The first week of 2017 won't be remembered for the quality of it's surf, but hey - it's summer, the water's warm and the weather's lekker, so it's good enough. And even if the sea isn't doing much exciting, the sunrises and sunsets sure have been making the effort.
If were just keen to get your salt-water dose you were in luck, as there were some small sliders and some onshore lumps throughout the week. Just couldn't be fussy though. But then when do PE surfers ever get that luxury?
If you were prepared to take the road less travelled....better treasures awaited.
The JBay ou's are not quite used to the mission that trying to find waves in summer in PE entails. Arno Lane did manage to find a few possibilities after putting in the miles.
Always fascinated by the street vendors plying their trade along the beachfront this time of year. Primary product this year was selfie sticks and yellow inflatable ducks. Ou's had to develop some fine skills to keep a hold of them during the super windy days...
You know the holidays are over when they come fetch the temporary bog-houses...
Been some crystal clear water about on the windless days, here's St Francis looking like the tropics.
The local wildlife hasn't had a good week. A seal with an apparent gunshot wound washed up at Cape St Francis, and a dolphin with a big chomp outta its back washed up at JBay. Appears as if the dolphin lost a battle with a White. Eish.
Didn't matter if the surf wasn't the best - you could still hit the pavements for some glide. Always fun to take the lighties for a tandem skate. Smile stretches from ear to ear. Kids are easy to please!
Ex-Pipe local and now superyacht crewman Carl Barnard isn't too concerned about the PE flatspell - cos he's been hooking some kiff waves in the Maldives.
Some more ex-locals blew in for the holidays, with Ari and Faye popping past Seals for a quick howzit. The happy couple serve as a great reminder for all those looking for future partners - remember the saying that goes "couple that play together, stay together" - and there isn't a better combo than having both of you that surf!
Cos surfing ain't like tennis that you can just arrange to play on a Saturday at 3pm. You need someone to understand why you just have to bail whatever social engagement might have been organised weeks in advance cos the surf's cooking NOW!
The week ended off with some spectuacular sunsets, a last blast before most peeps have to head back to work and school. All the best for 2017!