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BEFO RE A RU N , all gets checked in the pits,
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very difficult, and your facial features become
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and now, he plays one on TV.
by C H R I S W I L S O N
The Hangover made you globally recognisable
overnight. How did that sudden fame transform your
life? Talk about velocity, that was zero to 180. Like
a week and a half after it came out, my wife and I
were at a sushi restaurant, and everyone was
looking at me like I’d farted or something. I still
get guys yelling, “Toodaloo, motherfucker!” at
me at traffic lights. I don’t know if I could have
dealt with it in my 20s. I’m happily married, I love
my kids, and I love my life prior to The Hangover,
so I’m very grateful that my head was in a proper
place before all this happened. I wasn’t lonely or
desperate for anything. You
were once a full-time
doctor who did stand-up at night.
that?
How
crazy was
I don’t think I spent any more time doing
stand-up than a doctor does playing golf; that’s
the way I looked at it. So
tell us, doc, is laughter
contagious, as Patch Adams once said? No, infection
is contagious. Colds and flus are contagious.
Laughter is just an affectation. I hate that saying,
“Laughter is the best medicine.” Medicine is the
best medicine. Laughter just doesn’t hurt. And
“contagious
laughter” actually sounds terrifying.
Yeah, otherwise everyone would be some sort of
hyena. As a doctor, I was never Patch Adams. I
was always super respectful. No clown nose.
“You’ve got herpes, but I’ve got your nose! Honk!
Honk!” It’s just not good. Now you’re starring in,
writing, and executive-producing Dr. Ken. Are there
any TV or movie doctors you do like? I don’t watch
medical shows. When you’re a doctor, you don’t
want to come home and see more trauma.
I remember when ER was in its heyday, I tried it
and got choked up. It was almost a post-traumaticstress experience watching it, because it was so
well done. So, if The Hangover launched your
career, can we hold out hope for Mr Chow’s return,
a stand-alone franchise, perhaps? I would love that.
But there’s a time and place for everything. That
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How to prepare for
a historic trek
across the South Pole,
while stuck in
the summer heat.
by M A R K A B O U Z E I D
M
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August and 38 degrees in northern Italy, where he lives, and he is
looking for anything that will prepare him for the Arctic suffering. So
he’s come here, to a rock-strewn landscape called Magredi. It’s
thematically appropriate. In the spring, the place is a raging river of
water from the melting Italian Alps snow. But, more importantly, it is
unforgiving, no shade, nowhere to rest, a great place to drag a
23-kilogram car tyre across an expanse of grey stones. “It is the closest
feeling to pulling a sled across one of the most inhospitable landscapes
on the planet,” he explains, as sweat runs down his face.
Pontrandolfo
Pontrandolfo is a legend amongst explorers, and during his 15-year
needs 180 kilograms of stuff to survive. That’s stove fuel, food,
career, he has crossed Greenland, Iceland, the Arctic Ocean, the
clothing, technical equipment, a tent, maps, and more, piled up on a
magnetic North Pole, the Southern Patagonia Ice Field, Ellesmere
sled that, if all goes well, he’ll spend November and December (and
Island, Svalbard, and the geomagnetic North Pole, often solo. He is 43
maybe longer) dragging across a 3 862-kilometre, hellish Antarctic
and not too tall. “When I make speeches or presentations, people are
path called the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility. Temperatures can
often initially disappointed. They expect someone bigger, someone
reach –50 degrees Celsius. Winds will whip up to 482 kilometres an
more heroic,” he says. But strength isn’t the key to survival. “It is the
hour. And he will be solo, aiming to become the first person to make it
mind and emotions that determine success or failure. Let fear take
across entirely alone. But today, he is not alone. And he is hot. It’s
hold and you are dead.” Does he fear dying out there, in the great
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Pontrandolfo,
underdressed?
chef friend provides another benefit. He lets Pontrandolfo sit inside
his freezer. It sounds absurd, but it’s necessary. Polar expeditions are
timed for the most favourable weather conditions. For the North Pole,
this is typically from March to early May. Pontrandolfo prefers that
schedule, “My body is partially accustomed to snow and freezing
weather then,” he says. But to hike the South Pole, he must leave while
Italy is still warm. For this journey, he’ll fly to Cape Town, and then
further south, reaching cold temperatures only on the first day of his
adventure.
And so, the freezer. It contains gelato and, sometimes, Pontrandolfo.
He sits in a two-square-metre space for 45 minutes at a time,
acclimating to the subfreezing temperatures. It’s also a good way to
test his equipment. His sponsor is the French-Italian outfitter Moncler,
and the company has been adjusting his customised jackets and other
protective gear based, in part, on what happens in the freezer. Better
to find imperfections alongside vanilla than when immersed in the
great, icy white.
Pontrandolfo grew up wandering the woods, riding one of his many
bicycles in the mountains, skiing the slopes, and doing other Alpine
white nothing? “You can die crossing the street,” he says. It is all he’ll
offer on the matter.
formal adventuring experience. As he sees it, he’s just another
During the coming trek, which could last anywhere from 60 to 80
tradesman using the skills he learnt. His work is a natural consequence
days, he will get up every morning, break camp, and drag his sled 144
of his upbringing. But this job takes a
kilometres (in good weather) for up to 18 to 20 hours. If he needs it, he’ll
toll, “Antarctica is different from
have a quick snack every 30 minutes. Before settling down for the night,
anything I have done before. It is
he will build snow walls around the tent to protect against katabatic
much longer, and the winds are a
winds. These form in the low-air atmosphere above the Pole, gain speed
huge risk,” he says, “This may be my
from gravity as they descend the Arctic plains, and can reach 320 to 480
kilometres per hour. Hurricane Katrina, by contrast, peaked in the
270s. The water he’ll drink and use to rehydrate his food must be boiled
from the snow outside, leaving little time for anything else but sleeping.
Despite the climate, Michele’s meals will be surprisingly versatile,
lasagne, ratatouille, and almost anything else that can both please an
Italian man, and be freeze-dried.
Sometimes during treks, he cries all day. He isn’t ashamed to admit
this. Other days, he prays, something he rarely does in the real world.
He draws strength from his solar-powered iPod, which is loaded with
early punk rock, especially the Ramones. He carries chocolate cookies,
made by a pastry chef friend, and keeps them dry, safe, and properly
rationed to last the voyage. They are like brain medicine, he says. The
cookies keep him sane. But these days, before the journey, that pastry
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activities. When he came of age, he joined the military to gain more
“The real strength of an
athlete is in his hips and
legs,” says Paul Duke,
one half (with Jacob
Peacock) of fitness duo
Viking Brothers. Build
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Antarctica
is different
from anything
I have done
before.
It is
much
longer,
and the
winds are a
huge risk.”
last expedition. I am not as young as I
used to be.” Even as he says this, he
admits there’s still more he wants to
do. He dreams of a solo journey
across the geographic North Pole,
another thing nobody has done. He’s
tried three times. Bad weather and
icy conditions forced him to turn
back twice; the other time, his plane
couldn’t even drop him at the starting
point.
But those are decisions for later.
Today, the sun is strong and he must
sweat. The freezing isn’t far away. ■
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Boi!
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a life-changing
20 shots of tequila.
I’VE HAD A LOT OF CRAZY nights of drinking, but
only one where I ended up with a baby afterwards. It
was Atlanta, 1999. There was no Uber then, so I had
my homeboys drive me around. We started at a strip
club called the Gentlemen’s Club, one of the best in
the city, where we’d always order about 50 shots of
Cuervo Gold for us all. I wouldn’t feel nothing until
after the first 10. I had an iron liver, and drank a lot of
water.Something about Cuervo Gold just makes you
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cranberry, or some wine. So she was back home,
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the black Marilyn Monroe to me. It was almost like a
ritual, doing all those shots and going home to my
wife. I snatched the covers off her, and we had a good
old time. It was some of the most intense lovemaking
ever in history. I’m talking about, your body is just
numb, but in a good way. And that night, we made my
third child, my son.I don’t want no more kids, so I’ve
pulled back on the Cuervo. If I got a vasectomy, maybe
I’d go back to drinking 20 tequila shots. But nowadays,
I’ll just have a Hennessy on the rocks.Big Boi’s latest
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My favourite quote
My favourite quote comes from pieces of a poem I wrote: Knowledge
without application is nothing. Survival of the fittest, all for one and
one for all, if it wasn’t for family and love… there wouldn’t be anything
at all.
Turn on
A motivated, kind, honest, and thoughtful person. Your personality
and the way you treat others is what makes you rich and sexy.
Turn off
Poor manners and a bad temper are a complete turn off. Also, bad
hygiene is not sexy!
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A candle lit dinner at sunset with amazing food and a smooth Pinot
Noir... either on the beach or on a mountaintop overlooking a
beautiful view.
My girl crush
I would have to say it’s a tie between Adriana Lima and Kate
Beckinsale.
Three things I cannot live without
My kitties, the ocean, and movies.
My guilty pleasure
Ice cream with steamy hot, crunchy cookie under it.
My favourite food
I definitely have to go with Italian.
My biggest fear
Spiders are my biggest fear. They make my skin crawl just thinking
about them! Also drowning. I think drowning would be a terrible
way to go. Scary stuff!
One destination I’d love to visit
All of Europe.
