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Pierre de Villiers – “Unoccupied Niches”

June 18, 2018 IN Satori

Director Rick Wall’s Satori is a surf film that focuses on the connection local big wave surfers have to the ocean. At the very height of this connection is what the title of the film suggests, the moment of Satori: “A sudden moment of awakening”.

The clip below is indicative of how Rick peels back the layers of the story, illustrating each character’s pursuit of their own Satori moment. Here we meet one of the film’s colourful characters, true waterman Pierre de Villiers, as he talks about how his continuous quest for his ‘Satori moment’ has led him to what he so perfectly calls ‘Unoccupied Niches’.


“Dungeons was a great time, but it was just a chapter. People always want to know about Dungeons, but actually it was just a step along the way for me. I’m still having those same experiences, but just in different ways out here”.


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Read more about our partnership with Satori Film.



We’re Hiring!

June 11, 2018 IN Careers

Job Title: Taproom Lieutenant General  (Assistant Manager)

Each week we welcome hundreds of guests to our bustling Taproom where we host numerous events including Food Truck Fridays, craft beer festivals, live music evenings, quiz nights, birthdays, weddings and more. We’re looking for a hardworking, beer loving, bar enthusiast to take up the role of Lieutenant General at our brewery’s Taproom in Diep River, Cape Town, and support our Taproom manager with planning and general restaurant management.


Some of the expected duties and responsibilities:

  • Opening and closing of the Taproom
  • Stock management
  • Staff management
  • Cash ups
  • Liaising with beverage suppliers
  • Ordering of stock on a weekly and monthly basis
  • General cleanliness and up-keep of the bar and the Taproom beer taps
  • Booking of all brewery tours and execution thereof
  • Upkeep of the beverage fridges and equipment
  • Assisting Taproom Manager with staff training
  • General set up and break down of functions


Experience required:

  • Basic computer skills – Outlook, Excel and word
  • Staff management experience
  • Bar management experience is a must
  • Cash up


Extra points will be given for the following:

  • Own transport
  • Beer knowledge
  • Restaurant management experience

If you think you’re the perfect fit, please send your CV to

Only successful applicants will be contacted.


An Interview With Filmmaker Richard Wall

June 7, 2018 IN Interviews, Satori

We’ve joined Roddy Torr of Kommetjie Surf Shop in partnering with filmmaker Richard Wall, who’s telling a unique story aptly titled Satori.

Satori is a film that follows the lives of a group of big wave surfers in Cape Town, South Africa. Their passion is riding the huge waves of the South Peninsula at two surf breaks – the infamous Dungeons (below the sentinel mountain in Hout Bay) and Sunset Reef (1km out to sea off the small seaside village of Kommetjie).

We caught up with Richard (Rick, to some) and asked a few questions about the film, its name and the process.

_DSC7130Filmmaker Rick Wall.  Image – James Puttick

Why is the film called Satori?

I’ve been working on the idea for this film for a couple of years now. I haven’t been able to find a name that felt right as this isn’t a quintessential ‘big wave surf’ film. There are so many other underlying characteristics to this film, that to label it a ‘big wave surfing film’ would make it very one dimensional. So I wanted a name that was a bit obscure and would make people who were interested in the subject matter look at it a little deeper, and start to unpack what the name means and how it associates with the characters of the film and their own lives.

I think if you want to achieve something you need to be completely present in that moment. Big wave surfing and the way the characters live their lives out in the ocean and on land is a pure form of this – constantly striving for that moment of harmony, quietness and a thin place in a moment of Satori.

Water_housing_3rd_June.02_09_54_09.Still006Image – Rick Wall

How did the idea for the film come about?

I’m a big wave surfer myself and grew up in Kommetjie. We moved here when I was 10 years old. The ocean and surfing has been my life. I’ve been around these characters for the better part of my life and know them well. Being a filmmaker, you’re always looking for interesting and captivating stories to tell and this story’s been developing in my head for years. The notion and stigmas people have with the ocean and big waves is often one of fear, death and chaos. Yes, it can be this…but if you’re completely present out there, and in harmony with what you are doing, you can find a stillness and beauty that’s something that will stay with you for life – ultimately enriching your thoughts and helping you overcome obstacles or challenges you might endure. This to me is the essence of the film.

_DSC7148Swell spotting from Rick’s deck in Kommetjie.  Image – James Puttick

Where does this story find you in your career?

Last year I completed my short film called The Tour of Ara.  It was a beautiful experience and so far it’s been selected for 8 short film festivals around the world. I think Tour of Ara gave me the confidence to dive straight in to this project and green light the production. This project has already been a very different experience though. The Tour of Ara (which is a cycling experience in the Karoo) spans over 7 days, with a finite start and end date, while Satori will be developed across the big wave season which essentially runs from April to October.

