The run of stunning weather continued, with most of the week being glassy. Some waves about if you went looking, and even the odd fun one in the bay. Thursday was the pick of the bunch as far as conditions went, dead calm and fun waves. Their lack of grunt made up for by the perfect conditions. Not often you get the wave/zero wind combo thing happening.
Cute lil penguin dude cruised through the line-up at Millers on Thursday - probably thought all the wettie-clad peeps were part of his crew. Had one swim through the line-up a while ago and asked Millers local Gavin Rishworth, who's a marine biologist, about whether he was maybe lost or something. But Gav said they can happily stay at sea for 2-3 months at a time, without having to hop up onto land.
More wildlife - but this time a seal stalking the Kowie line-up. Gave the ou's a good skrik when it first leapt out the water. Always nice once you work out it just a seal, instead of a shark. Things still hectic down Plett way, with loads cruising about Robbery area. Just that time of year, so shift your surf spots accordingly.
The north winds we're getting a lot of at the moment look like they'll continue into the week, so expect some more pretty sunrises and sunsets. Dean Cothill always captures them perfectly!
Some pretty rad ding repair cover-up art by the peeps at the St Francis Bay Surfboard factory. Check em out when next you head west, as there are a few shapers operating from there.
Embrace the inner-narcissist in you. Admit it - everyone loves surf shots of themselves, and getting video is even cooler. If you're keen to have your sessions in JBay or Seals filmed then get in touch with Stanley Badger who'll capture your every tube and turn.
Boys will be boys. Even when they 60. Chatting to John and Alan in the shop during the week and next thing John bolts out the door at a rate of knots. Turns out he'd spotted a hot chick walk by and had dashed out to get a better look. Gonna say getting stalked by a dude in leopard skin slops has gotto be unique!
Lekker to see Dennis Ellis getting featured in the Herald this week. Stoked to see them covering some surf news, which is way better than the usual mayhem and murder stuff.
The Boardroom hosted a phat jol on Friday night, to celebrate EP's (ie NMBS's) success in the recent SA Masters Champs where they hooked 2nd spot. The bring n braai turned into a "party-til-you-die" with many of the ou's waking up on Saturday morning quite happy that there wasn't any surf about. Broken ballies....
PE's waterman Richard von Wildemann is over in Hawii at the moment for the Molokai Surfski Challenge. Not much in the way of surf on the North shore, but not wanting an opportunity to check out Pipe he went out there for a swim, and dove out a couple fins from the reef.
Whaddya looking at!? Luckily he's just a harmless basking shark. Which is fine once you realise he's harmless. But sphincter-testing prior to that realisation.
So that wraps up another lekker week in the bay. Looks like more of the same for the week ahead. Lekker weather, but a bit thing surf-wise. El Nino still has us in his grip. this time last year was much the same, not a helluva lot of swell at all.