I’m not embarrassed to say
Anything at all. I am known as a bit of a wild girl!
To see more of Kayla you can follow her on Instagram
@kaylatroxell or Kayla Troxell or Facebook.
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Soldier
like
Soldierboy
This workout is one that
Garreth McLellan particularly
hates, but it’s one he swears by.
G
etting inside the
cage is the easy part, or so many professional
fighters will tell you. What gets you there and
100% ready for your opponent is the part that
sucks, the strength and conditioning.
This is a truly brutal series of taxing
exercises that’s likely to seem endless if you’ve
never done it before. The circuit includes 50
reps of 10 different exercises, all done as
quickly as possible. Do 50 box jumps with a
60-centimetre box, 50 jumping pull-ups, 50
kettlebell swings, 50 walking-lunge steps, 50
knees-to-elbows, 50 reps of push presses with
20 kilograms, 50 back extensions, 50 wall balls
using a 9-kilogram ball, 50 burpees (dropping
all the way to the floor), 50 double-unders.
This workout does a good job conveying the
basics, and the madness; it’s a full-body
workout that includes cardio. The sheer
number of exercises can be hard to fathom, so
it’s best to just pace yourself and focus on the
task at hand, not on how much more there is
to do. Of course, you can also modify this and
do less, but that negates the whole breeding of
an alpha that we’re aiming for.
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The Ultimate Ket tlebell Workout
If your fitness goals include burning fat and
building muscle, then this workout is for you.
Perform the workout using one kettlebell at a
track, park, or anywhere with a safe, open
surface.
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20-kettlebell push presses (10 on each side)
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20 kettlebell swings
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20 squat thrusts
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20 one-arm rows (10 on each side)
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20 walking lunges
200-metre run (or indoor rower can
be subbed)
20 half burpees
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The drop-dead sexy and successful Filipina and Irish beauty with dreams of travelling the world.
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About Me
latest TV show, or Kardashian drama. Let’s talk about weird things, cool plac-
I’m a proud Filipina and Irish woman, currently living in Los Angeles, USA.
es to travel to next, etc.
I’ve worked full time in entertainment for 6 years now, and before that, I
worked in Marketing and Human Resources for 7 years. I have two Bachelors
The perfect date
of Science degrees in International Business and International Marketing
The perfect date would definitely involve food, but for first dates, I really
Management from Cal Poly Pomona University.
prefer something more casual. You can’t really chat or get to know someone
at a restaurant or in a movie theatre. Mini-golfing, laser tag, and escape-the-
Personal goals and career ambitions
room dates have always been my favourite way to spend a date with some-
I love travelling, so my personal goal is to visit three new countries a year for
one. End it with a visit to a fun lounge for music, drinks, & food. Boom. Perfect
either work or pleasure. My career has brought me all around the world
date.
including Hong Kong, Turkey, London, Philippines, Thailand, & South
America to name a few. I have a huge map of the world in my house with
My girl crush
colourful pins to mark everywhere I’ve been, and everywhere I want to go.
Rita Ora. If you see her, tell her to call me immediately.
My dream is to have it covered in this lifetime. Career-wise, I’ve worked
hard the past 5 years on building my personal brand, with much success.
Three things I cannot live without
Nowadays, I’m more focused on helping other young women self-manage
Coconut water. I drink this every damn day. And it has to be this brand called
and brand themselves in the entertainment industry. When I first came into
Harmless Harvest which is the only brand I’ve tried that tastes just like it came
the industry, I had no mentor or guidance. Through trial and error, I’ve built
straight from the coconut. Coconut oil. I cook with this, I moisturise with it, I
my network and brand, and I want to help others with the knowledge I’ve
use it to take off my make-up, to condition my hair. This is like my holy grail
gained through the years.
to staying looking young & healthy! My phone charger. I have two phones for
work and personal, and they stay dying.
Who inspires me
Andrew Zimmern. He created my absolute dream job of travelling all over the
My guilty pleasure
world, eating amazing (and crazy) things, and has been very open about his
Relaxing with a hookah or a cigar. I really am the worldwide hookah lounge
personal and professional struggles to get to where he is now. I feel so blessed
locater. I love the vibe of these lounges, it’s been a thing of mine since I was 19
to call him a friend, he really inspires me to push my boundaries in my career
and toured as a backup dancer for a Persian pop group.
as an entertainer as well as a creative. Maybe you’ll see me in my own Bizarre
foods-inspired travel show soon!
My favourite food
Mexican food. I will find it anywhere in the world. It’s a personal challenge
My favourite quote
I’ve accepted for myself.
“Love her, but leave her wild.” - Atticus
My biggest fear
Turn on
My biggest fear used to be heights, but two years ago I decided (whilst
Confidence and a very special sense of humour go very far with me. I
drunk) to jump from the tallest commercial bungee jump in Macau be-
find some pretty inappropriate things funny, so someone that can match
cause I was tired of feeling afraid. I did it, I don’t regret it. Heights still
my dirty mind is so sexy to me. If you’re into practical jokes and pranks,
slightly make me nervous, but I’m trying to live life as fearlessly as pos-
I’m totally the one you’d least suspect who would turn an expensive ho-
sible nowadays.
tel into a Nerf gun battle zone, but that’s what makes dating me an adventure! Speaking of adventurous, I’m an adventurous eater, so putting
One destination I’d love to visit
me on to a new restaurant or a hidden dive with amazing food/mixology
Marrakech in Morocco.
really makes my heart melt. I’ve eaten everywhere and everything from
Asian street food carts to 3-star Michelin restaurants; I am all about the
I’m not embarrassed to say
experience.
You know those cute little knick-knacks at restaurants? Like the little sauce
containers and little silverware? I take those home with me.
Turn offs
I cannot stand “small talk”. I’d rather hear about what you’re really interested
Want to see more of Lux? Then follow her on Instagram @luxiboo or
in. Personally, I am not the type to engage in banter over the weather, the
Snapchat @luxiboo1
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Jeans, Levi’s 510
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Jeans, Levi’s 510
Skinny Jeans R899.
Jersey, Topman R550.
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The delightfully gorgeous model and actress with the looks and talent to make it all the way to the top.
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Could you tell us a little bit about yourself Allie?
I was born and raised in Gilbert, Arizona. Growing up in Arizona
where the weather is always nice and hot, I had the opportunity
to do a lot of outdoor activities such as camping, boating and jet
skiing on the lake and taking dirt bikes out to the desert. I love
being outdoors, it’s always a blast! Now, I live a little bit more
glamorous life in Hollywood, California. I still love going home
and doing all of those activities and being adventurous!
What do you like to do for fun?
I love to go to concerts and music festivals. Living in Hollywood,
I’ve also had the opportunity to enjoy plays, comedy shows, and
movie screenings. The arts and performances are my favourite
way to spend time with friends. I’m fascinated with the talent and
creativity!
What are some of your goals and career ambitions?
I would love to continue modelling for as long as I can. It’s been a
dream of mine since I was 4 years old and I’m so fortunate to have
worked with some amazing photographers. I also just recently
received my Aestheticians license and am really looking forward
to perusing that. I think it would be awesome to eventually run
my own spa/med spa one day.
- Walt Disney and “Be kind whenever possible. It is always
possible.” - Dali Lama.
Turn on
It’s a turn on when somebody is hard working and passionate
about what they do. I like a guy who is funny, honest, caring, and
can show me new things.
Turn off
It’s a turn off when somebody is self-centred. Laziness, lying and
lack of dreams or goals is a turn off as well.
Describe the perfect date
I’m not super picky and am pretty easy going. As long as I am with
somebody who I’m in to, then just their company is enough for
me! Whether it’s a crazy, adventurous, thrill seeking date, or just
cuddling up to dinner and a movie I would be happy.
Girl Crush
Carmen Electra. She is so hot, even as she ages.
Favourite Food
Pizza! I can literally eat an entire large pizza by myself - really!
Who inspires you?
My mom inspires me! She and has an amazing work ethic, always
positive, loving and outgoing. She’s a single mom who dedicates
her time to always making sure that me and my little brother,
Justin and sister, Marlee are always happy, learning and most of all
enjoying life. I really appreciate everything she has taught me and
look up to her. Oh and did I mention that she’s single?!
Biggest fear
My biggest fear is losing somebody I love. I lost my grandma a few
year ago and I miss her every day. I’ve learned to never take
anyone for granted!
What’s your favourite quote?
I have two favourite quotes: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
For more of Allie’s adventures you can follow her on
Instagram @alliemasonxo
Which destination would you like to travel to?
Bora Bora or definitely somewhere tropical!
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SOL
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FROM EFC, TO UFC, THE STORY
BEHIND THE MAN FLYING THE
SOUTH AFRICAN MMA FLAG HIGH.
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ooking at his career
on paper, it’s hard to piece together how just 6 professional fights
forged McLellan into one of the most recognisable fighters in
South African MMA at the time, with a suitably rabid following.
Now, 4 years later, after originally claiming the EFC middleweight
championship for the first time, ‘”Soldierboy” has reached the
pinnacle of the sport, making headlines around the world. It’s
only when you see him in action, or are lucky enough to meet him
that you begin to understand why he commands such respect.
McLellan was born in Johannesburg, but grew up in Durban,
spending his formative years as a sports-mad youngster who, like
many kids at the time, found himself at karate lessons, because his
parents hoped some of the legendary marital arts discipline would
stick. “I started karate at age 9, and continued up until I was 19.
