Ok, so who has pissed off the wave gods? Cos it's been dead flat all week. And besides the south swell we had last weekend it was dead flat the week before that as well. Maybe a board sacrifice is needed to appease Neptune and let him spin some swell our way again?
You know it's flat when the Great Lakes have better surf than PE. Just saying....
So if you claimed the bay was as flat as a lake you'd actually be lying, cos the lake had bigger waves than we did!
If all else fails - just get some waves painted onto your new stick - then at least in theory there's always be swell. Awesome art by Steve Bibb on a Mikey Meyer sled.
Maybe it's all these new boards that are responsible for the no-wave-curse? Cos how often do you get a new stick and you're just frothing to ride it...and it's flat. How's this kiff carbon beauty from Deno. Just as well it didn't get stolen - like all his other stuff did this week.
First the skebanga's stole a whole stack of fins from the shop. Then they came back and stole some surfboards, and Deno's bike. Luckily Deno and Merv went into full on Rambo-mode (complete with paintball gun and axe...) and went missioning round the bushes in the area. After some detective work they managed to locate the missing boards. Fins and bike still awol. So keep an eye out of anyone offers you a good deal on Scarfini or Reef fins.
No surf, no problem. The hippo's up in Sodwana just happy to get wet regardless of the conditions.
The flat spell was perfect to inspire some creativitiy. With the guys participating in this years Jam Jar Rally coming up with some classic designs. It kicked off at Something Good on the beachfront on Friday morning, and then made it's way round the East Cape for the weekend livening up random lil towns n dorpies.
This poor lil guy was found on the beach on the wildside during a Sanccob beach clean this weekend. The Bayworld peeps came along to get him, so he'll be fixed up and then returned back to the sea once he's recovered.
If there's nothing in the surf to keep you entertained just look down at your feet - you'll be amazed how many interesting things you'll find along the beach if you just take the time to look.
No surf, no problem. Go surf shopping instead. Good discounts at Surf Centre on guys and girls clothing. Go grab whilst stocks last.
A late arrival from last weekends sessions from Rod Green snapped at Avo's. Good to see a few waves starting to happen again there.
Nothing much on the charts for the week ahead. So fill your tank and head west if you're wanting to get wet.
A quiet week that morphed into a frantic weekend - with lots of swell, but not that many spots holding it well. There was a purple-people-eater blob that was sitting just south of us spewing up short period southerly swell. Which meant lotsa lumps, weird angles (other than for those magical places), plenty of rip, and a bit more frustration than reward.Yip - there were nugs - you just had to work hard for 'em.
But weird n wonky is how we like our surf, a whole bunch more interesting than the could-I-rather-watch-paint-dry Surf Ranch event. Looks great fun to surf, but shew - to watch an event there? Hmm, pretty damn boring if you ask me.
Of course the not-so-secret-secret-spot was firing. Always cool when it's good enough to keep producing right through the high tide. The rock jump gave rise to plenty of off-the-wave entertainment, as it does when the lines just keep streaming in with no respite.
The wild side lived up to it's name, and it musta been not-so-fun to be out at sea in that lot.
Although earlier in the week the total lack of swell meant it was wild side hunting or your wettie stayed dry.
Sometimes there was even gold at the end of the rainbow.
You didn't even always have to go all the way round the corner to find something....
Let's be honest - all surfers love shots of themselves surfing. So here's your opportunity. Make a note in the diaries (and then pray for some co-operative PE weather). On the 4th Oct the members of the Photographic Society of South Africa will be at Pipe from about 16h00 onwards.
That means plenty of flipping good photags who will be aiming their lenses out to sea and snapping away. The surfers who feature in the 2 best shots of the sessions will win an enlargement of their photo. Plus of course a collection of the best shots from the day will be up in a ML photo gallery.
JBay local Dylan Lightfoot got a 3rd possie in the Anfaplace Pro in Morocco. He's now edged his way into the top 100 on the QS. Lekker!
After the decent swell on the weekend, things are looking very mediocre for the weekend. So a good time to catch up on all the stuff you don't get round to doing when the surf is cooking. Which means PE surfers must mostly always have their stuff done!
Still the beautiful late winter sunrises and sunsets persist (cos spring, despite being here in theory, hasn't quite yet manifested itself). So there's always something to be thankful for even if we don;t get waves!
A slow week in the bay as far as surf goes, but certainly not activity. The beachfront was abuzz with ironpeeps. All sorts of very fit looking ou's running and cycling around and the usual bits of traffic mayhem that accompany the event. Certainly worth it for the value it brings to the city though.
