Another lekker week in the bay. Bogger all surf yet again, but perfect weather to be building sand castles, catching rays and generally chilling out. Some slides to be found if you looked around.
As usual, the more you drove, the better the chances of scoring something slightly bigger than knee-high to an ant.
Coupla ex-PE ou's ng no trouble adjusting to the flatness of Dubai, as being from PE....well, you get used to that. No probs for Wes Weihahn and Andrew Dunn, the salt water fix solved by a bit of SUPíng.
If you really want some juice, grab the 36 hour plane ride over to the Rock. Hawaii been off it's noggin'the last few days. The real Pipeline looking a tad more surfable that the PE Pipe.
e open water swimming crew didn't mind the lack of surf - it made their annual Cape Recife to Noordhoek swim a whole bunch more pleasant. Gotto think the guys must have found a way to effectively filter out the Jaws theme-music must surely be playing in the back of their minds going around that point!
No good getting all bedonnerd with the lack of swell, sometimes you just have to give up doing the Tour de PE in search of a lump and rather just go grab a cold one instead....
PE's shaping maestro Dennis Ellis has yet again hit pay-dirt with his new model, the Hopper MKII. Designed for Brett Hoppe, the sled is something that mad scientist Deno has brewed up in his Baakens Valley lab. It has volume, speed, is loose as a goose, yet can handle 8ft JBay without a blink. An all in one perfect-for-PE-yet-still-works-in-pumping-Jbay model. Go grab one.
ouldn't be summer without the usual assortment of critters with which to share the line-up. Some big-ass jellies about so keep a look-out.
Not so good news on the critter front is that the red tide has popped up in JBay in a big way. Calm seas, calm conditions mean the lil phytoplanton mullets wake up from their slumber.
Gone for a surf check at Rinon and struck out. Drown your sorrows with a cuppa coffee and a muffin. Not as good as a surf, but beats going home empty handed.
Plan B after not being able to surfentails reading a surf mag. Go grab the latest copy of the Boardtalk from Surf Centre or Spar, cos Local is Lekker!
Heads up for the THE BOARDROOM/CAR PARK JOHN PRO-AM on the 17 Dec at Noordhoek. Kicks off at 08h00. It''s an off-the-wall comp, so you ride anything weird. Old boards, off the shelf items (beds,cupboards,ironing boards), something homemade. Tandem allowed.
Scores are given for what you ride - the weirder it is the more points you get. Also for attire - so bring out those man-kini's.
How it works is 5 peeps a team, and it's R100 per team entry fee. Or if you can't gooi together 5 ou's, no worries- somme pitch up and you'll be put in a team. Kiff prizes to be won.
Enter by phone, facebook (tune Mervyn) or on the beach. Lots of prizes.
Staying with some comp news...Accelerate Sport, World Surf League (WSL) and Surfing South Africa (SSA) are proud to announce the launch of the City Surf Series in 2017. This exciting series of internationally rated professional surfing events aims to bring a QS1000 level event to all major coastal Metro’s of South Africa. The Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City Surf Pro’s are tentatively scheduled for 7-9 April and 13-15 April respectively.
That's the wrap on yet another quite surf week in the Bay. Looks like you might need some fresh wax for end of the week though. Holding thumbs....
Caught up with master shaper Dennis Ellis from the Boardroom to find out about his new cutting edge board design, the Hopper MK2. Over to Deno:
"Making boards for Brett Hoppe has been a blast. He's so open minded,and charges in any surf which is great for feedback. If it's 1 foot Millers and he's out there for hours or 6-8 ft Supers he doesn't hold back. So I know the board is getting tested properly.
With the last 2 boards, the Hopper and now the Hoper MK2, he said let's go to town and really funk it up. The original Hopper was totally off the cuff and has a lot going on.
At first glance you can see the Tomo influence, but it has straight deep 6 channels as well as a flat deck with chimed rails. The flat deck adds massive volume without adding thickness while allowing one to have a sensitive rail. This combined with the straight rails and channels adds massive drive while the wide tail keeps it loose.
