'Twas a week remembered more for the weather than the waves. The surf was small and scratchy, but the weather sure turned on a treat. Some amazing cloud formations, sunrises, sunsets, lightening bolts and all sorts. Even some rain.
It was the usual summer story, you had to do the miles to get the rides. A trip down the coast on Saturday morning saw you landing some early morning sunrise shacks. If you didn't leave the bay - the only shacks on offer were the 6 inch one's at Bird Rock.
You really know there's no motion in the ocean when your weekly surf blog has more pictures of clouds than waves. But at least something was lekker! Always good to go for the glass half full philosophy.
The sticky stinky hot weather at least managed to drum up enough energy to throw down a bolt or two. Jarred Cassidy nabbed this cool shot of a Fence cracker. The ago old adage says there's gold at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately it didn't translate into waves at the end of the bolt.
The sunrise/sunset show was up to it's usual tricks again.
It wasn't a complete bust as far as surf went, there were days to have a paddle on. As a Bay surfer you soon learn to get amped about a pap 1-2ft roller cos it's better than anything else that's come by for a week. Were some better spots if you knew where to look. Siya shoulda been looking behind him!
Long-time Fence local and all-round EP legend Gavin Rudolph popped through over the weekend, and hooked up with his china John Scheepers to say Howzeet. Plenty of tales about the good 'ol days between those two ballies. Gav still rips the West Coast, but says his hip's a bit buggered these days and he battles to pig dog barrels now!
Gav might have a gammy hip, but another old PE surfer Steve McKechnie has a gammy everything at the moment. Steve had a hectic car accident in January and is undergoing extensive rehab at the moment. If you're able to drop him a few bucks to help fund it you can click the link below.
Steve surfed the elusive Harbour Rights inside the PE harbour mouth back in 2003, solving the riddle as to whether those waves the guys used to watch from up on the hill were ride-able.
The Grom-zilla's took over Pipe on Sunday for their 3rd and final trial. Perfect lil-peep size waves on offer for the lighties.
The skelms are still at large - car bust into in the Pipe car park during the grom trials. So don't drop your guard just cos the car park is busy - ou's operate in all conditions!
The lack of surf during the week was made up by the hunt for surf sparked by Mick Fannings latest edit of an epic looking right sand point. Here's hoping they manage to keep the secret from the inter-web. Bit of a dichotomy anyhow's cos they published it in the first place. Secret spots are dead in the age of the internet.
A dire looking surf forecast for the week ahead. Consider taking up tiddlywinks instead.