Definitely a summer's week as far as surf goes, with not a whole bunch of action in the bay. The usual howling east straight into howling west kinda gig. If you didn't mind a bit of a breeze then you were fine.
If you were really frothing to get wet then round the corner never fails to deliver provided you aren't all that fussy. If you paddle out at Noordhoek you at least know you're going to get plenty of exercise even if you don't get plenty of waves.
Usually the swell runs in cycles so at least one day of waves a week, but didn;t really happen this week. Even a drive out to JBay and Seals over the weekend would have cost you more in fuel money than what you would have had in waves.
If you needing your hit of surf froth and the waves aren't co-operating, then just pop down to the Boardroom for a visit. Nothing like the smell of fibreglass to perk you up, and you can check out the kiff old sticks hanging from the rafters. Plenty of history on dem walls.
Speaking of history. This old shot of Dave Lipschitz and Glen D'Arcy popped up this week. Some things never change. Surfers collected quivers back then just as much as we do the same today. Although these two guys were responsible for making their own! Shaping under the Faith and SeaFlight labels back in the day.
Matthew Botha was one of the lucky winners of an enlargement of his shot from the Pipe Shoot Out last year, and got his print from Katz this week. Poor Matt's been outta the water for quite a while after losing a battle with a chainsaw. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Always something on at King's Beach over the weekend. Nippers were out this past weekend. The crumpled heap of crane still lying there in the background in the harbour.
JBay artist and board spray master Stephen van der Watt doing his bit to keep the locals safe from sharks with this cool anti-shark spray, Not sure if it works, but it looks lekker anyway.
In between wind blasting left and right there are alsways the peachy days that throw out photo worthy sunsets. So even though you might not have got wet, you can still enjoy the sun setting over the ocean.
Take some time to delve in the rock pools and you might even come across one of these amazing guys. Called a Heart Urchin. He isn't the type that attaches to rocks, but rather buries himself in the sand, but sometimes washes loose and does end up in the rock pools. This one was found at Schoenies.
Arg, Look who's back! The fecking fish farm. Just when we thought it had been buried back in 2016 thanks to the overwhelming outcry, they have raised their heads for Round 2.
Algoa 1, the area just off Pipe is still on the agenda, albeit this time slightly smaller. But the fact that it is a kak concept remains. Why situate a fish farm just 2k's off of one of our main recreational beaches, and in full view of all the tourist beaches?
It's really important that everyone objects again. We beat it once, we can beat it again. But you have to get involved. Being a bystander don't help nought. Please register as an Interested & Affected Party (I&AP) and that way you will be kept up to date with all the news in it's regard, and can submit an official objection.
To register: Email the consultants on firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy and paste the following into the message body:
I would like to register as an Interested & Affected Party for the Algoa Bay Aquaculture Development Zone Project.
Then, make sure you put on a delivery/read recipient if you can. And then make sure you actually get a reply from them to tell you you have been registered! I had to chase up my email to them twice before I actually got a response......
Will keep everyone up to date with developments, but at this stage it's a case of register so long, and public participation process looks to start in March some time.
We have a beautiful beachfront, and to again have to think that they wanna ruin it by putting a fish farm in our bay is just beyond belief.
Thankfully no-one has tried to build a sky-farm yet, so our sunsets and sunrises will remain in tact for the near future at least! Enjoy some shots from around the bay and out west from this past weekend,