What a week! Waves, glorious waves. If for some cruel twist of fate you weren't near the coast this past week, stop reading now, else you're likely to try something with a blunt knife. It really was that good. Waves every single day for an entire week. Ou's were surfed out by the end of it. Reports of only 8 guys in the water at Supers, a handful at Point. Solo sessions in the bay.
Didn't even have to drive west this week for surf, the bay dished up some decent waves on most days. Apparently Dane Cox takes the win for a behind the rock take-off at Avo's that went awry and ended in a proper thrashing. Warri Canepa reckons he's never seen a guy take such a beating and come up laughing before.
Obviously if you did drive west things were even better.
And if you drove to the end of the road they weren't too shabby either...
And if you kept driving west, well, it was a helluva lot bigger still. You know when Hout Bay gets full of foam lines that Dungeons is pretty serious.
After you've gone as far west as you can, then you turn north up the West Coast, to the now famous grinding left sand spit. That was pretty freaking good too.....
The thing about big swells that smash our coastline is that you can chase em across the Indian Ocean if you want to. Maldives lights up with what we get a few days later - and light up it did.
Always lekker to get dropped in on by a dingy. Thankfully it was a happy ending with the ou managing to avoid landing on the dude's head, but apparently it was a bit close for comfort. Sometimes the dingy dudes aren;t all that familiar with waves/lineups etc and can end up in the wrong spot at the wrong time cos some lazy guest doesn't wanna paddle the extra 10m into the lineup and wants to get dropped right on the spot.
A bit closer to home but also starting with an M. Yip, that was firing too. Such a pity that flights there cost more than getting to Indo, else reckon there'd be plenty Saffa's doing the swell chase there.
It takes about 8-10 days for a swell from here to hit Indo, so technically this shot is actually from our swell the previous week not last week, but either way, Ulu's was going gang-buster. Triple overhead screamers keeping the line-up pretty empty.
The huge surf wreaked havoc at the SA Longboard Champs at Mossel Bay, breaking over 17 boards during the course of the week. Shapers are smiling for sure.
EP (now known as NMBS) got second possie, just getting pipped by WP. We got a bunch of SA titles though, including Steve Sawyer winning the Open Mens. Check out all the results and shots here.
The big surf saw a wayward whale shark wash up at Cannon Rocks. Thankfully the locals were able to get it back out to sea after it beached itself.
The big surf also looked like it jumbled up ou's brains. Cos you gotto be not quiet right in the pip to transport your board like this. Most peeps recognised the board as Emma Smith's, but luckily she doesn't get the Kook of the Day award, as although is was her board she's sold it. Maybe when you sell a board you should also explain how to transport it?
Besides great surf, the week was also full of kiff sunrises and sunsets. So yah, if you missed this week. Be miserable.