Cape Town, South Africa
Sea, spray, dodging kitesurfers: it’s all part of a normal day for Russian windsurf champion Olya Raskina. After swapping her landlocked hometown of Moscow for a base in Dahab, Egypt, the 30-year-old spends five months of the year in SA. It’s where she can imagine her post-competition life. “There are lots of possibilities,” she says, “and one is opening a guest house in Cape Town.” Retirement is a way off, as Raskina is in the shape of her life. She only narrowly missed out on becoming the 2014 PWA Freestyle World Champion, but is happy, for now, with a career-best second place.
CJ Rench is most aptly named: a sculptor and designer who specializes in large-scale metalwork that can be seen all over America. His latest project is the Red Bull Skate Space in Seattle’s Jefferson Park. Top skater Torey Pudwill had significant input into the design; Rench and his team studied T-Puds as he skated on mock-ups and parts of the sculpture. “There’s a very artistic side to the skateboard scene,” says Rench, but this is “first and foremost a work of art, and then something skateboardable.” The skaters, including Tom Schaar, seen here, love it.
Most bands would say they occupy a unique place in music, but BadBadNotGood really are one-in-a-million: the only hip-hop jazz trio to have produced the Wu-Tang Clan, worked with Tyler The Creator and regularly have a man in a lion suit crowdsurf their live shows. At a recent Red Bull Sound Select Presents gig in their hometown, where they shared the bill with singer-songwritress Akua and producer-multi- instrumentalist River Tiber, Heavy the Lion was there to do his thing. He takes such pride in it.