At that stage, karate wasn’t something I was overly serious about,
but I followed the route and stuck with it throughout school, until
it took a backseat to make room for my rugby career,” McLellan
said. Through his early 20s, he competed in top-flight rugby,
until a serious knee injury prompted a change in direction. “I was
always a sportsman at heart, so, when I got the all-clear from the
doctors, I went straight back to rugby, and got stuck in properly.
I worked my way up from second division rugby at Hillcrest, to a
premiership level with the Harlequins and Crusaders. I attracted
the interest of the Sharks, but at the time, there were many holes
in my skill set, the main issues being that I was carrying too much
weight, and I was struggling with fitness. I’d heard that MMA had a
good reputation for lifting fitness, and soon my rugby conditioning
coach was giving me an education in kickboxing. After getting my
fitness up, my coach suggested that before I sign any contracts,
I give amateur MMA a go. I was enjoying MMA and agreed to
see what it had to offer. My first fight was against a guy named
Shaun, and I remember it vividly. We had a three-round, all-out
heavyweight war. Afterwards, I was broken and bruised, but I knew
I’d also found my future right there in the ring,” said McLellan.
From that epiphany moment, McLellan sought out Durban’s
best coaches and camps, training under Jason Vorster, Rhyne
Hassan, and Kevin Thomas. He progressed quickly through the
amateur ranks, through to pro-am, and finally, professional
competitions. In his professional debut, he hit his first snag
in Wade Henderson. According to McLellan, the fight against
Henderson was a calculated risk that was supposed to jumpstart
his career. Henderson was massively experienced, and had been
a contender in multiple weight divisions. Is there a better way to
make your name than defeat someone already renowned in the
sport? “I’d seen Wade fight many times, and he’d done quite well
for himself. I knew he wasn’t going to be a pushover, but at the
same time, I felt ready. I was confident that my preparation was
on track, and I was eager to face him and do business,” McLellan
said. The calculated risk never paid off in the end, when McLellan
was caught off guard by Henderson’s unorthodox style, and looping
punches. Having suffered his first ever loss, McLellan was forced
to make the journey back to the proverbial drawing board. “I was
disappointed, obviously. I had made major miscalculations and a
few mistakes. It was a case of my inexperience showing through,
but, at the same time, I felt I hadn’t performed to the level I had
in previous fights. My career was going very nicely until I stepped
up to Wade. Looking back now, I view my loss as one of those
that had to happen. You can’t win everything, and the unfamiliar
feeling of defeat ignited a new hunger in me, and completely
changed my person. I actually view that loss as a great experience.”
McLellan’s MMA rebirth came when he moved back to Johannesburg
in 2009. Having taken up the family business, putting sport temporarily
on the sidelines, his passion came flooding back when he realised how
MMA-crazy South Africa was becoming. “MMA was still beating in my
heart, and I could feel its pulse all around me in Joburg. I came to the
city not knowing anyone, but I had the names of a few clubs to check
out. One of these happened to be Fight Fit Militia, and I instantly felt at
home with their no-nonsense attitude. Of course, I had to go through
certain initiations, and I had to prove I was dedicated. But once I
did, I was welcomed with open arms. Chef (Norman Wessels) and
Richard Quan gave me every opportunity possible, and they made me
confident that I could live my dream as a professional MMA athlete.”
One aspect that has always set McLellan apart from those
standing opposite him in the ring or Hexagon, is his belief in
simple hard work and dedication. This belief is so strong, that
it explains why others believe in him so strongly. “I can’t look
back and see a particular moment that made me realise I was
made for MMA. I’ve had an incredible journey, but I attribute
it to hard work. Some people have all the talent in the world,
but get nowhere due to a lack of commitment. I don’t consider
the greatest sportsman to be where they are due to talent
alone; I attribute their success
to extreme dedication. I’m not
saying that I lack natural MMA
ability; I’m saying that, everyone
can multiply what they have a
million times by working hard.”
The first indisputable proof that
McLellan was not just another
face in the horde of ambitious
MMA athletes came at EFC 01,
the show that changed the face
of MMA on the African continent.
There was no better opportunity
to start crafting the Soldierboy
legend, and McLellan seized
his moment wholeheartedly. “I
was completely taken aback by
the EFC experience. It was so
W
hen
I get in
the cage,
I’m there
to get
down to business.’’
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different to what I’d gone through with previous fights, and the
buildup to facing Barry Britz was incredible. There were periods of
excitement, fear, and unexpected emotions that are hard to put into
words. When I walked into the arena, the way the crowd reacted
was unbelievable; it’s still difficult to understand how a person is
able to captivate thousands like that. As my career has progressed,
it’s only become more humbling, knowing that so many people are
behind me. It can be daunting, knowing that I have supporters out
there living my fights with me. But, when I get in the cage, I’m there
to get down to business; my focus is on the fight, and I have to put
aside worries about the crowd’s reaction until afterwards. When
I went up against Barry, the obvious concern was losing again.
Barry was a youngster who I knew nothing about, and those are
always the most dangerous opponents, because they are hungry to
prove a point. I knew I had trained hard and was in good shape,
so I had faith that Richie’s game plan was all I needed to ensure
success.” McLellan was highly aggressive from the beginning of
the bout, displaying his hunger for victory, and he earned himself
a first-round TKO. Perhaps, more
importantly, McLellan made a
massive impression on the partisan
crowd, and many started asking
who the bearded warrior was,
and how soon they could see him
in action again. A part that has
become inseparable from the
Soldierboy brand is the facial hair
that adorns the jaw of McLellan.
“I think different fighters express
themselves in different ways, and
the beard has become a part of
my pre-fight ritual. I hope that as
much as I have grown the beard,
fans have grown to appreciate
it as well. The way it first came
about was, because of my prefight preparation for EFC 01. I was
training and focusing so much on
my fight that shaving simply wasn’t
T
he beard
has become
a part
of my
pre-fight
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on my mind. Next thing I knew, I had this huge beard, and it was
time to fight. But it created a bit of a stir, and it was something I
decided to grow for each fight. From then on, I stopped shaving
after signing each fight contract, about 2-and-a-half months before
a fight, and I would shave off the beard immediately after a fight,”
McLellan said. McLellan also reveals that the Soldierboy nickname
was given to him as an amateur, and helped give focus to the type
of fighter he wanted to become. “A soldier faces death on the
front lines. His preparation needs to be perfect, because there
is no room for error, and that is a principle I apply to MMA. The
“boy” part of the nickname reminds me that I’m just a guy like
anyone else, and it helps me laugh at myself and stay grounded.
Fast forward to 2010, and McLellan is standing opposite the
experienced Henderson that handed him his first ever loss in his
professional debut. “After seeing where I was, and what I had
achieved, my team and I thought it was a good time to re-challenge
Wade. Stylistically, it promised to be a good matchup, the crowd
wanted it, and it gave me the opportunity to show my critics what
I had become capable of. The fight had been hyped as a serious
grudge match, but I viewed it as business as usual, and blocked
myself off from Wade’s comments. When I did face Wade again,
I was in a great place, mentally and physically, and I was completely
ready.” The fight itself was a highlight of EFC 05. With so much on
the line for both fighters, they gave it everything they had, with
crowd support almost as heated as the battle in the Hexagon.
When it was all over, McLellan found his forearm around the neck of
an unconscious Henderson, and vengeance for that first loss served.
Jump further along McLellan’s illustrious career, and his hand
is being raised for the 12th time, his third successful EFC title
defence, since recapturing it from the ever-dangerous Jeremy
Smith in their second meeting at the centre of the EFC Hexagon.
Having survived an onslaught from challenger and young upstart
Dricus du Plessis, McLellan showed his vast experience to calmly
and systematically work towards yet another guillotine choke
submission. This was the final flare to catch the attention of
the world’s biggest MMA organisation, the Ultimate Fighting
Championship, or more commonly referred to as UFC. This
was the start of history in the making for South African MMA.
His UFC debut didn’t go the way his fans and team had hoped,
having the misfortune of facing one of Poland’s best, Bartosz
Fabinski, in front of his home crowd of Krakow, Poland. He lost
a three-round battle by the judge’s decision. This was another
turning point for McLellan, having reached the pinnacle of his
sport; he had fallen short once again. Much like his professional
debut against Henderson all those years ago, he had let the
moment get to him. One thing that did work in his favour was that
the crowd was appreciative of his style, heart, and of course, the
famous beard displayed in the fight. He was booked once again.
This time, in the highly anticipated UFC event in the capital city
of Ireland’s fighting nation. Considered by many to be the most
boisterous and passionate fight fans in the world, the Irish took a
liking to the South African champion, be it for his Scottish heritage,
his captivating personality, that he was facing American Bubba
Bush, or possibly, all of the above. Once again, like his first ever
loss to Henderson, he had doubled down and stuck to his mantra
of working hard, and won the fight in a nail-biting dramatic fashion.
McLellan lost the first stanza, being out-wrestled for the majority
of the round. The second round turned out to be a turning point,
as his conditioning showed to be superior. Bush came out in the
second round appearing to be more winded than McLellan, and
everything came together for the South African. From scoring
an infinitely important takedown, and controlling action for
the duration of the fight, to scoring a devastating TKO in the
dying seconds of the fight, McLellan captured the hearts of the
Irish fans, and set the arena alight with passionate screams.
