The week started with some left-over south swell still filtering in. Beaut weather and some fun waves made for some lekker summer sessions. You could even get away with a shortie wettie if you wanted. And then something unusual happened. The weather stayed lekker, there was zero wind, and there were lil waves all week - right up until the buster came through on Friday.
Big full moon in the early part of the week meant you could have got some night time waves if you'd been so inclined. Couple of the Jbay guys logged in a Point sesh. Brave ou's. Reckon I would have the Jaws theme music running incessantly through my head.
Was doing some cleaning up of my photo files and came across this shot from Jonty Hansford of a night surf at Avo's back in June 1976. See - the surf was better back then! Bit of debate about whether that could be Stompie up and riding, only problem is - he's in a wetsuit, which might rule Stomps out.
As usual if you spent a bit of bucks on gas and drove out west you'd have hooked some really good surf. Seals being the second most southerly point of Africa means it picks up any lil scrap of swell in the ocean.
Summer time means surf lesson time. Herbert Hurd school came down to Hobie for some lessons with Surf Centre. Spring low Hobie probably isn't the easiest possie to learn on, and saw plenty groms nosediving on take off. Apparently a few tears here and there but everyone survived!
Everything quiet on the Western Front now that Armed Forces week is over. Monday saw the last of the dignitaries leaving, including this chopper on the Radisson picking up the No 1 VIP muppet. The temptation to yell "Jump!" is overwhelming.
The whole mountain-man beard-growing phase has it's perks. Local surfers Tom & James Collins are over in the UK at the moment and decided to apply as extra's for the TV series Vikings to earn some cash. They got the nod and spent a day just outside of Dublin acting like Norsemen. PE ou's be famous, sort of. Lekker!
The first Surfing South Africa Gromcomp was held in solid 4 foot New Pier surf. LOcal East Cape surfers did well, with JBay's Angelo Faulkner coming 2nd in the u16's and PA's Kye McGregor got a 4th in the u14. There's a PE Gromcomp coming up soon, so make a plan to enter lighties.
For all those who regularly drive past the Boet and wonder if they're ever gonna do anything with it, you are invited to pull in to the Kelway Hotel for a public meeting to discuss the options. See below. Usual story - either be involved, or don't moan when they put something up that you don't like. Be an active citizen. not a whining grouch.
Spit don't swallow ou's. Photographer David Littschwager captured this amazing shot of a single drop of seawater magnified 25 times to reveal an entire ecosystem of crab larva, diatoms, bacteria, fish eggs, zooplankton, and even worms. Eeeew!
Plenty of peeps struggled to keep their eye's open on Friday thanks to a late night watching the Eddie. The monster waves and victory at sea type of conditions made it compelling viewing. The ou's were charging! Talk was that it was one of the best Eddie swells ever. Close-out sets sent the ski's all running back to the beach on a few occasions. Twig took up sky-diving as his second sport. Kelly got barreled. A brazzo caught one of the biggest waves. And JJF made it all look easy.
The good weather and fun waves meant that some days out at Pipe were pretty crowded. But whenever you get the urge to moan about too many ou's in the water - be thankful you don't live in Aus. Check out this human slick on the Gold Coast. Now imagine trying to get a wave amongst that chaos!?
Always enjoy unique shots of PE beachfront landmarks, and this one from Richard Saunders is of Something Good looking something different.
There's plenty of reason's that being a surfer in PE is just plain lekker. We get big waves.....
We get lil waves...
We have big guys who surf....
And little guys that surf....
We have kids that surf with dad....
And those who soon will....
We have guys that can fly....
And boards that poke you in the eye...
We have guys who know how to treat gals...
And those that at least try....
We have rocks that you can stand on....
But sometimes not....
There's spots with big drops....
Or you could just carry rocks...
We keep our kid's on leashes....
But not our dogs....
You can drive your golf cart to the beach....
Or your car...
Sometimes there's gold at the end of the rainbow....
Sometimes there's not...
The rocks claim the kooks....
And the rippers alike....
It can be firing with no-one out...
Or it can be crowded and no waves...
It can be freaking windy....
Or is can be inky glass....
The sea can be red....
Or it can look Indo blue...
We write clever things on our boards....
And sometime's very clever things....
We can surf in between the pylons...
Or you can land up on them...
You can stretch on the beach....
Or do kung-foo...
There're more sharks on the beach...
Than there are in the sea...
There're things that make you "Ow!"...
Or those that make you go "Wow!"...
You can be alone with your thoughts...
But not always....