If you traveled a bit west you coulda scored some very decent sessions. Just a pity they didn't swing round Cape Recife and into the bay.
For what we lacked in swell we did at least still deliver sunrises and sunsets. And they really do just seem a whole bunch better when viewed over a watery horizon.
You could of course just drive round the corner instead of down the N2 and you might be just as well rewarded.
Plenty of dolphins about this week. As usual they are by far the best surfers in any line-up. And make duck diving look like a breeze. Maybe it should be called dolphin-diving instead?
The Ironman World Champs enjoyed some awesome weather for their last traning week and right up until the mens event on Sunday, when it decided to rain. It took a whole day of drizzle before it finally stepped up a gear and the heavens opened. First it looked like this...
But then that lil purple patch decided to get in on the action...
And the clouds started to build, until a torrential downpour, complete with thunder lightening and hail entertained (and drenched) everyone for about 10 minutes.
Unfortunately there wasn;t much swell on the weekend to take advantage of - given the road closures meant only the locals got to surf. It was teeny weeny scratchy longboard kinda stuff. But it's always those days that seem to be the most dangerous in terms of getting random injuries.
Low tide on small days at Millers has a few rather drainey section and Shane Pyke got munched by one. You know those waves where suddenly the bottom just falls out and you disappear below sea level. Poor Shane got slurped by one of those and ended up head butting the reef, and the reef won.
Luckily the Ironman medical tent was right at Millers, so a check up and some clean-up and all was fine, other than a nice hole in the head, a black eye and concussion!
Looks like some more heavy weather this week, with teh possibility of a cut off low developing. So batten down the hatches and get the gumboots out - hopefully some much needed rain. Might even be some swell too!
But until the storm clouds loom again, enjoy the good weather whilst it lasts!
There were some waves to be had during the week, enough to satisfy the salt water injection cravings of our addiction. Nothing flash, but sure beat being absolutely flat. Even though the swell didn't quite match what the forecasts had predicted.
Had some beaut days interspersed with some that are what gave PE her moniker of the Windy City. It absolutely pomped on Sunday. Pity - cos there was swell. But ask any local surfer and they'll tell you 8 outta 10 times we have good waves the wind is there to stuff it up. It is what it is. Which is why everyone goes bossies when we have the superlative combo of swell and no wind. Bit like a four leaf clover though.
Just in case you were wondering how windy it was on Sunday...
But there were still a few places to get outta the blast.
Everyone always gives the car guards a hard time cos they are generally fairly useless. But Rasta at Pipe gets a high five for hanging on to the wallet which some guy left on the roof of his car. He was waiting for him to come back to his car to give it to him. Hope he got a good tip for that!
Robbie Irlam snapped the local labs at Supers and coined it a "Lobby of Labs". Pretty neat. Not sure what (or if) there is an actual collective noun for them. Anyone know? Google wasn't very forthcoming. Although did discover a Grumble of Pugs...which is rather apt!
As usual we had our fare share of lekker sunrises and sunsets. Kudos to Chris Scott for braving the twilight hour out at Seals, not sure I'd be dangling my toes out there then.
There really isn't anything that's much better than sitting on the beach watching the sun drop down over the ocean on a lekker evening.
OK, maybe there is. Watching the sun going down over the ocean whilst you surf an awesome wave all to yourselves, with the yacht anchored a short paddle away. FOMO (Fear of missing out) was real this week!
Schoenies resident and photag extraordinaire Luc Hosten always goes for an amble along the beach shooting interesting things. Dig how these footprints almost look inverted due to the play of the light and shadows. Or maybe there are some ou's walking under the sand?
There's nothing better to walk on the beach with than these guys. Hands up who does or has owned a pair! They are legend. I don't think you can call yourself a real surfer unless you've had these on your feet at some stage. They're also epic to skid along pools with! Ask any kid who borrowed their dads pair and took a flying jump into the pool and skated across the surface thanks to these waterski's! Grab a pair at the Croc Shop in Walmer Park (just do not buy Crocs though, unless your name is Dave). Who needs fancy-ass Havaiana's when you can have #localislekker Faith!?
Pipe got a mention by the Zag these week. Which you know is always gonna be the rip-off not the write-up variety, given it is admittedly one of the arbest waves about. Some ou's got a bit defensive of their home break, which is good to see locals will go to bat for their homie even though it is well, not exactly a premier wave. PE surfing wouldn't be PE surfing without da Pipe.