Will history repeat itself for McLellan? Will he rise to the top of the
UFC division, and help raise the South African profile worldwide?
Only time will tell for Soldierboy. One thing stands true, no matter
what, he remains grounded and thankful to all those around him
that have helped him get to where he is now. “It is impossible to
thank those that have helped me get to where I am today. From my
team at FFM, my wife, my family, and, of course, my sponsors who
make it possible to live my dream and compete as a professional
athlete at the highest of levels. Also, a massive thank you to Cairo
and Graeme from EFC for giving me the opportunities in EFC to grow
with the organisation. Without the platform they provided, there
would be no MMA on the African continent as we know it today.”
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From Left: Ylati Nerone Low at X-Trend R4 999, Nike AirMax
R1 699, and Converse at Shesha R999. T-shirt, dungarees,
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STREET CRED IS LINKED TO A MAN’S SHOE COLLECTION, AND
HERE IS A ROUNDUP OF THE YEAR’S FRESHEST FOOT FINDS.
P H OTO G R A P H Y BY CH A R L E M AG N E O L I V I E R , ST Y L I N G BY L E X I E RO B B ( M O D E L - B R A D B RO O K STO N E )
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From Left: Asics Gel R1 799, Ylati Nerone High R5 599,
and Adidas Superstar Pharell at X-Trend R1 399. T-shirt
and sweats, Zara. Watch, Michel Herbelin R15 500.
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Sweater, Zara. Shorts, Topman. Watch, Titan R5 995.
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Meet the Italian and Brazilian model with
the body of a goddess who loves music,
travelling and art.
Photography by JEEAN PHOTOGRAPHY
S O U T H
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About me
I am a 22-year-old Italian and Brazilian model. I was born in Brazil
in 1995 and came to Italy with my family when I was four. I have
learned along the way to live life to the fullest and to find pleasure
in the simple things. Music and art are my safe place, where no
one can reach me, a place where I belong. Through photography I
can combine my aspirations and contribute to creating something
beautiful, that I define as “art”.
My hobbies and interests
I’ve loved rock music since I was 8 years old, thanks to my father,
that influenced me with “The Beatles”, “Pink Floyd”, “The Rolling
Stones” and “Led Zeppelin”, obviously. Admiring and creating art,
reading, writing and poetry are some of my favourite things. I`m
also a huge fan of any type of TV series.
My goals and career ambitions
Actually, my main goals till now are loving myself and being happy,
which are such great goals considering what I´ve been through in
my life. And my career ambition is to work as much and as long as
possible as a model, it´s what I love to do, what makes me happy, I
put my heart in it.
Who inspires me
Powerful women who know they can do anything, like Amelia
Earhart and Simone de Beauvoir; brilliant, open minded people
with wild hearts make me dream, those kinds of people are an
inspiration to me.
My favourite quote
How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.
Turn on
Music, dancing all night, junk food, summer time, travelling
around the world, the smell of books (of course).
Turn off
Cold water, techno music, judgmental people.
The perfect date
To me fancy and expensive dinners are boring. Lost into the wild
with someone fun is my kind of date.
My favourite food
Everything but vegetables.
One destination I’d love to visit
Visiting Madagascar is my biggest dream, something I think I`ll do
soon, hopefully.
I’m not embarrassed to say
I’ve struggled with depression. I`m fine, finally (since 2013), now
I´m a reborn person, the secret is holding on and never giving up.
If you are reading this and suffering for the same reason or just
suffering from something, you can make it, you`ll be fine!
Want to see more of Juliana? Then you can follow her on
Instagram @Juliana.alves.fabrizi
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GOT
INTO A
FIGHT,
NOW
WHAT?
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S humans,
we are constantly told that we have evolved beyond the need to use
violence to solve our differences. However, emotions, ego, and alcohol
presiding officer who takes into account awards made for similar injuries
in the past. The court may take a very dim view on a 120kg MMA fighter
assaulting a much smaller person of 70kg, and might therefore be more
inclined to award significant damages.
4. IS GENDER TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, EVEN IF IT IS THE WOMAN WHO
STARTED THE FIGHT? If a woman started the fight, a man will have the
right to resist such an “attack” in a reasonable fashion. However, the
facts will play the most important role in these circumstances. For
instance, provocation by a woman (for instance her swearing at you)
might not be sufficient justification for a physical retaliation by a man.
5. DOES THE PLACE WHERE THE FIGHT TOOK PLACE PLAY A ROLE?
often get the better of our judgment, and when tempers flare, punches
Yes, definitely, this is very important. Fighting in public will influence
are sometimes traded. When the dust settles, legal issues often arise.
the amount awarded in damages, as an individual can and will be
We take a look at what the legal implications are of being involved in a
humiliated in front of people, which can damage his reputation, as
physical confrontation. Greyling Erasmus, director at Gildenhuys Malatji
opposed to two people fighting behind closed doors where no one
Incorporated (GMI), says that each incident has unique circumstances,
witnesses the fight.
and therefore the civil damages that may arise from an assault case are
considered on a case-by-case basis. However, he did outline the general
legal considerations in answering the most-often asked questions
pertaining to getting into a fight.
6. IS INTOXICATION TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT? WILL THIS STRENGTHEN,
OR WEAKEN YOUR CASE IF THE OTHER PERSON WAS DRUNK? Again,
this will depend on the facts of the matter. If the aggressor is under the
influence, it will not diminish his capacity in the eyes of the law,
1. IN THE EYES OF THE LAW, DOES IT MATTER WHO STARTED THE
remembering that we are dealing with civil damages, not criminal
FIGHT IN TERMS OF DETERMINING THE DAMAGES? It is important to
conviction. A person is liable for the damages he caused, irrespective of
separate the concepts of liability from damages. The first question the
his levels of intoxication. If the person that assaulted you was drunk, he
court will ask is simply whether there was a wrongful or negligent act on
might argue that he was not in control of his senses and he might plead
the part of the defendant. If this is the case, such as in the event of
for leniency. Damages suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the assault
provocation, the court may, at its own discretion, decide to award less
should be viewed in light of the effect that it had on the plaintiff, and the
damages. In a nutshell, whether you are liable for damages (liability),
intoxication of the defendant should have no bearing on this decision.
and how much has to be paid (the quantum) are decided separately from
the question of “who started the fight”.
2. WHAT CONSTITUTES PROVOCATION IN THE EYES OF THE LAW?
Provocation can be either physical or verbal in nature, such as
threatening someone’s life, or picking up an item with which to assault
another person. This is assessed on a case-by-case basis.
7. WHAT ARE YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES IF YOU ARE CLOSE TO A
FIGHT? COULD YOU BE IN TROUBLE IF YOU DO NOTHING TO INTERVENE?
CAN YOU BE IN TROUBLE IF YOU WERE PART OF A GROUP THAT GOT
INTO A FIGHT, EVEN IF YOU DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE FIGHT
YOURSELF? There is a risk of being cited as a joint wrongdoer, and a
claim being pursued against you. However, they would have to prove
3. DOES PREVIOUS TRAINING PLAY A ROLE IN DETERMINING
that you caused the damages, which will be a daunting task. There is a
has no effect on determining damages; damages are determined by the
whereby getaway drivers in bank robberies are charged with the actual
injuries sustained, and the sequelae (the after-effects) of those injuries.
robbery. This is known as the common-purpose doctrine, and it might
The quantum of damages is determined solely at the discretion of the
be argued that you had a common purpose in the assault. However, as
DAMAGES, FOR INSTANCE IF ONE OF THE PARTIES IS A BOXER? No, this
common-law doctrine, which is commonly used in criminal law,
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stated above, the onus of proof lies with the claimant, which under
normal circumstances would be very difficult to establish.
8. WHAT RECOURSE DO YOU HAVE IF YOUR CAR GETS DAMAGED
employer. The principle of vicarious liability in our law means that
hard and fast rule, but in most cases, you would be entitled to recover
are employees of the club, which means that club owners are responsible
the reasonable costs of repair (to its pre-incident condition) from the
for their behaviour. It would usually be the safest option to sue both the
person who caused the damage (usually the aggressor). For litigation
club’s employer, and the bouncer in his personal capacity to recover
purposes, it would usually, however, be the safer option for the owner of
your damages, because it might be that the bouncer has insufficient
the vehicle to institute a damages claim against all the individuals, as you
means to pay damages.
WHEN TWO OTHER PEOPLE FIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT? This is not a
employers are liable for the actions of their employees. Usually, bouncers
would have to ensure that the person that actually caused the damage is
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9. WHAT RECOURSE DO YOU HAVE IF CLUB BOUNCERS INJURE YOU?
You have a right of recovery against the bouncer(s), as well as the
10. WHAT RIGHTS DO YOU HAVE IN SELF-DEFENCE? You are allowed
before the court. This is not always easy to do, as the owner of the car
to physically ward off the attack, as long as it is in proportion to the
usually does not have all the facts of the fight at his disposal.
attack, and it must be reasonable under the circumstances. For example,
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are present in order to be able to recover
damages.
12. WHAT CONSTITUTES A WEAPON? ARE
amages are
assessed
on the actual damages
the victim suffers,
irrespective
of how they
were inflicted upon him.”