It was made with epoxy and extruded polystyrene, stringerless with carbon strips for pop. The fin placements, so vital for these types of boards was an absolute thumb suck, although a calculated one. But they worked out perfectly! Brent was stoked with it!!
With the latest board, the Hopper MK2, we had the previous board as a yardstick which makes things so much easier. Again Brett said don't hold back, which is always lekka for a shaper.
The Tomo influence is still there,with the Sci fi tail on the cutoff nose, but we went for some rail concaves for added drive and the wings act as a pivot point to loosen it up.
Coupled with a narrower tail and tweaked fin placements, I reckon this baby should be faster and looser, which is a tall order for a board that was already incredibly fast and super loose. Since the XPS foam has been discontinued, we went with an EPS core which is more buoyant and flexible. It allowed the reduction in surface area and the introduction of extra carbon for more pop.
The double carbon strip was recommended by Gary Maisch,who I've been collaborating with for a few years when it comes to alternative flex patterns. He did a lot of my Vee stringers and always returns the favour with his new stuff. Plus he's fully into alternative construction like epoxies and Poly foams, which I love.
Brett's new baby has yet to be test-driven, as he's now Pretoria-based - and when he came down to PE to fetch it the bay was doing it's best impression o fthe Vaal Dam. But as soon as Brett's had a few sessions on the Hopper MK2 there'll be a follow up article on it's performance."
(Brett weigh's in at 90kg's, to give you an idea of the board size/volume)
To celebrate the launch of the new model, Deno will be thorwing in a FREE set of Scarfini Quad fins valued at R900 with any epoxy carbon board ordered before Christmas. So tune the Boardroom asap to make sure you don't miss out.
From feast to famine in the space of a week. After 2 cranking surf weeks summer returned with a bang this week. Lekker sunny weather, crystal blue water....and bogger-all waves. Other than a sneaky Tuesday early morning sesh in 16 sec ground swell before the east came up.
The kiff summer weather meant perfect conditions for the ou's in the Ocean Swim series. Nice to see the beachfront getting used for all sorts of activities.
Summer and the east's also mean these lil critters are about in droves. Pretty to look at, not so pretty when they sting the shite outta you. Best treatment of the stinging result of a close encounter with Mr Bottle is to try pour hot water over the sting - as hot as you can bear without burning yourself (cos sting plus burn would be doff). The hot water denatures the protein within the sting - as in breaks it down, so it don;t sting no more.
Summer-time is perfect for small clean beautifully shaped beachies. Like this one caught by Chris Scott down the road. No takers other than the photag!
Coupla windless days during the week - great opportunity to get up high and look down on the world. Nevil Hullet snapped a few kiff shots of his hood, St Francis Bay, during the week.
The latest edition of the Boardtalk has hit the shelves - grab it at Surf Centre Humewood or the SStrand Spar. Plenty of local surf action and stories. Shot to Sean Coppin for getting the mag out regularly.
If you find yourself heading east and ending up in Port Alfred, then give Cuan McGregor and the Shaka Surf School a holler. These ou's will get you up and riding in no time, and you'll have a blast doing it.
That time of year again when the Fence locals have to start sharing their hood with Playland. Grab a quick rollercoaster ride en route to the beach! The Playland peeps have arrived and will start setting up this week. Candyfloss and bumper cars happening soon.
Eish - big fire along Marine Drive over the weekend. No-one's certain what started it, but props to the firefighters for doing a great job of keeping Schoenies safe.
Another summers week ahead - so plan to do some driving if you're keen to get wet.
Yeeeuw, what a week! Waves for days. Flipping good waves. If you didn't get wet, feel sad. Very sad. Cos you missed it. And that sucks!!
You were spoilt for choice. PE was firing. So was JBay. And so was further west. In an hour n a half's car trip you'd be able to hook countless clean green walls.
Loads of options to choose from in the bay, with pretty much every spot from north to south in the bay going off. There were long walls, grinding barrels or crunchy peaks.
