Bit of a mixed bag week, some waves, some flat spells, some wind. Least the water is still staying fairly warm. Just need a new swell to roll in.
Early mornings seem to be yielding the best chance of a slide. Pipe has been sucking in most of the swell, but Fence has also had it's days.
Ou's and their kites been capitalising in between the calm periods.
Lekker to see the yachts cruising about the bay. JBay local Trevor Hansen has just left Cape Town on their yacht to sail over to the Caribbean. Surfboards and fishing rods in tow, so expect to see some shots of unknown waves and huge fish when they finally make landfall again.
The wildside is still the place to go hunting when the surf's too small in the bay.
And even if you don't score any waves you can hang around and score some great sunsets!
The bay hasn't been too shabby either when it comes to the sun doing it's thing - sunrises at Pipe always manage to look pretty, even if the surf's chunky.
Speaking of chunky. That's Avo's new name. Chunks. The Spot Renaming comp was won by James Ruthven-Smith's who named it that cos you either lose chunks outta your feet from climbing out over the rocks, or chunks outta your board it after washes up on the rocks after blowing a take off.
Seeing as James has just had to relocate to the wave paradise of Muizenburg, he is gifting his prize to his mate Andre Clarke, who also had a pretty good entry of "Musselcrackers", so named cos if you fail to time your exit well before the ledge right at the bottom section - you may just have the delightful task of picking mussels out your crack. So Andre scores a R100 voucher from Surf Centre Humewood and beer from Richmond Hill Brewing Co. Thanks to Dave Lippie for judging.
New comp out tomorrow- watch the Facebook page for details.
The Boardroom will be presenting a cool event on Sat 27 March - The Art of Surf. Pull in and check some amazing surf imagery from the bay and surrounds, taken by some of the top local photags. There will be live music from DJ Munro, and there'll be some fires on the go, so just bring and braai. Alcohol will be available for purchase. Everyone welcome, so pull in for a jol.
Port Alfred scored some fun surf this past week.
A firey start to the day, but not so much a fiery start to the week. Bogger all on the charts again, so it will be a scratchy one for those wanting to get wet.
Bit of an arb week as far as surf went, Thursday threw out some fun one's, but besides that there wasn't much to get frothed on.
There was however rare photographic evidence of CarPark John going for a wave. Ballie is getting his stoke back and is starting to spend less time in the car park and more time on his board.
The morning crew always seem to find something surfable, to make their early get-up worth their while. Early birds get the worms and all that.
Most of the week it was just blerrie flat though, like this.....
The next Surf Spot Renaming comp was for Humewood, and happy to announce it's now known as Gdbsaxprietha, or something like that! Kent Catterall's entry was chosen as the winner by Dennis Ellis, cos he felt it was a good reflection of the unpronouncable name given to PE recently.
James Ruthven-Smith got an honourable mention with his name of "Gogos" - Xhosa for "grandmothers". Cos James reckons even if the weather is miserable, there will be one around to tune you that you shouldn't be surfing there. And if you squint really hard with salt crusted eyes the old pillars could look like grannies
Pity Humew...I mean Gdbsaxprietha...didn't look like the above this week, but rather like the below.
This week's Rename the Spot comp is Avalanche - so get those entries in via the Facebook page (comp will be posted online on Tuesday) or as a comment down below. Entries close this Thursday midday.
The Wildside always offers an option when it's flat in the bay. And even if you don;t score a surf it's always just worth a visit for a lekka day on the beach.
Plenty of cool shells to collect if you go walking there too.
Dave went dumpster diving and found some beat up old boards which he reckons will keep him out of mischief on the easterly days.
Here's a few more shots from the surf this week...
Even if the surf doesn't deliver, the sunrises do. Pipe at it's prettiest in the morning.
Some wind around for the yachts. Nice to see a few back in the bay for the Wednesday evening sails. Used to be a big thing back in the day, with upwards of 15-20 yachts going for a Wednesday sail. These days there are 2-3 regulars who head out.
Nothing much on the charts for this week again, so the summer flat spell continues unfortunately. Roll on Autumn!
Bogger all waves this week. Either flat, or east, take your pick. So if you dig onshore you were fine, but for those mere mortals who are a bit more fussy and like their wave faces clean, um, not much of that on offer.
The kite boarders were happy enough. See, life is all about perspective. All we need to do is get kite boards then we won't bitch as much when the east wind pumps.
If you were wondering why there was a siff miff smell near the beachfront lately, it's due to all the seaweed that's washed ashore lately. That stuff is hell on a leash. After about 2 waves you'll feel like someone has the handbrake on on your surfboard.
The big news of the week was the renaming of PE to whatever the hell they calling it now. It meant the perfect opportunity to go about renaming our surf spots. First up was Fence. Plenty of great entries but CarPark John who was Judge John for the comp, chose "Qdolos" by Julian Bray. Daryl Garner with "iFenci" got an honourable mention. Julian scores a mixed 4 pack from Richmond Hill Brewing Co and a R100 voucher from Surf Centre.
The spot up for renaming this week is Humewood. So head over to the Millerslocal Facebook page and get your entries in. Or if you aren't on FB just comment below. Entries close 12pm midday on Wednesday.
Stevo Kneelo from Jbay has to be one of my favourite local artists. I wish I had more walls in my apartment to fit more of his paintings. If you have a bare looking wall and would like to funk it up, tune Stephen van der Watt via his FB page.
If you know of anyone that could do a good job of designing a mural for soon-to-be renamed Humewood beach, then get those entries in. Humewood is of course the surf spot up for renaming in this week's competition!
One of the Pipe morning surf crew, Jacques, has opened up a coffee wagon which is operating down in the beachfront area. So if you spot Piccola Italy then pull in for a brew, bru.
Doesn't look like a lot wavewise this week either, so just get cracking on all those DIY jobs round the house and school and varisty assignments - so when the waves finally arrive you don't have to bunk anything to get on it.