Another summer's week, with some windy days, some beaut days and even some surf days. Nice lil sneaky east swell which threw out a few backwashy barrels as well.
Water is lekker warm, must be hovering round the 20C mark, so good time to dust off the spring suits.
Not too many ou's in the water out in St Francis bay at the moment as bits of the washed up whale are still floating about, and beachfront residents report seeing some rather large finned fellows cruising the backline frequently.
Chatted to John Elliot at Seals, and he mentioned there seems to be more resident seals hanging out at Shark Point - the point between SF and CSF - these days. A growing permanent seal population in the area isn't good news for surfers as it may result in a growing resident finned population, much like what happened in Plett.
In between the obligatory howling wind days there were some kiff glassy periods. Even the dolphins seem to appreciate the break in the crappy weather and have been out in force on the good days.
The CYOH crew held their 3rd Surf Off on Saturday and scored some good waves at Sards. Remember that everyone's welcome at CYOH events - from groms to grandpa's, beginners to shredders. Just pull in and enjoy the lekker vibe and a stoked crew.
In the market for a new stick? Etienne Potgieter has a whole quiver for sale: Boards from 5'6" to 6'3", for the 60 - 70kg surfer (a couple for 70kg plus). Most in excellent condition, a couple with a light crease, all come with a set of fins. Prices range from R1500 to R3500. Give ET a holler on FB or inbox me for his contact deets.
Last week marked the 6 year anniversary of Andy Irons's passing. Gone but not forgotten. He was one of the world's most frighteningly talented surfers. One who wanted to win more than anything. Some of the young 'un's on the world tour these days could have learnt a thing or two about competitive passion from AI.
Skom skelms are doing the rounds again - coupla break-in's to cars at Millers carpark over the last week. Reckon having a python on the dashbboard would resolve the problem. Note that they're breaking into surf locks as well - all it takes is a good biff with a hammer or spanner and pop - there are ya keys. So if you using surflocks try put em in hard to get to places like in the wheel arch - not just at the back bumper.
Houdini makes plastic copies of digital keys - so just get one and leave your keys hidden somewhere in the car and use the plastic key to lock up. Easy to stash in your wetties key ouch or round your neck on a string.
A huge thanks to Shirley Fairall for 10 years of service as secretary to EP Surfing. Not a comp went down without her being there behind the scenes to make sure it all ran smoothly. You deserve a medal Shirley!
Bodyboarders Jason Lodge and Jonathan Scheepers decided they'd paid up their life insurance policies and it was time to dance with death. The crazy boogers decided to have a surf at Brighton Pier over the weekend. It's known to have cranking waves, but the water quality is super-sketch thanks to the sewerage outflow pipe right there - which also draws in the finned fellows - and then of course the 30 ou's chucking sinkers over ya pip as they fish off the pier.
Thankfully the guys survived both the land and sea sharks! All limbs still in tact.
Wee bit of swell possibily on the horizon for this week - but winds looking a bit flukey and may spoil the party. How unusual.....