We respect the environment....
And those that have left us....
We have awesome sunrises...
And spectacular sunsets....
We're lekker cos we're lekker.
Grant Beck started his week off with a bang - nailing a lekker shot of Full Stop barreling. Big respect cos water was ice cold early in the week - not ideal for swimming about in. Frigid would be a good description. John measured it at Denville's with his pool thermometer and it hovered between 14 - 15C. Frigging cold for PE! Dunno how the CT guys handle it?
Not a helluva lot happening surf wise during the week, but plenty of action down at the beachfront. Was the Armed Forces week and the ou's took over King's Beach. Cannons boomed, jets screamed, choppers swarmed. Lekker!
Had a few days sitting out in the water watching the airshow - best place to see it from. And stopped you getting bored cos there were no waves anyway. Issi Abrahams was minding his own business out in the Hummies line-up on Wednesday when the ou's fired the cannon from just next to the Moth Hut above Hummies. Reckon his wettie needed a clean after the sesh!
You can check out the gallery of all the shots from the SANDF week here.
As usual there were a few options if you drove west, with JBay and Seals getting a few lil waves coming through. Water was gnarly temp though as well. Keeping sessions short n sharp.
Dudes found a monster sharks tooth washed up on a beach in North Carolina recently. At 20 inches the theory is that the megalodon that spat it out musta been about 60m long. Yah well no fine...
Fin plugs are the sorts of things no-one pays must attention to - although you should. Kak plugs means they'll rip out real easy if you knock your fin. The trend these days is to go towards the all-in-one double units instead of the individual plugs, as they tend to be far more secure.
One of the new kids on the block are Gearbox Surf's fin systems, designed by Robin Mair - who used to shape in Jbay back in the day but now lives in Hawaii. The customised one's below are topped with abalone shell (what us Saffa's know as perlemoen). Pretty neat!
Surfboards turn up in all the weirdest places. Mark Currin was staying over in Kokstad recently - and spotted this classic vintage Dennis Elllis board that was about 20 years old. Cos you never know when the surf's up in Kokstad - gotto be prepared....
If you're keen to have a bash at making your own surfboard, the haul ass down to Seals for the hollow wooden surfboard course run by Burnett Wood Surfboards between 28 March and 2 April 2016. You can choose from shapes ranging from fish, eggs, single fins, mini-malibus and longboards. Participants can sign up for the full six-day course where they start right at the beginning with a pile of planks, or can sign up for a three-day course where part of their board is done for them. All the deets here.
Plenty of lekker pics of the pier around at the moment, but cool to see some from different angles, like Dirk Moggee's shot of booger Fernando Tallie trying to work out if it'd be worth getting up early for a dawnie.
Some waves at least showed up on Sunday, and there were a few little runners around. Bit more size if you headed further west, and even Bruce's had a OK one despite the southerly. At least the week ahead shows some respite from the annhoudend east, with a few offshore days and maybe the odd lil wave to get wet on. Still a while to go til winter.....
The army, navy and airforce pulled into town for the week and set up camp at King's Beach. Yah, they did screw up the traffic a bit, but worth the hassle factor. Pretty neat to sit out in the line-up and have the Silver Arrows pulling off their acrobatics above you, or jet fighters screaming past with their sonic booms, and swarms of choppers hovering overhead. Or if you happened to be surfing Hummies, then having cannons shot off over your heads!
Here's a collection of shots from the week.
Lekker opportunity for the groms and the ballies to hang out and surf in JBay at the upcoming Christian Surfers camp, which will be headed up by Greg Heasley. Plenty of free time for surfing and hanging out with the main get-togethers in the evenings.
For more info check out the website here http://www.christiansurfers.co.za/2016-national-camp-jbay/
Ysss, the ou's at Fence are stoked about having some of the safest parking ever for their cabbies. King's Beach has turned into an army camp by the sea in preparation for the SANDF Armed Forces Day on Sunday.
There's gonna be quite a few road closures in the lead up to the event, and event day itself, so check all the official deets below:
Please find some very important information with regards to Armed Forces Week taking place in Port Elizabeth from 13 - 21 February 2016. There will also be road closures during parade rehearsals on 18 and 19 February 2016 and residents must also please take note of the other activities in the area which will see an influx of vehicles and SANDF members into the area.
During the rehearsals there will also be extensive road closures in the Summerstrand and Humewood areas.