Well done to the lighties who made the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf riders team (NMBS)* The kids will be taking part in the 2018 Sea Harvest SA Junior Championships at Lower Point, Jeffreys Bay from 3/10/2017 – 7/10/2017
*side note - it rolled off the tongue a helluva lot easier when it was just called EP!
We're lucky to have heaps of talented lighties in the East Cape, and JBay's Angelo Faulkner has made the SA team to go over to the World Champs in the US. The hiccup is the kids are responsible for covering their own costs - which is really $$$. So please dip into your pockets and donate a few bucks towards helping Angelo get there. Every little bit helps. Drop Etienne a msg for banks deets.
RIP Mike Hornsey (1/9/1943 - 22/8/2018). East London surfing legend and 2014 inductee to the Surfers' Circle Walk of Fame. Mike was one of the first SA surfers to travel specificallly to surf and lived in California / Hawaii from 1965 to the early '70's. The 1965 Eastern Province champ also reached the final of the SA Champs at J-Bay Point in 1969 on a trip home to renew his US visa.
Mike considered himself one of the luckiest surfers alive, hanging out with Phil Edwards, Dewey Weber and David Nuuhiwa as they pioneered unridden spots in Baja and Mainland Mexico and on the North Shore in the late 60's.
Retired to a house overlooking Bruce's Beauties in 1983 and rode it uncrowded and perfect. I was fortunate to share many surfs with Mike out at Huletts in St Francis. At the time I didn't even know he was such a legend surfer, I just thought he was a lekker guy. Wish I had known back then, as would have peppered him with questions about all his travels. Wishing him perfect peelers and glassy days up there.
(thanks to Surfers Circle Muizenberg for the info)
Some surfable swell about most of the week - just the winds that might screw-ball things. Here's to us finding the four leaf clover.
Lekker week of waves. Finally ran outta steam on Friday, but by then everyone had noodle-arms anyway. Nothing gang-buster, but just fun clean surf, and when you live in PE you grab that with both hands when it comes.
JBay had some nuggets. But as it is when there's a good swell running - for every good one you hook, you usually take one on the head just to keep the yin and yang of a surf session in balance. Some poor ou on his waveski had one of those "Ooh koek!" moments. When everyone else is laughing at your predicament - other than you!
It's whale time of year, and the big ocean mammals are starting to arrive on their annual migration. Dan Thornton was lucky enough to have one pop up next to him looking for a back scratch.
From big to small - anyone walking in over the reef after a surf has had the soles of their feet meet up with these lil critters. Barnacles, besides being tough as all *&^$, also have the unlikely honour of having the largest penis proportional to its body size in the animal kingdom. It can reach up to 8 times the length of the barnacles' body.
Cos barnacles affix themselves to a surface, their stationary life poses a problem when it comes to mating, especially since barnacles apparently have to fertilise each other internally. They do so with a huge penis, which blindly reaches across into neighbouring shells and deposits sperm inside. This giant organ can stretch up to eight times a barnacle’s own body length, making it proportionately the biggest penis in the animal world.
An unusual ship cruised past the bay on the weekend. A ship carrying a ship in fact. Not too sure what the ship it was transporting was all about - some thought it was a car ferry, others a cable laying ship. Could be interesting to see how it fares in huge seas washing across the deck!
Always cool when dad's get the chance to pay forward the stoke of surfing and pass it on to their lighties. Gregg Clarke got the chance to get his lil guy out for some "overhead" waves just before the end of the weekend.
At least there are benefits associated with the chilly conditions! The sunsets and sunrises continue to deliver. Some particularly good ones this past week.
Medina won the Tahiti Pro. Yawn. Not exactly maxing Chopes, rather like a random head high beachie. Always so disappointing when the world tour gets skunked for surf. Least with the inclusion of the Surf Ranch into the line-up they know they'll have guaranteed waves for that.
Not sure how the WSL is going in terms of viewership numbers, but I for one was a die-hard supporter never missing a comp - and I have hardly watched a heat this year. Combination of (mostly) lacklustre surf conditions, no Kelly, Jordy not really clicking, and the remainder of the line-up just not engaging me. Is it just me? Or has the world tour lost it's shine and appeal?
Every bay has a wild side, and both PE's and St Francis's were throwing out some frothy growlers this past week. Fair to say that in winter you can never say it's flat. You just need to head round the corner.
