The week started out with a pretty spectacular sunrise, but unfortunately it was one of those weeks where the sunrises and sunsets were far more impressive than the surf! Conditions were pretty perfect the whole week - light winds, glorious sunshine, but bogger all waves in the bay (unless you knew some sneaky spots, and even then it was tiny).
Travel further west and you know the story - always bigger up the coast...
CarPark John has been upgraded from just being available on tap to now getting it's own bottle. Rumour has it you might start seeing it pop up your favourite watering holes soon. Move over Heinekin - CPJ gonna be sponsoring the next world cup...
From World Cups to World Champs - CT local Jared Houston won the World Bodyboarding title - and ended up with a trophy almost bigger than he is. Things were pretty tense cos he got knocked out early in the last comp and had to sit there biting his nails til the wild card ou wiped out his main rival and the title was his.
Here's hoping Jordy takes note and makes a plan to win us a surfing world title soon. At least he's back in the water now after a prolonged absense due to injury. He'll be surfing all 3 event sin the Van's Triple Crown.
A couple more of these cute lil critters washed up on the beach at JBay again during the week. If you spot them, pop em in a container with a little bit of sand a a teeny bit of water, then get them through to Bayworld in PE, who will look after them til they big enough to be set free. This lil dude is only 4cm long.
If you have any bust boards - consider donating them to the Supertubes Surfing Foundation, as they can be re-purposed into signboards to remind peeps to keep off the dunes. The SSF guys do a great job of looking after the beachfront area along the famous point, planting vegetation, keeping the decks and boardwalks sorted, and trying to keep the dunes stable by keeping ou's off them.
Friday evening saw the PE surf community pack out the Boardwalk Amphitheater to watch John John Florence's View from a Blue Moon. Crikey, that kid can surf! Impressive movie with some insane cinematography and kiff soundtrack. Always lekker to watch surfing on the big screen.
Shot to Brett Hoppe from the Boardwalk for arranging the venue, and to the Zag, Hurley, Monster Energy and Stance peeps for the giveaways & prizes. Reckon PE proved to the surf industry peeps that we shouldn't be ignored in future! Here's holding thumbs more premieres come our way.
Saturday dawned a lekker day - and the stage for the Guinness World Record attempt at the Longest Surf Marathon was set. Josh Enslin took to the surf at 12h00 - and proceeded to rip it to shreds for the next 30 hours and 11 min, catching 455 waves, collecting R30k worth of donated goods for charity, and claiming the new World Record - awesome effort Josh - PE is so proud of you bru!
Check out the wrap and all the shots here:
Spotted some rad fins on my newsfeed and went to check the page out, Ace Fins. They do custom artwork on fins. Decided they'd make a kiff Christmas pressie for my husband. Ordered a set of Spongebob's (long story) and they came out insane.
So if you looking for a novel present for the surfer in your life, a set of customised fins is not a bad option. They're really decent fibreglass fins, nice and stiff, and you can choose from a coupla different FCS templates.
Yet another shark incident in Aus - again at Ballina - which has seen a number this year. Guy was bitten on the thigh, thankfully wasn't too serious other than a bunch of stitches and a nice munch mark on his board. The Aussie government is considering putting up nylon eco-barriers at the beach, which will run from the seabed to the water's surface, and from shoreline to shoreline, to create a protected enclosure for swimming/surfing. While the nets separate swimmers from sharks, they do not capture sharks or other marine life as other nets can.
Get up close and personal with BIG WAVE SURF Champion, Waterman supreme, all round Adventurer and amazing dude, Chris Bertish, on 17th Dec. He's hosting the launch of his book, Stoked, at the Boardroom. R50 entrance Fee. Cash Bar. RSVP as seats are limited. Call Sandy Coffey on 0832657804 for more info.