always catch Warren Dean out in the water when I am home. He seems to be putting a lot of time in the water when the waves are good. He knows J Bay better then anyone so he will be a definite threat in the Supertrial.
What did the wild card do for you and for your career when you won the event? I mean, you came up against Kelly Slater in round one, and Gabriel Medina in round 2. You can’t buy that sort of experience.
At the time I was finding my feet on the QS and the wild card gave me so much experience and knowledge that definitely helped kickstart my career on the QS. It felt like I was thrown in the deep end a bit, but am very thankful I had the opportunity.
Good luck out there. Seabass is killing it on the Championship Tour; it seems to be the year for wild cards to rule this year.
Thanks. I’ll do my best.