Finally the swell gods smiled upon us again. After a 3 week dry spell in the bay a few fun waves made there way round Cape Recife. Friday was the pick of the week. Sheet glass most of the day and super fun lil runners around. Jbay delivered well overhead walls.
Beautiful weather the whole week gave things a summer feel in mid-winter. The usual array of amazing sunrises and fiery sunsets as well. Eish, we have such a rad lil town.
Tuesday evenings sunset was particularly spectacular. Even more so when viewed from the line-up. Hard to beat surfing down the line into a setting sun that makes the wave a kaleidoscope of fiery reds and burnt oranges.
Big fat high pressure sitting over the interior which is giving us all the kiff weather and light winds. Gonna keep giving us light northerlies for a coupla days yet. Remember school geography? Air moves from a high towards a low pressure....so the winds gonna be blowing from the high inland towards the low pressures down south.
And giving us some more days like these.....
The NSRI has been issuing a few shark warnings lately due to an increase in sightings along the coast from Mossel Bay to Plett - just part of the normal migration this time of year - but better safe than sorry. This ou was taking them seriously though - anti-shark wettie and board. He was missing the Island Style Sea Snake leash though which woulda made him totally eat-proof. Wondering if the wettie comes with a money-back guarantee if you get nibbled??
The balmy weather made it perfect conditions to hit the skate park as well. Best way to get your glide on if there's no waves. Lightie CJ Posthumus not afraid to give it some air.
Stoked with awesome paintings by JBay artist Stephen van der Watt (aka Stevo). Bought the first one a while back and loved it so much ordered a second, which arrived this week. Now just gotto bust out the hammer and nails and pop em up on the wall. If you're looking for some lekker surf art to brighten your possie then pop past the Core Surf shop in Jbay to check out Stevo's gallery.
Not only us getting waves this week - Indo fired. Well, it fires most of the time. But just fired more than normal.
No-one can encapsulate PE in writing quite like ex-local Hagen Engler. His new book "In the Maid's Room" is out soon, so asked him for a head's up as to what it's about:
"In The Maid’s Room is a scruffy, hilarious shambles of an episodic novel set in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, that trendsetting bellwether of national change. It’s about the surfer, stoner culture of the Bay, but also the slow ignominious death of white entitlement. There’s also lank pomping."
Yip - it's gonna be epic!
4 more surfers have been added to the JBU Supertrial presented by RVCA - and 3 of them are East Cape homies. Shot to PE's Dylan Stone, JBay's Remi Petersen and CSF's Simon Fish, who join Dan Redman in making up the final trialists. Big up's to JBU/RVCA for bringing these bro's on board. More here...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em goes the saying. Or in this case, buy 'em. WSL has bought a stake in Kelly Slater's Wave Company. Guessing there's a CT event in Idaho coming up?
A crew from Jbay got skunked on a recent trip to Indo. The Secret Sumatra Surf Camp had looked like all the bell's n whistles on the website, but ended up being a bust in reality. Nutso owners, dodgy accom, kak surf guiding etc etc. Everything that goes into making a surf trip from hell. Don't go there.
(at least the ou's got a few waves though.....)
The NSRI and the army spent most of Saturday morning buzzing about Hobie beach area doing some practice drills. Always wonder why they choose the most perfect weather to practice in though, as invariably rescues happen during gnarly conditions......
Did I mention the sunsets were pretty rad all week??