A week that was neither here nor there. A few lil waves about, nothing flash. But at least enough for your weekly salt water dose. Still waiting for the February that should be delivering glassy conditions and fun peelers. Someone tell the weatherman please.
One thing the weatherman delivered on was some pretty impressive cloud formations and spectacular sunset to mark Valentines Day. The weird cotton-ball looking clouds are called Mammatus clouds. They are formed by cold air sinking down to form the pockets contrary to the puffs of clouds rising through the convection of warm air.
So yah, maybe no waves to write home about, but we did get to tick the "sunset" box.
Remember the fuss about Fu wax on the WCT a coupla years back? Throw back to the 2011 Quicksilver Pro New York, Kelly Slater launched a frontside full-rotation slob grab for a perfect 10 to defeat Taj in the waning seconds of the Quik Pro semifinal. He did it on a board without a traction pad, which Fu Wax said was covered with their secret recipe.
Martin Potter said it was cheating, like surfing with foot straps. No more groomed bumps, just a sticky spread of hyper-tack wax, which sticks to the bottom of your feet like glue. So if you keen to start blasting some airs and wanna stay attached to your board - this is the wax to try.
Now finally available in South Africa. Grab some down at the Boardroom.
Moan as we may about crowds, we have nothing compared to Aus. Would you even try paddle out and get a wave in that mayhem? I counted 130 surfers out at Noosa. And who knows how many more sitting off the the left out of view of the surf cam.
Despite the iffy weather on Saturday there was still a good turn-out for the 2nd Salty Hour. Salty Hour is a an hour of free surf lessons hosted every Saturday by Dennis Ellis, Mervyn Goddard & Alan Buchanan. Everyone is welcome, boards are provided as well as some wetsuits. It is held every Saturday at Kings Beach (meet on the beach next to McArthur Baths) 3-4pm.
Lekker Sunday sunrise captured by Colin MacKenzie. Betcha don't know the story behind the tin hat? There's an excellent book called "Port Elizabeth - a social chronicle to the end of 1945" by Margaret Harradine which is a mine of information and images of old PE. This is what it has to say on the Tin Hat: "The Governor General of the Cape (Prince Arthur of Connaught as well as Princess Arthur) paid a short farewell visit to Port Elizabeth in 1923. On this occasion Prince Arthur opened the Campanile and laid the foundation stone of the First Scouts Hall in North End. Princess Arthur opened the "Princess Promenade" in Humewood which was built in sections over several years. The official opening took place under the Promenade Dome, designed by the Assistant City Engineer JJ Burt, on 6 November 1923. "
The Promenade Dome is commonly known as "The Tin Hat" from its resemblance to a First Word War helmet, but couldn't have had any connection to the Moth order as it was only founded in 1927.
Black wetsuits although functional, can be pretty boring. Enter Janga, an independent Portuguese wettie brand that only does brightly coloured wetties. Been wanting to get my hands on some for ages but bit of a hack to take a chance on wettie sizes when ordering from overseas. Local Cape Town surf-girl Simonne Robb has a few of the Janga suits - and decided to give her latest white one a bit of Posca love - pretty cool suit don't you think!?
Environmentally-minded local Andrew Stewart is looking for Volunteers to join the WILD SIDE beach clean up this Saturday.
WHEN: 08:30 on Saturday 24th Feb
WHERE: Bushy Park Farm entrance (close to T junction of Old & New Seaview rds.
HOW: Refuse bags will be supplied and full bags will be placed on a trailer close to beach.
All welcome - The more the merrier!
WHY: The group walked this area a few weeks ago and were blown away by the amount of litter. They helped two little Terrapins clean the plastic from their pond!
The weekend saw a few waves pop up, with some fun easterly bowls to be had. Hope everyone got a few cos not much on the charts for this week.
Everyone should have a smile on their dial cos at least there were a few funs lil waves whipped up by the wind. Nothing flash but certainly enough to get your salt water injection for the week. Coupla barrels if you went looking.
