Oops - I missed last weeks blog post. Sorry! But this is why. Kinda hard to drag a laptop out when there's waves and fish on offer. And by the sounds of it, not a helluva lot of wave action happening in the bay. Kinda like Neptune blew his guts out on the good stuff for the Corona Open, and then collapsed in a heap after that and just went to sleep!
Just cos it would suck to miss out on a weeks news, here's the shots from the week that didn't get the blog post. PE mighta been bleak surf-wise, but PA always has something to ride. Local grom Kye getting shacked.
For what there lacked in waves, well, the weather made up for it. Mid-winters summer meant beach days were still on the cards even if they didn't entail getting your board wet.
Someone who wished he had some of the Bay's good weather with him was Peter Coffey - who braved the chilly waters of Canada. Pretty sure it's the first time one of Deno's boards are that far north of the equator.
The bald-headed King hung about after the comp ended to make the most of what was left of the dying swell. Least you know if Kelly's barreling down at you at a million miles an hour he isn't gonna take your head off.
Indo went ballistic. Off-the-charts-swell-of-the-decade kinda ballistic. Other than some hairy boat wipeouts and plenty of reef drags and tatoo's everyone escaped unscathed.
You know when Twig pulls in that things are serious!
The make some kiff yachts in St Francis, and one of the new Nexus cats got to take a lil sea trial off Cape St Francis just to test her out. You know it's flat when there isn't even a beachie happening at Seals....
There were still a coupla beachies delivering the odd rideable wave in the nearby area though. One always looks for sketchy shadows on aerial images like these - like what's that down on the bottom right!?
Shadows which don't scare you are sand shadows - and no one better to capture them than Schoenies photag Luc Hosten.
The summer-like weather had the locals in a froth - with a few jumping for joy in the surf at Pipe. Definitely do better airs than we do!
And to round up the week I missed - just another lekker sunrise. Cos even if the swell is miff it's still worth being at the beach when the sun peaks up from behind the horizon.
Ok - so let's move on to last week's news. Cos even in the absense of surf there's always something going on at the beach! Like spotting a celebrity in the surf....
Anyone over 40 will recognise that guy straight away. 80's heart-throb Rob Lowe who starred in the hit movie St Elmo's fire was in JBay last week and got a surf lesson with Etienne. Rob is currently in SA filming a Netflix movie titled Christmas in the Wild, along with his son John and Sex and the City star, Kristin Davis.
With so many flat days, it gave water photag Marteen a chance to spend more time underwater. And he discovered some pretty cool spots along the Boneyards stretch. So know when you're busy getting dragged down the reef after a wipeout you know what it looks like under there!
So maybe not that many peeps got barreled last week - but turns out one lucky tennis ball did. Bat & ball can be quite an addictive game - so much so that you don't realise there's a decent lil runner peeling off right next to you!
Local legend Turtle Morris was celebrated by a comp held in his honour. The Turtle Morris Millers Invitational was held this past weekend, where the local surfing community and logging crew could pay their respects to one of PE's greatest surfers.
Indo continues to get pounded by awesome surf, and JBay local Dylan Lightfoot is there getting pitted off his pip!
To round up the week, here's a collection of pretty PE sunrises and sunsets. Hopefully this week brings better surf!
Winter can still pull 'em out the bag - and it did just that for the final day of the Women's Corona Open at JBay, with the ladies scoring cooooking surf. Steph took the win over Lakey, with the dolphins sneaking a 3rd spot.
If you didn't wanna watch the chick's final, you could of course have hooked some smokers at Point instead.
Still some legends hanging about as part of the pro-circus, and SA surfings elder statesman Shaun Tomson gave a chat to the locals. Such an interesting guy, with real insight into the world of pro surfing, having been there, done that, and got the Tshirt.
He also took time out to visit the penguins at Cape Recife!
Heading further around the wild side, some consternation about the sand mining at Schoenies being given the go-ahead. Local company Glendore Sand will be permitted to mine a sand-dune just off the back of Schoenies, which obviously the locals, and most other peeps, think is a kak idea.
IN between everyone getting barreled in the surf, the gulls decided to get in on the action as well. Random seagull fact: Seagulls can drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes which is specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill.
