The week that was....was bloody bliksem big. A monster storm rolled through in the latter part of the week bringing with is freezing cold conditions and the mother of all swells. Thursday was almost unrideable, although some brave souls through they could handle the rip. Mostly the rip won.
Take a close look at Robbie's shot of Super's above. Legitimate 3x overhead. Even PE was a solid size, a few double overhead one's rumbling through clubhouse. Millers also had a few at that size, but they were harder to catch than a looter with a big screen TV.
You can check more shots of Millers on Thursday here:
Dave Randle was also out and about with his camera and got some shots of the guys trying to paddle out. Basically you started at Bird Rock, and finally made the back-line somewhere near Millers main peak.
Clubouse was sizey...
Humewood was pick of the bunch on Friday when things calmed down and cleaned up a bit. You can check Stuart Gillmers gallery from Friday here....
Full respect to the man in the hat. No idea how he managed to hang onto it whilst paddling out. Anyone know who it is?
Baked Beans was throwing up a few good one's
The Pier was a bit too wild and wooly, with a hell rip. Coupla guys ended up there by default, after starting with the intention of surfing lower Millers into Hobie Beach - and then just getting sucked across to Pier instead!
Getting in after your surf at the Pier would have been, um, challenging....
....and if the swell's are almost as high as the pier, yip, then it's solid.
The end of the line - Denvills was the last stop to score.
Video from Mervyn Goddard
As I doubt there were too many takers at Fence.
Bell Bouy was doing it's thing.
Then a few minutes later that would bend into the bay and detonate
The northerlies during the week made sure that the wild side lit up - some heaving shacks at Beachview and Maitland with no takers. Other than the dolphins!
Of course Supers was going off it's pip. Just to prove there is gold at the end of the rainbow.
Other than the big swell, there was big rain too. Parts of the beachfront got flooded, with the intersection at Something Good/8th avenue looking like a small dam.
With rain comes rainbows - guessing this one was pointing to a proper peak on the wild side.
Sards also had some new water features.
Even with the waves getting all the attention, there were still the usual lekker sunrises and moonrises.
Hopefully the big swell heralds what we can expect for the rest of the winter. We're owed some solid surf. It was pretty solid too in my other front yard. And certainly a lot warmer!
Some more good swell during the week. Especially if you went west. Heaps of lines bending into the various bays studded along our coastline, take your pick.
At least winter is showing itself the past month or so, with bigger and more consistent swells gracing our shorelines. Water has had it's chilly patches here and there, as has the air temp.
Pipe isn't the best known surf spot in PE for nothing. It doesn;t always deliver on quality but certainly is one of the most consistent spots in the bay. Pretty much always something to make it worth getting wet.
The crew of morning locals are committed to getting out there no matter what. And local photag and surfer Dave Randle is always up with the early birds getting his shots.
The wild woolly weather made for for interesting times for the big ships heading out beyond Cape Recife this week. Amazing they don't shed containers off their decks when it's like that.
Besides Algoa Bay being home to plenty of container ships these days, there was an interesting visitor this week. Big oil rig taking a break en route, waiting for better conditions.
There is a regular swim group that heads out for an early morning dip most mornings, and they often post some cool shots of their dawnie dips. Gotto say you have to be dedicated to head out on a cold winters morning. Must have good wetties!
We often see lekker shots of the Cape Recife lighthouse, but not often a night shot - have to be brave hanging around there in the dark with expensive camera equipment!
Some PE history thanks to Ralph West:
How the Dom Pedro Jetty got its name. Quite a story albeit brief:
The Dom Pedro Jetty, completed in 1902. The name was taken from a ship which lay in Algoa Bay waiting the decision of the Prize Court at Simonstown after she had been caught engaging in the slave trade. The slaves escaped and were presumably drowned. Dom Pedro was then put up for auction, but not a single bid was raised. She was then beached on the rocks near the mouth of the Baaken's River and the wreck was a landmark for many years. On the site of her remains was erected the Dom Pedro Jetty, the name of the ill-fated slave ship on the spot where she met her doom.
Surf Centre Humewood is having a mid winter wetsuit sale. While stocks last!
40% off selected suits.
R1000 off Gul Response 3/2 chest zips.
20% off Hurricane, Roxy and Quiksilver suits.
They are only expecting shipments again in October this year, so plan ahead!
Big Dave's just finished shaping his new "shortboard", so watch out for it bearing down on you at a nearby lineup. Shaped under Dave's original SeaFlight brand from many moons ago.
Sometimes if you too lazy to walk over the road to do a surf check at Millers it's just easier to drive your cabbie there instead. Unknown ou getting front row seats in the comfort of his van.
Of course it would be an epic week of surf. Cos I couldn't surf. Damn Covid. But nonetheless, the waves cooked. Whilst I watched. Nepture has such a sense of humour sometimes.
It built up during the week with some super fun runners in clean and glassy conditions, then a coupla puffs of wind here and there to ruffle things up, and then culminating in some big wind coupled with some big waves on the weekend.
Millers had waves most of the week, as did Pipe & Rincon. Even Avo's had a few takers here and there. Needed quads of steel to deal with the wind chop at times.
Anyone who wanted a bit of wild with their waves could have headed over to the wild side.
Keep going west and it kept getting bigger. JBay was off it's pip.
Here's a few from Pipe, taken by Mr Pipe, Dave Randle.
East Cape line-ups are something special. And during winter, well, they just that much more special!
No doubt after a week full of waves Neptune will punish us with a week of nothingness thereafter, but pretty sure everyone got their wave quota's for a while anyway.
Oh, and in other news - the mullets snuck the bloody fish farm back on the agenda. And whilst everyone was up in a flurry over that - Thyspunt nuclear also came back into the mix. Us here in the East Cape get to pick our environmental poison.