Crowds got pretty thick at some stages cos waves in November ain't exactly a common occurrence, plus throw in some warm water and light wind days and it was every man, his dog, and the kitchen sink on occasion. Even the kitchen sink got waves though.
Matthew Botha decided to get a bit creative at Chomp rock - with a few acid drops - which might have to be called acid hops cos Chomp isn't exactly high. Did succeed in making a few. Don't think he would have been pulling the same stunt earlier in the day though.....
A few blustery days to deal with during the run of swell. You know when the spray off the back of the wave is 5x higher than the wave....then it's a tad breezy.
Two things to thanks for the epic week of waves - the super moon which threw out some huge tidal ranges which musta helped increase swell size. And Big Dave from Surf Centre. Who kindly made himself the surf sacrifice by going shopping with his wife in Cape Town for the week. Dave reports finding some great bra and pantie sets, and would much rather be looking for shoes and dresses than scoring macking JBay.
The CYOH crew held their 4th and final Surf Off series of the year at Sards over the weekend. Good waves, good vibes as always. Grant Beck scored the samurai stabbing rights by taking the win in the Open men's.
Grant needs to take that samurai and hide in the bushes at Millers. Cos the skollies are running rampant there at the moment. Joost had his car nicked out the carpark there on Thursday morning. Kak feeling coming in from your surf...and no cabbie!
Not only did they take his wheels, but more importantly his beloved vetkoek was in the back. So please keep eyeballs peeled for this unique board. And moer anyone you see with it. Cos Joost would really love to have it back.
The week got rounded off by a lekker weekend, with a few more waves and a whole lotta sun and kiff weather. Don't you just love PE!?
Yeeeuuuw! The waves cranked on Sunday. Out west was firing on all cylinders, and when the wind finally abated somewhat (just went down a notch to howling as opposed to full-out gale) there were some solid solid lines pulling into the bay.
Some solid solid thigh muscles were still required to deal with the chop, but if you didn't mind the odd bounce-a-thon you were good. Some loooong rides being had from the top of Millers down to Hobie.
Coupla guys were taking on outside Clubhouse just before dark. Pretty hefty peaks out there. Bell Bouy was breaking, but no takers.
If you were in the know, the sheltered spots down the road offered early morning waves protected from the pomping wind. But if you were stuck in PE you had to wait patiently for the arvo wind swing.
Must be a lot of truth to the saying "It's a dog's life" - cos Supertubes shutterbug Robbie Irlam's mutt seems to be fully in the loop with some swell checking.
Wind can be both our friend and foe. It generates the swells we ride, but it also shreds 'em to bits at times. Was a frustrating morning for Bay surfers to see awesome lines get chop sueyed. There were a few UFO's spotted flying about....
Down the coast also felt the brunt of the big south swell and spring tide combo. Classic shot of the BI getting smashed. Lekker if you living on the 10th floor and pop out and leave the window open - and come home to find a few elf flapping about on the floor.
Turns out this is actually a shot from a coupla years back - but too good not to share.
The super spring low tides meant that at some spots it looked like someone had pulled the plug outta the ocean. Got peeps a bit nervy about tsunami's after NZ had a big quake on Sunday. Anytime you see the ocean drain out you gotto be on your toes.
Big tide's cos of the big super moon - gonna be the biggest and brightest moon in 68 years. If anyone you know goes a bit bedonderd, just take a glance upwards. Ain't called lunatics for nothing!
Loggers - make sure you diarise the date - end of November is the Longboard EP Closed (aka NMBS Closed). Roving venue to make sure the best waves on the day get ridden. Everyone welcome to enter.
Plenty of sealife around in the early parts of the week. Huge pods of dolphins cruising the backline, and doing lotsa leaps and twists and generally having a jol. Entertaining to watch the German tourists running excitedly up and down the beach gesticulating wildly.
Wonder what the German equivalent of "Ky-daar!" would be? (assumption made that they were German cos of the socks-n-sandals combo that seems iconic to that country.