The following roads will be closed to allow for the parade participants to travel from the Army Support Base in Forrest Hill to the Beach road area (09h00 to 10h00) on the rehearsal days:
Road closures during the final parade on 20 February 2016
The same arrangement for the parade rehearsals will be in place, except that military vehicle convoy will drive a circular route through the Metro after the rehearsal. The times will also be slightly earlier. The times for the road closures will be from 08h00 to 09h00 to allow for the convoys to make their to the Beach Road Area.
•Forest Hill drive along its entire length
•La Roche Drive, turning right into Strandfontein Rd, turning left into 2nd Ave, turning left into Beach Road.
Beach road will be closed on the 20th of February from 1st Ave to Driftsands Drive from 08h00 to 13h00. La Roche Drive (between Beach Rd and Strandfontein Rd) will be closed from 11h00 to 13h00.
Additionally the Southern carriageway of Beach Road will be closed between Lodge Rd and La Roche Drive from 08h00 on Saturday morning to 06h00 on Monday. This will be to allow for the building of a tent for the guests of the parade. These tents will be built in the roadway itself. The Northern carriage way of Beach Rd between Lodge Rd and La Roche Drive will be converted into a two way road on these days (during those times that the entire road is not closed for the parade itself).
Once the SANDF vehicles pass the podium (at approximately 11h30) and turn into La Roche Road (on the wrong side) they will do the correction at the intersection of Strandfontein and La Roche again. However, on both the 20th and the 21st of February the abnormal size vehicles will return back to the Army Support Base, whilst the rest of the military convoy will proceed on a tour of the Metro. The convoy will be traveling along the following roads:
•Driftsands, turning left into Humewood Rd, continuing straight to the Settlers Highway (N2), Driving 20km on the N2, turning left in R335 (St George Str), Left in Ngedle Str, Left in Tyinira Str, Right in Dibanisa Rd, Left in Daku Str, Right in Struanway, Left in Spondo St, Left in R75 (Uitenhage Rd), Left onto N2 (Settlers Highway), Right in Walmer Blvd, Left in Forest Hill
The Armed Forces Day Celebrations (Sunday 21 February 2016)
In the morning there will be wreath laying ceremony at the SS Mendi memorial at the corner of Mendi Rd and Avenue in New Brighton. This event will only be attended by a small number of invited guests. The roads around this area will be closed from 07h00 to 09h00. This will be followed by the Armed Forces Day parade at the corner of Beach Road and Brookes Hill Road.
The same arrangement for the parade rehearsals will be in place, except that the roads will be closed earlier. The times for the road closures will be from 06h00 to 07h00 to allow for the convoys to make their way to the Beach Road Area. The following roads will be closed during this period:
•Forest Hill drive along its entire length
•La Roche Drive, turning right into Strandfontein Rd, turning left into 2nd Ave, turning left into Beach Road.
•Beach road will be closed on the 21st days from 1st Ave to Driftsands Drive from 05h00 to 14h00.
•La Roche Drive (between Beach Rd and Strandfontein Rd) will be closed from 05h00 to 14hoo as well on the 21st of Feb.
Once the SANDF vehicles pass the podium (at approximately 11h30) and the convoy will turn into La Roche Road (on the wrong side), they will do the correction at the intersection of Strandfontein and La Roche again.
However, on the 21st of the Feb, the abnormal size vehicles will return back to the Army Support Base, whilst the rest of the military convoy will proceed on a tour of the Metro. The convoy will be travelling along the same route as per 20th Feb (above)
Whilst this convoy is driving through the Metro, the Military Capability Demonstration will be held at the Kings Beach area. The main difference with the rehearsals and the actual capability demonstration on the 21st is that there will be several pyrotechnics exploding on Kings Beach close to the MacArthur Pools area. This will be to simulate the “battle conditions” during the capability demonstration. For safety reasons the first 500 meters of Kings Beach close to MacArthur Pools will be closed to the public from 05h00 to 17h00 on the 21st in order to prepare the pyrotechnics.
Once the capability demonstration is completed and the celebrations are completed. The Military exhibition at the Kings Beach area will close at 15h00 in order to allow the SANDF a well-deserved rest. The SA Navy ships will return to the harbor and all participants will return to the Army Support Base for a celebratory function.
All of the SANDF members will leave the Port Elizabeth area from 22 to 24 February.
It must be repeated that during the entire event there will be extensive noise from aircraft and cannons. Pet owners must please be aware of this.
The public can also rest assured that the SANDF is very environmentally conscious and all possible efforts will be made to reduce any negative impact on the environment. Some of these measures include:
•Extensive notices to all pet owners about the event.
