Hai-bo. The waves keep pumping. And no-one can surf. FOMO has never been more real. But as with all things, this to will pass. So don't focus on what you missing, rather focus on what you can gain during these crazy times. Get stuff done, learn stuff, chill, read, relax. The waves will still be there after all this passes.
Despite the platitudes, JBay did pump off it's pip. Like proper. No-one out cos I reckon if you tried to pull that the locals would politely explain the error of your ways to you.
PE also got some kiff lines rolling through. Everyone in the Bay behaving as well. No attempts at a skelm surf. The not-so-secret spot our west was also doing it's thing.
North of the equator, a little chain of islands also benefits once JBay cooks. What wraps around the coast of SA gets up there 5-6 days later. In this part of the world it's more like locked in not locked down.
Despite the lock down the shipping industry seems to be going on as usual. Luc Hosten is currently restricted to his rooftop in Schoenies, and luckily for us as he shoots the ships a byproduct is some nice surf in the foreground.
Been a bit of wintery weather starting. Big winds, chilly conditions. That's when instead of you envying the freedom of the boats, they're envying your nice warm bed.
Luc is still keeping the shots flowing from the wildside in spite of having to climb onto his roof every day to shoot. SABC popped past the other day to do an interview up there with him.
A proper SW buster accompanied the last cold front. The bay at Jefferies looked like an invasion of white walkers.
The big swell and super high spring tides put the spit in St Francis under some pressure. Not much remains of the sliver of sanddune keeping the sea from the ski canal. Ou's in the front row of houses could soon be a bit more sea-front than anticipated.
Some things change and some stay the same. We might be stuck indoors but the dolphins still do their daily cruise along the beachfront.
Pipe seems to have had some fun surf most days last week. Imagine how many waves have gone unridden!
Dennis Eliis at the Boardroom has been keeping busy. Some lekker looking hand shaped fins, and some rad sticks on the production line. Get your post-lockdown orders in!
Andre Venter keeps his salt water froth alive by checking the Fence from his telescope. He spotted something weird on the beach, which turned out to be a dead pygmy whale. The Oceanarium ou's came to sort it out. (pic taken with cell phone through telescope which is what gives it the very arty "Morning of the Earth" feel. Good classic surf flik that - give it a watch).
Just another deserted beach shot. Imagine how all the little ecosystems along the beachfront are recovering nicely in the absence of humans.
Another week of lock down done and dusted. Hang in there peeps. Not long to go.