Winter ain't done with us just yet. Called her out last week for being in hiding and she came back with a proverbial bang this week. More like a "Boom" actually. Massive 5m swell with a 20 second period delivered monster waves all along the SA coastline.
You know if the bay is 8ft plus then it must be chaos outside. Rincon didn't even have a backline - just rolling whitewash as far as the eye could see. It turned the normally lackadaisical longshore drift current into a raging river - at one stage the back of Millers looked like the Zambezi rapids.
Things started on Thursday - Monday to Wednesday was just the usual knee-high-and-not-much-happening typical PE scenario, but then it all went ballistic. By midday Thursday it was huge, and continued to build into the evening. The high tide help settle things down a bit.
Check out all the shots and stories from the Storm Surf here:
Peaked overnight so Friday was fun sized and manageable, with some less than fun-sized crowds. Ou's were frothing like a cappuccino. Head over to the Latest Shots page to check all the galleries from Friday.
Gnarly timing for the SA Champs held in East London. The conditions were off the charts. The comp had to move to Nahoon Corner. Couple of heats the ou's just got washed right down the beach and meant they had to restart heats.
Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (NMBS) for a 3rd possie overall, with the Masters coming 2nd and the Open 5th. Check out all the results and shots here:
Andre Venter had picked up his new stick from Dennis Ellis at the Boardroom just before heading off to SA's - seems to have done the job cos Andre got a 3rd in the Over 55 division. Apparently new sticks now come with a free matching dog.
Musta been kak to have been sailing big container ships around the coast last week - but seems to help if you have a kiff name!
Classic old shot of the lifesaving tower at Kings Beach cropped up during the week. Reckon these retro one's are way cooler than the new plastic spaceship's currently on the beaches.
Earlier in the week before the swell went haywire Raggy Charters was out on one of their regular trips and spotted a some big whales right off the back of McArthur baths. Good to see these big mammals still frequenting our bay. Unfortunately one was found washed up just up from Sundays River during the week.
By the weekend the swell was pretty much done and dusted - just a few lil dribbles left over for everyone to get wet on and for those who's missed out on the main swell to not feel completely left out.
So much surf action almost forget that we still had our usual dose of awesome sunrises and sunsets during the week.