Some photags shooting Hummies - you can check out Johann's shots from Friday here, and Vaughan's shots here.
The big news of the week was the line fishing boat which got washed onto the rocks in front of Barneys on Sunday morning. Thankfully the crew were all safe, and Xtreme Projects were quickly on the scene to remove all the fuel so that there would be no environmental issues.
After a number of attempts the vessel was finally successfully towed off the rocks and back to the harbour - with much cheering from the large crowd which had gathered to watch.
Bad week for boats. These poor guys washed up onto the rocks at Coffee Bay. Apparently their engine packed up and they where taking in water. They tried heading in at the beach but current pushed them onto the rocks.
The first ever Salty Hour was held at Pipe on Saturday arvo. Really great turnout for the free surf lessons on offer. The Salty Hour initiative was started in East London by Jono Burton and Mervyn Goddard and Dennis Ellis are running the Port Elizabeth one. Together with surf coach Alan Buchanan they got over 30 peeps out into the water and catching their first waves. From lil tykes to older folk, everyone was stoked, and there were smiles all round.
Salty Hour will be held every Saturday afternoon 3-4pm, and it's free and open to everyone. So pull in for some fun. Currently the venue is Pipe, but this might change in future.
Skelm alert for the Fence. James Flood came back to find the ou's had tried to jimmy his surf lock and get at his car keys - but thankfully some locals saw what had been going down and chased off the rubbish.
Just be aware that you should check with your insurance if you are covered for theft or loss of your vehicle if you use a surf lock, as previously guys have reported issues cos the insurance just goes "no sign of forced entry into the vehicle" if the dude has used your keys to get in (this is of course forgetting the fact that your surf lock has been forcibly broken - but insurance ou's are also skelms!)
The DEA announced last week it has given approval for land based aquaculture development at Coega. Despite not being related to the offshore aquaculture development that was proposed for the bay, hopefully one aquaculture project for the town is enough and the planned bay development will stay off the table.
Not so good news is they've started with those seismic surveys along our coast. Despite the dudes doing the surveys being of the opinion they don't do any harm to marine life, there does seem plenty evidence to the contrary. Even more so - when will peeps realise that fossil fuels aren't the future. The seismic survey program covers a large area of the South and East Coasts, extending roughly between Mossel Bay and Port Edward, although don;t expect to see them from your window cos they can't come within 15k's of shore.
The skies clouded over plenty of times last week but nothing much fell from the unfortunately. Things remain dry as a bone. Here's hoping the clouds finally decide to let loose soon.
What would a week in PE be without a lovely sunrise and sunset - and as always Schoenies photag Luc Hosten and JBay local Robbie Irlam oblige with a lekker shots. Looks like it was gonna be a green flash. Anyone actually seen one of those?
Has anyone informed the weather that it's February? And it's meant to be lekker. Not lekker windy! The week started out with the ou's arriving on the Queen Mary 2 agreeing with their guide books that they were visiting the Windy City.
Surf checks meant getting sand-blasted whilst you stood on the boardwalk. I reckon the ou's that design glues should learn a bit from sand - cos that stuff can stick to you like nothing else. There was the odd small wave about, but nothing to write home about until the weekend.
Swell picked up a bit Saturday and Sunday, so you could at least rinse the sand off you that had been stuck there since the beginning of the week.
Still lotsa bait fish about which means the food chain is active close to shore. We generally aren't part of it, but sometimes being in the wrong place at the wrong time means we inadvertently enter is. So keep your toes up and your eyes peeled.
Also a bunch of seaweed hanging about. Always entertaining trying to surf through big clumps of it as it all catches round your leash and acts like a handbrake. It also gets stuck in your hair. No hair? No problem.
For all those who are struggling in the summer mush - remember foam is your friend. Head down to your local shaper to grab a fleshy stick. Unlike CPJ who has decided that a 5ft3, 17 inch flip chip is all that you need.
The very first Salty Hour is taking place in Port Elizabeth this Saturday!!! Never surfed before but want to try? Pull in to Pipe this Saturday 3-4pm. Surfboards will be provided so you just need to pitch up. All ages welcome and totally FREE.
