Back in the 'hood after a year locked out north of the equator. Lekker to be back to my front yard, although missing my "other" front yards already.
Thankfully lockdown restrictions got amended last week and we could get back into the surf. Everyone and the kitchen sink was out there on their boards. Luckily Neptune decided to give us a break and dished out some really fun swell.
Waves from Rincon down to Fence, and plenty to go round. The photags were also out and about, so plenty of shots to check out - just go over to The Latest Shots page and take a scroll.
Even CarPark John made the transition from car park into the water. Did entail some nagging from all his mates to get him motivated, but he had a few good sessions. Not too shabby when you the other side of 70.
The ou's are only to happy that the "Closed" sign has been removed from the beach. Although based on the crazy behavior witnessed on the first weekend of open beaches, for a brief moment everyone was like, hmmm, maybe they should close them again! Was a bit like watching a live reality TV show.
Somewhat ironic that a lone surfer the week before would have attracted 5 cop vans, a police boat and a helicopter and an arrest, yet blatant disregard for the bylaws of No Drinking etc barely a few days later and not a cop to be seen. Go figure.
Speaking of arrests. Big Dave - currently known as Medium Dave (thanks to a successful diet plan), had his summons dropped thanks to some sharp work by surfer-lawyer and SA Surfing prez Johnny Bakker. Dave was arrested at Seals during lockdown for having a surf, but thanks to Johnny's hard work and some common sense on behalf of the prosecutor it got chucked out.
Pipe PE generally only bears similarity to the real Pipe in name alone. But William Veitch decided to do a Clarke Little impersonation and got a whole heap of sand in holes he didn't know he had whilst capturing some cool shoredumps - and making Pipe look more like Pipe than normal.
The crazy hot weather saw some interesting cloud formations - Andrew captured this one out at Schoenies.
Blast from the past - nice old shot of Humewood surfaced during the week. Just the slipway in place, and hardly anything built in Summerstrand. Nice wedges visible at Fence of course.
The big oil tanker permanently anchored near Koega harbour has some locals of it's own. The seals have taken to climbing up the bulb on the nose and hanging out.
Plenty of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets to enjoy during the week. Summer never disappoints in that department.
Surfer and funny-man, Gino Fabbri, started doing a Saturday evening show during lockdown and has kept it going ever since. This weekend he interviewed Dennis Ellis from the Boardroom.
Check out the show here.
The good swell during the week saw a lucky rider score a wave from Chomp all the way through to Hobie, a ride of approx 500m. He had to negotiate a drop in from Big Dave en route, but managed to round him successfully (an achievement in itself!) and wind up all the way down near the beach.
After a good run of swell, the ocean is taking a break for a while until it wakes up later in the week again. Gives everyone's arms a chance to rest up.