For the past few Northern Hemi winter, Josh heads for California and Hawaii where he positions himself to take advantage of the huge swells that drive out of Aleutian Storms in the North Pacific. He patiently waits for the inevitable Mavericks, North Shore and Maui sessions. Some years it happens while others are sparse. This year he lucked into some proper Jaws barrels after making the dash from Oahu. “I paddled out in the morning and nearly didn’t even make it throughout the shore break. I was out there for the best part of the morning before I hooked into a bomb set. It had gone onshore and the crowd had thinned, then it glassed off, went back offshore and there I was. The first one was a cracker and I kicked out and before I knew it I was on a bigger and better one.”
Josh also managed to get in some quality Pipeline and Backdoor time.
For the last few years now Josh has been regarded as a genuine South African prospect in big water and along with one or two other young chargers has created expectations of being a major player in the world of big wave stormers globally.
Competitive and big wave history:
“Surfed competitively my whole junior career. Surfed for Natal at least 10 times and South Africa twice. Travelled on the WQS for a year before having a break to do a year chef course. After that I put a lot of focus into surfing bigger waves and since have done 3 Winter seasons in Cape Town and winning “Surfer of the Session” in The Rebel Big Wave Awards in 2011.
Plans for 2015:
Between baking and delivering trays full of the delicious brownies that he makes for various hospitality venues in and around Durban, Josh scoures the weather map and heads for the Cape and the West Coast when one of those giant Southern Atlantic swell systems light up those locations in winter.