Yip, there was some gold at the end of the rainbow this week. Coupla days of super fun surf, specially Saturday late arvo and Sunday morning before the onshore came up.
Wondering why your new stick ain't ready on time? Well, shapers gotto take time off to do some product testing - like Greg Smith seen here on a Supers smoker. Plenty of advantages to working in the surf industry - cos you're expected to be in the "office" when the swell's firing.
Shot to the EP lighties who won their divisions at the PST event at Nahoon this weekend - Jbay's Rewaldo Abersalie (u16), Angelo Faulkner (u14) and PE's Kia Fenton (u18). Nice work groms. Spend those bucks wisely.
Local shredder Bruce Campbell has some new sticks to play with. Expect to see this rather off looking Firewire at a break near you soon. It's somewhat similar in shape to the early Meyerhoffer's. Thomas Meyerhoffer’s weird hourglass shapes first hit line-up's back in 2010 or thereabouts. Initially the board's odd outline took flack, but when ou's like Kelly & Peter Mel gave it the thumbs up it couldn't be discarded so easily.
Now Firewire have made their take on the surf-savant's design and come up with something called the Cornice. Which is undoubtedly a really kak name for a surf board. Nonetheless, be interesting to see what Bruce thinks of it. Always good to shift the paradigm.
This beauty sailed into the bay last weekend. She's called Fidelis, a Perini Navi yacht - 184ft/56m of pure floating bliss. She can hit 15 knots, and has a range of 3500 nautical miles. Chuck in 5 suites and a gym, and you're styling all day long. If you have a spare $20 mil in your piggy bank you can pick up a second hand one just like her. Or if you fancy a charter she's a steal at R340k a week for you and 10 mates.
Surf the Wedge in Plett? Keep ya feet up then. This lil puppy was hooked at Wedge and then landed on Central Beach in Plett. He got pulled in for a photo opp and then was returned safely to sea. Guessing not to many ou's out for the arvo sesh after that....
Supers lit up this week - literally and figuratively. Pretty as it is the glow in the dark surf is a sign of more sinister things. It's caused by an abundance of phytoplankton, which looks a brown miff colour in the day but lights up lekker at night. The hiccup is that it breeds like bunnies and can cause some issues for the local fish if too much of it builds up. Still pretty cool looking despite it's nasty side-effects.
Wonder what happened to that macking 16 second swell that graced our shores recently - well, it takes about 7-10 days to make itself across the Indian Ocean and light up the Indo reefs. Here's what Magic Seaweed has at 3ft 16sec. Which is actually quite correct. But you wouldn't have thought it'd look like this! Period is everything! And can make arb looking swell heights morph into freight train beasts. Always check the period....
Sandy Bay, Cape Town. Home to lotsa naked peeps (it's a nudist beach), kiff lil waves....and panga-wielding muppets. Mikey February and his video dude Steve were making the walk back from Sandy's to Llandudnou when 2 idiots jumped out a bush and attacked them. Lucky for Mikey he managed to stick his board in the way and it took the brunt of the cuts. Poor Steve got a sushi'd forearm. Crazy times.
Parko pulled off a kiff Jetski air during the Rip Pro. Not-so-hot jetski drivers were struggling with the big booming closeouts during the opening rounds and managed to buck poor Parko off during a life back out to the line-up.
Filipe Toledo continues to head up the Brazilian Storm, and claimed the title on home turf. He's pretty deadly in lil onshore ramps, but does have the game to step it up into the big stuff too. Will it be a Brazzo World Champ for 2015 as well? Gabe's apparently partying like mad still on the back of his 2014 win (in between doing "how to shave" commercials for his sponsors), so not sure if he'll make a late charge for the title again this year - but Filipe seems to have things well on the way for now.
It certainly isn't a dream stop on the Dream Tour, but if you can pack 50 000 screaming fans onto the beach, isn't that what the WSL is after?
Did I mention there were waves this week? Yip, there were......