Over the past few years, South African surfer Beyrick De Vries has been busy working on a video project with filmmaker Steven Michelsen. In between stops on the ‘QS, De Vries ventured around the wave-rich African coastline alongside fellow shredders Brendon Gibbens, Shane Sykes and Dale Staples, and gathered enough clips to create “Higher Light”– the banger of an edit featured below.
‘On a roll’ was how the commentators described Beyrick’s breakout performance at the 2016 Ballito Pro, when he went on to beat Jordy on the final day, place 5th in the event overall and win the Monster Energy Expression Session as well as the Monster Energy Wave Of The Week. This also resulted in him pocketing R30k and R20k respectively for the two awards. It was a glowing moment for the young Umhlanga surfer, and there were a lot of people who suddenly realized the inherent talent of the young natural footer.
Beyrick, however, was turning heads long before that seminal day. From his early days winning grom events, to charging massive New Pier and the big beachbreak barrels he loves. He is a powerful and polished surfer who lends himself to new school surfing, and his aerial strike rate is extremely high.
In 2013 while surfing at the Vans World Cup at Sunset Beach in Hawaii, Beyrick caught and rode a wave that 1977 world Champion Shaun Tomson called one of the best waves he had ever seen.
“No doubt in my mind the highlight of my career was that 10-point ride at Sunset,” recalls Beyrick. “It was a competitive highlight, but it was also just divine intervention. It was a free surf highlight, a contest highlight, an emotional highlight, and an all round highlight of my life. I still get people who I respect, who I don’t think even know my name, walk up to me and say that that was the best wave ever ridden at Sunset. It definitely made me a lot more amped to surf bigger waves. I’m almost looking for that sort of moment again, so hopefully it comes.”