The punishment for that good run of swell continues into it's second week. The bay was pretty dismal, although a few bucks worth of petrol woulda seen you getting wet in some fun stuff round the corner. Charts still looking rather dire for the coming week, although next Monday might see a reprieve for the bay.
For what we've been lacking in waves, the sunrises have more than made up for it. And some lekker calm weather as well. Although most peeps would happily swap it for some cold fronts and waves!
'Some really big pods of dolphins have been hanging around all week, likely due to the shoals of lil feeshies close in shore. They've been cruising the beachfront on most days, in no great rush to move on. Loads of them out in SF as well. Saw them do some blatant drop-in's on two ou's out at Anne's over the weekend.
It's actually kinda daunting having them surround you when a waves coming, cos as they're surfing the wave towards you, you have to try work out how to duck dive between em so you don't collect a dolphin headache.
Plenty of other sealife active at the moment as well. Big whale carcass washed up a few k's down from Kabeljous, with plenty of finned friends lurking close by in the hope of grabbing a quick feed. Heads up and legs up.
The ballies are starting to hit froth-mode with the Master's SA Champs coming up at Seals this week. An absolute A-list of entrants for this year's comp, so the standard of surfing will be sky-high. Just hope a bit of swell pops up so the guys get the odd decent wave and don't have to grovel in the shorey.
Nelson Mandela Bay Surfing (NMBS - the ex EP) are hosting the event, and are doing some fund-raising by raffling off a Dennis Ellis Boardroom surfboard to the value of R4000. If you'd like a shot at winning a brand-new stick, then go grab a R20 ticket from Surf Centre, the Boardroom or Streetcred Chef. Draw is on Saturday at SA Champs
In the absence of waves, surf photag Luc Hosten has had to get a bit creative. Here he does a great job of turning some wind-blown sand into a New York cityscape.
There's a new surf factory out in SF aptly called St Francis Surf, new home to shapers Greg Smith, Eric Stedmann and Isaiah boards. Pull in for a new stick.
Another big fin spotted at Ballina in Aus this week - they've had their fair share of attacks in the past year. Bunch of ou's on the beach trying to tell their mates that there's a big local in the line-up. Wonder what the universally accepted sign is for seeing a shark? No good just yelling cos often with the noise of the shore pound your yells won't carry to the line-up. I guess just flailing your arms about like mad and waving your boards about has to be the way to go?
Whilst we go through the surf doldrums in the bay, one of my fave waves in Indo was pumping all week. Life ain't fair....