Waves? Yeh there were waves! Snooze you lose. Hummies was the pick of the bunch for the week, although the Fence guys might beg to differ, and the House locals. JBay wasn't too shabby either. You can check Joann Stassens shots from Friday of Hummies and Pipe here.
When the ocean turns on everyone is stoked, but sometimes it turns on in the wrong way. The plankton critters are back and have caused a red tide which is pretty widespread along the coast.
Drones are kiff, but the real deal throws out even better shots. Vernon Els snapped this lekker shot of the bay - not often you see aerial shots which include a view of the wildside as well.
Drones are really fun when your kids have em and snap picks of dad cruising down the line. Dave Collins taking advantage of his son Tom's new toy.
Winter finally seems to be shaking of it's cobwebs and coming out to play. We're owed a good one after 2 lean El Nino years. Holding thumbs....
Not only the plankton critters making a showing, an orca made an appearance at Jbay just to keep everyone on their toes...
Not to be outdone the locals decided to let everyone know that they're the cool kids on the block. Can actually be pretty daunting with a whole pod bearing down on you in a wave - cos you have to wonder whether you'll head butt one during your duck dive. And in the man vs dolphin head butt compo dolphin always wins....
PE always plays second fiddle to JBay and it looks like that runs true for the fishy department as well. Instead of dolphins cruising the surf, we have lil feeshies doing a runner.
SAMREC had a penguin release on the weekend and a bunch of the lil black n white waddlers made a dash for freedom. Shot to SAMREC for all the great work they do in rehabilitating local marine wildlife. Pop in and visit when next you in Cape Recife and stuff a few bucks in the donation tin.
Did I mention there were waves this week? Yes I did...here's a reminder....
Shane Pyke put together this kiff lil edit of a Hummies sesh during the week.
Jordy Smith stepped up to the plate and hit the ball out the damn park - winning the Bells CT event in style. So good to see the Saffa back on the podium again - make it happen this year Jords!!
Shot to local ladies Faye Zoetmulder and Emma Smith for their 2nd and 4th places in the Corona Durban Surf Pro.
PE surfers said their goodbyes to an absolute legend of the sport. Turtle Morris passed away recently after a period of ill-health, He will be sorely missed by all and fondly remembered for being a great surfer, a gentleman and all round lekker ou. Rip those rights in the sky Turtle, RIP.
Here's a collection of random shots from the week that was to end off...
Waves, waves and more waves. And Easter bunnies. And rain. And rainbows. Not a shabby week all in all. Of course out west was heaps better than the bay, but still enough to get wet on for sure.
Always lekker when the week starts off with a bang. Shake off the Monday Blues by wearing a thick lip on the head!
Tuesday didn't disappoint either. Some green rooms to be had if you put some fuel in the tank.
Midweek saw the rain clouds warming up their act in preparation for the end of the week obligatory Easter downfall. What would Easter be without a day's pissing rain?
Unfortunately the poofy plankton has showed up again, with a big patch visible in the Sundays River area. It's one of those annoying things that will keep recurring since it first reared it's head a coupla years ago. Once it's occured once in an area it's pretty much there to stay. The lil cyst things stay dormant, just waiting for nice conditions and then go into bloom. Bleh.
'The pylons at Hummies are good for many things - besides creating the kiff waves they are also host to braai's, picnics...and the occasional flying swan dives! Which look lekker, provided you don't belly flop!
CarPark John is super stoked with his new stick from Graham Smith. Expect big things from the ballie - plenty of air 360's coming up!
Thursday wasn't gonna be outdone in the stellar week, and threw up some fun surf as well as a kiff sunset to round things off in preparation for the long weekend.
The long weekend dawned with rain and rainbows - and gold at the end of the rainbow for sure.
Saturday and more rain and rainbows. And waves.
Still north of the equator, stoked to have scored a few fun waves the past week. Nothing wrong with shoulder to head high waves in warm water. Some double overhead crackers on the east side, but we're west side peeps so happy to park off waiting for the SW swells to wrap their way all the way round from JBay to Maldives.
When the week kicks off with a Monday that looks like that then you now it should be a good 'un! Mondays are meant to be blue, but sometimes they can be pretty too.
Tuesday decided it wouldn't be outdone so threw up a lekker morning. If you took a drive west there were a few waves to be found.
The midweek swell wasn't as big as predicted but it was still pretty damn decent. Forecasts still seem to be overcalling many of the swells for some reason. Maybe a change in algorithms or something?
You know the east has pumped a lil bit cos these critters showed up. Marc Pautz spotted them at Cape Recife
Dawn broke beautifully over a quiet Friday morning. Many took the day off to join the peaceful protests against our Muppet-in-charge. We even did our bit this side of the equator.
It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to a real legend on Friday. Turtle Morris passed away after a battle with pneumonia. Turtle will be sorely missed by the whole surfing community. May the surf always be 6ft and offshore for you from here onward. Love and shaka's to James Morris & family.
There will be a memorial church service at 10am on Saturday 22nd April at Covenant Grace Church (corner La Roche drive and Schaefer square, Humewood), There will be a paddle out at Millers at 4pm and then the wake at Something Good. Everyone is welcome to attend. Come say your goodbyes to a real legend of the Bay.
Check out Hagen's lekker article about the history behind why Turtle was called Turtle.
PE hosted it's first WSL comp over the weekend. Surf was better than the usual Pipe slop, although still some heavy onshore to deal with. Mikey Feb was on fire and took the win from Dylan Lightfoot. Crystal Hullet too the win in the Ladies division from Emma Smith.
Pity the skollies were on the prowl - breaking into CT surfer Adin's cabby whilst he was grabbing a wave at Hummies.
Some friendly dolphins to round off a pretty good week. Roll on winter.
Maldives not Millers for me this week. So a "Week That Was..." wrap from the other side of the equator. Waves up here and waves back home. But I think the one's here are a wee bit better.
Snuck a fun session slightly overhead sesh in at Cokes in between work,work,work. So kiff to be surfing in boardies on some juicy waves. Also fun to get that "oooh vok" feeling when the freak hourly set rolls through that's triple the size of the normal sets. Point those toes and paddle ya ass off....
A few waves about, with the wildside being the pick of the bunch. Normal story - further west you drove the better the surf you got. Although wave size and wildlife seem directly proportional. Ou's had a visitor at Seals beachie over the weekend....
Congrats to local legend Jon Scheepers who celebrated his 70th birthday last week. Ya all owe the ballie a few b'day waves! Wonder how many car-parks he's worn out in his years of surf checks??
I'm not the only one surf tripping at the moment. Ex-local Brad Moolman (now living in Dubai) took a spin over to Sri Lanka to grab a few waves. Looks like it was pretty schweet.
Pretty flipping spectacular week for sunrises and sunsets in the Bay. For all the kak we have to endure to live here, it's the things like this that make Africa worth all the effort.
Sunset Sards © Etienne Stassen
Not content with just putting on a light show, the clouds decided to get in on the action as well. Chris Scott snapped some alien-looking one's out in SF.
It was Ironman weekend, and PE put on it's best show for all the tourists and competitors. Lekker to see SuperSport getting our 'hood some coverage. And she showed up for the party for sure.
Waves in Aus for the Margaret River Pro. Jordy recovered from a sketchy Round 4 heat and won his Rd 5 tie against Flores - so he's in the Quarters.
For every yin there's a yang, so you pay for the good days with the flat one's. One thing's for sure. Every week in PE has it's flat days...
Looks like the possibility of a few fun lil waves this week, so snooze you lose. Nothing like a dose of salt water to wash away the worries.