It started with a whimper, and ended with a bang! A solid 16 second 4m bang. Pity the wind was the usual accompaniment, but that's how the proverbial cookie crumbles. Supers was super, whilst everywhere else struggled to deal with the breeze.
A sign of things to come was seen earlier in the week when an impressive lightening storm cracked over the Sards area, the big cloud build-up lending an pretty cool backdrop for the streaky bits to do their thing.
Mid-week saw a lil warm-up swell that let everyone wash the cobwebs off. Josh Enslin has started training for his 3rd surfing world record - which see's him going for the fastest speed ever traveled on a surfboard. Spotted doing some ninja moves out at Pipe.
Talking of ninja's, a lil teenage mutant ninja turtle washed up at Sards during the week. Super cute lil green critter. Heres hoping this dude's a toughie, cos it's estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood. An interesting fact about how climate change will affect these guys is that scientists are concerned that rising global temperatures will result in warmer sand, causing more female than male baby turtles. Chicks gonna be ruling...
Shot to Matt McGillivray for getting second possie in the Papara Pro Tahiti and moving into the top 40 on the QS rankings. Local is lekker!!
Ex-PE and now Perth local Jaryd Mason was stoked to get some PE company for a surf out at Rotnest Island, when Wes Weihahn popped past for sesh. Wes is busy ticking off just about every country on the globe whilst working for Qatar airlines.
Another local stacking up on stamps in his passport is Shannon Ainslie, who swapped the long right walls of JBay for the long right walls of Morocco. The locals seem friendlier there - as although camels are known to give you a nasty bite, they're probably preferable to the finned locals of the Eastern Cape.
How's this classic shot of Bruce's back in 1966. It was from a feature article in the Personality mag, which was looking in to the start of a new coastal community just down the drag from JBay. The mind boggles at how good the wave must have been with all that sand. Pity it's now packed full of houses. Hindsight is an exact science.
The lighties got a chance to show off their skills at the PE Gromcomp held at Pipe on Saturday. Perfect waves for the kids before the big swell hit.
The saying goes that life imitates art, and spotted some kiff new pieces from JBay artist Martin Bakker mid-week, showing JBay going off it's pip - which turned into reality by the end of the week with waves funneling down the point.
Gotto love the purple people eaters, and this Sunday saw the first serious one of 2016 hit the shores. The wind klapped it a bit, which made it tricky in the bay, but JBay cooked. The NMBS Masters trails went down at Seals, with the guys having to mission with the howling offshore.
Groms - get filming. Kiff opportunity to win a trip to California, to surf in Volcom’s 2016 Totally Crustaceous Tour Global Championships to be held at Lower Trestles. Win the comp and you $30k richer.
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Pretty short week ahead - only 3 work-days outta 5, so ou's will be hoping to hook in some extra surf time. Forecasts look pleasant enough to keep smiles on dials.