What was meant to be a less than stellar week still managed to throw out a few gems nonetheless. The heat was enough to inspire most peeps to go for a paddle. Hot as Hades. Water temps are peachy too. A pre-dawn start to the day and drive out to Jeffery's saw Pieter-Ben getting shacked.
The bay didn't do too badly either. Sunday was the pick of the bunch with an unexpected south west blowing through. Pier had some cookers and Fence did it's thing late arvo.
Cape Town had it's fair share too. Their Noordhoek is a lot better surf spot than our one, albeit about 15C colder! An unlucly rider about to rinse and spin in the Hoek. Probably one of the most awesome places to watch surfing - like a lil rocky amphitheater. Surfed there a few times back in the day. #$^%& freezing.
Fasten your seatbelts. The first WSL BIg Wave challenge at Nazare had a green light for Tuesday. The black blob will detonate in Portugal with what is expected to be light winds. So tune in for some insane big wave charging. Maybe the biggest wave ever ridden? The weather system that is causing the swell also set some other records. A BA Boeing flying from NY to London shaved over an hour off the fastest time recorded to date thanks to the pomping winds on it's tail.
The Wildside had some waves as usual (not often it's flat!) A few misty mornings though so you had to know where to go.
If you've been eating all your carrots and your night vision is up to scratch there was the chance to get some zero crowd waves under the glare of the full moon.
One of PE's hottest surfers Bruce Campbell continues to rip local breaks to shreds (and do incredibly well in triathlons, bike races and adventure races) despite having a rare disease called Pompe Disease. the disease is a rare genetic disease characterized by the abnormal buildup of a sugar molecule called glycogen inside cells. This buildup impairs the working of different organs and tissues, especially the heart, respiratory, and skeletal muscles. Bruce has to be hospitalised for enzyme replacement every 2 weeks. Despite the huge and ongoing challenge Bruce remains incredibly active and always has a smile on his face. Inspiration for us all!
Summer time is log time. If the bay is flat just whip out the big stick and get in your car.
Some epic sunrises this week. Wednesday's took the cake.
Groms got to do their thing at Pipe in the Grom Game trials. Lighties froth no matter what the conditions are like.
The windless conditions for most of the week meant ou's could paddle out to the Bell Bouy on the sheet glass lake that the Bay became.
Given the rising fuel prices, JBay's Arman Perez-Pou has got the solutions sorted. Horse power for the win!
No waves, no problem, just stay prone and get slotted! Which you might need to do this week cos not a helluva lot on the forecast.
Apologies for the hiatus in the weekly blogs - but was off the grid for nearly 3 months in Maldives and Indo. Lots of fun waves, no internet though!
Here's a collection of random shots from the PE coastline and surrounds taken during the holidays, wasn't much in the way of waves. Guys reckon the worst summer for surf in living memory! The decent days could be counted on one hand. Rest of the time it looked like the Vaal dam.
Let's start with Luc Hosten, snapping away along the wild side.
Holidays are the time of celebrations, and the beachfront lit up with the annual fireworks display, shots by Morne Condon.
St Francis also got into the swing of things with the Anything that Floats event on the canals, apparently about 2000 peeps participated! Shots by Chris Scott and Elzabe Boschoff.
PE was wave starved and the usual suspects down the N2 didn't fare much better, although there were some good days! A few from St Francis by Chris Scott.
JBay did manage to flip the switch a few times. Late Jan shots by Robbie Irlam.
And don't think Robbie only knows about surfing from behind the lens, he used to be a hot surfer himself back in the day - here's one from the archives of him charging Vic Bay.
Heather Nel always gets some kiff shots during her beach walks and got these over the holiday period. Least the dolphins didn't seem to mind the lack of surf.
Another regular on the beach every morning is Dave Randle, who snaps the sunrise surfers at Pipe most days. Ou's are lucky to have their own private photag.
CarPark John got himself a new stick after plenty of nagging from everyone to go longer and get a mini-mal. But after a few surfs the ballie decided he wasn't yet ready to join the long length/high volume revolution after getting dragged like a lure back to the beach after a clean up set at Pipe.
He has happily now returned back to his original board and Dave Randle is the lucky new owner of CPJ's short-lived foray into the world outside the short board. Old habits die hard!
Visiting JHB photag Leigh Reider got some lekker drone and shore shots whilst he was down in the bay for holidays. You can check his gallery here:
So that's the wrap on the summer season, back to the normal hum-drum of the new year now, so blogging returns to it's regular Monday slot from next week.