Crikey. What a week of surf. When last did PE get day after day of cooking surf and lekker weather. A slew of south swells lit up the bay like a Christmas tree. Thanks Neptune for the early pressie.
Humewood was cooking, plenty of sand dredging enema's available for anyone who was keen. Check out the galleries from Petronel Posthumus here:
The Pier was off it's pip. I'd surfed there for the first time in years a month ago and could tell the banks had finally come back after a long hiatus. So when the south swell pulled in it went ballastic. Pretty much almost a barrel every wave. Brownie Moulang scored the pick of the bunch with many ou's saying it's the best barrel they have ever seen in PE.
A couple of novelty waves lit up along the N2 stretch to BWB. If you didn't mind the sharks (both land and water) and a serious case of typhoid, then you'd be getting 5-6ft drainers. Richard von Wildemann who snapped this shot was frothing so much he nearly fell off the dolosse.
Millers had some fun one's too. Although did get crowded at times. Unfortunately there seems to be an inverse relationship between waves and line-up etiquette. Seems the better the surf the worse the manners get. Eish
A certain secret right point was doing it's thing.
Life is all about perspective. Those lucky enough to be out getting barrels and those in a bus off to work.
Life imitates art. Or in this case wild life imitates surfer. Or vice versa. was it the chicken or the egg?
Local Schoenies photag Luc Hosten is well known for his lekker wild side scenic shots and sand in all it's wonderous forms. But he is an all round awesome photographer.
He won a photo competition this month for this excellent capture. Bird's eye view trumping fish eye view on this occasion.
Get your summer shred stick orders into the Boardroom. Deno has his shaping machine sorted out and back in action and has the new sticks flying off the shelves.
Phew, what a kiff week. Plenty of stoked surfers about in the bay. Here's hoping we don't have to wait too long for the next solid swell.
Surfing in PE made simple: Waves are good, wind is kak. Wind is good, waves are kak. That pretty much sums up last week. Some really decent swell got decimated by some pomping wind. Sure, you could try paddle out and grab a few, but it was definitely favoured effort in the effort:reward ratio.
Glance at this from afar and it looks like a dolphin jumping though the surf. Turns out it's just Jonty succumbing to the ever-present chop.
For those who prefer their chops on the braai and not on their waves, then a trip west to JBay solved all your issues. The protection from the hillock and the slight change in coastline angle meant that Supers was rather super.
And if you went even further west there were some sandy barrels to be had. There's talk about some groynes being built along this stretch of coast to try replenish the beaches. Could be an interesting project if they do it right.
As far as PE went, it was mostly Pipe or bust unless you really like hopping the chop. At one stage the chops moving along the wave face were actually breaking, so there was a 2ft wave breaking sideways on a 4ft wave. Welcome to PE.
With summer on the way it means the early morning surfers are getting more bang for their buck. The warmer temperatures also mean less likely to be the usual morning devil wind,which is a double whammy win. Winter dawnies are usually ruined by the heavy cross-shore.
Spring highs combined with the big low pressure that came past meant super high tides. Took some chunks out of the wall at Millers, and even bigger chunks out of the sand dunes. Everyone is always quick to point out that sand dunes can recover, but not if there isn't a back beach to replenish them with - as is the case at Millers. So when they get chowed, they stay chowed. The same problem at Pipe, not sand behind the dunes to feed back into them again.
Some comps coming up soon. The NMBS Closed is at the end of the month at Kitchens in JBay, and there's the Something Good Classic coming up this weekend at Pipe. Check out the shirt size option on the entry form!
Always something interesting floating past out at sea. Last week saw the heavy lift vessel Hua Xing Long en route to the USA head past Schoenies, dwarfing the pleasure craft Bam who looked to be dicing it.
Sunsets and sunrises always good in the bay. More of the same this week.
Nothing too flash on the charts this week. But with the crazy summer weather, anything could happen.