•Making use of several recycling service providers to recycle the waste generated by the event.
•Making use of bio-degradable plates and cutlery for the meals.
•Ensuring that the Kings Beach area is cleaned and there are no pyrotechnics left after the events.
Monday started off pretty well if you got up early and headed west. Still some waves about after the Sunday surf fest. Even if you stayed local there were still some ramps to be had. Newcomer Klaus Schroder from George found the Hummies closeout sections to his liking. He's gotto have the best ever hastag seen on a surfboard - #ZumaMustFall
Unfortunately the red tide has made an appearance again, which large swathes of it visible on the wildside. Hopefully the hectic water temp drop that hit us late in the week will have killed off a lot of it though. The plankton isn't stoked about ice-cream headache water.
The weekend saw the Billabong SA Club Champs go down at Seals. Plenty of representation of the Eastern Cape - with CYOH, NMMU, Sunset surf, Seal Point Boardriders and JBay Boardriders all having teams in the event. Even the Joburg boardriders sent down a team. Reckon the ou's were nipping to lose to a Vaalie in a heat!
Durban guys were struggling cos the sea temps were seriously ball-shrinking, guys rated about 12C. Cape Town guys probably felt right at home.
Shot to Seal Point boardriders for taking the win, with PE's CYOH in second, West Coast boardriders in 3rd and NMMU Madibaz in 4th. Joburg came 9th outta 18 teams which ain't half shabby.
Some of the local lighties are on overseas QS missions. Dylan Lightfoot is over in Hawaii - and got to see some epic conditions. The Eddie was meant to run, but then it didn't. Quiksilver taking a bit of flak for not running it a lil while ago when conditions were all-time. But pretty hard to judge if it's gonna be 20ft all day.
Matt McGillivray and Emma Smith are in Aus doing some QS comps there. So best of luck to all 3 for their remaining events. Kick some butt!
Anyone who's surfed on a Sunday knows the line-ups turn into a bit of a daddy day-care centre with ou's getting their groms into some waves. But looks like some of the locals are starting em ever younger! Richard von Wildemann's lil one can hardly walk but she's getting her sealegs already - expect to see her charging Bell Bouy before she's a teen. Taz Wright's lil dude is already amped to try out some of pop's retro shapes.
Remember to get your groms surfing ou's, cos it means more water time for you! Mom not gonna argue with you going for a surf if you're taking lil Johnny with.
The recycling penguins installed by the Supertubes Surfing Foundation are doing a great job of guzzling recyclable rubbish. Just in January alone they chowed through 9 tonnes that was collected by Enviroman. Nice job! If you live in JBay go feed the penguins!
Stoked to have got my copy of Stoked from Chris Bertish. Missed the book premiere in Dec as was already in Indo. Super keen to read Chris's story about his win at Mavericks, but know there'll be so much more to this book than just a surf story.
Chris competed in the Titans of Mavericks event on Friday, but unfortunately his heat was a bit wave starved so he didn't make it through.
Millers local and uber-chef Allan Bezuidenhout has opened up his own restaurant, Muse, together with his wife. Fine dining without the pretentiousness (and the price tag). Find em below Two Olives at the bottom of Stanley Street. Heard good things about em and will definitely be heading over for a chow soon.
War games this week at Kings Beach. Wednesday is the big day so expect some road closures etc in the area, and lotsa things going boom. Be kinda surreal to try nab a surf in at Fence during Armageddon! Navy's already in town getting a bit of practice in. Came past Hobie on Friday to pull a few donuts in the surf just off the backline.
Sunday was Valentine's day and saw a few lil waves about. Guys probably had to buy a few extra roses cos they were skipping out to surf when they were meant to be doing quality time with their significant other. Water temps dropped to ice-cream headache material by late arvo and caught a few peeps by surprise. Particulary the ou who paddled out at Chomp at about 5 in his boardies. Didn't last too long!
Shot to PE local Stuart Connacher, who completed a solo row - yes, row! - across the Atlantic in just 53 days. He took part in an event called the Atlantic Campaign, which saw other solo and team boats do the crossing. Stuart rowed to raise money for the charity the Smile Foundation. Epic effort bru!
Ryan Allen and his 4 Blind Mice team are still hard at work painting the mural beneath the end of the freeway - at the harbour entrance. It's the new parking area for the MBDA building they've revamped (the old ice rink). Nice to report on finned activity this week that's concrete based - dig the big Johnny they're doing.
