Watch: Michael February // Nü Rhythmo

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Before he made the jump to the CT, there were hopes that Michael February could bring a bit of style to the main stage. That he'd cut through the mititary gymnastics with his supple flair, maybe shift the criteria and cause other surfers to think, not merely about what movements they do, but how they do them.

Didn't happen but. Partly it was a lack of opportunity, and partly it was an inability to do what Matt Biolos says is "surfing in 3D" - to be fast and powerful and acrobatic, and to be all those things all over the wave.

More than anything, the CT simply wasn't the platform for M'Feb to demonstrate his subtlety and grace, so it's good to see him in a project where he can spread his wings.

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Graeme Murdoch commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 11:36am

Oh man, that's pretty special!

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Elliedog commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 11:40am

Best clip in ages...…. don't worry about the tour when you can do this eh....surfing in 3D?????. what's he mean by that?.

Luba

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stunet commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 11:47am

Same trip, different board:

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drodders commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 8:12am

Hey Stu, he looked like he was on the yellow bonzer at the 6 minute mark in the vid?

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stunet commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 10:18am

Not sure how I missed that...

Cheers.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 11:51am

very much so

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DGW commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 11:57am

Great clip

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wallpaper commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:06pm

got to be one of the best surf vids ever. beautifully composed, awesome musos interesting people

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zenagain commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:04pm

That was waaaaaay cool.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Chipper commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:12pm

Poetry

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thermalben commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:22pm

Best vid I've seen in months... 10/10 on everything.

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OHV500 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:36pm

I was going to bang on about the wsl ruining everything, but who cares.
When surfing like this, still exists, they haven't.

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garyg1412 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:51pm

How fun is that wave???

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simba commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 1:12pm

Lucky boy,great set up and on his own....his style reminds me of Stephs.....love that syle of music makes me want to crack a cold one and maybe a hot one.

simba

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shoredump commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 1:15pm

Beautiful

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Spuddups commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 2:04pm

Top drawer.

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H2O commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 2:10pm

Made my day!!

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daisy duke kaha... commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 2:14pm

Dance with me Michael!

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Chris Buykx commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 2:19pm

So good - because its so different.

Just proves the sameness of all the other surf video content

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n!ck commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 2:47pm

Thats my kind of movie and surfing. Absolutely Sensational. The wave looks so fun and he makes it look so easy. Love it.

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drodders commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 3:08pm

So cool...place, people, music, surfing, surfboards, waves...

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mitchlorkin commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 4:43pm

That was refreshing and inspiring.

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AndyM commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 5:02pm

Doesn't that make you want to travel??
Waves would just be the icing on the cake.

And with that last track, I see that the the spirit of Fela Kuti and the Afrobeat lives on.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 5:23pm

Senegal?

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dellabeach commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:01pm

Not by my flag chart

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freeride76 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 7:17pm

few different ones on those fishing boats. got the gist of the area though

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Paulsy commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 8:43pm

Think I’ve figured it out. Country at least. Call me Columbo. Now, do I say anything? Incredible wave and beautiful video.

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johnson commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 8:56pm

I know exactly where it is, and I'll have fun watching you all keep guessing!

It's the Snake, by the way - but obviously much smaller, and further down the bank. Tell me I'm wrong as much as you want, but once you see it on the map it makes perfect sense.

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AndyM commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 5:33pm

That'd be the first guess wouldn't it.

Wonder if there's surf in The Gambia?

Looks like the coastline takes too much of a turn south of that.

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darcycrouch commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 5:33pm

Absolutley beautiful! Delicious. Who is the band... whats the song called? any ideas? so good

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zenagain commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:05pm

Music is in the credits right at the end of the vid.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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deanw12 commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 5:38pm

Great surfing, great wave, great music, do surf vids get any better?

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:07pm

I don't know why more guys don't film videos like this, everyone loves it, it's a smart clever filmed little video..

IMHO because It makes you feel you are almost there or at least want to be there.