Thanks to Mervyn Goddard and Dennis Ellis for starting up the PE branch of this awesome home grown surf community project initiated by EL's Jono Bruton. Ou's from the Oos Kaap rock. More deets here
Summer days are all about wildside missions - cos at least there is always something surfable round the corner. Pity waves aren't like shadows - where if you just change your perspective they can become pretty big.
Suffering from the summer doldrums is easily solved by some skateboard glide. We're blessed with a really cool boardwalk that is perfect for some sliding. Even the ou's out in Seals get up to bit of asphalt surfing.
Surfers love surf mags. Sometimes surfers love em so much they hang on to them. For a long, long time! Greg Heasley found this hanging around his dad's office. Barry has a bit of surfing gold - the very first issue of Zigzag - from way back in 1976. Princely sum of 50c. To put it into perspective it cost about five bucks to fill your car and a loaf of bread was 10c.
Big-ass full moon last week. So if any of your mates were acting a lil crazier than normal remember where the word lunatic comes from. Wednesday saw a rare lunar occasion - a full moon, a total lunar eclipse (not visible from South Africa unfortunately), a blue moon and a super-moon all at the same time! We got the big tides, but unfortunately the big swell forgot to arrive. Pity.
PE missed the moon event cos it was too cloudy in most places, but not to worry - we never miss the sun. And Schoenies does sunsets proper.
Nothing flash on the swell forecast for this week. But enough to keep everyone sane at least!
Waves. Glorious waves. Ok, so it wasn't perfect, but the fact that there were 4 days of kiff waves in the middle of January is good enough for most folks. Fence was pretty gangbuster - rumour is that Greg Heasley got spat out with a foam ball on one particularly good barrel. Pity the skelms took advantage of the crowds and broke into a coupla cars parked on the grass there.
Humewood had some smokers, provided you could find the gems in among the closeouts. Banks a bit screwy still. Pier even dished up a few wobbly one's. Millers had a small finned fellow visit the line-up, probably cos of the surfeit of bait fish about.
As usual, if you put petrol in the tank and drove west things got even more interesting. Quite a few PE ou's made the trek and were rewarded.
Wasn't only the surfers jumping for joy about the waves. The locals got in on the action as well, spotted at the Seals beachie. Just goes to show the joy or riding waves isn't limited to humans.
Some lekker weather days during the week - meant peeps got a chance to get down to the beach to catch some rays. Unfortunately there was a muppet lurking around at Pipe that decided to get his hand cranking in response to all the bikini's about. Thanks to local surfer Wayne Barnes for seeing what was happening and chasing the guy off the beach.
The good weather saw the yachts and Hobie's out and about. Always cool to see some boating activity in our bay.
Gotto say PE peeps get things done. Rocks n kak on the beach at Pipe? No problem, Mervyn Goddard made a plan. Donovan Fick arranged for a skip from Skipgo Port Elizabeth, and Christo Opperman from Sasol Summerstrand provided some staff on Saturday morning to help with the clean-up. A whole pile of junk was removed from the beach - thanks to all.
There are also multiple smaller bins placed on the beach, so grab a few rocks and gooi them in there as you walk past. Remember, moaning gets bogger-all achieved, but actually doing something does.
© Mervyn Goddard
SANCCOB did their monthly beachwalk in the Cape Recife over the weekend. Sad to see they found 14 dead Cape gannets and 6 African penguins along an approximately 5 kilometre stretch of coastline. Hopefully the deaths are linked to some storm or bad weather event., and not as a consequence of something else more sinister. Keep an eye on the SAMREC website for notice of future walks.
There were some stunning sunsets as usual during the week. Didn't get round to capturing one, but Robbie out in JBay got a great sunrise shot.
Change of scenery for CarPark John. You can now find him working at the Boardroom on Saturday mornings - so pop in and say howzit and grab yourself some gear, or a new board. Or try your hand at a bit of table tennis - CPJ is a dark horse in this regard.