Dean Cothill is one of the town's premiere shutterbugs, known for his awesome sunrise and sunset shots of the bay and surrounds. He bought himself an early (or late) Christmas pressie and is now taking some kiff shots with his drone. Betcha ya never seen the pier look like this!?
Spotted an interesting board out at Millers last week. It's called the Hopper, and is made by Dennis Ellis at The Boardroom. Had been hearing plenty about the board from fellow Millers local Brett Hoppe, who'd convinced Deno to have a bash at his own take on the Firewire Vanguard. And thus the Hopper was born....
So Deno, take us through the basics:
This board is my take on the work Thomo has done incorporating the straight or parallel rail concept. There is a lot going on with this board,most obviously the squared off nose which straightens the rail line for maximum contact providing loads of drive from a shorter board.
What's the theory behind the chopped off nose?
The nose area starts with 2 channels to direct water flow into the spoon concave which flows into a single concave throughout the board and leading into the tail channels.
And the big-ass tail?
The tail is also a lot wider than usual,creating a bigger surface planing area and features 4 deep channels running out the tail for control. There is an extremely tucked edge in the tail area without the usual sharp edges, to allow for easy rail to rail transition.
Other bits & pieces?
The board also features a totally flat deck to maximise volume from a thinner board and the rails are thin running up to an edge on the deck to keep the response sharp and allow the board to stay on a rail during turns. This boards construction is XPS foam with epoxy resin, and a carbon strip down the bottom eliminating the need for a stringer as well as enhancing flex in the tail where the carbon ends between the fins.
Thanks to Brett Hoppe for letting me use my discretion on this baby and tweak it to my interpretation of the original design!
So there you have it. If you want a Local is Lekker version of the Vanguard then pop down to The Boardroom and order yaself a Hopper. It might have a blunt nose and a wide butt, but plenty of performance outta this puppy, and a whole lotta fun.
Want one? Tune Deno on 041 586 2276.
Shop deets here The Boardroom
Another summer's week. Coupla fun lil waves about here and there during the week if you weren't fussy. Water warm enough for boardshorts some days. Unfortunately the kiff conditions also meant that the red tide made an appearance again. Friday saw a pretty big slick of the stuff snaking all the way from Cape Recife to the harbour.
There had been a few patches here and there for the last coupla weeks, but this was the first serious showing of the punk phytoplankton in a while.
Sunday saw some cooking easterly surf pull in to the bay. Hummies was firing. Pretty fast though, plenty got in, not many got out. If you took a drive things got even better. Bruce's had some nugs, although you had to survive the freezing-ass water for your fix. Coupla beachies in the area produced the goods as well. Also claimed a few fibreglass sacrifices too...
Nice new board by Deno coming outta the Boardroom midweek - his take on the Firewire Vanguard, with a few mod's thrown in to keep it fresh. Brett Hoppe was seen taking it for a spin at Millers and it seemed to have plenty of vooma.
Random co-incidence saw a shot of Pottie (aka Craig Potgieter, ex-local now Aussie local) pop up on my newsfeed. Good to see the semi-ballie going vert on his Vanguard. Just wondering if some Noa Dean/Christian Fletcher aspirations happening - noticed the front deck pad! Pottie reckons it works like a bomb cos it's so cold where he is the wax gets too slippery, plus he says no more wax melting off on his Indo trips! Double whammy from the double deck grip.
West Aus still having it's finned friend issues. Latest incident saw an ou ignore the shark warning cos the waves were cooking. Turns out he wasn't such a breeker after all once the shark started stalking him in the line-up! Luckily nothing happened, other than needing to wash his boardies when he got home. Sure, we aren't on the menu officially, but still pretty stupid not to get out when you see one. Cos you're certainly gonna get out damn quick when he comes past to check you out!
Still on the subject of toothy locals, turns out Knysna isn't the best possie to be going for those midnight dips in the lagoon. Dude landed a nice looking raggie at Thesen's Island. No need to panic though, they're pretty harmless guys and are unlikely to nip you unless you happen to stand on them!
Hawaii continues to get pounded my massive swells. El Nino definitely suits the Pacific, pity the same can't be said for the Indian Ocean - we ended up with a kak years surf in 2015 thanks to the the "Little Boy". More like lil critter if you ask me! Hopefully it dissipates soon, and we get some payback surf this winter.
The small surf has resulted in a different form of carnage at local breaks - crowd carnage! The absence of surf means ou's are frothing on every lil lump, and plenty of family waves happening. Chris Scott caught this one at Hulett's in SF this week. Six ou's trying to catch one wave. Least they were splitting the peak!