Not all the dolphins were full of the joys of spring unfortunately. Some became part of the food chain - like this poor chap who washed up on Nahoon beach midweek.
Onshores were pretty gnarly midweek. Stanley Badger went down to check for some easterly bowls, stuck his head out the window, and ended up with one of these blue buggers plastered to his sunnies. Ok, so he probably went and stuck it there himself, but full marks for being a funny ou.
Plenty of discussion this week around the US elections, even the skies in JBay decided to get their votes in.
The website has got a revamp, so go take a look around. Some kiff shots in the Photo Gallery of all the local spots firing.
Might be a few glitches here and there - so please choon me if you spot any. Specially if you see one of the header images as being a burger and chips! Long story short - the default placeholder looks a bit like a Spur ad.
Feel free to drop in some feedback on the new site, suggestions, criticisms, whatever.
Hope you dig it :-)
Another summer's week, with some windy days, some beaut days and even some surf days. Nice lil sneaky east swell which threw out a few backwashy barrels as well.
Water is lekker warm, must be hovering round the 20C mark, so good time to dust off the spring suits.
Not too many ou's in the water out in St Francis bay at the moment as bits of the washed up whale are still floating about, and beachfront residents report seeing some rather large finned fellows cruising the backline frequently.
Chatted to John Elliot at Seals, and he mentioned there seems to be more resident seals hanging out at Shark Point - the point between SF and CSF - these days. A growing permanent seal population in the area isn't good news for surfers as it may result in a growing resident finned population, much like what happened in Plett.
In between the obligatory howling wind days there were some kiff glassy periods. Even the dolphins seem to appreciate the break in the crappy weather and have been out in force on the good days.
The CYOH crew held their 3rd Surf Off on Saturday and scored some good waves at Sards. Remember that everyone's welcome at CYOH events - from groms to grandpa's, beginners to shredders. Just pull in and enjoy the lekker vibe and a stoked crew.
In the market for a new stick? Etienne Potgieter has a whole quiver for sale: Boards from 5'6" to 6'3", for the 60 - 70kg surfer (a couple for 70kg plus). Most in excellent condition, a couple with a light crease, all come with a set of fins. Prices range from R1500 to R3500. Give ET a holler on FB or inbox me for his contact deets.
Last week marked the 6 year anniversary of Andy Irons's passing. Gone but not forgotten. He was one of the world's most frighteningly talented surfers. One who wanted to win more than anything. Some of the young 'un's on the world tour these days could have learnt a thing or two about competitive passion from AI.
Skom skelms are doing the rounds again - coupla break-in's to cars at Millers carpark over the last week. Reckon having a python on the dashbboard would resolve the problem. Note that they're breaking into surf locks as well - all it takes is a good biff with a hammer or spanner and pop - there are ya keys. So if you using surflocks try put em in hard to get to places like in the wheel arch - not just at the back bumper.
Houdini makes plastic copies of digital keys - so just get one and leave your keys hidden somewhere in the car and use the plastic key to lock up. Easy to stash in your wetties key ouch or round your neck on a string.
A huge thanks to Shirley Fairall for 10 years of service as secretary to EP Surfing. Not a comp went down without her being there behind the scenes to make sure it all ran smoothly. You deserve a medal Shirley!
Bodyboarders Jason Lodge and Jonathan Scheepers decided they'd paid up their life insurance policies and it was time to dance with death. The crazy boogers decided to have a surf at Brighton Pier over the weekend. It's known to have cranking waves, but the water quality is super-sketch thanks to the sewerage outflow pipe right there - which also draws in the finned fellows - and then of course the 30 ou's chucking sinkers over ya pip as they fish off the pier.
Thankfully the guys survived both the land and sea sharks! All limbs still in tact.
Wee bit of swell possibily on the horizon for this week - but winds looking a bit flukey and may spoil the party. How unusual.....
Yip, summer's officially here. Coupla nice days, coupla stonking wind days. And no surf. Eish. It would be easier to deal with had we had really good surf this winter, but El Nino did us in for another year. Here's holding thumbs it's done now and we can go back to "normal" weather patterns next year - and the possibility of better surf.