Size can be deceiving on TV - like when you watch rugby and the ou's don't look that big - and then you see all 7ft 150kgs of them in real life. Same applies to surfing - who woulda known Adriano de Souza was such a midget til you see him next to local surfer Carl Barnard (OK, so Carl isn't exactly mini-me, but yrrr, Adriano sure is small!)
Speaking of watching surfing online - looks like Facebook has signed up exclusive rights for WSL event streaming this year. So seems like you'll only be able to watch the surfing live if you on FB. Be interesting to see how that all pans out.
Join SANNCOB for the Blue Moon Walk on Wednesday evening:
"The term once in a Blue Moon means that something is very rare, please join us for a walk on Wednesday 31 January to watch the blue full moon rise and the sun set! There will be a short welcome talk at 18h15 and the walk will start at 18h30. The cost is R50 for adults and R30 for pensioners and children. Bring a torch in case a cloud blocks the moonlight! We walk from SANCCOB to the Cape Recife Lighthouse and the distance for the round trip is about 4 kilometers. The beach is mainly sandy with a few rocks. Food and snacks will be available. Bring a bag and you can help clean up the beach."
As good as last week was for surf, looks like this week will be the yin and the yang. Time to get some work done, the lawn mowed and those school projects finished....
Nothing particularly interesting as far as surf went during the week. But the wind didn't disappoint. The weekend was a tad "breezy" with Sunday delivering 45 knots with gusts of up to 80 knots. And meant anyone living along the beachfront couldn't see a thing out their windows!
The sea was a churned up white frothy mess thanks to the howling onshore. Unfortunately the beach was also a mess. The brief dump of rain we had was enough to flush all of Summerstrands rubbish down the stormwater drains and onto the beach, and it was horrendous.
Kudos to all those that made the effort to pick up some of the trash. Big shaka to Justin Devos who after his surf at Millers used his wetsuit bucket to go collect 3 buckets fulls of rubbish. Nice one!
Plenty of fast food outlet packaging in among that - wish the franchises would consider using biodegradable packaging instead of that polystyrene kak. Some good news at least is that 3 restaurants along the PE beachfront have decided to stop using plastic straws. Props to the Ocean Baskets at Brookes Hill & Summerstrand and the Algoa Bay Yacht Club who will be implementing biodegradable straws.
Really was a week full of weather extremes. Hot as hades as well, which meant the obligatory morning fog episode. Turned the beachfront "pier-less" for a while.
But PE will never disappoint in the sunrise/sunset department, and as usual threw out a few good one's just to remind us why we love living in Africa.
The marine life in the bay didn't seem at all perturbed by the wonky weather and was out in full force. Heather Nel and her son Matthew were out with Raggy Charters and captured some spectacular shots.
Africa isn't restricted to the obvious marine wildlife - sometimes you can get something rather unique - like this hippo surfing the waves in Gabon. Reckon you wouldn't argue with him about dropping in!
Whilst there wasn't much wave-wise this week, Seals local Grant Beck was locking into some kegs in Nicaragua - his new "office". Ironically it's a right when Nica is known for it's lefts.
Clever work by the St Francis surf factory for recycling it's left over resin into coasters. So if you'd like a coupla funky resting possies for your beer, pop past and buy a few from them.
Speaking of recycling - how about Kelly Slaters new deck grip - no more petroleum based rubber, instead the world's first traction pad from algae foam. Made from the lil phytoplankton critters who give rise to the red tides.
The iconic Apple Express is back in action again, so grab your tickets for the next trip, over the weekend of 27th - 28th January 2018 and 3rd - 4th February 2018. Safe and Secure Bookings online NOW OPEN at www.appleexpresstrain.co.za
Props to JBay local Matt McGillivray who claimed his maiden QS victory in Israel in some decent surf. You wouldn't imagine a country in the Med would get surf, but it does - and sizeable stuff too. Matt won the SEAT Pro Netanya presented by Reef.