A little bit of swell hanging about for the week, so the opportunity to get wet exists. Best swell of the week is on Friday - pity the wind looks like it might not play ball.
Flipping fin-tastic. That's the only way to describe their foil tipped Q2's from Hanalei Fins. These awesome lil puppies dropped into my mailbox recently thanks to ex-PE boytjie Lancelot Pearson.
I've been a Hanalei fin addict ever since Lance gave me a set to try out about 4 years ago when he was visiting PE for a school reunion. I haven't ridden another fin since. And have slowly built up my collection so almost all my go-to boards have them.
The original Q2's are interesting looking fins, with a very vertical set-up and a concave foil on the inside - a sailing-inspired design brought over into fins by Hanalei creator (and also ex-Saffa) Robin Mair. They're crazy fast, and just perfect for the mini-simmons type boards I ride.
So enter the new flip tip Q2's. A small flip in the tip is set at a 16º angle (outboard) to the blade of the fin and have the effect of turning it into a mini-hydrofoil. These things FLY!
The tip allows the hollow foil on the inside of the fin to extend all the way to the tip. The foil works like a sail on a yacht - so just as wind presses directly into the sails to make them puff out, and that natural force propels the boat forward, so the "sail shape" of the fin captures the water and propels the board forward.
The foil also helps the fins to release better at the top of the turn - not release as in drift-out-slide-your-fins kinda thing, but just release to allow you to pivot better through the turn.
But not only are the flip-tips fast, they're grippy as hell too. One of the cool features of these tips is how they allow the board to transition through turns. If you visualize these fins in use you can see that as the board transitions more to the rail the tips of the engaged fins become more vertical in the water. Not only does this improve the feel of the fin, but it more importantly helps the board come around during the turn, as it provides some thing to pivot around. All of this is done without losing any speed!
I had the chance to try them out in some decent waves at Millers (super Sunday) and they were flat out amazing. I'm a kak surfer and can feel the difference these make to my ride, so just imagine what they'll do for your surfing if you're a half decent surfer!
Just like you wouldn't put wooden wheels on your car, don't put crap fins in your boards. You'll be amazed at the difference a decent pair of fins can make. And the Hanalei's crank it up another notch - turning your sled into a magic carpet ride.
What's even better is that they're made by Saffa's - ex-PE/Uitenhage locals at that. Designer Robin Mair used to shape surfboards in PE and JBay way back in the day (Mera Surat). He moved to Santa Cruz where he diverted into designing racing yachts for many years, and later moved to Hawaii where he got back into shaping boards. Frustrated with the existing fin systems at the time, he and a mate and then started ProBox Fin Systems. A while after, Hanalei Fins was born.
Robin believed that a surfboard couldn't be designed independently of the fins that would be used on the board. Consequently, he had always designed and made his own fins. So Hanalei Fins was a way to take his creations public.
Lance (ex-Uitenhage dweller & PE surfer) is the Aussie rep for the brand, and also does some insane custom art-work on the fins.
If you check out the Hanalei Fins website you'll see there are some pretty left-of-centre fin designs they produce - but every one is solidly grounded in marine design principles, not just a case of making crazy looking templates. They're crazy looking templates that work insane, and have plenty of hours of R&D behind them.
They're still a pretty underground name in the fin world, but there are a number of guys in Hawaii and Aus riding them, and the word is spreading. Cos seriously, once you ridden them you won't go back to a "conventional" fin.
They have a very strong following in the kneelo community. Which is already a mark of respect to them - cos remember - kneelo's can't pump their boards to gain speed as easily as surfers do - so they really rely a lot more on their equipment to do the job for them. And that means they need fast fins.
The good news is that they're finally available in South Africa. Mike de Heer of Dust Surf is bringing them into the country - so you can now order some online from him vs the schlep of having to ship in from overseas. Plus, if you mention to Mike you read about the fins on the ML blog he'll throw in a 10% discount as well.
Do yourself a favour and spoil yourself with a set. You will not be sorry!
Yeeeuw - finally winter woke up. About time. After nearly 3 weeks of pond-like conditions we had a coupla decent days of waves during the week. The highlight being a great swell on Sunday. Even Avo's had a few good rides.
Crowds were pretty thick thanks to the long weekend and kiff weather (an absolute absense of anything rideable for ages). Some ou's forgot their manners a bit. Don't be that ou - it's not cool. But if you checked out the southern or northern most corners of the bays beaches you could still get a few uncrowded one's.
