One Giant Leap.
By Cerven Cotter.
Jumping off the rocks is always the fastest way to get out into the lineup. Most of us have stories, some more funnier than others, about a rock jump that didn’t quite go to plan. And as you rock jump more often you begin to understand the right (and wrong) moment when to go. Photographer Jacques Sellschop captured this moment of pure insanity as Alex Nutt threw caution to the wind at his local during a recent South African winter swell.
So who the hell is Alex Nutt?
I’m a 17 year old booger from the south coast (Kwazulu Natal, South Africa) that’s been bodyboarding and in love with the ocean for about 13 and a bit years now. There just a special something in the ocean that I can’t stay away from so if I’m not out surfing, I’m diving or fishing.
What the hell was going on in this photo? Did you loose a bet or something?
That would be the case for most people haha, but when I see waves that are rideable all thought and reason go out the window.
This is your local spot right?
Yes this is my local but it’s not your normal jump. I’ve never really been a big fan of jumping on the inside where people normally jump, so I always end up on the point.
Lots of people are saying this is photoshopped? What do you have to say about that?
Well I’m not going to lie it seems like it is but perspective is a crazy thing.
Did you make the jump? Or did ya just get chewed up and spat out further down the beach?
So I did manage to make the paddle, how I made it out I’m not too sure but I think the crazy strong current helped alot, I managed to make it out almost halfway down the beach and trying to get back to the point was an even harder task then making it out!
Would you say this was one of your more crazy rock jumps?
In terms of craziness it’s in the top 5 in terms of wave size to how small I am, it’s definitely at the top of my list.
Any pointers for those riders needing to up their rock jumping game?
Jumping off rocks is a scary and dangerous thing especially when its big. Two of my mates have been washed off this same rock in the last week. It’s always important to have good footing and jump on to a wave and not into a wave. And I always try check out spots on flat days to see where the underwater rocks are before I send it on the big days.
According to various reports, that part of the world has been firing – any particularly memorable sessions from the recent swell?
Those reports have been right, the waves has been pretty damn good this winter. I would say this day is definitely one to remember and I won’t forget any time soon, but my best session this winter would have to be in early May, at Sharks bay it was a perfect 6-8ft day with zero wind and just me out getting perfect barrels all day.
You took part on the World Tour in 2019 – yet you are completely sponsorless. What’s the story?
I’ve been taking part of the Portuguese part of the tour for the last 3 years now and it’s been one hell of an experience meeting all my bodyboarding heroes over there. I haven’t had the best of luck, almost making the junior pro finals, always falling a bit short but I am stoked I made top 10 for dk! Sponsors… I’m not to sure what’s going on there everyone always has a bit of story on why they can’t sponsor me but I got high hopes that someone will come along in the not too distant future. But for now I just got to thank my mom and dad for being my sponsors haha.
The south coast of KwaZulu Natal (South Africa) is known as a breeding ground of chargers, aside from yourself, anybody else pushing the envelope in that region?
The south coast is an awesome place for bodyboarding with slabs, beach breaks and points breaks around nearly every corner, there’s a lot of surfers that are really good but on the bodyboarding side it’s more of a past time for most people these days. I got one or two of my mates that I try push to paddle with me but that’s about it.