Might be a bit of east swell around this week - just gotto catch it in the gaps between the east winds!
Holidays are drawing to a close and the frenetic festive season is winding down. Line-ups are returning back to their locals, you can now find a spot on the beach for your towel (although still don't leave it unattended as apparently it can grow legs and walk off). Coupla waves, bit of wind, bit of sun, bit of everything.
If you ever gave any PE peep a word association game and went "Port Elizabeth" they would no doubt say "wind". Despite often mucking up the surf it can do some cool things - like this rad lil sand sculpture.
And sand we have aplenty - anyone flying outta PE will have seen the massive dune fields at Sundays River. Officially known as the Alexandria Coastal Dune field it is the largest and least degraded coastal dune field in the southern hemisphere.
The dune field has a surface area of about 15 800ha, stretching over 80km in length, with a width of up to 5km in places. The dune system is extremely dynamic with sand being continually blown in, building up and traversing inland. Some 375 000 cubic tons of sand is deposited into the dune fields each year.
Another possie with plenty of sand is Cape Recife. Lekker place for a walk when the wind's not blowing, and turns into a gritty, stingy, sand-in-your-eye's affair if the breeze comes up. Local photags always hook some kiff shots there. This week was no different.
Not just sand at Cape Recife, now and again the penguins escape from Samrec. Well, not escape - more like released after their stay at the penguin hotel. A few boxes full of the dudes made a run for it this weekend.
The Coastal Water Rescue team got some training in at the pier this weekend. They are a crew of volunteers who are on hand to assist the local municipal lifeguards with any emergencies. We're lucky to have a double whammy of water watchers in town.
Speaking of lifeguards - check out this classic vintage shot posted by George Davey of his pop, also George Davey, who was employed as a professional lifesaver by the PE municipality at Humewood beach in 1938. With the job came a free house in Forest Hill - perks were good back in the day!
The carpark can be a dangerous place. Sometimes the ou's break into your cabbie, or steal it all together. Or else you could fall prey to the topless chiroprator. Jakes not sure what he's signed up for...
The first grom trial of 2018 kicked off in great conditions at Kitchen Windows. Plenty frothing lil peeps enjoying the conditions and making their bid for team honours.
Maitlands may be the end of the road, but there's always something on the go out there - generally always a wave as it's the wave magnet of PE for sure, but sometimes some classic characters as well. This dude has some seri-ass dreads. Pretty much almost to the floor. Respect!
The Beck bro's have done a location swap - with Brad and Hannah going from Mex over to Sumba, and Grant going from Sumba to Nicaragua. Doesn't look like either of them are complaining! Life of a luxury surf guide can be pretty schweet for these Seals locals.
Super stoked to have got to try out an electric skateboard for the first time. Had a coupla days layover in Singapore and hooked up with the guys from Arc Boards EV . They make one of the world's lightest electric skateboard and damn, that thing was a blast. At only 4kg's it's perfect to cruise around town and then still be able to carry about in the shops or wherever you going.
Their bigger board is a carbon fibre beauty, and only weighs in at about 5kgs, so also super lightweight. Go check em out if you're in the market for a board, cos their prices are really competitive (Singapore dollar is 10:1) and the boards are well made with great specs.
That's it for the week - good luck to all those heading back to school and varsity and work and whatever this week. Luckily the surf gods do have a sense of humour and aren't throwing out any cooking surf to make you stress about missing out.
The first week of 2018 delivered a bit of everything. Some waves, some kick-ass weather, perfect summer combo right there.
Some of the waves were perfect mini-me shrinky-dink sized, whilst others were actual human-sized. Obviously the further west you west the better it got, right until the end of the road.
Sometimes surfing on the second most southerly tip of Africa does have it's challenges. Like being pretty close to the food chain.
Mid you, the prospect of meeting unfriendly fins doesn;t seem to deter the Cape Town ou's from getting a wave. Check out what Muizenburg looked like this week. Just you and 300 of your closest mates trying to grab a wave.
