Shew, what a sad week. The PE surf community had to say goodbye to one of it's staunchest locals. Pipe stalwart Vaughan Jones, known as Mr Jones to so many, passed away whilst surfing Rincon. What a way to go, doing what you love.
He will be sorely missed by all. Many attended his funeral and memorial paddle out at Pipe to pay their last respects to this special man. The Grey boys said goodbye in style by beating arch-rivals Grey Bloem 27-20. Condolences to friends and family. RIP Vaughan, we know you'll still be hooking into those sets out at the back of Pipe.
Sandy Coffey took some wonderful shots at the paddle out - you can see the full gallery here.
Cape Town continues it shark problems, with another attack at Muizenberg this week. Thankfully it wasn't fatal, with the victim suffering from lacerations across both legs. Pretty concerning how markely the frequency of shark sightings and encounters have increased there over the years. I learnt to surf at the 'Berg whilst at Varsity and sharks were unheard of back then.
JBay local Dylan Lightfoot continues his good run of form, finishing 9th in the US Pro Junior held at Huntington Beach. He reckons it was pretty impressive to be able to be out there in what must be surfing's ultimate arena. Packed stadiums on the beach and crowds lining the pier.
Dean Simpson bade farewell to Old Yellow after it unceremoniously flew off his roofracks and became 2 shortboards instead of one log. That meant a new stick was to be born, and here's a sneak peak at what will soon be gracing the logging line-up's of the bay. Stylish looking board for a stylish surfer.
Another edition of Boardtalk will be hitting the shelves near you soon. After a bit of an hiatus, the local board mag is back in action, headed up by Casey Beveridge. Make sure you go grab a copy cos local is lekker, they'll be available at Surf Centre, Coffee's Up and Summerbreeze Spar in Summerstrand. First 100 copies snag a free calendar as well.
Our time in the Maldives has come to an end and we begin the long trek home. Bummed to be leaving behind such perfect waves and weather. Probably one of our best trips there to date. One of the highlights was sharing prefect head high peelers with just us and Rasta and his girlfriend in the line-up. Had to laugh at one stage cos he had his water cam out there for a bit and was taking some shots, of us included - bit skaam to have one of the world's best surfers taking pictures of you whilst you dorking it! Such cool peeps though. Epic day.