Surf Stories

Sick HGMtv Helicopter Surf Tow Session

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Written & Filmed by Holtzy
Helicopter provided by Specialist helicopters
It's been a good month or two for waves so what do you do for kicks when the conditions are perfect but the swells down?

Well the HGMtv crew decided it was time to gather the top West Oz junior surfers, a couple of jetski's and the sickest extreme sport helicopter pilot around then throw them at crystal clear, deep south beachies for an unforgettable session.

HGMtv Crew Score Monster Barrels at "Black Rainbow"

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Story and screen grabs by Holtzy
After years of studying weather charts and quite a few failed missions the HGMtv crew finally scored bigtime at a secret surf spot somewhere in the south west.

"Black Rainbow" is one of the heaviest waves in the world with it's super cold water combination of size, power, remoteness and distance from shore together with the regular visits from White Pointers mean just the bravest of the surf crazy men tackle this beast.

Surf's Been Pumping in West Oz

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Story, photos & Video by Holtzy

Over the past couple of months plenty of swell has been pounding Western Australia and the HGMtv team has been all over it.
First it was back to back swells in the north west then a clean 15ft swell at the bombie's around Margaret River. Throw in a good day at "The Box" with Dino Adrian, micro grom Jack Robinson and Mark Brandis and things were looking as good as they can get.

But suddenly another big swell was due to smash the north west so it was back into the HGM battle truck for the long journey north again.

HGM Honeyz Search For Big Desert Barrels

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Story, photos and video by Holtzy
With a couple of the worlds best female surfers in town- Hawaii’s Keala Kennelly and Yallingup’s Claire Bevilacqua- and a big swell on the way the HGMtv crew were always going to go hunt for the best surf possible. This time they scored big times…

HGMtv Search For Big Barrels

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Story and Photos by Holtzy
With a big swell forcast the HGMtv crew loaded the HGM Battle Truck full of surfboards and camera gear, hitched a jetski and got on the road in search of a mythical huge right hand tube.

We drove through the night and thought we might be onto something pretty secret until we stumbled across the entire Red Bull team and Discovery Channel crew with the same plan in mind.

Tow Punt Boredom Relief

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Story & Video by Holtzy Photos by Bushy

Fresh from the success of the HGM Ultimate Compound the HGMtv crew got on the road on a quest to wash of the dust and get a bit of salt water in their veins.
HGMtv presenter Alex “Alfy” Cater won himself a jetski when he caught the biggest wave in the Southern Hemisphere last year and with the swell only small it was time to fire her up for some tow assisted punting.

Sick Waves Caught on Helmet Cam

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Story by Holtzy Photos by Holtzy & X Ray[i]

After the initial successful testing of the Launch/Gath Helmet Cam surf setup we were pretty keen to try it in some good surf. Former World Surfing No 3 Dave Macaulay and myself had both given the camera a few tests in small surf but we had “Unfinished Business” with the whole deal.
For Dave the unfinished business was the need for some big barrels and for me it was to see some of those barrels shown from a surfers point of view.

Desert Surf Testing Ground

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Story by Holtzy Photos by Holtzy & Sarah
One of the main goals of HGMtv is that we do a lot of on board footage so that while you are sitting on the couch watching the show you actually get a feel of what it’s like to do the sport you are watching.

HGM Surf Road Trip

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Story by Holtzy Photos by Alfy & Holtzy

The Homegrown Maniacs are really on the warpath now. With many of the problems associated with getting a new TV show off the ground out of the way it's time to start chasing the fun stuff- the actual stories for the show.

With a big swell on the way it was time for team HGM (in this case presenter Alfy Cater and videographers Holtzy and Dools) along with surf photographer Russel Ord and junior surf star Tom Innes to get on the road chasing perfect waves.

When It All Goes Wrong

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Story By Holtzy Photos by Luke Porcaro & Hugh Davis

We'd been tracking the swell for a week. A massive storm had formed off the coast of South Africa and methodically made it's way towards the south west tip of Western Australia pushing a huge swell before it. The weather predictions had it peaking at more than 35 feet sometime early Sunday morning but most likely the conditions were going to be just as radical as the swell ie big, bad and very nasty.