Bit of a quiet week surf wise in the bay, but things (including the wind) picked up over the weekend. Early birds got the worms on Saturday morning, whilst the late risers just got gale force winds. Luckily things eased up on Sunday and some lekker waves about in the morning.
Saturday saw one of those proper SW busters storming down the coast. From lekker to "blow your mielie off" in the space of about 10 minutes. Drove out to SF in the arvo and about 20 of the wind turbines were dead still - they governed so that they click off if a max wind speed is reached - which is around 90-100kmh.
Plenty of chokka boats looking for a hidey hole outta the wind as well - with both the bay in PE and SF chock full of them - counted about 82 in St Francis.
The number of 2nd hand fishing kayaks offered for sale spiked on Tuesday last week - thanks to some amazing shots of a lil shark cuddle off Hartenbos near Mossel Bay. A quizzy lil white came for a visit and a back scratch, which no doubt resulted in a bit of high blood pressure and the need to change undies.
Three of PE's beaches got awarded Blue Flag status last week - with Hobie, Humewood and King's getting to fly the flag for the next year. Nice work by the Beach Office to get out bits of sand up to speed.
Things were pretty flat in the bay for most of last week - bringing to mind the term "flat as a lake" when describing the absolute lack of waves. However - you can't apply that to Lake Michigan in the States - as it did a pretty good impression on mini-Jbay during the week. So there you have it - lakes can get better surf than PE...
Watch out for hooks on the reef at Pipe. The sinker divers have been pulling out some serious looking shark hooks off the rocks there, so don't go sticking your feet down into any crevasses unless you're keen to get hooked up. According to the Beachfront Aquatic Safety Zone plan (BASZ) regulations stipulate that ou's aren't meant to shore fish on any of PE's main public beaches (Kings to Rincon), although rock angling from Humewood, Avo's and Flat Rock is permitted from 18h00 to 06h00 (ie after hours). So if an ou is standing there lobbing sinkers at you in the line-up you're entitled to tell him to take a hike before he pins you on the pip.
Chicks used to come off second best when it came to decent surf wear - as in boardies and wetties. But stoked that the major surf manufacturers have finally worked out that chicks actually surf - not just loll about on the beach - and the choices of ladies wetsuits has improved dramatically. Stoked to lay my hands on some of Billabong's new surfing jeans. Kiff denim look-alike wettie leggings just perfect for summer sessions.
Also happy that the full zip rashies are also now available. Found one when going through Singapore to Indo last year - and absolutely loved surfing in it. Surfing with it unzipped still gives you full sun protection, but without the feeling of being a bit constricted like in a normal tight rashie.
Roll on summer!
PE's globe-trotting surf couple, Brad & Hannah, have just finished up in the Philippines, and scored some cooking surf and good times. Gonna chase em up for a trip report soon as they get back.
Speaking of surf missions - got back from our annual trip to the Maldives last week. Hadn't been able to post pics cos forgot the darn card reader for the camera card. Got some good surf at the start of the trip then things went a bit quiet, although still got surf most days. Weathers a bit inclement in September, so did a bit of storm dodging too - but still had plenty solo sessions, caught some lekker fish, played footie on deserted islands and snorkeled in gin clear water. So yah - good trip all in all. You can check out the trip report and pics here...
If you think you're a surf addict, thing again. Dale Webster beats you hands down. He's surfed every single day since September 3rd 1975. Every. Single. Day. Fourteen-thousand six-hundred and forty-one days, no matter the conditions or circumstances. Catching at least 3 waves.
Unfortunately his world record run of surf ended on October 5th 2015, when for the first time in four decades, the 66-year-old didn’t go surfing. Due to another kidney stone, Webster will be undergoing minor surgery this week and will be out of the water for a couple months.
You don't get more local is lekker than that!
The Quik Pro France has had some epic surf. Big booming beachies barrels breaking both boards and bodies. Quarterfinalists now locked in, so get those emtry forms for the ML Fantasy Surfer comp in asap - and you could win some great gear from Billabong (Boardshorts, TShirt, slops and cap - to the value of R1600).
Recycling is cool - upcycling is even better. Nice work by Millers local Shane Pyke who gave this 2nd hand board a new lease of life as a bday pressie for her man. Bit of a clean and a new lick of paint and she's good as new!
Get your entries in for the EP Open longboard comp coming up this weekend. Deets as follows:
Free entry. Kiff prizes - R2000 for men’s open winner, R1000 for ladies open winner. Comp counts as a trial for 2016. Open to everyone - not only EP surfers. Followed by AGM Bring and Braai / prize giving at Dennis Ellis boardroom - and if held on Sat - followed by Rugby!! Call will be made on Thursday as to whether comp will be on Sat or Sun. Here's entry form, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CYOH Surf Series was help in kiff surf at Pipe on Sunday. Bruce Campbell won a tightly contested final to take the win and overall bragging rights. And the added bonus of getting to stab the ou you beat in the back with a samurai sword. Long story. Comp wrap and results coming soon.