Victory at Vic Bay for the NMMU Madibaz team in the SA Varsity Champs. Our guys n gals surfed like champs to bring home the trophy. By the sounds of it the ou's won the after-party as well!
Bit of a ying yan week in the bay, some days felt like summer, the others were decidedly wintery. Bits of surf around if you weren't too fussy. As usual our westerly neighbour had the best of it, with some lekker line's from Supers to the Point. The joys of home school mean you can bail for JBay if the surf's up, like Kelly Fenton below. Lil grom is charging!
A UFO was spotted off Millers. The Unidentified Floating Object was a weird looking thing - about a metre across in diameter. Closer investigation using binoc's didn't help, other than confirming it had a rather "hairy" appearance, and might have been a buoy with lots of algae growth. Speculation was rife whether it coulda been a sea mine, or maybe even Lippie!
Wasn't the only one wondering what it was, as someone got hold of the NSRI and they went off to check it out. Dirk Erasmus reported back saying they found out it was a tumbleweed! We might be a hick town but I never thought we got tumbleweed's here! Who woulda thought!?
Robbie caught a great shot of the locals dropping in at Supers. Always amazing to see them surf the waves, but can turn from amazing to slightly daunting when they happen to be doing it right in front of you. Having 400kg's of fish barreling towards you at speed does make you hope their internal GPS's are in good working order so you don't have a head-on collision.
The weird mix of weather include a really misty morning, where one's imagination could conjure up 4-6ft sets reeling off behind the impenetrable curtain of micro-droplets. But then again, it's PE, so the chances of that were slim.
In saying that, every dog has it's day, and we do on occasion get some mind-bendingly good surf. Like the wildside sesh captured by Kody McGregor of ET, Dylan, Martin, Clint and crew getting some firing barrels a coupla weeks ago. Check out the gallery on the Zag site here, and then remind yourself this is PE.
Lotsa talk about the monster swell that was gonna pummel Indo this past weekend, and by the looks of it it definitely delivered. Bad timing Pete & Jono - woulda like to have seen shots of you groms tearing up Ulu's at 3x overhead! The Coffey's are off to Bali for a surf trip this week - pretty sure there'll still be some good waves around even though they missed the monster.
Shout out to Mervyn, Andre, Shirley, Mickey and their crew for hosting the inaugural Something Good Surf Classic on Saturday. The fun event was to raise funds for the NMBS Masters to go to SA Champs in Richards Bay. Great turnout with nearly 100 entrants. Awesome day on the beach, good surfing, and a phat jol afterwards. 10/10 guys - do it again next year!
The full comp wrap, all the results and pics are here: http://www.millerslocal.co.za/comp-news/shots-from-the-something-good-surf-classic
Simon Strydom found out the hard way that the Wild Side can be wild sometimes. He was surfing in the Reserve and when coming in over the front rocks there was a wash and his blackfoot slipped off and got shredded. Nothing that a set of 12 and then 5 stitches can't fix, although he reckons the 8 injections he got poked with was the the real sore part! That's why I love my booties!
Walking back down the beach this week noted how many urchins had washed up. The dichotomy of nature is such that something as eina as an urchin moves through it's "I'm gonna poke ya foot and make ya miserable" phase to becoming a really pretty pumpkin shell that most people enjoy picking up off the sand and taking home with them. There does appear to be a hellva lot more urchins on the reef at Millers than normal though, with at least 1 or 2 surfers a week getting some spikes through their foot.
Rather only have carnivorous rocks and prickly urchins as the worst of our worries. The Garden Route was the scene of 2 shark encounters this weekend. Late Friday arvo saw 19 yr old Dylan Reddering get badly bitten on the butt and leg whilst surfing Lookout.
On Saturday a lightie had the lower half of his leg bitten off whilst surfing Murphy's, the beach break at Buffels Bay near Knysna.
On Sunday a skiboat about 800m off the backline at Noordhoek got bumped by an aggressive shark, which the skipper reckoned was bigger than his boat. So why all the shark activity at the moment? Apparently the sardines are off shore, and the cold water is coming a bit closer to shore than normal - meaning the sards are closer to shore - and so are their predators.
After last Sunday's sewerage spill at the pump station at Avo's everyone's hyper-aware of foul smells and dodgy looking floating stuff out in the line-up. Had a bit of a brown stinky slick come through where we were surfing, and concluded that the surf was literally sh*t. However, loadshedding that evening showed that it was actually a bit of red tide - as the waves glowed in the dark as the plankton partied. Maybe a combo of the nutrient loading from the sewerage spill, combined with light winds and warm weather? At least there is a bright side to Eskom's ineptitude.
Timelapse captured by Jared Cassidy.
These ou's at Huntington Beach set a new world record for the most number of peeps on a board. Sixty two of them crammed aboard the monster board to give new meaning to the term party-wave. Guess it's better to have 62 dudes on one board pitching up for a surf, than 62 on their own boards!
Beach buggy's have to be the raddest lil cars about. And definitely a perfect surf-mobile. Here's the Berry's in their buggy, about to head down the road on a wave hunt. They must have been the ideal surf exploration tool back in the day's when you were allowed to drive on the beach.
For those who enjoy the tuxedo-clad critters, SAMREC is happy to announce that of their patients have been declared fit and fat enough to go home. The penguin release will happen on Sunday 5 July at 9 am. Bring the lighties and follow them to the beach at Cape Recife to wish them well and an abundance of pilchards and sardines. Adults R25 and Children/Pensioners R15. Refreshments will be on sale at the Flying Penguin Cafe. All proceeds go towards helping SAMREC rehabilitate our injured seabirds and wildlife.
Turning 50 is a milestone worth celebrating, and ex-PE local Chappy decided the best way to do it was on a boat trip to Indo with some mate's. Despite age creeping up on the boys they still charge hard - as is evidenced by the board carnage below.
Not many charge harder than Dane Reynolds. Thanks to his good showing at the Fiji Pro, where he advanced to the 5th round and scalped world no 1 Adriano de Souza en route, he scored himself a wildcard to the JBay Pro. Gonna be epic to watch him rip the world's best right to pieces. Anyone who saw his Moroccan section in the Kai Neville surf flick Cluster, will know that Dane is deadly in right point breaks. Guys gonna be nipping to have him in their half of the draw....
And so another week draws to a close, and the beautiful winter sunsets continue to treat us with their blaze of glory on a regular basis. Not a helluva lot on the charts for the bay this week, other than maybe Sunday.