Banks at Fence are pretty shot at the moment, but still some kegs for those who didn't mind the closeouts in between. Rincon also had a few for those prepared to walk up the beach - or risk their cabbie at the beacon parking.
Pipe had plenty of swell, with waves during the week as well as the Sunday Sessions. The rain squall mid-week saw a lekker rainbow cast it's colourful arc across the bay - and appropriately one end dived into the lineup - proving their is gold at the end of the rainbow. Liquid gold!
Of course if they bay was firing you can only imagine what JBay was doing. Cooooking! A 40 minute drive down the N2 saw you get waves almost every day last week.
Things were also cooking to the east - with the SA Champs going down at Nahoon. The guys had solid swell for the comp. Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS) got a 4th possie, with top individual performers being Michelle von Kempen getting 3rd in the Ladies, Warwick Heny 4thin the over 40's, and Andre Venter 4th in the over 55's. Full wrap and results and pics here:
We're lucky to live in a kiff lil town. She looks especially pretty from the air - and flying in over the beach when there's a west wind blowing always makes for a cool view.
Speaking of west winds - had a pomping one during the week thanks to a big-ass cold front, which thankfully brought some welcome rain. Luc braved the pre-frontal conditions at Sards to get a few shots in before the heavens opened.
It's always fun to surf in the rain - seeing as you're wet anyway! Everyone else is hunkering up inside trying to get warm - and you're doing your best to get wet.
Rain means rainbows. And there were plenty of those about.
There were of course the obligatory awesome winter sunsets - which are always that little bit more awesome if they happen to have a wave peeling off as they set.
So yah - if you didn't get wet this week you're entitled to go into sulk-mode. Although don't despair completely - looks like waves all week this week.
So that's the wrap - here's hoping this week delivers the goods.....
You can check out the surf shots from this past week in the Latest Shots
You'd be forgiven for thinking you'd entered a time machine and had been propelled forward into summer - cos flip, the surf sure thinks it's summer. Great weather, no waves. Nada. None. Scratchy stuff. Wildside only, but the bay was flat. Of course if you went west or east, then you got some.
If you went north you got even more. Indo still going off it's pip. The shot below was snapped last week at a spot that was the first wave I ever surfed in Indo - admittedly when I surfed it it was nowhere like this! Tucked into a deep bay in the Telo islands it just sucks in south swell and fires.
Not to be outdone the Pacific ocean is also dealing out some solid swells. Filipe Toldeo is getting in some practice at Chopes and got dragged across the reef for his troubles!
With all the beaut weather about the photags have been shooting sunsets instead of surfing. Altho Luc seems to by chance catch a shot of the only wave that broke in the bay last week!
Shot to the DA Ward 2 peeps, who organise a monthly beach clean at Kings Beach. This past weekend they collected 220kg's of rubbish - that's awesome going. Well done. Everyone can make a difference if they just pick a few things up each time you go to the beach. Not hard - and a small price to pay to enjoy our beautiful coastline.
Despite Neptune seeming to forget it's winter, the aloes still know it is, and are still bight blazing red. Always sad when they start to fade, as we know our chances of decent surf fades with them as summer approaches.
Even if there aren't waves, it's still worth the effort to make the beach mission and just go for a walk instead. We're super lucky to have the opportunity of such an easily accessible beachfront.
The dolphins always know where to find waves, and were getting a few out at Sards this past week. Always better to see 5 shadows in a wave instead of one....cos one might mean a less friendly fin. Whenever I see a fin pop up in the backline I always hope like hang I see another pop up soon after! Then at least you're almost assured they're friendly one's.
Some waves on the charts for this week (although wind looking a hack). So the guys will be scoring good surf for the SA Champs being held at Nahoon. Good luck to the Nelson Mandela Bay surfriders!
Beachwalks always give rise to something interesting to spot. Like trying to determine what weird creature left these tracks in the sand. Or maybe just an ou with a serious case of "time-to-cut-your-toenails"?
Sunrise and sunset continue to deliver - so those that make the wave check mission before or after work at least get some reward for their efforts!
Oops - I missed last weeks blog post. Sorry! But this is why. Kinda hard to drag a laptop out when there's waves and fish on offer. And by the sounds of it, not a helluva lot of wave action happening in the bay. Kinda like Neptune blew his guts out on the good stuff for the Corona Open, and then collapsed in a heap after that and just went to sleep!
