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Who Is This Guy, And Where Has He Been Hiding?

Eli Beukes is the fucking truth.

cinema // Sep 24, 2021
Words by Zack Raffin
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

When I say ‘powerful regular-footed South African sponsored by O’Neill’, what name comes to mind?

I can say with 99.9% certainty that it’s NOT Eli Beukes.

Having watched literally thousands of surf edits over the course of my three years at Stab, I must say: Eli’s edit ‘Deep West’ is as powerful an example of raw, relatively unknown talent as I’ve seen in quite some time.

While Eli allows his rail game to sparkle at moments throughout, this edit’s recipe is pretty much all butter and sugar (aka tubes and airs). The kid’s ability to huck full rotations into the flats in offshore waves is only outshined by the tubes at 3:33 and 3:50. When’s the last time you’ve side slipped into a beast like that?

O’Neill has what the folks down in Kentucky would call a prized horse in Mr. Beukes. Keep your eyes peeled for more to come from the man who could very well be the heir to Jordy’s thrown, and in the meantime, sit back and watch this before you hit the town this weekend. Boy’s got the juice!


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