One of those very slow weeks as far as surf goes. You had to mission to find some get-wet opportunities. Thankfully some lekker waves towards the end of the week with Friday and Saturday offering up the chance for some salt water.
Even JBay had slim pickings during the week. Wonder if Neptune is storing all it's energy for another big storm? Let's hope so! Everyone still needs to get a few more good sessions in before the summer doldrums descend on us.
Waves might not be constant - but beachfront crime certainly is. Another cabbie stolen from Millers last weekend. Chap took his lightie for a surf and came back to find an empty parking spot where his car had once been. Please be vigilant if you in the car park and give any suspicious characters a good hairy eyeball.
Plenty of whales still about. They tend to be camera shy - but luckily Robbie got a shot of one at JBay. They'll probably be around for another few weeks before disappearing until next year again. Rather see whales than finned friends....
Speaking of which - think the 2 longboarders out at Chomp Rock on Thursday evening may have spotted a fin. Both exited the water in haste and then stood on the beach pointing out to sea for quite a while, and periodically looking down to us at Millers - probably wondering whether they should come warn us or not. Which they didn't, so maybe nothing after all!
Happy to see the murky water has finally dissipated and the blue is back.
Those that don't wanna leave things to fate have got themselves the sea-snake leash. These are meant to deter sharks, who don;' like sea-snakes. However, I don't think a Great White has any idea what a sea-snake is, which may somewhat limit the efficacy of the anti-shark leash. Nonetheless, worth a try on the off chance it works, and have a funky looking leash too.
One of life's great mysteries got solved this weekend. Ever wondered why Dave Lippie wears gloves? And you thought it was to paddle faster. Nup. Turns out it makes it easier to get a grip on his super-sized sticks so they don't slip outta his grip as he walks down the beach. (Just in case you think that's an "ordinary" mini-mal - it's about 4.5 inches thick and 25 inches wide)
The Shaka Surf Camp and Skate Ramp opening in Port Alfred this weekend. Dave MacGregor has put plenty hours in bringing it all to fruition. Lekker possie right on the edge of the ancient dune forest, all made from recycled materials, and easy walk to the surf. Article coming up soon...
The annual Something Good Classic was held at Pipe on Saturday in some fun waves. Really great vibe down at the beach with plenty going on. The Pipe Surf Club raised some much needed funds and they will look to upgrade the facilities at the spot.
Thanks to Mervyn Goddard and Andre Venter for all their hard work in putting the event together and making it a lekker day in the bay for all the locals to enjoy.
The Wild Side isn't called the wild side for nothing. Seas can be heavy round the corner and it means that all sorts of lil dudes often wash up. If you do spot a stranded or injured looking sea bird or animal, give SAMREC a buzz:
041 583 1830 (During business hours)
064 019 8936 (After business hours)
It's International Coastal Clean-Up day this coming Saturday. There are organised beach cleans at most major beaches so please get involved. But don;t let it be a once-off thing. Get into the habit of picking up rubbish every time you're at the beach. We all pick up a few pieces and collectively it will make a big difference overall.
Sadly the spring tide rip currents claimed a victim at the Pier during the week. A young man from Joburg went for a swim with friends but got into difficulties. Bystanders did attempt a rescue but without success and he disappeared from view. The body was found later in the week. RIP.
A few lumps and bumps on the charts for the week ahead so hopefully everyone gets a chance to get wet.