Was a scratchy week for waves. The charts had looked OK'ish but decided to downgrade in reality to not-much'ish. If a surf counted as getting wet, that was possible, but not a lot else around. Some beaut weather and lekker days though, so all was not lost.
No surf, no problem, grab your skateboard and head off to the wildside for some serious hill bombing. Just pack your band-aids...
Maybe we have to thank these to guys for the flat spell? You know how it goes - you get a new stick and the ocean goes flat. Well these brothers collected their new sticks last week so might have something to do with the double flat spell? Kiff sprays by Robyn van der Merwe.
First WSL of the year kicked off at Snapper. Mikey February got a last minute entry thanks to King Kelly pulling out. Mikey got skunked by the judges in Rd 3, and was awarded what many thought was a lower score on his last wave to ensure that Julian Wilson went through - Julian eventually went on to win the title. Jordy also got pipped in Rd 3. He goes into Bells as defending champion though - so hopefully gets a better result there.
Head's up! Pull into Chingada's in Walmer this Friday for Matt Bromley's new film, Risky Ripples.There will be Monster Energy and beer flowing from Jack Black. Entry is FREE so pull in for a good time. The guys will also be raising money for 9Miles Project with raffles from Billabong, Nixon and Scarfini Fins.
Friday 23 March 7pm for 7:30/ 8pm start.
CarPark John isn't only in a car park near you - turns out he's in your local Spur too. You can now grab a pint of the Richmond Hill Brewing Company's amber ale when you pop in for your burger or ribs.
Salty Hour on Saturdays continues to spread the stoke - with enthusiastic peeps pitching up to have a bash at surfing under the expert guidance of the Boardroom crew. Everyone is welcome - so every Sat pull in for an hour of free surf lessons (equipment provided) at Kings Beach (near McArthur Baths), 3-4pm.
Annie van der Merwe and Willem can Rjswicjk started Gromblitz a year ago - teaching kids from Missionvale to surf and skateboard, and in the process teaching them discipline, respect, and how to look after environment. The groms had a session down at Deville's and had a blast. Surf Centre helped out with boards and coaching staff.
PE probably has some of the less imaginatively names surf spots around. Take Pipe for instance. In Hawaii Pipe is so named as it refers to the hollow appearance of the barrels there - they look like drainpipes. PE, on the other hand has a spot called Pipe because....
Good to see the new NMB initiative rolling out at Hobie Beach this week - thanks to the hard work of Councillors Dean Biddulph and Renaldo Gouws and others. For a small fee you can now store your valuables safely in a locker whilst heading off for a swim. Hopefully it proves successful and they'll put something similar in at Pipe soon.
The week was pretty much flat with some lumps and bumps showing up for the weekend, but the wind didn't quite co-operate. Least you could get wet though.
Even when the waves fail to materialise, the sunrises and sunsets always make an effort. Here's a kiff collection of shots from during the week.