As much as the previous week delivered, this past week didn't. Neptune had blown it's bolt and was taking a rest. The wind however never seems to feel the need to take a break!
Still plenty of great imagery around from the big swell, with JBay's Deon Lategan capturing some amazing shots, which got featured on both Surfline and Magic Seaweed. Lekker!
Also had a few more shots from PE drop in - so check out the surf at Millers the previous Sunday in Neil Rowtee's gallery here:
The Billabong Junior Series presented by Bos went down at Seals over the weekend. Zoe Steyn and Matt Elkington took the titles.
There's a new surf shop on town, so go check it out - in Lower Valley Road next to the Baakens River. Relic is run by local logger Ryan Anderson, and features curated surf wear that you won't find anywhere else in PE - plus some local labels.
Also available at Relic is Fu surf wax - the famous super-sticky-stay-stuck-to-your-board Brazilian surf wax. It smells flipping epic - so if it works half as good as it smells it's a winner. Got a block to try out so will report back soon.
Local logger (and also a regular Millers local) Alfonso Peters has been selected for the Longboard World Champs in Taiwan in November. He needs to raise funds to pay his own way over there, so please extend some Friendly City vibes his way and donate a bit of cash - even R50 helps. You can find the funding details here:
PE is a really tight lil surfing community, with pretty much everyone knowing everyone. It's always been like that. And back in the day even more so, as there were less guys surfing so you literally did know everyone!
This classic shot was taken at Pipe in 1985 - for the first longboard comp held there. Tony le Roux, now living in Aus, has the original photo and has had it scanned into a high res digital copy for anyone would like to get a copy of it so that they can to print it. Shoot Tony an email on email@example.com
The Something Good Surf Classic has become the Eastern Cape's biggest surfing competition, featuring the biggest number of sporting codes - long board, short board, body board, SUP and skateboard divisions. It is the only surfing event in the Eastern Cape that offers all of the different disciplines of surfing and is open to the novices and the pro’s.
Date: Saturday, 27 October 2018
Venue: Pipe Beach, Marine Drive, Summerstrand
Entry forms available at Surf Centre in Humewood as well as Something Good Roadhouse.
There will be a prize giving and after party at Something Good Roadhouse after the competition.
For more information contact Dianne on 0652686140 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Speaking of comps - shot to Slummies local and lensman Bruce Viaene, who competed for the SA team in the World Waveski Champs help in Portugal - and scooped a 3rd spot in the Senior Mens division and a 9th spot in the Open Men's. Well done!
On the few windlass days we had during the week there were some teeny weeny waves to be had. Lekker just to float about when the weather is so nice. One session was rather entertaining. Had a huge whale surface nearby the line-up. Next thing the lifeguard is sprinting down the beach waving his flag and blowing hard on his whistle. We all looked at each other rather confusedly as wondered what all the fuss was about. He must have thought it was a shark as it swum past Hobie en route to us and was coming to warn us. Not too sure how whales resemble sharks, but we appreciated the effort nonetheless.
The charts don't look too flash for the week ahead, so plan to get your glide on by hopping on your skateboard - or the shopping trolley! Always get a few strange looks when I run down aisle and then jump to stand on the back of the wheel covers as it cruises down past the spaghetti and noodles.....