A rare combination of glassy conditions AND waves saw some long sessions logged on Thursday. Super fun lil waves all over, although things had dropped off by mid-arvo. Snooze you lose.
Sands moved back into all the right places, which has opened up a few of the dormant low tide spots. Good week all round, even for ex-PE peeps. Brad & Hannah scored some sweet peelers in their Maldives office, and Jaryd and Pottie made the mission to Margaret River to check out the WSL event - and charge some pretty serious sized surf.
The weather was so lekker on Thurday that it caught some ou's out....forgetting to take their sunnies off before hitting the line-up. We all laugh when we see it, but it's an ironic laugh - cos we've all been guilty of doing the same thing at least once in our lives.
The local JBay photag Robbie Irlam is known for his kiff shots of that famous stretch of points. Being an ex-surfer he knows when to snap the shutter. But finally, after 40 years outta the wax, he finally got coerced back in to the surf and caught his first wave in 4 decades. said it was like riding a bike. Welcome back to the fold, Robbie.
Once a surfer. Always a surfer.
If you see an old duck hip deep on the reef at Supers, don't dash out and rescue her. She's the local octopus lady - who bravely sticks her hand into all sorts of nooks and crannies to yank out an eight legged lunch.
Nothing beats a fresh stick. Rubbing that first coat of wax on, screwing in the fins, and then seeing how it floats as you walk it out into the surf. Even better when it goes like a boeing. Gavin Rother loving his new Seaflight. Bit of extra volume to cope with the generally pap PE surf. If you surf in the bay - volume is your friend. Here's why...
PE might be the Windy City and we get moered by howling onshores for days on end - but it's never blown hard enough to fill our skatepark with sand! Sydney got hammered by storms the past week - the shot below is of their beachfront skatepark - where you'd have more luck on a sandboard.
Staying in Aus - another hectic shark attack there on Sunday. Chap sitting in a group of 12 other surfers at a right point in Port Lincoln had a huge white come up under him and bite off his leg - swimming off with it and his surfboard. He's in critical condition. Get well buddy.
Seems to be a lot more rubbish washing up on our beaches than usual. Do your bit to keep your stretch of sand clean by picking up some litter on your way back up the beach after your surf. So easy to do, and every little bit helps.
When money is no object. Eccentric New Zealand surfboard shaper Roy Stuart built the Rampant and priced it at $1 million. The 9-foot-long board handcrafted from Paulownia timber features a 23-carat gold lion motif was undoubtedly unique. Roy had the last laugh when a buyer purchased the board for $1.15 million. You could get 3500 boards from Deno at The Boardroom SA for that price!
The SA Longboard Champs kicked off in PE on Sunday. The comp moves out to Seals on Tuesday. Charts don't look to bad for the loggers and they should have contestable surf. If you're out at Seals for the comp, make sure you pull in to the Cape St Francis Resort on Wednesday evening - PE funny-man Gino Fabbri takes to the stage to tickle your ribs, then rock-a-billy's The Brothers get your blood pumping.
You'd be forgiven for thinking Quik was pulling an April Fool's stunt with this. But nup, Japan's Quicksilver have collaborated with a wettie manufacturer there and come up with True Wetsuits. Wetsuits you can work and surf in. Seriously!
CYOH had their 2nd Surf Off for the year on Saturday. The light north winds meant the guys went on a wildside mission for surf - and the chilly morning temps meant a fire on the beach was the best way to stay warm. Lekker lekker fire-krekker.