The Minhetti hotel just past Schoenies finally bit the dust after lying vacant for many years. Always sad to see a landmark go. This well-known hotel has operated under numerous names over its life. Amongst its guises was a naval training base during WW2. For some unknown reason, the hotel never attracted sufficient clientele to be able to be financially viable. Nevertheless, it is an icon for many of the older generation who would attend functions there
With all the action in the water with the pro surfers in town, there were those who were determined to get the shot. Some more so than others....
What's a week without the beautiful African sunrises and sunsets...
It's usually the waves to the west that get the glory, but don;t forget if you drive east you'll find some nuggets as well. This shot is not where you think either. A town more renowned for New Years than waves...
Better late than never. Last week saw some awesome waves light up JBay for the Corona Open, which was done and dusted chop chop. Toledo looked like the form horse from the get-go and didn't disappoint.
The world's top female surfers return to JBay for the first time in almost 20 years. None of the women currently on Tour have ever competed at J-Bay during a Championship Tour (CT) event and, prior to this week, a number of them had never been to South Africa. The comp should wrap up at the end of this week.
It wasn't only the world famous rights that were firing. PE had waves, and so did the end of the road. Winter at least decided to show it's face.
The shark spotters were active at this years event, with a light aircraft added to the mix. You just had to be careful not to get too much height on your airs else you mighta been T-boned by it.
The adage goes that the sharks you see aren't the one's you have to worry about. Hopefully Mike Hill spotted this one whilst noseriding down the point, cos that would have put it into the "ain't gonna bite you" category.
Stoked to have met the King! So privileged to have attended a small private function where legend Shaun Tomson interviewed 11x World Champ Kelly Slater . Absolutely fascinating to hear these 2 surf geniuses talk. Just blew everyone's mind's to sit and listen to these guys up close and personal. Intelligent, insightful and articulate. They don't make em like that anymore...
Gotto love it when non-surfers write about surfing events. The Mango inflight magazine advertising the Corona Jbay Open with a shot of a tropical left. Nup - missing the point ou's. And miss the point even more cos you don't offer a fixed price for boardbags like the other airlines. Bleh.
It wouldn't be a winters week in PE without the obligatory sunrise/sunset shots...
CarPark John is a bit distracted whilst watching the Corona open JBay 2018 today! Ballie hasn't lost his touch. 10 outta 10 according to his rating scale. Not sure if he was referring to the waves, or the company!?
Always fun to find some vintage PE shots, like this poster advertising Humewood beach. Apparently people could walk on water back then.
So a good week of surf, action and all sorts. Would be cool if we could just push the re-order button!
A sneaky one day swell popped up on Thursday and made sure everyone's sinuses got properly rinsed. Some bombs, some barrels and some very long rides to be had. Of course if you missed it, by the next day it was totally flat...
The pro circus has hit town as the Corona Pro starts today (can't get used to calling it that - still the Billabong to me). That meant that Supers was showcasing some super hot talent. And crowds were thick.
It was a kinda feast or famine week - either bogger all or cooking. Didn't deter those who were determined to get wet though, still plenty of lovely days to go for a swim with your surfboard. At least more chance of catching a wave than if you just stayed in the carpark.
Winter went into hiding for a few days with some beautiful weather making for mid-winter summer days.
The chokka season started, so expect to see plenty of boats dotting the bay. Specially when the weather goes pear-shaped and they run for cover.
Those at Donkey Bay this week were also running for cover - as in cover-ups. Coupla local PE surfers made the trek westwards to score the draining left hander and got some cool shots of the view.
Local charger Josh Saunders is on the cover of the latest Boardtalk mag dropping into a bomb.
Logger Gregg Clarke bumped into a coupla well-known peeps at the airport last week - some familiar looking bald ou and another dude with with more hair.
The beaut weather meant some beaut sunsets, throw in a bit of sea mist and you have a winner. Like this shot of the wildside at Seals.
Nothing like the dawn of a new day to present a world of opportunity - will there be waves...
The charts for this week look pretty stellar - so expect some good waves at JBay for the comp. Yeeeuw!! Just don't bother trying to watch it on the FB live stream - cos (a) it won't be working or (b) the annoying lil emoticons flying continuously up the side of your screen will drive you nuts. Whoever came up with the dumbass idea of migrating the live feed to FB should be tarred n feathered. Progress is meant to imply improvement. Rather just hop in the car and go watch it live.