It starts off creating a scene and a feeling of the place, not just through the footage but also the music and people, when the surfing starts it shows the line up without a surfer pulled back so we can get the feel of the wave and see what the wave is about.

Then it gives us plenty of footage pulled back from unique angles, with lots of background and foreground in the shot so we can appreciate the whole vibe of the wave and the surfers approach to the wave and it shows the whole length of the wave, not just one manoeuvre or just the best turns or best waves..

Then it only focusses closer on the surfer and wave towards the middle of the clip to mix things up, and then very cleverly keeps foreground in the shot, to still make you feel as if you are there.

Also very cleverly the clip starts of with the wave fairly small and makes you think, wow nice looks fun but if only it was a little bigger, and then bang it shows you it when it's a bit bigger and better and off course ends on one of the best barrels.

Then it knows not to drag things out and ends before you get bored, and again just doesn't end with a wave, it lets you say goodbye to the place with a mix of footage.

So much better than all the videos shot fully pulled in on the wave, showing one manoeuvre or a whole video of drone footage.

I guess this is the difference between a film maker and some guy that owns a good video camera or drone.

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jaunkemps commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:41pm

Now this is the real MF, wow what a wave, what surfin, that clip had me wanting so much more, love to surf that place by my selfishself........Giddyup

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:45pm

The flow and poise on the red twinny, what a surfer.
Loved the music and the feel of the clip.

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Toppa commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:45pm

That is the dream right there. Warm water, fun sized waves and no-one else out. Heaven!

Toppa

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mugofsunshine commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:50pm

Sparks Joy. Fuck the rolled up T shirts.

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spencie commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 6:54pm

What a great film!
And good to see he scored well east of the usual spots there. Bit more off the beaten track.

easterly

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Robo commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 7:26pm

Amazing

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Finntim commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 7:59pm

Agree with that indo, great surfing and killer tunes.

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 9:10pm

Yep that was sick.

Anyone have any info the boards he was riding?

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Benny boo commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 9:49pm

That was great fun ! please more clips like this.

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fatfoamies commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 10:12pm

Wow- dreamy!

Froth'n on Fat Foamies

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gunther commented Monday, 6 May 2019 at 10:21pm

No one's outed this dreamy wave yet - i'm both impressed at the ettiquette and disappointed at the same time.

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podrig commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 12:03am

I think Ben nailed it.. 10's across the board..

Don't know why but it caught my eye..
I challenge any of the "no legropes for me" crew to put out a clip with surfing anywhere near as stylish..
"Oh but it restricts me.. I can't fully express myself on the wave when I'm tied down" fucking posers..
Literally the only body in the lineup doing things you could only dream of and still wearing a goddamn leash.

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Travis86 commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 12:12am

Smoooth AF. Loved it! More of that and less WSL rubbish

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warddy commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 7:48am

Makes you want to be there ...
In its more primitive state you get the feeling people who live by the coast are much happier ..
The land locked places always seem to be where the most conflicts are ..
Music , dance and the beach ..
Doesn’t get much better than that

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curbs commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 10:11am

I surf because.........I want to surf like that!

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lomah commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 12:30pm

MickS would love some insight into why you felt the need to broadcast your “research” and “results”. Like many of the comments I loved the video but also had a sense of sadness for the inevitable exposure.

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MickS commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 5:08pm

Good point Lomah. Shot from the lip a little but while 'researching' did notice surf bars and surf whatever in abundance. Seems it's not as secret as we think. But I'll keep my big mouth shut next I I get all smartypants.

MickS

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loungelizard commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 12:51pm

best clip since the cape st francis segment of endless summer

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 12:55pm

I wonder what will happen to the place.

Like a few, I took the clues and had a little search online. Looks like the joint is already being advertised as a "learn to surf" destination for euros.
Maybe inconsistent and small a lot of the time might put people off?

