Another week of not much surf but plenty other goings on to keep peeps talking. Let's do surf first. There wasn't much. Ah, mentioned that already. The saving grace of summer scratchy spells is that the water is warm so it's pleasant to bob about out there despite minimal wave action.
Serious phantom swell alert that had everyone frothing with an 18 second period delivered absolutely bogger all. Had a run of phantom swells lately, Dunno if the wave modeling dudes have changed their algorithms lately but they sure are making some howlers.
One thing that never disappoints are African sunsets. Had another good batch of em this week. No sunsets quite like home. And no-one captures them quite like Schoenies local Luc Hosten.
The dolphins were pretty active again this week. Enjoying the flat seas and crystal clear waters. Coupla lucky peeps had jumped off their kayak at Devil's Reef at the back of Millers to have a bit of a swim - and ended up with a whole school of dolphins swimming around them. Early morning SUP regular Frans Gerber who always has his GoPro with also got some lekker shots of the friendly finned locals.
Not all locals are friendly though. The local skelms had a busy week - managing to steal two cars and break into at least two others. Had a sit more than a surf with Werner mid week and he was saying when he arrived in Millers car park there were some dodgy looking ou's so he evil eyed them. Next thing we spot a cop van haring down the road from Something Good sign - so Werner bailed to go check on his car. Turns out they'd stolen a car right next to his, which belonged to an off duty cop who was diving at Chomp Rock.
Another car was stolen opposite the Oceanarium, and an unhappy mom returned to find an empty parking space after spending a pleasant morning at Denvils with her lightie.
Wes's car got bust into on Beach Rd opposite Beer Shack, him & a mate parked there and walked to Fence, erroneously thinking it was safer than parking at Kings. Got back to find jimmy'd car lock and stolen his phone, and broke into his mate's car as well.
Frans Gerber mentioned to Metro police he bumped into at Hobie about all the break-in's etc and they didn't know about it, but at least responded by immediately increasing patrols to effected area's. Everyone needs to be super vigilant and if you spot sketchy ou's then take the 2 minutes to call Humewood police station and tell em! Number is 041-5045000. Save it to your phone. Be part of the solution.
Not only the skollies ruffling feathers. Some new signage up at St Francis and JBay met with divided opinion. Coupla tourist-type frames went up and were possibly not placed in the best possies. Good concept but got tripped up a bit in execution.
Always helps to consult the regular users of any particular area you wanna do stuff like that in. So for instance - putting one up on the boardwalk at JBay where you have to climb off the boardwalk and into the protected garden area in order to take the snap is probably not ideal
Also not sure if JBay/SF warrants the NauticalCapital hashtag? Surfing maybe. Sailing? Not so much....
Tragedy struck on the wildside on Saturday morning. Frankie Nienhuis, a Pearson matric pupil, drowned whilst spearfishing on Thunderbolt Reef. Fellow spear fishermen became concerned after he failed to surface after a dive and initiated an emergency response. His body was later found. RIP young man.
One thing about summer in PE - you might not get waves, but you sure do get wind. The local kiters never moan about an onshore. Plenty playing out at Sards.
Christmas might be over, but you can still buy yourself a lekker present at Surf Centre - all new shortboards are less R500. Go have a looky-see.
You get kooks, and then you get uber-kooks. This Japanese tourist managed to find himself 6k's out to sea for 16hrs off the coast of Aus and lucky got picked up by a container ship. It takes a special kinda special to get it so badly wrong. Surprisingly he didn't become shark snack food.
Ending off with some random shots from the week that was. Yrr - we love in such a lekker spot don't we!
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