The week delivered a few surf-able days and then the weekend delivered the surf. And the wind. Pity the two are often mutually inclusive in PE during winter. Some good lines poured through, but you had to have a dik set of thigh muscles to handle the chop. So waves were more hop hop hop thanks to the chop chop chop.
Thanks so a slight kink in the coast compared to our bay, JBay handles the west a helluva lot better. And it was PUMPING out there. The whole WCT circus is in town so there was the opportunity to watch some of the CT ou's getting in some practice before the Corona JBay Open kicks off this week.
There were at least a few less wind days during the week were those that weren't into the challenging wind conditions could at least get a few sessions in.
Gotto wish that ou's get given a Rules of the Surf pamplet when they buy a board. So many new guys paddling around out there that just don't have a clue. Like when you paddle out at a point break you don't just paddle straight to the top of the line-up and expect to catch the first wave that comes through. It's called a line-up for a reason. But guess logic isn't a strong point these days.
One cool thing about having the pro's in town is that the groms get to grab some autographs. Young Kai was stoked to get a snap with Gabe Medina over the weekend.
The start of the waiting period for the Corona JBay Open starts on Tuesday and runs til the 22nd. Here's hoping they hook into some solid surf. Jordy is looking strong at the moment so holding thumbs he performs well at the event. He won it back in 2010 and 2011, so be nice to add a hat-trick of crowns to his trophy cabinet.
It's hard to miss out on solid surf even when conditions are windblown. So the next best thing is to hang out in the car park and talk story, whilst watching a few brave souls try their luck in the bump. The Pipe Crew were out in force over the weekend.
The cool thing about surf is it's always perfect and light offshore somewhere! Like the Maldives for instance! Anyone keen for a surf charter in that part of the world, give me a holler.
Schoenies photographer Luc Hosten posted an interesting lil bit of history during the week. The story goes that a Schoenies resident was returning home late at night during the Second World War, and spotted a submarine just offshore and alerted the authorities. Turns out it was just a uniquely shaped rock. Which from then onwards became known as Submarine Rock.
Frikking mullets dropped about 400L of diesel into the bay over the weekend whilst trying to refuel a cargo ship. Crazy that we permit bunkering ships to operate here. The heavy sea and wind conditions will hopefully move it offshore, but that still isn't great news for any wildlife unlucky enough to encounter it out there in the ocean.
Speaking of mullets. There are those that are still keen to try establish a fish farm in Algoa Bay. One of the sites being considered is right off Pollock Beach. Adventure Swims ZA is organizing a protest swim/paddle/walk protest on the Port Elizabeth beachfront this Saturday.
It starts at Hobie Beach at 9am on Saturday July 13. Peeps can swim or paddle on surfboards or in kayaks from Hobie Beach to Humewood Beach. And those that aren't keen to get wet can walk.
Do pitch up and get involved if you're around. So often peeps like to bitch and moan about things but when it comes to actually taking action they do bogger all. Don't be one of the moaning apathetic types. So if you think it's a kak idea pitch up and show your support.
In between the blustery conditions there was the usual selection of awesome sunrises and sunsets that we are so blessed to enjoy in Africa. Specially along our coastline.
Charts look medoicre for this week - but Spike has spotted a big one brewing offshore at the end of the week - which might throw out something big early next week, so lets see what Neptune decides to do. Taunt us, or deliver.