Surfing at the Dunes

Sucking the last marrow from the bones of the holiday with a 5am dawnie at Dunes. Not a single surfer except for Henrik and Robster and me to interfere with those peeling Noordhoek lines … Topped off by almond croissants and a cortado from The Village Roast to feed the beasty 😊👌

Exploring the Tulbagh Bone Trail

Bru… Let’s just say #MountainBiking is a pretty cruel sport. If you’re spending more time on your #board than on your #bike – way more, in my case – you’re going to seriously suffer when you tackle the #Tulbagh #BoneTrail, a tough old bugger of a crank into those high-and-righteous #witzenberg ridges.

Start off from the #trailhead at @manleywinelodge just outside historic Tulbagh, keeping right on the tarmac for a couple hundred metres before klapping a sharp left over a stile and onto a trippy 3km #singletrack stretch skedaddling along the Klein Bergrivier. This morphs onto a gravel road climb through apple and plum orchards until you reach the split between the Green and Black Routes at 6km.

Put on your Big Boy Pants right about now, as you’re about to say hello to Granny as you wind a steep switchback trail to the Bone Trail summit (7.5km). You rejoin the Green Route at 9am, having rejoiced in the joys of gravity, but the next ascent lies in wait. Much up-and-down follows as the trail roller-coasters about in wild abandon, until you bottom out at approximately 15km.

The fun is by no means done as you dip past Schalkenbosch (18km) on a speedy gravel section. Keep it pedal to the metal as you bomb back into the sleepy main street, with at least a dozen quirky eateries vying for your cash dollar. It may have been the 33 Degree Celsius heat, but damn, that 23km ride sure felt like 60kays!?

#GiantLivRSA #GiantBikes #RideGiant #LIVGIANT #LivRide #mtb #IsuzuSA #TheresWorkToDo #frontrunnerza #BornToRoam #oZoneAfrica #AndBreathe @ Tulbagh Wine and Tourism

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Chilling at Petervale Guest Farm

It’s been a while since we’ve had the chance to visit the #ceres area, so it was a no-brainer when friends invited us for overnight #camping at #Petervale Guest Farm. This is where the #KoueBokkeveld ranges abutt onto the Cape Winelands, making for an #outdoor playground beyond compare.

One of the easy #adventure options is a quick 30min hike to ‘God’s Bathtub’, where a mountain stream cascades a good 10m into a dark pool amidst towering rocks. It’s the perfect place to shower au naturale, or commit to a gut-thumping cliff jump from the edge of the falls.

Out #tipi was set on the shores of a tranquil farm dam perfect for long open-water swims, and with a short #mtb play-trail meandering through stands of stone pines. Anyone knowing the Ceres mountains would know this area brims with mountain biking, hiking and #trailrun routes, so a couple of days out here is certainly not enough 👌

So lekker to spend time with Karyn MaraisNatalie-Jo Salter-Buffard and Giles Buffard in this tranquil nature space 🙏😊

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Climbing in Kalk Bay

Our backyard is a playground without compare. Yesterday, Christo Swanepoel introduced us to a whole heap of bolted #climbing routes on Trappieskop. A quick 45min hike gets you to the foot of the crags, and then you have at least a dozen different routes beckoning. One thing is for sure: a Grade 18 on Kalk Bay rock feels way tougher than on a City Rock wall!

#outdoorWarehouse #firstascent #buffza #outsideisfree #capestorm #merrell #5ten #ocun #climb #sonyxperiaza #hellosonyza #adventureinc #rammountain #oZoneAfrica #AndBreathe

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Date night with Karyn Marais

Date night with Karyn Marais is rarely a tame or leisurely affair. An #Uber got us to the start of our favourite Peninsula Traverse, and for the next 3hrs we lost ourselves within the misty peaks above Smitswinkel and Simonstown as the sun set over the #BeautifulSouth. We timed the trek to finish just in time for a superb supper at The Lighthouse Café, another firm favourite spot.

Kay is not easily satisfied though, so we doubled the stoke with a quick blade around #FalseBay and the Roman Rock Lighthouse this morning. No great whites sighted (and face intact) 🦈 👌

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Happy 2020!

The smile may still be lopsided, but it is big and happy. The good news is that my front teeth are back in place and that the stitches (especially those buggers inside my mouth) are finally about to be removed 🙏

Even better, I’ve banked my first recovery #surf of the year, and it’s time to fully focus on all the kickass #2020 missions as we kickstart a super-exciting January! First up is a remote #canyoning mission with @tablemountainfund within the rugged kloofs of #gvbconservancy, where we will go in search of rare aquatic species. Always exciting to spend time with Aileen Anderson and the good folks of the #grootvadersbosch Conservancy 🌿🌳🐾

Next up is one of my fave boutique #mtb experiences as the #oZone crew saddles up to cover the TransCape MTB Encounter Stage Tour. This #mountainbike ‘Journey across the Cape’ traverses the Garden Route, Karoo, Overberg and Winelands, ending in fabulous Franschhoek after seven glorious days of wild and diverse cranking. Can’t wait to shoot the breeze with Lenore Collett and her team 🚲

Also so stoked to continue our booming #oZoneAfrica colab with Zane Schmahl, plus to get stuck into a lekker #theafricanadventurer #media project with Matthew Kearns. Not too mention our fourth #BeyondExpeditions adventure, the #BeyondBicornis journey in aid of #rhinoconservation with Children in the Wilderness. More about all of this soon 👌😊

All in all, I feel blessed to have the calendar for the rest of #2020 pretty chockablock, too, but as always, the key will be to keep the balance right when it comes to work, family and play. So far, so good, with #outdoor mountain and ocean missions galore. We’ve scrambled through #Boomslang Caves, caught freezing #Scarborough waves, trekked and ran the #DeepSouth Trails, gone vertical at @cityrock_cpt and even saddled up the @giantlivrsa bikes for a couple of rides.

Big up to @isuzusa, @sonyalphasa, @sonyxperiaza, @FrontRunnerZA, @spotafrica, @giantbicycles, @sealandgear, @hitec_sa, @outdoorwarehouseza, @DarlingBrew, @beantherecoffee, @dripdropsa and the other brands who supported me and Peter Van Kets in #2019 – here’s to loads of media synergy as we roll into our next orbit around the sun 

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