The week started with some surf, but downgraded rapidly thereafter. Seems to be the summer trend, a day or 2 a week and the rest is either dead flat or howling onshore. Gotto lower standards appreciably to stay wet these days. Some pretty chilly water midweek as well - probably colder than anything we had over winter. Bit of upwelling thanks to all the easts bringing colder water inshore.
Crazy Aussie ou decided that the chance of an empty line-up was worth playing tag with a 10ft white for. Surfers had been called out the line-up when it was spotted, but dumb-ass thought he\d just hang in there for some solo waves. Thankfully he eventually had a bolt of common sense and decided to paddle in, after getting buzzed. Got followed in whilst he paddled for a wave too. Pretty lucky his lapse of reason didn;t cost him a foot or leg.
Luckily Saffa's have more sense. We only play with dead sharks! Miller's local Kimble decided to do a bit of shark wrangling with a dead raggie that washed up on the beach at Millers. Woulda been freaky to have bumped into that thing in the line-up as it drifted in to shore!!! Glad not to have seen it....
Plenty Saffa's overseas doing comp's at the moment. Lighties were at the ASP Junior world champs - were JBay local Dylan Lightfoot had the misfortune to lose a cracker heat to Parker Coffin. Hard to handle when your heat score is 17.17 and you get pipped by 0.6 of a point.
Faye Zoetmulder is over in Peru with the SA team at the World Games. The came 3rd in the tag team comp, well done peeps. JBay's Etienne Venter and PE's Johnny Bakker are over there managing the team.
Latest edition of the Boardtalk mag is out, grab yours from Warwick at Coffee's Up or the local Summerstrand Spar's. Lekker thick mag with plenty of great pics and good content.
Luc Hosten caught a great shot of what you should not drop in on penguins if you happen to be sharing the line-up with one. They seem to get a lil ratty!!
Cool PE double act with Kody McGregor snapping the Zigzag's sequence of the week of Dono Zoetmulder. Kiff to show the rest of the country that we have good waves, good surfers and good photags.
Halloween happened on Friday, so in freaky Friday spirit some ou's donned their Halloween garb to stand a chance at winning a kiff set of Scarfini skeleton fins from Surf Centre Humewood. Winner announced on Monday. If you're looking for rad fins the Scarfini Art range are awesome - all available at Surf Centre.
Props to the local NSRI who rescued a surf skier out at Sards on Saturday morning. He fell off in heavy onshore seas and couldn't get back onto his ski. He'd drifted into a gnarly area where sets were breaking, but the NSRI ou's managed to get in and pick him up whilst waves broke into their boat. He was rushed to hospital with severe hypothermia and was in critical condition. These guys risk their lives to save others, and are all volunteers. You never know when you might need 'em to pull you out the water, so always drop a few notes into those lil donation boats you see at the shops. They rely solely on donations and sponsorship, so your help counts.
JBay lighties might be far from home, but they did find a spot to surf which shares the same name as their local. Supertubo's is Portugal's answer to the famed EC walls.