Summer days mean lekker conditions for taking shots. Local lensman Dean Cothill has got himself a drone and is no doubt gonna be wow'ing us with some epic aerial shots of our bay soon. Just goes to show we live in a kiff lil town.
Kelly proved he's still the King this week, taking out the Volcom Pipe Pro in flawless conditions. Pipe doesn't get any better than that. Ou's reckoned it wasn't just spitting, it was barfing! Maybe this is the inspiration Slater needs to get back to winning ways on the CT? His 9th place finish last year was his worst in a long while.
Charts are looking not so flash for the bay this coming week. Go wildside or go home it seems. East, east and more east. Onshore bowls or bust. Annoying cos there's a nice 15 sec groundswell that woulda been fun if it wasn't gonna be mushed to burgers by the east.
Thanks to Zuma-muppet my annual subscription to Surfline is now a whopping R1000. $70 doesn't look too bad til you convert it into our funny money. But worth it to see the 17 day forecasts and get the swell forecast maps used on the ML website. Gonna have to find a job that pays in dollars soon!
Cos if you had a few spare bucks you could grab this lekker Indo surf charter boat for only $100k. Saw it on sale and spent the next few hours daydreaming where we could sail it!
Early birds get the worms...
Coupla fun days of waves last week. Started off slow but Thursday & Friday saw things pick up nicely. Lots more swell up towards Rincon and Pipe area cos the swell direction had a fair bit of west in it, which meant it didn't bend round the Avo's point as much.
Wind was a bit enthusiastic at times, but thankfully backed off in the evening so that the chop-factor eased up. Water temps were a bit challenging on occasion, with what felt like patches of 14C water lurking about.
Crystal clear water on Friday, coupled with glassy conditions made it feel like you were surfing in an aquarium, hard to see where the bend of the wave actually was - just seeing straight through it to the reef below. Lots of cool feeshies about to check out during the long lulls. Even some colourful tropical looking one's in amongst the guppies and mullets.
A few bluebottles floating around, got nabbed by one. More annoying than painful. A lil crab swam about the line-up sussing us out, and then paddled past what I thought was a box jelly fish, oh wait, it's a condom. Not sure which would be worse! Even a bottle of vodka floated past, that Ken the paddleskier took a pseudo-swig of.
Bits of red tide about again, not large patches, but very thick within the patch itself. Combo of maybe some sewerage outfall from the boggered up pumpstation near Something Good, the warm water and calm conditions. Smells pretty gross when you paddle through it. Spit don't swallow for sure.
Some misty conditions over the weekend - obviously a cold current offshore, mixing with the hot & humid air temps. Groms had their 2nd trail at Pipe, and weren't put off by the fact that they couldn't see much. Hard to dampen grom froth.
Quite a few finned friends around again over the weekend, with the guys at Pipe spotting one, although seems like it was just a raggie. Chap at Dunes in CT got bumped by one in the line-up. Hard to have to give way to the locals when the waves are doing this...
Ex-PE local Ryan McSkimming has moved a bit north of the bay. OK, a lot north. And currently resides far up the west coast of Africa - where he gets call this lekker looking left point his local. The 20 second swell that hit us also made it's way up north to Ryan's possie. Looks like he'd have had some screamers...
Hawaii always prides itself on being bigger and better - and their 20 second swell was certainly a lot more impressive than ours. And so were the beatings it dished out. Lots of shots doing the rounds showing guys free-falling out the sky on watery behemoths. Amazing one can survive that!?
Hectic week for St Francis area. Serious wildfires threatened both villages for many days, with flames being fueled by high winds and searing temperatures. An incredible job by the local community meant that no homes were lost in either SF or CSF, although a few burnt down on the wildside.
Many of the local surfers got stuck in to help keeping the town safe, putting in long hours and breathing in plenty of smoke in order to keep houses from burning. Good effort ou's!
Friday evening was PE's local surf mag, The Boardtalks, draw for the Sony Action cam and other cool stuff. Guys won some cool prizes, ate some lekker chow and had a good time at the Boardroom. Remember to get your entries in for the next draw. Entry forms available in The Boardtalk mag.
The PE harbour had an over-sized visitor during the week, with the Queen Elizabeth popping in to say Howzit en route to Reunion. Woulda been a good trip to stow away on and hook a lil surf at St Leu. Provided you didn't mind the potential attentions of finned friends. The island is still battling with toothy locals patrolling most of the lineups.
So that was it for the week. Drama's, waves and wind. Here's hoping this week just brings waves, minus the wind and drama!