Another seriously slow week in the bay as far as waves go. You had to do a bit of driving in order to get your salt water fix. Those in the know scored some decent surf whilst those stuck to their ways in the bay mumbled about the fact there was nothing going on.
For a few Eastern Cape lighties the local swell drought isn't a problem, as they're over in the Azores representing South Africa in the Junior World Champs. Joshe & Angelo Faulkner, Crystal Hulett, Kirsty McGillivray and Kai Woolf will be flying the EC and SA flag this week. Good luck kiddo's!
Someone else not muttering about lack of swell is the entire western seaboard of the America's - which are getting slammed by some seriously solid systems at the moment. Looks like Seals locals Brad and Hannah might luck into a few meaty sessions in Mexico soon.
Simon le Gras spotted Travelstart doing some rather creative advertising for their Joburg PE flights with this image below. He asked them where exactly in PE this nugget was shot, but has yet to receive an answer!
Mango is notorious for using surfing in their advertising, but still charges surfers for boardbag fee's, which is pretty swak. And ironic. If you wanna leverage off the sport then how about cutting surfers some slack and letting boardbags be included in the baggage allowance?
I did write to them a few times to ask about this but just received the usual canned "We value your input and will revert shortly". At this stage "shortly" is about 8 months and counting....
Anyone know someone in Mango then give em a rev. Otherwise tempted to start a petition. Oh yah, and Emirates. Sneaky buggers now give you 46 kg's baggage allowance - yahoo you think - but then nail you $250 per boardbag! Boards used to be included in baggage allowance. #HerotoZERO
Yeweeeee - Jordy finally gets to stand on the podium with a winner's trophy after 2 long years in the doldrums. He won the Hurley Pro at Trestles in emphatic style and leaps to 4th in the world ratings. Here's hoping he keeps that form going into the last few events of the year and hooks a good finish to the season. An outside glimmer of a world title chance if the other ou's slip up.
Keep an eye out for Dale Staples new deck grip coming out soon. If it helps you surf like the Duck then definitely worth a buy. Least he didn't pull a Dane Reynolds and claim it's gonna make you surf 25% better. The States is such a litigious society wouldn't be surprised in Dane finds himself subject to a lawsuit when some mullet buys it and says it doesn't make him surf any better...
Nothing like a good 'ol surf mag to help you survive a back op in a provincial hospital! JBay's Dijon Smith had a slipped disc that needed some fixing so he had to brave Livingstone to get it sorted. His trusy Zag was with him pre-op, and was the first thing back on his bed post op. He says the first thing he asked the Doc when he came outta surgery was if he could go to the beach!
Loggers get your froth on. The annual Cobbles Classic will be going down this weekend. Expect some stylish single fin surfing. Plenty going on at the beach so pull in with the fam.
Looks like finally the swell gods are gonna cut us some slack this week with a few waves on the horizon, just in time before everyone loses the plot after 3 slack weeks.