Well done to our lighties! The EP Junior team came 2nd in the SA Junior Champs held at Point last week, just getting pipped by KZN. The team had an amazing spirit, and all the kids surfed outta their socks. Props to Kai Woolf who won the Girls u13 title. The other EP finalists were Angelo 2nd u13 boys, Ashleigh 3rd u15 girls, Joshe 3rd & Sebastian 4th u15 boys, Matt 2nd u17 boys and Dylan won a new surfboard for excellent surfing.
Thanks to the EP management team of Willem van Rijswijck, Annie van der Merwe, Louisa Lightfoot; coaches Grahan Hynes and Etienne Venter; and our on the spot reporter and photag Sany Coffey. Big up's to sponsors Boardwalk and Billabong. Local is lekker!
Want proof that the world's a small and random place? Brendon Booth-Jones was browsing through a book shop in London when he saw a travel book about South Africa. Picked it up and flipped it open, it landed on the Port Elizabeth page, and guess who he saw staring back at him? None other than his boet James and mate Gabriel Steyn Botha.
Staying in Back to the Future mode, was sorting out some old mags during the week and came across PE's Duncan Scott on the back cover of a 2007 issue of Surfers Path, a UK surf mag. Duncan was a sponno'd surfer back in the day, then became team manager for O'Neill Europe for many years.
Not sure how many mags in my total collection - but there's over 600 here, and it's a just a small section of the overall pile. Almost every Surfer, Surfing, Tracks, Surfing Life, Waves, Zigzag, Surfers Path, Transworld Surf and Carve from the early 90's onwards. Long live print!
A new Billabong store will be opening in Walmer Park 1 Dec. It'll be stocking core surf gear, so there'll be boards and wetties etc. Reckon if they gooi up a big screen TV and show some surf movies it could turn into a husband/boyfriend creche for all the ou's getting dragged to the mall on a Saturday. Ou's be smiling to have a store to lurk in instead of having to check out lipstick colours and shoes....
Summer's here, and it's time to start thinking grovel board. Here's a kiff lil mini-Vetkoek by Dennis Ellis at the Boardroom, with Tristan - a very happy looking new owner.
How's this for a neat GoPro shot. Don't try this at home though! Not a fan of shark cage diving for various reasons, but it's still a pretty scary damn shot nonetheless.
Wasn't much surf this week til the weekend which delivered a coupla lumps, and things not looking very exciting for this week in the bay. Summer's here. Gotto start driving out the bay to find the waves these days.