Winter isn’t finished with the Eastern Cape quite yet. Some heavy weather started off the week, with plenty of rain, chilly temperatures and generally very un-summer-like conditions. Surfers don’t mind inclement weather – cos if it brings swell – then bring it on! And it did.
Started off slow but built up at the end of the week with some solid surf klapping the bay, from Friday into the weekend.
A not-so-secret spot out west fired. It also claimed a few scalps...
Even before the weekend lit up there were some fun one's around.
On the non-surf days CarPark John can be found honing his table tennis skills at The Boardroom. So careful next time you pop in to get a new stick, you might be challenged to a game. Not being scared of a bit of exercise, the ballie will be spotted most days on the gym equipment at Pipe. No-one’s sure, but talk is that’s he’s in secret training so he can catch the car park skelms and give them a good klap.
Always like checking out the background in photographs as that’s often where the interesting stuff goes on. This could just look like a shot of the Park Run dudes missioning over the cobbles, but look carefully and there’s a fisherman looking like he has something decent hooked up. Could of course be the (in)famous Africa fish, we all caught a few of those before.
Here’s a cool shot found by Cat James of the new tramway extension to Hummies. Didn’t look like much swell that day, but check up towards Millers and you’ll see it’s all just dunes still up that way. Hummies was literally and figuratively the end of the line.
In between acting like winter there were still some beaut days this week. Perfect for a full-on beach lurk. Holidays have already started for some, so the beaches are getting busier. Just keep an eyeball on your stuff though, as plenty unsavoury types masquerading as regular beach goers just waiting to re-appropriate your stuff.
Some ou’s steal stuff from the beach whilst others make stuff from the beach. Roger Gailey is making some amazing pieces from bits and bobs, how awesome is the driftwood rhino - apparently made by a dude in the Transkei. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
As often happens when PE cooks it’s a case of everyone and the kitchen sink out there. Meaning a few collisions. Some poor lighties cos his board taken out by a longbooarder, and Big Dave offered to fix it up for him. Unfortunately he didn’t get the kid’s details – so if you recognise the board please tell the owner to grab it from Surf Centre. Thanks Dave Lipschitz for getting it sorted.
Grant Beck is “working” in Indo at Nihiwatu – famously known as Occy’s Left. He’s been scoring some kiff waves in between “working” - which is surfing with guests.
The NSRI have installed pink lifebouys at unmanned beaches along the Eastern Cape Coast. So if you see someone in difficulty at least there’s something to grab to swim out with and assist.
Here's a coupla other random shots from the week that was.