A quiet week that morphed into a frantic weekend - with lots of swell, but not that many spots holding it well. There was a purple-people-eater blob that was sitting just south of us spewing up short period southerly swell. Which meant lotsa lumps, weird angles (other than for those magical places), plenty of rip, and a bit more frustration than reward.Yip - there were nugs - you just had to work hard for 'em.
But weird n wonky is how we like our surf, a whole bunch more interesting than the could-I-rather-watch-paint-dry Surf Ranch event. Looks great fun to surf, but shew - to watch an event there? Hmm, pretty damn boring if you ask me.
Of course the not-so-secret-secret-spot was firing. Always cool when it's good enough to keep producing right through the high tide. The rock jump gave rise to plenty of off-the-wave entertainment, as it does when the lines just keep streaming in with no respite.
The wild side lived up to it's name, and it musta been not-so-fun to be out at sea in that lot.
Although earlier in the week the total lack of swell meant it was wild side hunting or your wettie stayed dry.
Sometimes there was even gold at the end of the rainbow.
You didn't even always have to go all the way round the corner to find something....
Let's be honest - all surfers love shots of themselves surfing. So here's your opportunity. Make a note in the diaries (and then pray for some co-operative PE weather). On the 4th Oct the members of the Photographic Society of South Africa will be at Pipe from about 16h00 onwards.
That means plenty of flipping good photags who will be aiming their lenses out to sea and snapping away. The surfers who feature in the 2 best shots of the sessions will win an enlargement of their photo. Plus of course a collection of the best shots from the day will be up in a ML photo gallery.
JBay local Dylan Lightfoot got a 3rd possie in the Anfaplace Pro in Morocco. He's now edged his way into the top 100 on the QS. Lekker!
After the decent swell on the weekend, things are looking very mediocre for the weekend. So a good time to catch up on all the stuff you don't get round to doing when the surf is cooking. Which means PE surfers must mostly always have their stuff done!
Still the beautiful late winter sunrises and sunsets persist (cos spring, despite being here in theory, hasn't quite yet manifested itself). So there's always something to be thankful for even if we don;t get waves!