THERE DIFFERENT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN
YOU CARRY A KNIFE OR GUN, AS OPPOSED
TO PICKING UP A ROCK AND HITTING
SOMEONE WITH THAT? Damages are assessed
on the actual damages the victim suffers,
irrespective of how they were inflicted upon
him, whether with a weapon, or with a
person’s fists. The particular facts of the matter
will be crucial in the determination of
damages. For instance, if you are attacked
from behind with a club, the presiding officer
will be more hesitant to find that you provoked
the assailant. It is also important to point out
that there is an accepted legal principle of
underage individual voluntarily accepted the
“you take your victim as you find him”.
risk under the doctrine of volenti non fit
Essentially, this means that the person
iniuria.
perpetrating the assault cannot later argue
that the extent of the damages he caused is
more severe than he (or even the reasonable
ABOUT GREYLING ERASMUS
Greyling joined the GMI team as candidate
person) could have anticipated. For instance,
attorney in January 2007. While completing
where a single punch causes severe injuries,
his articles, Greyling had exposure to fields of
the perpetrator cannot argue that he could not
Labour Law, Commercial Law, High Court
reasonably foresee that his single punch could
Litigation, and Magistrate Court Litigation.
have caused such damage.
Greyling was admitted as an attorney in 2009,
13. WHAT OBLIGATIONS DO YOU HAVE AS A
WITNESS? IS THERE A LEGAL ONUS ON YOU
and appointed as an associate in the General
Litigation
and
Personal
Injury
Law
TO REPORT A FIGHT WHERE GRIEVOUS
Department. His practice has evolved from
BODILY HARM WAS INFLICTED? The law does
one focusing on personal injury matters, to a
not place an onus on a private person to report
multifaceted General Litigation practice also
an assault. However, if the assault causes
dealing with commercial and contractual
grievous bodily harm, it would be advisable to
disputes, claims for wrongful arrest, and
report it, but you will not be liable for damages
medical negligence matters.
if you do not report it. The good conscience of
the private citizen would, however, mandate
that a crime of any kind should be reported at
all times.
Gildenhuys Malatji Incorporated (GMI) is a
firm of attorneys based in Groenkloof, Pretoria.
14. DO YOU HAVE ANY LEGAL RECOURSE IF
YOU GET INJURED IN A CLUB, BUT YOU ARE
UNDERAGE?
ABOUT GMI
There
is
a
common
The firm specialises in top-level commercial
transactions, commercial litigation, public
sector and administrative law, employment
misconception amongst victims that if you are
law,
guilty of one offence, it influences your right to
insolvency and estates, insurance law, as well
property
law
and
conveyancing,
compensation in an unrelated incident. This is
as personal injury, medical negligence, and
if someone threatens to assault you, you
not the case. For instance, if you drive without
general litigation. A distinguishing attribute of
cannot ward off a potential attack by shooting
a licence and are injured in a car accident by
the firm, which has been in existence since the
them with a firearm.
the negligence of another driver, the Road
1950s, is the pursuance of a value-adding,
Accident Fund cannot refuse to compensate
solution-orientated service offering to its
TO CONSTITUTE ASSAULT AND BATTERY?
you on the grounds that you do not have a
clients. The firm has succeeded in bringing
Assault is the unlawful and intentional
valid driver’s licence. Therefore, you would
together
application of force, whether directly or
still have the right to claim, but the club may
decades, and quality black legal expertise. In
indirectly, to the person by another, or
argue (we would suggest incorrectly so) that
light of this recognised success, it is a major
inspiring a belief in another person that force
you had entered the premises unlawfully, and
advisor in both the public sector, and to the
is immediately to be applied to that person. In
that you have accepted the consequences of
corporate world.
civil damages actions, you would, however,
doing so. The reasoning, we believe, might be
have to prove the normal elements of a delict
unsound, but the club may plead that the
11. WHAT ARE THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS
experience
extending
over
five
For more information, please visit gminc.co.za
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INFORMER:
HAVING BEEN one of the top matchmakers
for the past 10 years, I’ve dealt with some
of the hottest girls out there, many of
which are models and celebrities. As a
former cover model and actress myself, I
have a fairly accurate idea of what these
women are looking for in their ideal man.
As you will read from my 12 pointers
below, it boils down to a combination of
common sense and “good, old-fashioned
values”. While chivalry has been said to be
dead, so are the days when women sat at
home and pined for a man. Despite
today’s gender equality, deep down, a lot
of women yearn for the Mad Men-era
etiquette that made dating enjoyable. My
pointers incorporate modern twists on
many of these old-school manners. If you
adopt just a few of these, you might just
find yourself dating the Maxim model of
your dreams.
1. DON’T: Do not start a conversation by telling her
how hot she is. She hears it all day, every day from
men trying to pick her up. It’s not special and won’t
impress her.
DO: Instead, try a common interest to talk about.
Maybe a hobby, restaurant, movie, or maybe something about that moment. Be witty, interesting, and
funny. Make everything count. This is your opening
act.
2. DON’T: Social media and texting.
Dating today has dramatically changed with the introduction of texting and social media. It encourages daters to be more casual in their intentions and
relationships. Before the advent of texting and social media, you actually had to pick
up the phone and talk to someone; meet them in
person. It leaves little room for misunderstandings.
It’s all too easy to not put any effort in.
DO: Take the guesswork out of the equation, and be
more straightforward. Pick up the phone or ask to
meet in person. Instead of sending her a text she
might misunderstand, express yourself in person.
Let her see the facial expressions to match your
words. That might just get the reaction you were
looking for.
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3. DON’T: Don’t try to push yourself on her, or ma-
nipulate your way into her life. If she’s not interested
in dating you, then no matter how much you text or
call her, it’ll only make you look unstable. Imagine if
she tried to manipulate her way into your life, I’m
sure you wouldn’t want to date her.
DO: Good, old-fashioned courting. Take your time
getting to know her, and courting her. Just as you
don’t respect a girl who “moves too fast,” neither will
she respect a guy who’s too quick. If you are
interested in pursuing a long-term relationship with
her, keep it slow and steady. Forget the one-night
stands. Make headway with each date. If you’re
determined, try getting to know her family.
4. DON’T:
Don’t show up dressed like a slob. Put
some effort into it! If you don’t know much about
fashion, talk to a friend who does, or check out our
magazine, and see what’s in style.
DO: Wine and dine . Girls love gifts and surprises.
When you pick her up for dinner, bring some unique
flowers, or a box of sweets. You don’t have to spend
an arm and a leg, but it goes a long way to show her
your appreciation. And, above all, it’s romantic!
5. DON’T: Don’t go Dutch and offer to split the
tab, or make her pay. It’s a sure-fire way of not getting a second date.
DO: Have manners. This is a simple one, guys. Re-
member, gentlemen pay for the date. Gentlemen
hold the door open for their date. A gentleman walks
his date to her car and front door. Gentlemen will
make plans on the phone.
6. DON’T: Whatever you do, don’t talk about your
ex, and what a bitch she was. It makes you look bitter, and still stuck in the past. It also makes a girl
wonder what you’ll say about her.
DO: If the ex convo does come up, tell your date
you’ve learnt from the experience, and now you know
what you do and don’t want. Be the bigger person,
and be positive! Women prefer guys who can look
on the bright side.
7. DON’T:
Throw jealous tantrums, check her
phone, go through her texts and emails, or stalk her
social media. It’ll be the death of you! She will lose
all respect for you. You’ll be branded a “creeper,”
and she will think that she can do better, since
you’re intent on believing she can.
DO: Be confident, but don’t be selfish. When dating
a beautiful woman, even if she’s a celeb or not, it’s
inevitable that she’ll have all eyes on her, especially
from the opposite sex. You’ll need to be the better
man, and keep your cool.
8. DON’T:
Keep it on a need-to-know basis. Don’t
involve your friends and family in every detail of your
dating life. Friends might intervene and get jealous
of you dating a beautiful woman/model/celeb, and
the last thing you need is someone manipulating
your relationship.
DO: Keep your personal life private. Discuss with
your date about how you two want to handle social
media posts. Do you, or don’t you want to share
photos? To tag, or not to tag? This is important stuff
to think about, especially when it comes to your wellknown lady.
9. DON’T: Be lazy and wait for life to come to you.
When you meet this woman, you want to be ready
and your very best. Let her see you are a driven,
educated, and healthy individual. She’ll have to want
and envision a relationship with you.
DO: Educate yourself, work hard, play hard, and
keep your mind and body healthy and clear. Have
something to offer with your education, and/or
personality.
10. DON’T:
Be a Debbie Downer, complaining
about her busy schedule. She’s an independent,
accomplished woman, and she wants someone
equal in her life.
DO: Be positive and encouraging. You should be
independent yourself. Show her that you want to be
with her, but you don’t need to be with her. Show that
your time is valuable just like hers, and make the
most of the time you spend with her.
11. DON’T:
Think about what she can do for you.
You want her to notice that you’re a selfless, giving
human being that is not just interested in sleeping
with her, but actually cares about her on a level
deeper than flesh. In return, she will want to make
you happy.
DO:
Find out how you can bring value to her life.
How do you improve her quality of life with your
presence? It’s these things that will show her why
she should be with you. If you can provide happiness,
partnership, security, friendship, she’ll want to keep
you around.
