A week of stunning weather and even a few lil waves. Those who made the extra effort to drive round the corner were well rewarded. Lonely barrels if you walked a bit down the beach. Especially on Sunday.
CarPark John might have turned 71 this week, but that didn't stop him picking up the pretty girls at Pipe over the weekend. Why have one if you can have three! Plenty happening down at Pollock with the NMB Surf Pro going down in highly contestable conditions.
Normally PE comps suffer from kak weather and even kakker surf, so all involved breathed a sigh of relief when the wind stayed away and a few waves rolled in. Unfortunately the skelms didn't stay away like the wind did. Crystal Hullet's brand new pale pink Fishstix longboard got re-appropriated. Please keep an eye out for it.
Wasn't only the pro's in town. The new kids on the block were having just as much fun. The regular Salty Hour on Saturday arvo at King's Beach stoked out a fresh bunch of groms. Everyone is welcome to pull in every Sat arvo at 3pm for a free hour of surf lessons thanks to Dennis Ellis and Mervyn Goddard (equipment supplied).
Usually a beaut day is followed by kak weather, but this week proved the exception. Kiff day followed kiff day. The water was warm, there were a few fun peelers, and it it was a long weekend. Happy smiles all round.
The absence of wind meant the water was super clear. Which made it even easier to spot the locals. These guys cruise up and down the beachfront every single day like clockwork. We aren't known as the Dolphin Capital of the world for nothing.
During the week one of the PE old-timers recalled as kids how they used to enjoy swimming through the gap in the rocks at Baked Beans (seen below) when there was a swell running. Haven't seen any lighties do it recently so maybe the groms from days gone by were a lil tougher? (or just crazier!?)
The annual Splash Festival saw Hobie Beach being a hive of activity. Past experience meant the organisers built a pretty big "sand dune" around the beach tents just in case the surf got up. Irrespective of the surf the Spring high tide would probably have tested the integrity of the wall all by itself. Had a bit of decent swell shown up woulda been interesting....
Always stoked to find environmentally friendly surf gear, and spotted this awesome kit posted by John McCarthy this week. It's a crew in Durbs called Uzwelo Bags who make all sorts of bags from recycled PVC banners. No two bags are the same, so besides supporting #localislekker and recycling you get a super cool unique bag.
As iconic as Shark Rock Pier is it has only been around since 1988. Before then Hobie Beach was a rocky narrow beach. Nonetheless it was still a focal point of PE beach history. You can find out a bit more about it here:
What would a week in PE be without yet another great sunrise or sunset, and this week was no different. Not as many peeps see the sunrises as the sunsets, but thankfully there are the early birds who snap the shots so the rest of us can enjoy them.
Not much on the charts for this week, so you'll have to think a bit outside the box if you want to get wet.