Conversely I was getting waves like this with just 2 to 3 of us in the water most of the time. Gotto love offseason in Indo. As usual we didn;t get too may shots of the cooking days cos too busy surfing. No-one wanted to waste time clicking the shutter button.
Of course there were still plenty of barrels on the wild side of PE. Provided you were teeny.
The other thing that's got teeny is the spit of sand between the beach and the canals in St Francis bay. A gig swell and spring tides could result in the sand dune being breached.
Luckily Cape St Francis doesn't seem to be suffering from the same beach erosion issues, and still has a lekker long beach to go and wander along.
Talking of sand - Sardinia bay has loads of it! You notice just how much when you have to slog back up the dues to get back to your car!
Summer is all about days on the beach - and there have been some beaut days in the bay to do just that.
All sorts of stuff washes up on the beach with the tide, including this motley collection of Slummies and PE ou's looking for a wave at the Point. On the far left is KO (otherwise known as Kevin Olsen) who is a Saffa shaper living in France. If ever you go to Hossegor (France's equivalent to JBay) look Kevin up as he has a rad lil villa near the beach that he rents out.
Summer surf is mostly about surviving on small knee high peelers, and the perfect summer sled is a mini-mal. If you in the market for a new stick you'll be glad to hear that Santa Claus is till in town. You can get a kiff Hurricane 7ft2 mini-mal for only R3500 from the Boardroom. Hurry cos only 3 left in stock!
Always cool to see the bay from high in the sky. Dean Cothill decided to hang ten over the pier. Glad to see I'm not the only one allergic to white socks.
Summer means lekker sunsets, and there has been no shortage of those.
Cool sunsets aren;t limited to the bay only, the wildside gets em too. Sometimes even with a cruise ship throw in.
Another year of waves, wind, flat spells, solid surf, kiff sunrises and sunsets, and all sorts of stuff in between. Here's a look at the year gone by.
There were waves....
and even bigger ones out west....
Sometimes so big they went left instead of right....
There were waves at the end of the road...
Ad there there was the ever present wind. Cos what would PE be without wind?
A few weird things came past the bay....
Ad the usual things swam in it.
There were beach days...
And things on the beach....
Then there were things walking around the things on the beach...
New waves were discovered...
And good old faithfuls still remained
We have pipes....
Plenty of good days to take a walk on the boardwalk...
Or on the wild side
Even our rocks got romantic this year.
It was a year of creating legends,
And saying goodbye to them,
We had fireworks to mark the Opening of the Season,
But we actually had a fiery start to the beginning
and end of most days. PE sunrises and sunsets delivered again this year.
Even our moon-rises were pretty neat
There were new kids on the block...
And some not so new,
As 2017 rolls by into the sunset, and 2018 dawns, may your year be full of waves and happiness for if we could all just smile even a half as much as Star the world would be a better place.
We live in a kiff lil town, and it would be that much kiffer if 2018 delivered some smoking surf to us. Let's live in hope!
The season is officially open - the booms, bangs and flashes announced it's arrival this weekend. Gotto love fireworks. Pity no fireworks in the ocean, but that's summer for ya. Have to make do with the onshore lumps...and the fun glassy days in between.
The JBay Loggers Classic scored some really kiff waves at the Point. The Loggers Union from PE took part in the Interclub division and had a blast.
Summer always means everyone's frothing to learn to surf, so lotsa newbies hitting the water and getting their first injection of stoke. Be patient with the kooks - we all had to start somewhere!
Summer means south easterlies - and they haven't disappointed! In Cape Town they call them the Cape Doctor cos it blows all the pollution away. In PE they just blow us away!
Wave size is all about perspective, so if summer is getting you down cos it's dribbly surf, ditch the board and grab a pair of fins and head out for a body surf - cos everything's overhead and the chance of a barrel is pretty good!
Summer might be iffy surf but the sunrise and sunsets still keep on delivering. Africa really does do those properly! And in PE we lucky to have the option to see both sunrise and sunset over the ocean.
