Yoh, another shocker of a week surf-wise. Nothing much happening in the bay at all. Thankfully a bit of swell picked up for the annual Sunset Night Surfing Classic, which was a lekker event. Check out the Comps Blog for a full wrap, results and pics here.
Seemed like if you made the trek out the bay to the Wildside you might not only luck into surf, you might also get accosted by a bunch of chicks - like this smiley surfer who Luc Hosten coerced into posing with a group of ladies he was out there shooting.
Seems to be more surf in China than PE at the moment. Grant Beck is over there surfing for the SA team in the GoPro World Longboard Champs. Unfortunately all the EC locals in the team are out of the comp, but no doubt still having an amazing time in Ching-chong land.
Epic fail by this Volvo Round the World team who managed to park there very expensive yacht on the reef in the middle of the night whilst screaming through the Indian Ocean. Someone obviously didn't enter waypoints in all that well that they tried to make a shortcut across the Chagos Islands. Ooooops.
John John Florence pipped perennial favorite Kelly Slater to take the win in the annual Surfer Poll awards this week. Changing of the guard? Saffa's got represented by Jordy who took a 5th possie in the poll, and Grant Twiggy Baker who won the Heavy Water award - legend!
Surfs looking good for the last event of the year- the Billabong Pipe Masters. The waiting period has begun and looks like some heats will hit the water soon enough. Only thing is that there's lank sand on the reef at the moment, which is making things pretty treacherous out there. Need some swell to clean it all off. Who's it gonna be for the win?
Speaking of Billabong- look who's opened a store in Walmer Park. Spotted it this week on one of my very infrequent visits to the mall. Allergic to all forms of shopping unless it's a surf, sports or fishing store! Sure this will be a welcome diversion for those ou's getting dragged around the mall on Saturday mornings....
Spotted these classic T's too. Should make a good Christmas stocking filler for the surfer in your life.
Popped in to the sports shop to grab a soccer ball for our trip to Indo - cos best exercise is a game of footy with the boaties after a day out surfing. Spotted this ad for one of those fitness bangle thingy's. Gonna have to say that ou doesn't look too well balanced on that board! Why is it that when marketing peeps try use surfing in their ad's they make such a hash of it??
Stoked to get this kiff Motion drypack backpack from Oakley to make sure I get my camera safely from boat to shore when swimming in to go shoot from the island. Usually have to swim chucking my drypack in front of me like a waterpolo ball which is such a mission, and then also end up getting pounded in the shorey whilst trying to hang on to it. So this will be a welcome change - just chuck it on my back and swim in - too easy.
Full-on packing mission at the moment as leave to Indo this week. Making some lil hat-strings to keep hat on head whilst surfing cos having to swim in to fetch it when it gets washed off is such a hack. Paranoid about the sun so always in a hat in the tropics. Kiff excuse to fire up the blow-torch. Never seen a creme brulee in it's life, but burnt plenty of bits and pieces of my DIY surf kit efforts.
Always a challenge to make the baggage limit requirements, but found a neat trick to keep my case a bit better sorted. Can get things called Case Tidy's, which are lightweight cloth zipper bags you pack your kit into. So instead of arriving the other side and everything is a skommel, now it's all vas in it's lil baggie. Reckon it's gonna work a treat.
Nothing smells better than a fresh stick. Nothing. Picked up hubby's new 6ft3 Gobbler by Greg Smith. More of a bigger wave version, with a pulled in tail, slight hip and sharper rails. For those overhead days when you don't want the tail sliding out on you. Stephen van der Watt did an epic spray job on her under some serious time constraints. Hopefully it'll see some good waves in the next 2 months....