REBEL SESSIONS HISTORY OF STORIES


First run in 2011 and then again in 2016, Rebel Sessions has evolved over time.




2016     2011
2016
Rebelsessions Sundowner

Rebelsessions Sundowner

A few nights ago, the core crew and winners of the 2016 Rebel Sessions gathered in Kommetjie. Mad-Mike arrived barefoot, bushy-haired and wide eyed. "What're you going to do with your...

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2016
WINNERS * Achtung Baby

WINNERS * Achtung Baby

ACHTUNG BABY. “You must suspect by now why we’ve asked you to meet with us?” I say to James Taylor. He looks at me blankly. Neil Webster is prepping a video...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: 3rd Judge – Tim Bonython

Rebelsessions through the lens: 3rd Judge – Tim Bonython

  3rd Judge - Tim Bonython We are extremely proud to announce that the third judge for this years event is veteran Australian film maker, Tim Bonython. Tim first started filming surfing back...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: John Farrell

Rebelsessions through the lens: John Farrell

JOHN FARRELL - "The Black Smith" The 2016 Rebel Sessions event represents the opportunity to honour SA’s big wave surfing community. Over the last 4 months we have recorded stories from many...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: Tow with Andrew Marr

Rebelsessions through the lens: Tow with Andrew Marr

Andrew Marr has been riding big waves since he left school. Having spent more than a decade of winters in Hawaii, he has now settled down in Kommetjie. Andrew, who is...

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2016

Stairway to Heaven: Webisode

The sun rose like a red diamond over a watery field of dreams. Men and women from all over South Africa converged at Africa’s most infamous reef, either to ride...

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2016
WANTED. Dead or Alive

WANTED. Dead or Alive

  WANTED. Dead or Alive “James and Jake had already towed into a bunch of waves by the time the other guys got out there. They were going so hard.” Said Juriah....

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: Dead Man Walking – Seth Pieret

Rebelsessions through the lens: Dead Man Walking – Seth Pieret

  DEAD MAN WALKING (Seth Pieret profile) “It was the 6th of August 2015 and a high period swell was pounding Sunset reef. It was super crowded.” Says Seth. “I was amped...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: The Sheriff, Mike Schlebach

Rebelsessions through the lens: The Sheriff, Mike Schlebach

The Sheriff. “You’re dressed for summer.” Says Mike, looking Neil Webster up and down. He rubs his nose and flinches. “I clipped my nose hair this morning. It feels weird now.”...

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2016
Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven “By 4am I was wide awake. It had been a fitful night and I was tired of trying to sleep. Jake was going to give me a lift...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Webisode

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Webisode

The REBELSessions Big Wave period has started and the southern hemisphere winter storms are rolling onto the cape Peninsula. We are also taking a closer look at the next generation of Big...

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2016
Iron Maidens

Iron Maidens

Iron Maidens Hard man Levi Van Gysen was in the carpark at sunrise. The 2 year old Kommetjie local waxed up his dad’ s 9 foot gun and encouraged the rest...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsafety – Paris Basson

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsafety – Paris Basson

PARIS BASSON Neil Webster is standing in a room surrounded by paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. Seated in front of him is the Rebel Session’s safety expert. “It’s my son’s 2nd...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – Webisode

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – Webisode

The REBELSessions Big Wave period has started and the southern hemisphere winter storms are rolling onto the cape Peninsula. We are also taking a closer look at some of the people...

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2016
Smoke on the water

Smoke on the water

“Smoke on the water” {15 August 2016} The first paddlers were at the backline before sunrise. They were greeted by 15-18ft waves. It was bumpy and there were ridges moving across the...

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2016
In Between Dreams

In Between Dreams

In Between Dreams Big Wave surfing isn’t just about riding big waves. It’s about the spaces between the big waves too. Photographer Grant Scholtz understands that intimately. His lens flutters constantly, which...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Tim Coles

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Tim Coles

Tim Coles “Aaaahhaaa-haaaa,” laughs the skinny kid with the floppy hair. “No pressure right? You guys just stole all the good answers. Now I’ve got to come up with something that’s...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Odd Persson

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Odd Persson

Odd Persson (There’s laughter in the background) I hear a voice calling out. “”The Swedish Hot Mom Syndrome!’ That’s a good one, haaaaaa!!”Neil Webster has his camera set up in the...

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2016
Sunday, bloody, Sunday

Sunday, bloody, Sunday

Rebelsessions 7 August 2016 On Sunday morning the fierce-tall waters returned once more to the little bay of Kommetjie. The first guys paddled out in the dark and had ridden several...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Yuriah Muller

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Yuriah Muller

Yuriah Muller Neil Webster is standing in front of Yuriah who is seated on a bench that’s been made from a snapped 10ft surfboard. “So!” Begins Neil, looking into the eye...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Fabian Campagnola

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunrunners – Fabian Campagnola

Fabian Campagnola It’ s a school day and Fabian is still in his uniform. He became the youngest South African big wave regular, when he started to surf Sunset at 16...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunslingers – James Lowe

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunslingers – James Lowe

The Giant & The Mermaid. It’s been a long flat winter and the giant is restless. After repeatedly setting his rail at massive Jaws just a few months earlier James Lowe...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: Gunslingers – Matt Bromley

Rebelsessions through the lens: Gunslingers – Matt Bromley

Matt Bromley “I used to come home from school and watch the guys getting towed into massive Sunset. I could watch Sunset from the balcony of our house. I could also...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – DVG

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – DVG

DVG Dave is looking drawn and haggard. “I’ve been off work this whole week with bad stomach flu.” He says, leaning heavily on a table.“I’ve got a 40km trail-run on the...

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2016
Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – Ian Armstrong

Rebelsessions through the lens: #Gunsmiths – Ian Armstrong

Over the last 20 years, Ian Armstrong has been one of our country’s most influential big wave surfers. He was team South African ‘Big Wave World Champions’ in 1999 and...

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2016
Training Day

Training Day

The sun rose on the morning of the 7th to reveal perfectly sculpted 12ft peaks at one of the Cape's deepest water reefs's. For a few hours a small handful of...

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2016

REBEL Sessions – the categories

The Rebel Sessions Awards first launched in 2011, is to recognize the surfers who rides the South African winter storm biggest waves. Now in 2016 Rebel Sessions is back with 5...

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2016
2011 Award Winner Highlight Video

2011 Award Winner Highlight Video

With this year's REBEL Sessions starting tomorrow, we'd like to once again show you the winner highlights of 2011. The main award for the best-surfed paddle wave went to popular Kommetjie...

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2016
Grooving in – REBEL Sessions TV edit

Grooving in – REBEL Sessions TV edit

With only two more days left, REBEL TV provided a great event documentation about 2011's REBEL Sessions event (sorry english speaking friends - this episode is in German language only). This will give you a...

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2016

We’re ready and it’s looking promising

with only a couple of days to go, the 100days timeframe for REBEL Sessions 2016 is about to kick off this Friday, July 1st! With already a couple of solid sessions...

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2016
100 days – 100k

100 days – 100k

The 100 day waiting period of the underground Big Wave event Rebel Sessions starts in less than a week and includes a few of Cape Town's gnarliest deep water Big...

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