Yip, summer's officially here. Coupla nice days, coupla stonking wind days. And no surf. Eish. It would be easier to deal with had we had really good surf this winter, but El Nino did us in for another year. Here's holding thumbs it's done now and we can go back to "normal" weather patterns next year - and the possibility of better surf.
The lekker weather did mean the "locals" were out in force - pods of about 130 dolphins were cruising the backline during the early part of the week.
Nice weather saw the NSRI peeps doing a bit of practice with the chopper. Impressive what these ou's can do. Hopefully everyone just sticks to seeing them practicing versus having to experience a rescue first hand. Remember they're a voluntary self-funded organisation - so always lob a few bucks into the collection cans when you see them.
Another crew who really do good work are the Supertubes Foundation. Helpthem raise some bucks to buy a new bakkie, cos their 15 yr old one is kished. These guys do a ton of work keeping the Supers beachfront area looking lekker, so anyone who surfs there should lob in a few bucks. I just donated R500. See info here...
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October is pretty much done and dusted, having been a blerrie windy month. Unfortunately November also ends in "-er" which means it's gonna be windy as well. Everyone who's gatvol of wind raise your hand!
Big 'ol smelly dead whale washed up on the beach in St Francis late last week. Plenty of finned friends cruising right in shore trying to get a nibble at him. Thanks to the NSRI crew for towing it back out to see right out to the current so that the grey-suits can chomp away at it to their hearts content. Props to the brave guys who had to swim next to it in order to fasten the rope round it's tail for the tow. Jaws theme music maybe?
Legend Graham Hynes had his 87th birthday last week. Still on the beach most days coaching the future generations of rippers. Testimony to the adage of use it or lose it. Grahams definitely using it!
JJF won the Meo Pro Portugal, and with Jordy getting knocked out in the semi's now takes an unassialable lead in the world rankings - meaning he's officially the 2016 WSL World Champ. Jordy can hopefully do well at Pipe and still sneak a top 3 finish, which will be his best effort in years.
Sunday evening saw a few inconsistent teeny one's sneak through, so those who were prepared to sit and wait did manage to hook a few small runners. This week isn't looking too flash surf-wise, so take what you see. Don;t waste time in the car park deliberating!
Snack-time in Aus again. Not a week goes by where the locals don;t claim their taxes it seems. Gnarly.
Some big swell in Portugal saw Nazare going off - but you have to pay to play...
Pop over to ML's new FaceBook page here, give it a Like and make sure you click "see first" once you clicked and you hover over the Like button. Cos FB is shafty and doesn't actually put many page posts onto ya newsfeed. Gotto skelm the system to make sure you don't miss out. Will see how it goes else might just go page to using the Profile page if it sucks.