Just cos it would suck to miss out on a weeks news, here's the shots from the week that didn't get the blog post. PE mighta been bleak surf-wise, but PA always has something to ride. Local grom Kye getting shacked.
For what there lacked in waves, well, the weather made up for it. Mid-winters summer meant beach days were still on the cards even if they didn't entail getting your board wet.
Someone who wished he had some of the Bay's good weather with him was Peter Coffey - who braved the chilly waters of Canada. Pretty sure it's the first time one of Deno's boards are that far north of the equator.
The bald-headed King hung about after the comp ended to make the most of what was left of the dying swell. Least you know if Kelly's barreling down at you at a million miles an hour he isn't gonna take your head off.
Indo went ballistic. Off-the-charts-swell-of-the-decade kinda ballistic. Other than some hairy boat wipeouts and plenty of reef drags and tatoo's everyone escaped unscathed.
You know when Twig pulls in that things are serious!
The make some kiff yachts in St Francis, and one of the new Nexus cats got to take a lil sea trial off Cape St Francis just to test her out. You know it's flat when there isn't even a beachie happening at Seals....
There were still a coupla beachies delivering the odd rideable wave in the nearby area though. One always looks for sketchy shadows on aerial images like these - like what's that down on the bottom right!?
Shadows which don't scare you are sand shadows - and no one better to capture them than Schoenies photag Luc Hosten.
The summer-like weather had the locals in a froth - with a few jumping for joy in the surf at Pipe. Definitely do better airs than we do!
And to round up the week I missed - just another lekker sunrise. Cos even if the swell is miff it's still worth being at the beach when the sun peaks up from behind the horizon.
Ok - so let's move on to last week's news. Cos even in the absense of surf there's always something going on at the beach! Like spotting a celebrity in the surf....
Anyone over 40 will recognise that guy straight away. 80's heart-throb Rob Lowe who starred in the hit movie St Elmo's fire was in JBay last week and got a surf lesson with Etienne. Rob is currently in SA filming a Netflix movie titled Christmas in the Wild, along with his son John and Sex and the City star, Kristin Davis.
With so many flat days, it gave water photag Marteen a chance to spend more time underwater. And he discovered some pretty cool spots along the Boneyards stretch. So know when you're busy getting dragged down the reef after a wipeout you know what it looks like under there!
So maybe not that many peeps got barreled last week - but turns out one lucky tennis ball did. Bat & ball can be quite an addictive game - so much so that you don't realise there's a decent lil runner peeling off right next to you!
Local legend Turtle Morris was celebrated by a comp held in his honour. The Turtle Morris Millers Invitational was held this past weekend, where the local surfing community and logging crew could pay their respects to one of PE's greatest surfers.
Indo continues to get pounded by awesome surf, and JBay local Dylan Lightfoot is there getting pitted off his pip!
To round up the week, here's a collection of pretty PE sunrises and sunsets. Hopefully this week brings better surf!
Winter can still pull 'em out the bag - and it did just that for the final day of the Women's Corona Open at JBay, with the ladies scoring cooooking surf. Steph took the win over Lakey, with the dolphins sneaking a 3rd spot.
If you didn't wanna watch the chick's final, you could of course have hooked some smokers at Point instead.
Still some legends hanging about as part of the pro-circus, and SA surfings elder statesman Shaun Tomson gave a chat to the locals. Such an interesting guy, with real insight into the world of pro surfing, having been there, done that, and got the Tshirt.
He also took time out to visit the penguins at Cape Recife!
Heading further around the wild side, some consternation about the sand mining at Schoenies being given the go-ahead. Local company Glendore Sand will be permitted to mine a sand-dune just off the back of Schoenies, which obviously the locals, and most other peeps, think is a kak idea.
IN between everyone getting barreled in the surf, the gulls decided to get in on the action as well. Random seagull fact: Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.
The Minhetti hotel just past Schoenies finally bit the dust after lying vacant for many years. Always sad to see a landmark go. This well-known hotel has operated under numerous names over its life. Amongst its guises was a naval training base during WW2. For some unknown reason, the hotel never attracted sufficient clientele to be able to be financially viable. Nevertheless, it is an icon for many of the older generation who would attend functions there
With all the action in the water with the pro surfers in town, there were those who were determined to get the shot. Some more so than others....
What's a week without the beautiful African sunrises and sunsets...
It's usually the waves to the west that get the glory, but don;t forget if you drive east you'll find some nuggets as well. This shot is not where you think either. A town more renowned for New Years than waves...