What a week. Shew. A blow-your-mind smorgasbord of all things surf. JBay turned on for the Corona Open, with a heady mix of insane surfing, sheer craziness and random happenings. Best ever comp wave surfed? The King gets konged. Toothy locals. Nutso boat drivers. It just kept coming. And once the dust settled...Toledo took the win.
Plenty of waves in the bay as well during the week - and hardly anyone in the water as all the ou's were out at JBay. Were some wind issues on a few of the days, but generally a good size and plenty of rides. Just that you needed quads like Bruce Campbell's on a few of the sesh's. Bumpidy bumpidy bump. Hands up for who hates a howling straight west....
Things did calm down towards the end of the week and some cleaner surfs could be had.
Those who traveled further west than the comp site got rewarded with some lil nuggets too.
But in actual fact you didn't need to test the petrol card at all this week - staying right in the bay scored you plenty to fill the tanks. Jakes scoring a drainer at Clubhouse (video by Chris Taljaard)
Some PE locals also scoring a bit further afield. Body boarder Jot de Lauwere found an awesome left and right wedge tucked away in a remote corner of Indo. Am guessing you wouldn't be able to wipe the smile off his face for days...
Still so much sea life out there at the moment. Great to see. Dolphins been cruising by regularly. Always wanna see that second fin pop up when you catch the first one out the corner of your eye as you sitting out in the line-up, cos spotting two usually means shew, it's just some dolphins. Versus if you just see that one - well, it makes you start wondering....
One of the places you can definitely feel a bit more part of the food chain compared to inside the bay on the wildside. Not called the wildside for nothing - has claimed plenty of ships in it's time.
Sadly the bay claimed a life this week, with a Transkei student still missing and assumed dead, after a group of swimmers got into trouble and ripped out to sea whilst at Hobie on one of the bigger days of the week. Thankfully retired lifeguard Peter Brits managed to rescue two of them. Rescue services were down at the beach really quickly, and there were jetski's, rubber ducks, rescue swimmers and a chopper trying to find the missing guy. Unfortunately without any luck.
The beachfront is still struggling with crime issues. On the weekend the car guard at Something Good was bliksemed properly whilst skelms broke into a tourists car who had just come from the airport - all their stuff stolen from the vehicle. Maybe we need a car guard like this - spotted at a parking lot in CT.
The Corona Open wasn't the only comp happening. Shot to all those that organised the inaugural JBay Logger's Classic. Well done to local club Loggers Union for winning the Turtle Morris Memorial Trophy for the interclub comp.
Men's Amateur winner: Greg Smith
Ladie's winner: Rachel Tilly
Men's Pro winner: Ludi Du Toit
Women's Noserider Of The Contest: Lucy Small
Men's Noserider Of The Contest: Mike Grendon
Logging is all about vintage. And you don't get much more vintage than the old roadhouse that used to be at the Red Windmill. Besides having great burgersm awesome toasties and ice creams to die for, it was also well know for it's somewhat ambiguous "Flick your Lights for service" lighting which had the "L" and the "I" of the word "flick" close enough to create doubt. as to whether it was "flick" or "F*ck"
In among all the action of the week there was still time for the usual array of awesome sunsets and sunrises.
Back to earth with a bump for everyone this week - comp's over, the world's best make their way home, swell's over, and holidays are over. Life returns to normal.