There's always waves somewhere, even if the bay isn't happening. Kowie local Peter Brotz was up in Namibia on a fishing mission, and was kicking himself for not having a board with him. Empty peeling left handers far as the eye could see.
For those ou's thinking about a career in shaping - just remember you gotto enjoy being covered in paint and fibreglass dust 24/7. Deno doesn't seem to mind! So just remember when you fetch your shiny new sled from the Boardroom that there's been some blood, sweat and tears that's gone into it.
Fence locals have had some seasonal locals more into their hood for the summer - Playland is up and running - so for a coupla weeks you'll be walking past the roller coasters as you head back to your cabbie from the surf. Playland has always been beachfront based - back in the day it used to be where the City Lodge is now above Humewood. So you could get a real birds eye view of Hummies from the top of the Big Wheel. Drone-eye view in the days before drones.
The new edition of the Boardtalk hit shelves this week - so head over to Surf Centre to grab your copy of the local East Cape surf mag.
Have to wave goodbye to our second home soon, a month has just flown by. Fun waves, good fishing, great snorkeling, lots of deserted islands and sandbanks. Life might be tough in Africa, but it's sure tough in the Maldives too.
If you keen on hooking some kiff waves in paradise, then check out:
Gonna be swapping one paradise for another soon, and heading over to Indo for a while. Our mate has just opened a small surf resort there and we're gonna go test-drive it for a few weeks. It's got a kiff right point out front, and a heap of other lekker waves nearby. Will do a full review of the possie once we sussed it out - but will be a good deal for Saffa's on the ZAR.
Might be a few fun waves during the week, so keep your eye's peeled. Happy holidays!
Plenty of barrels around if you knew where to look - and had been religiously doing your 4 hours of yoga a day so you could bend and kink yourself into them! Remember it's always possible to get barreled - just ditch the board and head out for a bodysurf!
A mixed bag week, with some beaut days and some bustery one's. It's that time of year when the wind pomps one way, and in the space of an hour pomps the other way - gotto be super quick on the ball to catch the tiny window for decent surf in between the pomps! A wind gust of 111km/hr was recorded this week.
No matter the weather the bay's dolphins are always happy to put on a show. Heather Nel was lucky enough to capture an awesome shot of a bit of synchronised swimming - or make that jumping - by the friendly fins.
Oh man. Nothing beats a new stick. Especially with it's your very first new stick. Then you can't wipe the smile of your dial. Like lil David here. Been a regular at Millers for a while now with his pop Jonty pushing him in to some peelers. He has improved in leaps and bounds and now gets some long rights once dad has given him a bit of help getting on the wave. I reckon he'll be ripping on his new stick!
From fresh sticks to fresh sponsors. After many years as a Fox team rider, JBay local Dylan Lightfoot has been picked up by O'Neil. Hopefully the Supers local will continue his onward and upward trajectory and continue to stack up some solid results in the comps this year.
Runs around Cape Recife are never dull - sometimes you bump into the locals. Not sure how these dudes manage to maneuver over the rocks but they seem to have pretty good balance despite looking pretty unbalanced!
Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders are fortunate to have a dedicated crew of peeps who make sure surfing in our province runs the way it should. At the recent NMBS awards evening JBay shaper Thys Strydom received a well deserved recognition award received for years of dedication and commitment to the development of surfing in the province.
It was only fitting that e was called on to test the newly launched Boneyard Dark Lager made by the Jeffreys Bay Craft Brewery. Try it out next time you head west down the N2.
Something Good decided to it's own version of Playland, with Big O Sports setting up some larger-than-life blow-up slides. Even the "breeze" didn't put a damper on things.
When the surf isn't delivering you have to go look for waves in the unlikeliest places. Anyone for a seashell barrel?
Plan B if there is no surf is to go buy surf stuff. Why not head down to the Boardroom and pick up a new stick - some kiff new mini-mals for just R5200.
Still floating about north of the equator. Can't say am missing the holiday beachfront chaos at all! Haven't been near a car for a month, or a pair of shoes for that matter. Lots to love about boat life.