I’m grateful that I’ve partnered with two brands that believe completely in the project and its ideals. As a director you usually have a client and a script, with very clear expectations, but this is different. It’s so refreshing because the only ‘brief’ I have is to stay true to the story and show the characters as they are. These are essentially everyday people who have moulded their lives around surfing waves of consequence. They’re not surfing professionals – they have jobs, wives and kids, and have to wake up in the mornings and go to work like the rest of us! If I don’t show these characters for who they are, and try to put a commercial spin on the narrative, then the film will mean nothing.

Water_housing_3rd_June.02_24_26_03.Still003Image – Richard Wall

Why are the characters so important to the film?

The characters in a story like this are the essence of the film – this is where I build the narrative. People relate to people, not images of huge waves and raw ocean. Yes the huge waves and raw ocean are an integral part of the film, but if I want the viewer to really connect I need to focus on the characters, because they’re what binds the whole story together.

_DSF8188Roddy and Rick.  Image – James Puttick

How do you keep it real?

I believe that my strength lies in the authenticity of the images I capture. If something is captured and told with a sense of credibility, I’m drawn to it. I’ve taken the understanding that if I’m creating something and it’s completely natural and authentic to the situation, and I can combine that with strong imagery, then I can really move people. Being completely present in the moment and then conveying that to an audience on screen is very important to me.

_DSC7108Image: James Puttick

We’re so looking forward to being a part of this story, and watching it unroll and evolve. We’ll be releasing snippets as the surf season progresses, and sharing more on the film premiere. Watch this space!

If you’re interested, check out our blog post for more on Satori.

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Robbie Rorich

June 5, 2018 IN Ambassadors

When we first met Robbie he was sitting on the grass quaffing cold beers after conquering the 35km leg of the 2017 Ultra Trail Cape Town. He was virtually glowing despite having run across a notoriously rough mountain range in what looked like flip flops – at mindblowing speed!

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Running in a tie-dye t-shirt and sandals we could’t help but wonder – who is this guy?! But as we got to know him, we understood his approach to the trails was completely connected to his inescapable fascination with ‘movement in nature’.

This connection brings him out to the mountain regularly, sometimes alone, often with a team from Run 2 Lead. At its simplest level, Run 2 Lead is a running club giving under-privileged athletes access to events and gear without which their progress in the sport would be hindered. But this is a club where running isn’t just about winning – it’s about living a better life.

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“When I’m outside I feel my soul is at home. I’m completely relaxed and know that I’m where I’m meant to be”.

Off the mountain, Robbie furthers this connection through his art. His sculptures and artworks are on display in private collections across the country, for which the sales have raised enough money to buy textbooks and calculators for a second of his outreach initiatives. Under an independent branch of Tutors4Tomorrow, Robbie voluntarily tutors Grade 10 maths to 40 pupils, along with his group of friends from UCT – where, just by the way, he’s finishing off his Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering Degree.

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Robbie is smart, fast and reminds us that bringing things back to basics is often what makes us feel most connected.

Welcome to the team Mr. Rorich! We’re so excited to be part of your story.

To read more on our ambassadors, check out this blog post.


Image: James Puttick


We’re Hiring!

April 30, 2018 IN Brewery, Careers

Job Title: Office Controller

At Jack Black Brewing Co. we believe in a great work-life balance. Catch us surfing when the swell is good, or enjoying sunset hikes on Table Mountain with mates (followed by a Cape Pale Ale!) after a productive work day at the brewery.

As we grow, our team grows, so we’re always looking for outgoing, super organised, happy folks to join us and add to our great team environment.

We now have an opening for an “Official Office Controlling Agent”, a dynamic role where you will be required to dodge bullets and defuse bombs. This role is super important and is key to the successful functioning of our office and systems. As our OOC, you will have your finger on the pulse of our fast moving environment. You will be a natural team achiever, someone who gets stuck in and assists wherever possible, with a “can do” attitude and an attention to detail that is second to none!

Some of the cool stuff you will be responsible for:

  • Pastel Wiz – need to know the ins and outs.
  • Processing invoices and orders.
  • Loading bank payments.
  • Performing reconciliations for VAT, petty cash, bank, supplier and debtor accounts.
  • Maintenance of the fixed asset register.
  • Booking of flights/accommodation.
  • Inspect reimbursement claims.
  • Status reporting to management team.

Other skills and experience helpful to this role:

  • Absolute attention to detail and accuracy of all work.
  • People management skills.
  • Assisting the Human Resource Function.
  • Overtime recording.
  • Leave schedule management.
  • Maintenance of employee contracts.
  • Disciplinary procedures.
  • Record keeping of deductions.
  • Maintenance of the group risk schedule.


If you know you are the best person for this dynamic dynamo position – don’t hesitate to send your details and CV to Please remember to indicate salary expectation.

We look forward to meeting you!

*Please note that due to the popularity of this role we will only be able to reply to successful applicants. Thanks!