Behind The Scenes 03 of Ski The World

Behind The Scenes 03 of Ski The World

Skier, yes skier Candide Thovex surfs the Wavegarden, and Surf Snowdonia, well not actually surfing, skiing. I don’t know why either, probably too much time on his hands, not enough attention as a child, something like that. Anyway, it’s quite amusing, hit play and put on those googles and salopettes.


Four questions for you: 
Do you want to surf with Jordy?  
Would you dig an all-expenses-paid trip to Surf Snowdonia? 
Are you aged between 13 and 17? 
Are you free 26-29th September 2018?

If that’s a resounding ‘yes!’ to all the above then the O’Neill #RookieRippers competition is for you.

All you’ve got to do is upload a video clip of your best surfing (up to 60secs long) to Instagram and tag @oneilleurope and #RookieRippers

10 lucky boys and girls will be selected to hit the Welsh mountain surf spot with Jordy Smith for an experience money can’t buy this autumn.

The prize includes: 
•All expenses paid* trip to O’Neill Rookie Rippers Surf Camp, Sep 26-29 at Surf Snowdonia.
•Surfing with team O’Neill’s WSL superstar Jordy Smith.
•Coaching by Chris Gallagher Stone, Jordy’s coach and the US Olympic Surf Team Technical Coach.
•Win cool prizes in expression sessions.
•A whole load of fun and good times with like-minded kids.

*All expenses package includes: flights covered up to £450, accommodation, food, coaching, pick up and drop off at Manchester or Liverpool Airport.
You need to upload your clip between July 20 and August 15 to be in with a shot.
Entrants must be between 13 and 17 (born after September 30th, 2000 and before July 19, 2005). 

The competition is only open to all residents in the UK, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany

10 kids will win a place at the camp. Please check full T&C’s on

Jordy Smith takes on Surf Snowdonia

Surf Snowdonia, Wales (Tuesday 3rd October 2017) – Current world number one Jordy Smith hits Snowdonia for a taste of landlocked surfing at the UK’s Wavegarden. With the back half of the World Championship Tour (WCT) about to kick off, Jordy makes a quick stop in north Wales before heading to France to resume his world title race.

In a bid to tackle the man-made waves of Surf Snowdonia, Jordy Smith finds a gap in his busy competition schedule and heads to the green hills of the Conwy Valley. With left-handers and right-handers peeling for up to 150 metres, the 29-year-old South African puts the inland wave lagoon through its paces.

Bringing his power game to Wales, Jordy’s style on the artificial head-high waves is fluid. It’s clear to see why this Durban raised surfer is currently one of the world’s finest.

Commenting on his experience at Surf Snowdonia Jordy states: “It was actually a good training session. The surf has been quite small in California so it was good to ride several waves in a short period of time. The wave is very different to waves in the ocean but it does offer a few fun sections to do some turns. It’s a pretty crazy place to be honest. I look around and it’s just surrounded by mountains and lots of greenery which is beautiful. I’m excited to be part of a time when artificial wave lagoons are launching across the world. The technology is continually improving and this is just the beginning.”

Winning Bells Beach in Australia earlier this year and storming through the semi-finals at Trestles, South Africa’s Jordy Smith has held his position at the top of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour rankings. With just three events ahead of him, Jordy will join the rest of the global surfing elite in France next week for the ninth round of the WCT.

Click here for more information on O’Neill team rider Jordy Smith.