The lekker weather did mean the "locals" were out in force - pods of about 130 dolphins were cruising the backline during the early part of the week.
Nice weather saw the NSRI peeps doing a bit of practice with the chopper. Impressive what these ou's can do. Hopefully everyone just sticks to seeing them practicing versus having to experience a rescue first hand. Remember they're a voluntary self-funded organisation - so always lob a few bucks into the collection cans when you see them.
Another crew who really do good work are the Supertubes Foundation. Helpthem raise some bucks to buy a new bakkie, cos their 15 yr old one is kished. These guys do a ton of work keeping the Supers beachfront area looking lekker, so anyone who surfs there should lob in a few bucks. I just donated R500. See info here...
Or if you aren't on FB then click here for deets. Can do an EFT or credit card transfer.
October is pretty much done and dusted, having been a blerrie windy month. Unfortunately November also ends in "-er" which means it's gonna be windy as well. Everyone who's gatvol of wind raise your hand!
Big 'ol smelly dead whale washed up on the beach in St Francis late last week. Plenty of finned friends cruising right in shore trying to get a nibble at him. Thanks to the NSRI crew for towing it back out to see right out to the current so that the grey-suits can chomp away at it to their hearts content. Props to the brave guys who had to swim next to it in order to fasten the rope round it's tail for the tow. Jaws theme music maybe?
Legend Graham Hynes had his 87th birthday last week. Still on the beach most days coaching the future generations of rippers. Testimony to the adage of use it or lose it. Grahams definitely using it!
JJF won the Meo Pro Portugal, and with Jordy getting knocked out in the semi's now takes an unassialable lead in the world rankings - meaning he's officially the 2016 WSL World Champ. Jordy can hopefully do well at Pipe and still sneak a top 3 finish, which will be his best effort in years.
Sunday evening saw a few inconsistent teeny one's sneak through, so those who were prepared to sit and wait did manage to hook a few small runners. This week isn't looking too flash surf-wise, so take what you see. Don;t waste time in the car park deliberating!
Snack-time in Aus again. Not a week goes by where the locals don;t claim their taxes it seems. Gnarly.
Some big swell in Portugal saw Nazare going off - but you have to pay to play...
Pop over to ML's new FaceBook page here, give it a Like and make sure you click "see first" once you clicked and you hover over the Like button. Cos FB is shafty and doesn't actually put many page posts onto ya newsfeed. Gotto skelm the system to make sure you don't miss out. Will see how it goes else might just go page to using the Profile page if it sucks.
Finally taken the plunge and updated Millerslocal's Facebook profile to a page. Just means ya gotto go give the new page a Like in order to keep getting all the surf, beach and sea news coming up on ya Newsfeed as will no longer be posting on the old profile.
So pop over here to give the Page a like and make sure you stay in touch. Cos Local is Lekker, but being a Bay surfer is better.
Make sure that once you click the Like button you choose to Get Notifications/Show in Newsfeed or whatever option you get. Newer versions of FB might show you a dropdown like below - so make sure you click "See First".
Facebooks a bit of a sneaky schmuck as it only shows you about 16% of the posts from Pages you like - so to make sure you don't miss out on anything click that Get Notifications thingy. It also helps to Like a few of the posts and make comments on em cos then FB knows you dig the page and will make sure you see more posts from it. Clicking that "See First" option makes sure you'll always see posts and don;t leave it up to FB to decide if you get em or not.
All kinda technical I know!
You can also click the Sign Up button on the FB page, as gonna see if can extend my limited IT knowledge even further and set up a Newsletter - which will get dropped off in ya inbox every Monday morning. Will be the Weekly Wrap blog post, plus the surf forecast for the week. Hopefully up n running soon, so subscribe so long to make sure you don't miss out.
Remember this is a community website - so you more than welcome to send in pic's, and if you can hold a pen the right way up feel free to write an article if you want. Can't promise to use everything, but it's a bit like surfing - if you don't go you never know. So send away. Obviously has to be surf or coast related.
