Surfer making waves

2019-10-29 06:01
Matt Bromley shows his support for the Boks, sporting a team T-shirt in the barrel of a wave. PHOTO: Daniel Grebe

Matt Bromley shows his support for the Boks, sporting a team T-shirt in the barrel of a wave. PHOTO: Daniel Grebe

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Kommetjie-based professional big wave surfer, Matt Bromley, is no stranger to the public eye. TV footage of him participating in surfing competitions, an exciting photoshoot of him in the surf in support of the Boks and a soon to be released doccie on the waves he’s taken on around the world has made his face a familiar one.

Bromley got his start in surfing when his dad introduced him to the sport in Muizenberg at the tender age of six. After being thrust into his first “foamie”, he was hooked. “Then when we moved to Kommetjie, I started surfing every day and started to really dream about life as a professional surfer,” he adds.

His family moved to Kommetjie when he was 12-years-old and he says that is where he found the best waves in Cape Town.

He describes them as “an incredible learning-ground for big wave surfing”.

He continues: “We have some of the biggest and scariest waves in the world here.”

A surfer for 22 years, Bromley says this year has been one to remember for many reasons.

“My most exciting highlight this year was featuring on the National Geographic website for extreme photo of the week.

“The photographer managed to swim underneath my board in the barrel and get a unique angle looking up at the lip, with me riding, shot at an isolated island in northern Indonesia.”

Bromley has been chasing big thrills across the globe. “I don’t do competitions anymore. I’m chasing the biggest swells around the world and documenting these experiences. Right now, I am gearing up for the Hawaiian and Irish winter surf season,” he says, adding that winter brings the best waves.

Chasing the world’s biggest waves has given him the perfect material to document his escapades in his upcoming movie.

“Next year I’m very excited to release my new film called Over the Edge, a documentary about paddling into the biggest barrel in the world, the emotions of stepping up to sometimes 50-foot waves, interactions with local communities and exploring what it takes to step up to the big, scary moments with confidence,” he explains.

He says he is just as passionate and excited about the sport as he was when he started out.

He also takes on other passion projects such as a recent shoot in support of the Boks.

“Photographer Daniel Grebe and I decided to get some barrels in a Springbok Jersey to show our gees for the Bokke as they stepped up to the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the weekend,” he said last week, before the game.

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