The week started where it left off. Plenty of rad sunsets and some fun lil peelers. Always best to check the sunsets from the water instead of the window!
Whilst PE was on the small side in the early part of the week, Jbay seemed to be sucking in every lil lump in the ocean and turning it into a beautiful long blue wall. So for a quarter tank of fuel you coulda left the 1-2ft dribblers in your rearview mirror and gone and got some of this instead....
The fact that the week itself didn't bring much in the way of surf was overlooked due to the froth levels induced by the impending purple blob that was due to hit on the weekend. Red blobs we get, but purple blobs are less common for our stretch of coast. Ou's were amped.
Those that strapped the boards on the roofracks and travelled west were rewarded. Nice warm-up on Saturday followed by cranking surf on Sunday. Some guys had hair-dry paddle outs whilst others got flogged, moered, bliksemed, and whatever else a maxing Supers could dish out. But if you got a good 'un it made it all worthwhile.
Unfortunately PE didn't quite get the full brunt of the purple people eater. Swell direction was OK on it so it shoulda made it into the bay. But someone stole it. Make no mistake, there were certainly waves, and good waves. But not really purple blob sized waves. Maybe just as well, instead of big washy surf we actually had some super fun waves. Those who wanted to test their paddle power headed out at Rincon or back of Pipe. The rest ended up at Millers. Cos the high tide meant you could just walk round instead of having to paddle.
The guys were getting so frothed on the pre-weekend warm-up that they managed to get some gnarly injuries in the small stuff. How often doesn't that happen - end up getting hurt on a stupid lil wave and not the grinding overhead sand sucking beasts. Merv had an altercation with his board at the Pipe shorey. So did Brad Moolman.
Speaking of Merv - he's on a mission to raise some bucks for the EP Masters side that's off to SA Champs at Richards Bay. He's organised a kiff raffle where you can win a Beershack surfboard. So for just R10 you can be the proud owner of a new stick. Grab your tickets at Surf Centre, Coffee's Up or tune Merv.
Billabong South Africa is hiring! They are looking for an experienced graphic artist to join their team in J-Bay. Send portfolios and CV’s to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Only open to South African citizens). Besides working for a cool brand, and your office is only about 200m from the beach, it also helps that sneaking off for a lunchtime surf if the waves are firing is not frowned upon!
Just be warned though - if you take the job, you gotto know that the dress code is compulsory Crocs. Like Taj Burrow. Cos if team-rider Taj says they cool. They're cool. And you wear 'em. With pride! (OK, so it isn't really, but no-one has quite worked out why Taj is rocking them on a Puerto Rico beach)
Shot to Cheron Kraak and Firewire for donating a brand new stick to lil JBay mini-micro grom Zia Hendricks. Zia won the u9 title at the SA Grom Champs this year, so despite only being two bricks and a ticky high this young charger is already making waves. Onwards and upwards!
The sunsets didn't stop coming. Not that we're complaining!!