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CLIMBER
KÍLIAN JORNET
IS ON A MISSION
TO SCALE
THE WORLD’S
HIGHEST
PEAKS FASTER
THAN ANY
MAN ALIVE.
THERE’S JUST
ONE PROBLEM,
SO IS
KARL EGLOFF.
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set FKTs on what he calls seven of “the
most
important
mountains
on
the
planet,” including Argentina’s Aconcagua, and the Matterhorn, Switzerland’s
famous pyramidal peak. He calls the
project Summits of My Life, and its final
Jornet tears up
a mountain on a
run in France.
Previous Spread:
Jornet and Egloff come
face to face near
Chamonix, France.
test is Mount Everest. He believes he can
march up and back down the North Face
of the world’s highest mountain, without
supplemental oxygen, in just 40 hours. In July 2013, Jornet took the first
step by setting the FKT on Mont Blanc, a 5-kilometre peak in his backyard
of Chamonix. Just a month later, he ticked off the Matterhorn with a
remarkable time of 2 hours and 52 minutes, 20 minutes faster than the
1995 record. In December 2014, he bested the record on Aconcagua by
about an hour. Once again, it appeared Jornet was unbeatable. And then,
all of a sudden, he wasn’t.
In August 2014, FKT message boards started lighting up with some
surprising news. A previously unknown Ecuadorean man named Karl
Egloff had raced up and down Kilimanjaro in six hours and 42 minutes,
HE COMPETITION IS TRYING TO GET
destroying Jornet’s record by 32 minutes. Some considered it a fluke.
Kílian Jornet drunk. It’s the second week of July, and Jornet, 27, has
Then, seven months later, he did it again, beating Jornet’s record on
travelled from his home in Chamonix, France, to Colorado, America, a
Aconcagua. “People were shocked,” says Buzz Burrell, an ultrarunner
speck of an old mining town, population about 600, to take on the
who set an FKT on John Muir Trail in 2000. “Kílian is the best mountain
Hardrock 100, a 160-kilometres footrace through the surrounding San
runner, possibly ever. So it was surprising to see him beat.”
Juan Mountains. A few minutes ago, a runner wearing a hat that read
“LIVING THE FUCKING DREAM” told him there would be tequila
available at one of the aid stations during tomorrow’s event. Now a
FANS WEREN’T JUST susurprised. They were angry. Jornet, a
couple of runners are proposing a midafternoon spirit at the local saloon.
humble, soft-spoken man with a teenager-like stubble, and a black tangle
“Want to go do a shot?” one asks. “Ha!” Jornet says. “Yeah?” “Yes! It’s my
of sweat-tamed curls, had spent 10 years winning their adoration. Now,
friend’s birthday tomorrow and we need to celebrate.”
his reign was being threatened. Goliath hadn’t fallen; Lou Gehrig had.
It’s a decent strategy to try to slow down Jornet, the Hardrock’s
“People wrote me and said I was destroying Kílian’s world,” says Karl
defending champ, but it’s not working. “I actually don’t like to drink,” he
Egloff, 34, when I reach him over Skype. Egloff has short-cropped,
tells me. Besides, even a hangover might not stymie the man some
thinning blonde hair, and an angular face. He seems perpetually, almost
consider the greatest endurance athlete of all time.
perversely happy, with a large smile and doe-like blue eyes. Behind him,
Jornet has, in just 10 years, won nearly 100 ultrarunning events, which
the walls of the house in Cumbaya, Ecuador, that he shares with his
are defined as races longer than 50 kilometres. Six of the past seven
fiancée, Adriana, are plastered with mountaineering photos. “They said
years, he has claimed the Skyrunner World Series title, the most
I lied about my time on Kilimanjaro,” he says, “But you can’t react
emotionally. Fans can be crazy.”
prestigious award in mountain running. In the winter, instead of hanging
up his sneakers and taking a sauna, he competes in ski mountaineering
races, in which athletes climb several thousand metres up snowy peaks,
ski down, and then do it again for hours. In that sport, Jornet has four
overall World Cup titles. And he doesn’t just win races; he annihilates
course records.
Last year, competing in his first Hardrock, which forces runners to
climb 10 363 metres over jagged mountains and is generally considered
one of ultrarunning’s toughest tests, Jornet won in 22 hours and 44
minutes, beating the old course record by an hour and 22 minutes. And
for Jornet, the Hardrock is a training run. His true passion is setting speed
records on famous trails and mountains. In 2009, he ran a 265-kilometre
Tahoe Rim Trail in 38 hours and 32 minutes. During that effort, he slept
for 90 minutes and still broke the record by seven hours. In 2010, he
tackled Mount Kilimanjaro in 7 hours and 14 minutes. The round-trip
takes average Joes about seven days.
The records are called fastest known times (FKTs). And while Jornet
didn’t invent the genre, he has certainly popularised it. In 2012, he set
out plans for an audacious goal. In four years, he announced, he would
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again, it appeared
Jornet was
unbeatable.
And then,
all of a sudden,
he wasn’t.’’
Unlike Jornet, Egloff doesn’t have a
competitive running or mountaineering background. When he was 16,
his Ecuadorean mother died, and nine
months later he was sent to school in
Switzerland. While there, he took up
soccer. Egloff stayed in the country for
eight years, playing on various regional
teams. He also showed the potential of
a superior endurance athlete. “I would
go to the gym before soccer, and for
bike rides after matches,” he says, “My
teammates always told me to take it
easy, because I was so hyperenergetic.”
When he returned to Ecuador in
2007, he started a mountain-guiding
company, leading clients up peaks
around the world. “My father worked
as a mountain guide,” he explains, “So it seemed like a natural thing for
“I’d read what Kílian had written about his trip up Kilimanjaro, and I
me to do.” To satiate his restless nature, he also started mountain biking,
knew the places where he went the fastest,” he says, “I knew I just
and got good enough to compete on the World Cup tour. But after six
needed to be a little faster in those sections.”
years, he gave it up. “I was ranked 80th in the world,” he says, “If I
Egloff set off into the fog, worried that he’d get lost. When he made it
wanted to improve, I would have had to leave Ecuador, and I didn’t want
through Lava Rock faster than Jornet had, he knew he was in good
to do that.”
shape. As he passed through the final gate at the bottom of the mountain,
Instead, he poured his efforts into his work as a guide, and started
he was met with cheers and hugs, mostly from complete strangers.
daydreaming about FKTs. “My guiding friends inspired me,” he says,
“Porters came by and kissed my hat, because they believe they can get
“They told me that I could be good at it and break records.” On a trip with
your energy that way,” he says.
a group of clients to Kilimanjaro in 2014, he decided to go for it. On the
The rush of the experience consumed Egloff. “I thought, ‘I broke a
morning of August 13, just three days after leading clients to the summit
record,’” he says, “I can go for big things.” He started adding mountains
and back, Egloff checked in at the station to record his start time (official
to his hit list. Aconcagua. Denali. Everest. “I’m not purposely trying to
FKTs also call for you to stick a flag in the summit and take a photo), then
beat Kílian’s records,” he says with a chuckle, “But I decided I wanted to
started running. He was armed with confidence. He had been in Africa
try to set records on all of the Seven Summits, and Kílian happens to
for four weeks, was fully acclimated, and knew the mountain well, having
have the records on a lot of those.”
guided clients up and down it 10 times. But he also held a secret weapon.
By the time Egloff had made it back down Aconcagua, six months
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after his Kilimanjaro conquest, at least one person knew who he was.
When he logged onto his computer, he saw that Jornet had left a
congratulatory message on his Facebook page.
I’d asked Jornet about Egloff. We were at lunch, and he’d just taken a
bite of a breaded-and-deep-fried-chicken sandwich (when you burn up
to 7 000 calories a day, you can eat anything you want), wiped grease
from his tanned face, and grinned. “It’s a cool thing,” he said of his
competition, “And it’s cool for the sport. It shows what’s possible
mentally and physically, and generates more interest. I’m glad for Karl.”
Mammut, the Swiss outdoor-gear company, noticed Egloff, too, and
offered him a full 2016 sponsorship to wear the brand’s shoes, shorts,
and jackets. “A lot of these men and women are on the cutting edge of
fitness and alpinism,” says Gribbin Loring, the marketing manager for
Mammut. “The stories of FKTs tend to be very special, and Mammut
likes to support the athletes who are achieving these feats of severe
endurance.” Egloff won’t say how much money he earns from his
sponsors, but they fund his FKT attempts, which can cost upwards of
R680 000. “This is amazing for me,” he says, “If you can eat what you
I
need to
be light
to go
fast,’’ Jornet says,
‘‘And I need
to be fast
to set
records.’’
want and not just what you have money for, that’s nice.”
magazine, “He runs over the terrain,
and
scree
fields
with
no
wasted
movement. Karl is a little less efficient.”
That’s because, unlike Egloff, Jornet
was born to climb. His childhood was
spent in Catalonia, Spain, atop a
1 981-metre peak in the Pyrenees
Mountains. By the time he was 13, he
was competing in ski mountaineering
races, and running 80 kilometres to the
next closest mountain hut. Around the
same time, Jornet had an epiphany. His
mountain-guide father would often take
the family on treks, loading young
Kílian, his mother, and his sister with
big, heavy bags full of supplies. “I hated
it,” says Jornet, “So, I decided I was just
going to go light, and would barely carry
anything.” These days, you’ll see Jornet
scurrying up and down mountains in
nothing more than running shoes, shorts, and a T-shirt, eschewing ropes
AT EIGHT O’CLOCK in the morning on race day, 45 kilometres in,
and other safety equipment in areas where a misstep could mean death.