Schweet. Over n out.
Nup, that wasn't this week. Wish it was. Yet again the bay has a pretty mundane run of surf. There was the odd "highlight" - when the wind actually stopped blowing for two whole mornings of the entire week - and there were some fun lil lumps to be had. Almost felt like the Twilight Zone or something to be out there in windless glassy conditions, a bit like something was missing. Ah yes, the wind!
October continues to blow it's pip off on most days, and everyone will be more than happy when we move on to November at the end of the week - and hopefully less wind, and maybe even the odd wave. The average wind speed so far this month has been 24 km/h.
October might have sucked for wind, but turn out September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA. Not that surfers need any excuse to hide out in the barrel.
Pop this in your diaries peeps - the #Push&Coast events will be kicking off again 5 Nov at 4pm, meet at Something Good. Lekker cruisey skate from there along the boardwalk down to Kings Beach skatepark. All the deets here...
Thankfully PE always delivers something (besides wind). And this week was no exception, with Luc Hosten capturing a lekker sunset over Schoenies. Would be willing to trade sunsets for waves....
The Pitbull Pride Walk was held at Schoenies on Sunday and this lil (long) ou was spotted in his lifevest. Apparently dachshunds don't stay upright so lekker when they try swim, so need a bit of help when it comes to buoyancy.
Looks like the backwash at the pier has been giving rise to some of the best waves in PE at the moment, so if you're in need of a saltwater dose grab a boogie board and hook a few reverse runners.
The Meo Pro is on in Portugal, the second last stop of the WSL. Jordy Smith is doing well, and has advanced to the quarters. Hopefully he can sneak another podium visit.
Forecasts for the bay look pretty dire again for the week, so maybe go grab a tarp as it's gonna be the only way to get barreled...
A little mid-week easterly pulse kept everyone wet and stoked. Tuesday late arvo saw the wind abate a bit and some good one's come through, with more of the same on Wednesday. Wind been pretty gnarly the last few weeks - the old wives tale says that all months ending in "er" are the windy one's. So far September and October are proving that correct!
Thursday was a pretty special day - cos there was no wind for a while at least. And a few lil waves. So weird surfing glassy faces instead of having to deal with knee-numbing chop. Seems like we've hardly had any days like that all year. Wind and waves have been far too closely correlated for everyone's liking.
The 9th CT of the year went down in France. Shot to the Hawaiian lil guy Keanu Asing for winning the Quiksilver Pro, taking out Gabe in the final. For what this wee dude lacks in height he has in motivation. Turns out his a pretty decent mixed martial arts aficionado, so probably best not to tease him about being a short-ass.
Bad week for shark nibbles - with 3 finned encounters happening over the space of 24 hours. A guy surfing the hurricane swell in Florida, a guy up in the Pacific Northwest, and yet another one at Ballina in Aus - which certainly takes the win for most sharky spot this year.
Vic Bay on the other hand has quite a novel approach to sharks - and requests you don't throw them in the tidal pool. Which would of course display quite a warped sense of humour on the part of the throwee!
Scientists at MIT are looking at making wetties out of a new technology, which has seen them copy the concept of beaver fur. Beavers don't have any blubber coating to keep em warm, but rather a unique set-up of different hairs. Could make for some interesting ad campaigns...
If you're wondering why Kelly is sporting a black fingernail these days - here's why: it's a campaign run by Polishedman.com to bring awareness and support to physical or sexual abuse of children. Over $500,000 has been raised for the cause so far and two weeks remain. All funds raised through Polished Man are channelled into trauma recovery and trauma prevention programs for children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering violence globally.
Not a whole lot else happening, so here's a collection of some random shots snapped in our lekker lil town and a few spots down the coast during the past week.
Things looking rather dire in terms of good surf for the bay looking ahead, with only end of week showing a glimmer of groundswell. Time to get all that stuff done you've been putting off cos you been surfing....