Hello winter! Goodbye winter. You saved the best for last. Out with a bang it went. Gangbuster surf to mark the halfway mark in the year. The shortest day of has now come and gone. And the surf showed up for the party. In a big way.
JBay was obviously off it's pip, but even PE has some solid surf once the wind settled off. Corduroy lines wrapped around Cape Recife and lit up all the spots in the bay.
The paddle out at JBay was daunting, and entailed plenty of deliberation on the reef before committing. Time it wrong and you were at Tubes long before you came close to the back-line.
Whenever the Bell Bouy breaks PE surfers start frothing. Often it can be frustrating if the swell is too west as it peaks out on the horizon and the breaks are as flat as a pan. But this time the stars aligned and the swell had the perfect combination of period and direction to bless the bay with waves.
You can check out Howard Briscoe's shots of Millers here.
And just in case you're wondering what that swell looks like when it gets to Maldives....
When there are waves around it definitely isn't possible to score a sneaky sessions with just a few mates, everyone, their dog' and the kitchen sink were out there.
Despite the crowds the skollies still managed to sneak in unnoticed and scaled a silver VW cabby from the Millers carpark. Even worse, the owners yellow vetkoek was in the back. Car is no doubt long gone, but the vetkoek should show up somewhere local - so please keep eye out in PE and JBay for it.
The old wives tail about gold at the end of the rainbow certainly delivered this week...
In amongst all the wildness of the ocean there were some moments of pure serendipity on shore...
The karma of good surf played out into the real world. Port Alfred local Dave McGregor was driving back from EL to PA and his board decided to make a bid for freedom en route, which he only discovered later - trekked all the way back but she wasn't to be found. Dave was gutted - it was his favourite board, and he wrote an ode to her passing on Facebook.
PE surfer Gareth Godwin spotted a stick on the side of the road outside EL and picked her up and popped me a message to tell me about it. Posted it on my timeline and immediately JBay photag Garth Robinson did a 2+2=4 and knew the found board was Dave's and put everyone in touch. Dave got his baby back with a few war wounds, but nothing that can't be patched up. Happy ending!!
Happy days abounded in the ocean to. The sardine run frenzy continues and the dolphin gang were out in full force in the bay.
Yeeeuw - winter is finally done and dusted. We're officially en route to summer after the winter solstice has passed. This is what the last day of winter looked like.
It isn't always a case of bigger is better. How cool is this lil collection of teeny shells collected along the beach at JBay.
Pretty rad week surf-wise, hope everyone got some! And this week looks pretty good too...