Yeeeuw - finally winter woke up. About time. After nearly 3 weeks of pond-like conditions we had a coupla decent days of waves during the week. The highlight being a great swell on Sunday. Even Avo's had a few good rides.
Crowds were pretty thick thanks to the long weekend and kiff weather (an absolute absense of anything rideable for ages). Some ou's forgot their manners a bit. Don't be that ou - it's not cool. But if you checked out the southern or northern most corners of the bays beaches you could still get a few uncrowded one's.
Banks at Fence are pretty shot at the moment, but still some kegs for those who didn't mind the closeouts in between. Rincon also had a few for those prepared to walk up the beach - or risk their cabbie at the beacon parking.
Pipe had plenty of swell, with waves during the week as well as the Sunday Sessions. The rain squall mid-week saw a lekker rainbow cast it's colourful arc across the bay - and appropriately one end dived into the lineup - proving their is gold at the end of the rainbow. Liquid gold!
Of course if they bay was firing you can only imagine what JBay was doing. Cooooking! A 40 minute drive down the N2 saw you get waves almost every day last week.
Things were also cooking to the east - with the SA Champs going down at Nahoon. The guys had solid swell for the comp. Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS) got a 4th possie, with top individual performers being Michelle von Kempen getting 3rd in the Ladies, Warwick Heny 4thin the over 40's, and Andre Venter 4th in the over 55's. Full wrap and results and pics here:
We're lucky to live in a kiff lil town. She looks especially pretty from the air - and flying in over the beach when there's a west wind blowing always makes for a cool view.
Speaking of west winds - had a pomping one during the week thanks to a big-ass cold front, which thankfully brought some welcome rain. Luc braved the pre-frontal conditions at Sards to get a few shots in before the heavens opened.
It's always fun to surf in the rain - seeing as you're wet anyway! Everyone else is hunkering up inside trying to get warm - and you're doing your best to get wet.
Rain means rainbows. And there were plenty of those about.
There were of course the obligatory awesome winter sunsets - which are always that little bit more awesome if they happen to have a wave peeling off as they set.
So yah - if you didn't get wet this week you're entitled to go into sulk-mode. Although don't despair completely - looks like waves all week this week.
So that's the wrap - here's hoping this week delivers the goods.....
You can check out the surf shots from this past week in the Latest Shots