HB Treats Reef Heazlewood Better Than Lowers - Stab Mag

Live Now: How Surfers Get Paid — The Queens of Ascension

0 View

HB Treats Reef Heazlewood Better Than Lowers

The Stab High flyboy turns Huntington into Hossegor in his latest edit.

// Nov 12, 2022
Words by Christian Bowcutt
Reading Time: < 1 minute
A spray so aesthetically pleasing it belongs in a contemporary art museum. Video: Alex Hayes

The first minute of Reef Heazlewood’s latest edit almost lost me. 

I’m a Reef fan. But I’ve seen a lot of Lowers edits. My tolerance is too high, it takes a lot to get me buzzed. 

So even though the level of surfing by the 22-year-old manchild is extreme, I found myself getting lulled away by Lower Trestles’s soft sameness. But I was enjoying the edit’s choice of the classic Johnny Cash song, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, so I held the line and kept watching.

And then at 1:45, the scene changes, there’s a punchy, fun-looking tube ride. And then another. And then a flurry of airs and blow tails that rattle me out of my Trestles-induced stupor. Our old friend, Huntington Beach, has a glow-up and starts putting on its best Hossegor impression and I’m hooked. 

Reef loves surfing — which makes us love him. In the latest episode of Vans Stab High Presented By Monster Energy, Reef explains how he opted not to drink or party to be able to get out to Lakey Peak before anyone else. 

Reef’s Gumby-esque ability to land almost anything is not just pure talent, but a product of years of choosing surfing over anything else. This edit showcases the result of that dedication. It’s a worthy use of two minutes and thirty-eight seconds of your life.  

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Can Medina Overcome His CT Drought In Tahiti?

Tahurai Henry offers his picks for the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro

May 21, 2024

The 35 Best Song Pairings In Surf Films, As Ranked By Dane Reynolds, Taylor Steele & You

From Noa Deane and Courtney Love, to Andy Irons and Coldplay, to Creed McTaggart and…

May 20, 2024

Is This The Most Cost Efficient Way To Noticeably Improve Your Surfing In A Single Month?

All you can eat for $1500 AUD at URBNSURF Melbourne.

May 20, 2024

Watch And Learn: How To Score A Solo Sesh At 8-Foot Teahupo’o With Leonardo Fioravanti

Skip lunch and gorge.

May 19, 2024

Full Frame: The Story Behind The Photo You’ve Seen 1,000 Times

A viral ménage à trois in Bali.

May 18, 2024

Meet The Man Who Runs Kelly Slater’s Burgeoning Surf Empire

The Stab Interview with Dylan Slater. 

May 18, 2024

How Surfers Get Paid: Season 2, Episode 4

80+ interviews later, it's time to "send out the chicks".

May 17, 2024

How To Get To Stab High Japan

BYO ligaments. 

May 16, 2024

CT Earlybirds, Tahitian Warlords, And Aspirational Teenagers Divide Spoils From “11 out of 10” Teahupo’o Blob

Eimeo Czermak, Balaram Stack, Liam O'Brien, Cannon Carr, and Ryan Miller divulge tales from the…

May 16, 2024

The Lefts Off The Rights

Detailing the goofy-footed proclivity to go against the grain.

May 15, 2024

Watch: ‘Shotgun’ featuring Josie Prendergast & Taj Richmond

The allure of contradiction, displayed in the virtue of Northern Rivers sand.

May 15, 2024

How Accurate Were Our Pre-Cut Predictions?

Reflecting on the rookie-centric forecasts offered by CJ Hobgood, Stace Galbraith, Brett Simpson, and Mikey…

May 14, 2024

Local Wildcard Jordy Lawler Dusts 79 Transplants, Issy Nichols Denies Prodigy Erin Brooks Another Plush Toy

The Stab High winner is one semi-final away from tour qualification after only two events.

May 14, 2024

Which 2024 Stab High Competitor Has Given Us The Best Surf Part?  

Noa Deane, Chippa Wilson, Julian Wilson, Ian Crane and more duel for the most impactful…

May 13, 2024

There Are Still Perfect, Empty Waves Left In The World

Soli Bailey, Timo Simmers + Layne Stratton on the sand-bottomed unicorn seen in ‘Maps to…

May 13, 2024

What Happened To Bali?

And is an ethical future for surf development possible in Indonesia?

May 12, 2024

Premium Peek: Mason Ho + Sheldon Paishon Vs A Scottish Widow Maker

Less like a wave, more like a German Panzer tank (180 tons, FYI).

May 12, 2024

Tactical Burn, Shove + Leash Pull Ends In Tears, Disqualification + Fines At ISA World Juniors 

The young Portuguese surfer has since apologized for her 'grevious unsportsmanlike conduct'. 

May 11, 2024
Advertisement