The waves stay in hiding for yet another week. A few small one's here and there, but still no real proper pulse of groundswell. Wondering if it's Greg Heasley's connections upstairs cos his ear is still not lekker after the surf ear op, so reckon he's been praying he doesn't miss any swell whilst he can't get in the water! And seems to be having his prayers answered!
Avo's did have one fun lil day, and same for our west in JBay. But nothing to write home about. C'mon winter - don't desert us just quite yet.
Blast from the past with a great shot of Brownie Moulang on a lekker looking wall about 15 years ago - and not where you think it is. A few hundred clicks west of JBay. Henry Thomas found some old prints in a shoe box and this was one of the keepers.
Keeping vintage - Greg Smith found this cool shot of the Humewood slipway way back when. Just in case you weren't sure what that big rusty metal thing was for, now you know.
Cobbles Classic went down this weekend - still waiting for all the results n shots to drop in. Some lekker waves to start with before the onshore set in, but at least the last day went west again.
Sad news of the drowning of 2 learner surfers in Spain. The guys went out to try learn to surf in absolute storm surf conditions, so not sure why on earth the surf school would have rented them boards to start with. Crazy.
Big news of the week was the comp held at Kelly's wave pool. All the big names were there giving the pool a try. Kiff looking lik waves, but not sure how interesting holding comps in one would be. Same wave every time for each guy, and there has to be a limit with how creative you can get if on the same canvas each time? Personally prefer the variability and unpredictability of the ocean for comps.
The Pipe crew are just waiting on beach management to give them the go-ahead to implement some upgrades of the facilities. So go buy some Pipe stickers and support your local surf club in their efforts to make things better.
Here's something you don't see every day - Lippie in a wetsuit that's too big for him!
Denno on a roll at the moment and plenty of lekker looking sticks coming from the Boardroom. This one's got a cool Apocalypse Now kinda vibe going.
Shot to Bruce Campbell on taking the win in the Over 30 division at the Vic Bay Quad held this weekend. Britney Linder got a 2nd in the Ladies event. Special mention to Pieter-Ben Van Rhijn for just missing out on the finals.
Staying with comps, JBay's Dillen Hendriks did well to get through his first round heat at the ISA World Junior Champs being held in Japan. Conditions in the background there look a bit like Pipe, so reckon his EC roots may help out here!
Stuck in Joeys? No worries - good news is there's a surf shop "just" down the road at Sun City. VZ just opened a signature store at the Valley o fthe Waves. Actually is a fun lil wave that - if you can get em to switch off the Vaalie-boogi-board mode and throw out a few peaks instead.
The regular stunning winter sunrises and sunsets are slowly disappearing, but still the odd one to keep us going "wow". Bit of swell around this week, but the winds looking like they could mess things up a bit.