The week started off with a bang, with some solid east swell pulling through early on Monday morning. Definitely a case of the early birds got the worms, as the swell died off (and the wind picked up) as the day progressed. Zero crowd factor early on thanks to everyone having to be at work, varsity or school. Frigging love Monday swells!
And then came Tuesday - more of the same. Pity an annoying devil wind popped up just after 8 to mess things up for a while. Swung round mid-morning and all the low tide spots fired. Swell dropped during the course of the day though, and by evening was pretty much cheers.
But for every ying there's a yang. Plenty of sand meant a few sucky sections. And sometimes sucky sections turn yucky. And eat your board. The only ou's happy when that happens are the local board shapers. Cha-ching.
If you didn't get wet on Monday or Tuesday, pretty sure plenty of your mates were rubbing it in. What's worse than missing out on the swell? Missing out on it when you can see it. Like when you stuck up in the sky and can see the lines beneath you just rolling in. So close yet so far.
The easterly swells seemed to do a bit more than give us some surf. Also dislodged a pair of sunnies which has obviously been living on the reef for a while judging by the barnacles on the lenses. Not too surf how they ended up out there!?
Barnacles are interesting lil critters. Once they glue themselves onto a possie they there to stay. Which means picking up chicks can be tricky. No probs - Mr Barnacle has his testes on the back of his head, and the largest d*ck to body size ratio of the animal kingdom. Gotto love nature! Wonder if the ou on the right lenses can ka-foefal with the chick on the left one?
The party ended on Wednesday though, when a pomping SE churned the sea into a spastic washing machine. Even the kiters were scarce. Cape town also got properly klapped by the beasterly easterly - with it whipping up the ocean surface into spray clouds. Dungeons was spitting - even though it was flat!
Eina, Christmas shopping started early with some skelms breaking into Grant Beck's Billabong van over the weekend and diefing a whole stack of stuff. If you get someone offering you wetties, EP rashvests, Billabong caps or Dakine duffel bags at a good price, re-arrange his dental work then give Grant a holler.
The rest of the week surf-wise was a non-event compared to the start. However a bit of sealife action out at CSF kept ou's on their toes. A finned friend was spotted snacking on a seal just off Full Stop on Friday arvo. No doubt long gone out the line-up, but the point is that there's a bit of activity around at the moment so just be alert when you out there. This is the time of year for more near-shore sightings as the grey suits are cruising inshore for munchies.
NMBS held their annual prizegiving and AGM at the Boardwalk on Friday evening. Shot to all the winners, and huge thanks to the committee for their tireless work. Without them, surfing wouldn't happen in this province, so throw em a big shaka. Props to Billabong and Boardwalk for their support of NMB Surfing.
Kiff trophies designed by Merv, Barry and Irma.
The big industry news of the week was that Dane's quit Quick. Despite still having a few years to run on his contract he's opted out of the sinking ship. Chances are RVCA are gonna do a wheelspin trying to sign him cos he fits their brand like a glove. So it actually means he won;t be leaving Quik after all. Kind of. Cos RVCA is owned by Billabong, who's owned by Oaktree, who are the ou's trying to buy Quik. So same same but different.
JBay surf coach Shannon Ainslie is over in Sri Lanka for a stint on the south coast there. In between the fun warm- water waves and endless days on the beach he's discovered there are some pretty weird fruits hanging about. Red banana's anyone?
Rule #1 - do not piss off an ou with 420k instagram followers. Jet Blue mutilated JJF's board on a recent flight, and then had the audacity to tell him it wasn't their fault. As if boardbags just randomly disintegrate at 30 000ft!? BUt their arrogance/disinterest quickly became a solid kick in the ass when John John's post got over 20k likes and social media lit up with Jetblue firmly in the firing line. Would've been soooo much easier just to acknowledge the damage and pay him some bucks. Muppets.
(and what the furry thing is at the bottom of the bag? No idea! Unless some ou's head photobombed the shot)
The pomping wind lashing rain combo during the week gave rise to some interesting natural sand art out at Cape Recife. Luc came across a mini version of Arizona, with it's canyon's and mesa's (see, remembered something from Geography class!) whilst taking a stroll near the lighthouse.
Jamie Bell was uber-stoked with his kiff haul from Billabong after winning the ML Fantasy Surfer comp. Gotto be in it to win it ou's!
The pier been re-opened for a week now, so plenty of lekker shots doing the rounds. What's disheartening is that some muppets have already scrawled their initials into the woodwork. If you spot anyone doing that give em a good clip on the ear. Be careful if you wanna leap off the pier - now monitored by CCTV and you could grab yourself a R750 fine.
Clear your diaries for Friday! Pull in to the Boardwalk Amphitheatre to check out the raddest surf movie of the year. The premiere of John John Florence's much-awaited View from a Blue Moon will be showing in all it's huge HD glory - you don't wanna miss it! Doors open at 18h30, so get there early to grab a good seat. Show starts at 19h00. Free entry - so bring all your mates. Gonna be kiff prizes and giveaways. Chow and drinks available.
Be lekker if we can pack out the Amphitheater (500 seats) and show the surf industry peeps that PE isn't such a hick town and we shouldn't get missed out on all the time when it comes to premiere's. Took a bit of nagging, and Brett Hoppe from the Boardwalk sponsoring the event, to make it happen - so let's make sure we host the biggest premiere in the country and kick CT's and Durbans butt. Cos #localislekker
For those wanting to grab a chow before the movie - Kiff special at Craft on Friday arvo - the gourmet burger & craft beer joint in the Boardwalk. Buy 2 get 2 free. Runs until 18h00.
Next weekend see's Josh Enslin's attempt at taking the Guiness World Record for the Longest Surf session. Josh has to surf for 29 hours 27 minutes to break the record. Come down to Pollock Beach on Saturday and Sunday to give him a shout.
In conjunction with the world record attempt, the CYOH will have a charity drive where old wetsuits, blankets and canned foods and pet food will be collected and distributed to local non-profit organisations in the bay. So bring what you can to help out.