The first episode of Sonic Souvenirs, a new series from Mikey February, Kai Neville and the crew at Vans, just dropped.
According to Mikey, the concept was born of the desire to capture the whole experience of going on a surf trip, with a focus on the local culture, the people, the landscape and as the title suggests, the sounds.
While plans had been to kick off the series in India and The Philippines, Covid scuppered all that, forcing Mikey on an adventure around his home nation instead. In the end, he says it worked out as a blessing in disguise, offering the perfect opportunity to get to know some of the contours and cultures of his native coastline he’d never had a chance to visit.
The local focus also enabled him to team up with Zulu musician Madala Kunene, who grew up busking on Durban’s beachfront using a homemade guitar fashioned from a cooking oil tin and fish gut strings and has since has gone on to become a legend of the South African music scene..
As ever, Mikey’s fluid power surfing on a variety of craft makes for captivating viewing, with the wide array of waves featured, from world-class J-Bay walls, fun three-foot beachies to wedging tubes on the Western Cape, allowing him to showcase the dizzying breadth of his ability.