I watch Jornet bound down the side of a steep, rocky mountain, and into
This stripped-down approach to mountaineering has been adopted by
the Hardrock’s first-aid station. It’s impressive to watch Jornet run. On
other runners, including Egloff, but it has led to mishaps. In 2012, Jornet
steeper ascents, he’s scrambling, using his hands to propel himself over
and his girlfriend, ultrarunner Emelie Forsberg, had to be rescued from
rocks and snowfields. His movements are smooth and efficient, and he
Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix when bad weather rolled in. “I was
seems to have a preternatural ability to stick to the surface. His descents
shortsighted to think that there would be warmer temperatures, and not
are almost more extraordinary. He hurtles down 50-degree slopes, and
to take more jackets,” Jornet wrote on his website, “At 50 metres from
over pocked and knobby terrains, his legs spinning beneath him with
the summit...the weather degenerated quickly and continued to do so. It
cartoonish speed. The day before, I’d asked him how he’s able to run so
could have endangered myself and company.” But such setbacks don’t
fast downhill, and still stay upright. He said he has very strong ankles,
deter Jornet. “I need to be light to go fast,” he says, “And I need to be fast
then rolled his right foot on its side and jumped up and down on it four
to set records.”
times, a parlour trick he breaks out to prove his durability. “I can’t hurt
them,” he says.
The last time I see Jornet before nightfall, it appears he’s on pace to set
another record. He’s separated himself from the rest of the field by about
Both Jornet and Egloff are physiologically gifted in other ways, too.
an hour, and is running up a moderately steep hill. I watch him for a few
Jornet possesses a VO2 max, a measure of an elite athlete’s
minutes as he takes light-footed strides that could be timed to a
cardiorespiratory endurance, of 89.5, amongst the highest levels ever
metronome. Then he drops his head and disappears over a ridge, and
recorded. Egloff’s is just a few ticks lower at 87.5. Both men are also built
into the oncoming darkness, soon to be led only by the light of a
with skeletal upper bodies and massive legs, providing the strength
headlamp and the uncompromising desire to push his body as hard as
needed to run up mountains without any of the extra weight that bulging
he can.
pecs and biceps cause. And both have trained themselves to eat and
At 5:30 in the morning, I see him again as he crosses the Hardrock’s
drink as little as possible during runs. “They’ve taught their bodies to
finish line. He’s drenched and muddy. Despite getting lost in a large
use fat for fuel, which is much more efficient than carbohydrates,”
patch of snow for 40 minutes along the way, he sets another course
explains Meredith Terranova, a sports nutritionist who works with
record, this time in a counterclockwise direction, of 23 hours and 28
ultrarunners, “And there’s been research to show that most athletes
minutes. Exhausted from just following the race, I can muster only one
overdrink, and that can dilute electrolytes and cause gastrointestinal
question, “How?” Simply, Jornet says, “I just kept going the same pace.”
distress.”
But the rivals also have their differences. Jornet takes a freestyle
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approach to training, going out on runs, sometimes all day, when the
A MONTH BEFORE the Hardrock, Karl Egloff flew to France to train
mood strikes. And he’ll take days off only when he feels he absolutely
in the mountains. “I wanted to see Mont Blanc and get a sense of the
needs to. Egloff, on the other hand, works with a sports clinic to lock in
place,” he says, “To see what it might take to set a record there.” Egloff
his training, and has specific workouts for specific days. That could be a
had never met his adversary before, but planned to cold-call him when
long, leisurely run, or a steep attack, during which he maintains a heart
he arrived to see if Jornet wanted to get together. Two days into the trip,
rate of 175 for 90 minutes. But the most glaring difference is the way the
Jornet obliged. “When athletes meet, we don’t get coffee,” says Jornet,
two negotiate mountains.
“We went for a run.” The two men met on Mont Blanc, shared a bony
“You can tell that Kílian’s proprioception is more evolved than Karl’s,”
hug, and jogged up one of the mountain’s glaciers, views of snow-capped
says Matt Hart, an ultrarunning coach and columnist for Trail Runner
peaks, and the lush-green, wildflower-speckled valley below. Along the
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Egloff climbing K3
in Susa, Italy. A former
soccer player and
mountain biker, he
makes his living as a
mountain guide.
way, they talked about politics in their
minutes behind record time. “Well, now you know where to go,” Jornet
respective countries, about struggles
said, “Now you can try for it another time.”
on the mountain, and about their lives
Before leaving, Egloff brought Jornet to his rental home, introduced
and what motivates them. “It’s nice to
him to Adriana, and shared a bite to eat. Egloff asked about Everest.
know there is somebody in the world
In May, Jornet had planned to attempt an FKT on the mountain, but a
who loves the same things about
massive earthquake hit the region. He flew to Nepal anyway to help with
mountaineering as me,” Egloff says,
the relief effort. “We weren’t prepared for what we’d find there,” he says,
“Kílian said that he discovered his
“The valley was completely destroyed, and we went to work finding
spirituality in the mountains. It’s the same for me.” Jornet also pointed
bodies and recording their location. It gives you perspective on what’s
out the fastest route up Mont Blanc. “Let’s do it,” Egloff said, “Let’s try to
important.” “Will you go back and try again?” Egloff asked Jornet. “Yes,”
set a new record.”
Jornet responded. “I’d love to join you,” Egloff said, “Maybe pace you.
Jornet agreed, and 10 days later the pair set out at six in the morning
But I’m not ready. You’re probably faster than anybody else right now,
to, together, try to best Jornet’s FKT. Halfway up and 15 minutes under
but you might be even faster in a few years. Maybe you should wait, too.”
record time, it appeared they would. Then, bad luck. “As soon as we
“I can’t,” said Jornet, “I need to finish my project.”
started going up the glacier, the snow started to break,” says Egloff, “We
were sinking in up to our hips.” By the summit, the two men were 40
So, next year, Jornet plans to travel back to Nepal to try to set the FKT
on the world’s highest mountain. Karl Egloff is sure to try to beat it. ■
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About me
I’m 25 years old and a model from Perth, Australia.
My hobbies and interests
Fitness! I spend a lot of my free time working out.
My goals and career ambitions
To make the front cover of a major fitness magazine.
Who inspires me
Fitness celebrity Jen Selter!
My favourite quote
Successful people do what they need to do, whether they like it or
not.
Turn on
Confidence, personality and humour.
Turn off
Vein, cocky men!
The perfect date
Take me to where there is food and I’ll love you.
My girl crush
Super sexy Emily Skye.
My favourite food
Anything spicy.
My biggest fear
Spiders! Can you blame me, we have poisonous spiders here that
can potentially kill you.
One destination I’d love to visit
The tropic paradise of Hawaii.
I’m not embarrassed to say
I love my dog more than any other human. Hahaha!
For more of Ashleigh’s adventures you can follow her on
Instagram @ashleighh_claire
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10 MINUTES WITH :
MIGUEL PUPO, BEYRICK DE VRIES AND YAGO DORA - POST BALLITO PRO CATCHUP.
Photography by ALAN VAN GYSEN
MIGUEL PUPO - 25 years old
Maresais Sao Paulo, Brazil
Born 19 November 1991
This is my fourth time to Ballito. My first with my brother (Samuel
Pupo) and my dad. It’s amazing traveling with my brother on tour (WSL
- World Surf League QS - qualifying series) as it reminds me how young
I was when I started competing, and how old I am now in comparison
to my younger self and my brother, haha. I mean I have a wife and child
now! I’ve learnt so much since I started competing, and I see how
much he (Samuel) has to learn. When you’re young you make so many
mistakes. You’re so hungry and you just want it so bad. It’s even more
amazing having my dad here as he too competed for many many years.
All three of us have such good talks about competing, life and
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surfboards, especially as my dad is a surfboard
shaper now. He learnt so much as a
professional surfer; I’ve learnt so much as a
professional; and now we get to share two
different careers with Samuel, it’s very
special. I believe he has a better chance of
making the tour (WSL CT - championship
tour) and having a better career with two
close people who went through two different
eras of professional surfing.
When you start any competitive year, the goal
is always to re-qualify and to stay on tour; to
get results straight away. If you don’t get
results in the first half of the year - which
unfortunately happened to me, you have to
make the big switch to surf the QS tour as well
as the CT - both tours. It takes a lot of energy,
and means traveling all the time which is all
the more difficult now that I have a small
family. You miss home a lot, and it hurts really
bad, but you got to do what you got to do.
Surfing is great though, as it’s always a
learning curve. Every single heat is new and
different. There is no rule book and you have
to be open and prepared to figure things out
in the moment within that 30-minute heat to
be your best and get through. This is what I
love about competing.
This was my first QS event this year, so getting
an equal 5th is really great, especially since
I’m currently ranked #30 on the CT and in
danger of not re-qualifying for 2018. But it’s
ok, it just means I have to give every heat 110%
and surf the best I’ve ever surfed. It pushes
you which is good. It’s also good surfing the
QS for me this year because I get to do it with
my brother and be there for him all year.