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simba commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 1:06pm

Na it will be a zoo for euro russian wanna bes in the blink of an eye.....Michael might look back on his moment of glory with a tear in his eye in the near future realizing how he inadvertently helped fuck up another spot.

simba

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 1:48pm

Not so sure Simba, they seem to have it as a bucket list when young then go back to the vakia's or wherever once they 'grow up'. Lots of closer spots such as Portugal and who knows how stable the place will be in the future. Can you do those stretches, makes me weep at my age!

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mezkal commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 1:08pm

Wow...now that's more like it, Bambi lives, the stoke is still alive, I feel better from watching and listening to that. Thanks.

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 1:44pm

Agree with all of the above, so much fun and not one poo stance pump for one manoeuvre air, just all flow and a show case for the wave quality and the place. Music perfect and MR would be stokaboked seeing MF's lines on his board. How much fun would it be to jam with the band after a surf!

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Garryh commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 4:14pm

Sand bottom, check, barrelling with light or no winds, check, warm enough for boardshorts check, no crowd at all check...I'm not sure if there's much left to want in life (if you want more you're asking too much)

WinterSwells

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 4:26pm

Pretty sure I wouldn’t be interested in the African parasite/ worm which enters your body from walking barefoot on the beach. From dogshit I think.

Such a creature may not exist , but I thought I’d heard something about it ?

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 4:30pm

Don’t panic !

Seems to have been eradicated and it was acquired through drinking ditch water...... which I’m trying to quit anyway.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527511-600-parasite-lost-exterm...

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 4:34pm

Oops.....hookworms.

Uggghh.

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robbinewman commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 8:23am

Know where this is :)...have to head further south around the bend to score left handers

Lover of Life and the Universe

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Bnkref commented Tuesday, 7 May 2019 at 9:11pm

Mindblowing. Makes you feel damn good. Such an incredible clip.

Never realised how stylish he was. Up there with Steph.

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djizzah commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 6:27am

surfing the way it started out and should have remained but didnt, excellent interesting locale

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philosurphizing... commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 7:27am

That wave looks very Lemooreish.
Shouldn't take long for wave greed to poison it.

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goofyfoot commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 7:52am

Yeah, already seen the location named twice on other sites

Assuming it’s correct

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Ripradstan commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 9:46am

That's enough to make me hand in my notice, sell my life on Gumtree, pack a 1 board quiver and buy a one way ticket....

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regydogy commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 10:39am

nice , what a beautiful commity and place ,my the gods protect it from the white mans greed .

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waxyfeet commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 11:20am

gods don't exist, so I'm guessing they're fucked

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DBEARINDARE commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 8:34pm

Great tunes, awesome wave,big smiles on all of them. Digging life.

What a better way to fuck it all for them. By imposing our shit house virtues and dirty laundry and crowding the joint like we fat westerners are great at doing. EVERYWHERE!!

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niggly commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 9:16pm

good vid ‘ glad they made it
seems genuine

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Troyhd77 commented Wednesday, 8 May 2019 at 10:56pm

That's the shit dreams are made of... epic

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Stricko commented Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 11:32am

Bravo

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Oceanliving9356 commented Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 12:04pm

the new Larry Bertlemann

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Mcface commented Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 8:36pm

I don't want to watch any other surf videos after this, it's just that good.

I want the first tune on my Spotify for sure.

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tango commented Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 11:19pm

Not one aerial, no wiggling, no flapping. No aggro young bloke death metal. Bloody beautiful. He's light as a feather the way he springs back off the bottom.

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rogerdodger commented Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 11:28pm

That is surfing. So true memlasurf....such a nice change to see a clip of pure carve surfing again with no poo stance, pump, air and land. Seems "acrobatic 3D power surfing" has become a bit same same??

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Spuddups commented Friday, 10 May 2019 at 4:26am

Yeah, the poo stance is something I'm not really a fan of. They don't judge on style at WSL so unfortunately there's a lot of it about.

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ddrew commented Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 11:07am

2 chords
2 fins
Less is more.
Stunning !
makes every other surf vid look like tired cliche