When you’re young like he is, you win a lot of
heats and events just from pure talent, but my
dad and I are encouraging him to develop the
other very important aspects of what makes a
professional surfer, especially when he goes
fully on tour and you have 100 of the worlds
best surfers with the same talent as you do.
It’s gnarly. For me, at the beginning of my
professional career, I lost a lot of heats, and
it’s easy to get despondent and beat down.
You start doubting yourself, asking “can I
really do this? Am I good enough?” So you
have to really work on the little things, as
every little thing makes a difference out there.
Take that heat today that I surfed against
Jordy (The Ballito Pro quarter final), the level
of the surfing was the same in my opinion, but
it was those little things that ultimately make
the difference. For me I think it was that one
turn that could have been bigger, and maybe
a priority mistake. You have to have your
mind set and clear so you can think out there
and be your best.
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The board I surfed at this event is quite
different from the boards I usually surf. I
mean on the CT you’re surfing perfect, mostly
bigger, quality waves, but out here in Ballito and at most of the events on the QS, you’re
surfing short, imperfect waves - mostly at
beach breaks. The boards I brought here from
Brazil were actually made for Jeffrey’s Bay, so
they weren’t going well. My dad actually
shaped me a brand new board here in South
Africa just for Ballito, which was amazing! It’s
dimensions are: 5.10 x 18.1/4 x 2.1/4 with a
little squash tail. I have small feet, so I have
trouble riding anything with a big or wide tail.
The wave here is very quick, so you have to
bottom turn really quick and hit it really fast.
The tail makes a big difference. I’m so stoked
my dad was here to see the conditions and
shape me this magic board.
Surfing against Jordy (Smith) in front of his
home crowd was obviously difficult. I also had
a very tough heat against Ramzi (Boukhiam)
before that quarter final heat against Jordy.
For me Ramzi and Mikey Wright were the
standouts of the competition. Unfortunately
it’s not often that the standouts of any event
go on to win, surfing is strange like that. I had
a funny feeling that whoever was going to win
that quarter final heat was going to win the
event. I can’t explain it, I just woke up the
morning of the finals and knew it. Obviously I
was hoping it would be me, but when I lost to
Jordy I knew he would win the event, haha! I
was really focused at this event, and when
you’re that focused you can feel and sense
things like this. I gave my heart to that quarter
final and did my best so I’m happy with the
result.
I see surfing and my own competitive career
very different now compared to when I was
young and just starting out. If I could go back I
would probably travel more to be at events
earlier and surf those specific waves more to
gain the experience you need and prepare
more. When I qualified at age 18 for the tour I
felt a lot of pressure surfing new places; places
like Teahupoo and Fiji. I feel like I surfed these
places well because I have the talent, but you
don’t feel comfortable when you’re surfing
against very experienced surfers like Kelly
Slater etc. This is what I’m trying to tell my
brother - and my dad for my brother. Just give
the tour a little more time, travel to the world
tour waves and get the experience you need
before you qualify for the CT (championship
tour). You have time. You don’t want to qualify
at age 18 or 19 and fall off the CT because of
inexperience. I think if you qualify at age 23
with more maturity it’s better.
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BEYRICK DE VRIES - 24 years old
Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa
Born 14 December 1992
Ballito is just like my home break down the
coast at Umhlanga with the angle of the
beaches facing in the exactly the same
direction. The makeup too, with deep and
shallow parts making the waves break the
same. I’ve been surfing this event for six years
now with my best result being the quarter
finals last year after I beat Jordy (Smith).
Before I learnt how to win I learnt how to lose.
The only thing that makes sense to me in
competition surfing is to focus on the
30-minute time-slots you’re given. Check the
waves an hour before and surfing your own
heat to the best of your ability with the waves
you’re offered. Although I was knocked out of
this event early, I felt like I surfed a good heat.
The unfortunate fact is that I was out of rhythm
with the ocean. You can never fight being out
of rhythm with the ocean. Without a canvas
you can’t draw any lines and produce the art
you need. I try not let the emotional stuff like
last years good result, the crowd, the pressure,
the rhythm etc get to me. My number one rule
I instituted last year was to never back down
and give every heat I surf everything I have.
Surfing safe and for the judges isn’t fun and it’s
not going to win you heats. And it doesn’t
inspire you to surf more. You get stagnant
surfing safe. So I gave it everything I had and it
just didn’t work out this year. That’s surfing
unfortunately.
The board I rode in The Ballito Pro was
especially ordered for this wave. It has a bit
more rocker up front in the nose. It’s a 5.11 x
19 x 2.1/4 with a squash tail. The rails are
quite sharp which is less forgiving, but it
helps draw great lines and gives me good
drive out of the board.
I’m stoked I won the Monster Expression
session for the second year running. My strikerate and success at landing airs is quite high, so
it’s a no-brainer that I surf these expression
sessions, and I love surfing for the crowd.
Bowing out of the main event was actually a
blessing - if you look at the silver lining, I’ve
always seen The Ballito Pro from within as a
competitor wearing a competitive jersey; but
this year looking at it from the outside almost
from the crowds perspective was fantastic.
There is so much happening at The Ballito Pro
from the surfing to the day activities, the night
time functions and parties. Seeing all the faces
on the dance floor last night and hanging out
with everyone during the day with the fantastic
atmosphere during the day it just makes you
excited to go big in those Expression sessions
for the crowd and your friends. When you land
a big air it’s so close to the beach that you can
clearly hear the spectators go wild and cheer.
It’s like an amphitheatre. It’s epic. Surfing is
how I express myself, and those expressions
season are perfect for that. The best thing
about The Ballito Pro is that it caters for anyone
from two years old to eighty years old. There is
something down here for everyone. It’s just a
great festival for everyone.
Looking at the year ahead I want to continue
approaching it as I did after my year off last
year. I don't want to be overly serious, and I
want to enjoy my surfing while having fun. My
results come when I’m having fun and enjoying
myself. I love socialising and the different
characters and cultures this qualifying tour
brings together around the world. I don’t think
many people fully appreciate and get to know
all the different characters and personalities on
tour. Together with Monster I’m stoked to be
able to enjoy the other aspects of being a
professional surfer, so that when I’m not
competing I’m still doing other things. You
can’t take surfing too seriously in my opinion.
Have have to play the game and enjoying
everything it has to offer. The film project I’m
currently working on - ‘Higher Light’ is focused
on all of this. The simple enjoyment and love of
surfing, both as a professional and as a nonprofessional. The other day someone cam up
to me and asked me why we as surfers always
run down to the waters edge. It’s because
surfing is a nature high and it only ever gives;
never taking away. It fuels happiness and stoke
and we’re all the better for it. For me it’s not
about being the best, its about loving life and
why we get up in the morning to surf. It’s about
all the little things in the life as a surfer.
Traveling, hanging with friends, enjoying a
beer at sunset, getting barrelled, catching a fish
etc. It’s everything. It’s life. And I’m loving it.
There is too much goodness in here not be
happy and loving life.
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for me to improve my surfing. These days it’s
more strategic analysis of my heats than
actual surfing technique. Which boards to
choice, where to sit during the heat etc.
Being a Brazilian on tour these days is
fantastic. I mean the top three guys on the
QS rankings are all Brazilian which is
amazing to see. It’s pretty cool because we
have a team vibe at every contest. When we
surf against each other in a heats it’s war
obviously, but if a Brazilian is doing well in a
heat against someone else we all support
him 100% and cheer them on. It’s like a big
family. And the support is so great. That is
definitely one of my favourite things.
YAGO DORA - 21 years old
Florianópolis, Brazil
Born 18 May 1996
This was my first time to Ballito. I love it! I
like the place and the waves are fun. I’ve
been watching this comp for a few years now
and I’ve been dreaming of coming here and
being in contention for a title win. This wave
is fun for me. This definitely wasn’t my best
surfing in an event, but I got through a few
good heats and I got a relatively good result.
My main goal this year is to finish top 10 on
the QS and quality for the world
championship tour. So I’m really focused on
every single event I do, and I’m happy to be
sitting in third on the QS rankings.
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The board I surfed at The Ballito Pro is a
Mayhem ‘Pocket-Rocket’. It’s a 6.0 roundedsquash with 27 litres of volume. It’s actually a
copy of the board I won the Newcastle
QS6000 on. This one is a really magic board,
and it’s really special. I got a third on this
board in Rio and a number of other good
results. I usually only ride it in heats now and
I try to keep it safe and in top shape. I use
different surfboards for free-surf session
now, haha! Interesting it wasn’t made for any
specific wave, it’s just an all-round great
board for all conditions under six-feet.
Since I started surfing my dad has been
traveling with me a lot. He likes to film a lot
too which is really great, and very important
My dream wave on tour would probably be
Cloudbreak in Fiji. I didn’t do too well there
recently, but it’s a special wave and I’ve been
putting in more time there so I’m looking
forward to being on the tour and being able
to surf in that event especially.
Surfing in the Rio CT my goal and dreams
definitely became even more clear. I mean
up till the end of last year I had been doing a
lot of free-surf trips and projects, and surfing
some contests, but after Rio something just
clicked and I know I want to be on the
championship tour and give it my best. I
want this! Being on the championship tour
really is living the dream. Every one of the
events on the CT are like doing a free-surf
trip. The waves are just so perfect.
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