The week started off slowly surf-wise, then Friday saw decent swell if you could find a corner outta the wind. Even Jbay had some serious ridges to start with. The weekend had some lekker weather and a coupla good 'un's here and there, specially if you traveled west.
Jordy won! Yay!! FInally. But shew, not without making us stress our mielies off first. He started with a bang and a 9.33, and then proceeded to bog on every single wave until he caught his back-up wave about 2 minutes from the buzzer. Shattered nerves!!
Props to the Boardwalk for coming on board to sponsor the EP Junior team. What's so cool is they'll be kitting our groms out with EP blazers. Last time our any of our teams rocked those was the early 70's. Here're the ou's back in the day - gotto dig the big wave thingy on the pocket. Great to see so many of these guys are still in the water. Surfing is for life!
Plenty of sealife about at the moment. Gina Smith made a buddy in JBay. Octopus are such cool critters. 8 arms and 3 hearts, blue blood (cos it's copper-based instead of iron) and a beak like a parrot. Don't mess with 'em! They're kinda lizzard-like in that they can lose an arm if it means escaping an attacker, and then just grow it back later. Oh yah, and it sucks being a boy-octopus. After mating, it's game over. They die about 3 months later.
They're known to be really intelligent creatures, and what's cool is that two-thirds of an octopus’ neurons reside in its arms, not its head. As a result, the arms can problem solve how to open a shellfish while their owners are busy doing something else, like checking out a cave for more edible goodies. Neat, huh?!
Something old, something new. Let's start with the old - classic vintage Seaflight with original Surf Centre sticker. What's cool is that both are still about 20 years later. Love the spray job.
And the new? Clay is back. On the cover of the latest Surfing mag, nose-picking a West Oz right. Yes, West coast. The cold coast, where everyone else, other than Clay, wears wetties. Apparently Hawaiians are allergic to wetties to just man-up to chilly water temps to avoid the rubbery restrictions. Clay kinda disappeared off the map after being dropped by Quik a coupla years back, but shew, that kid can surf. With wild abandon. Still one of my favourite guys to watch. Just a pity we don't get to see more of him cos he doesn't fit into a brand sterotype. He now lives in Ry Craike's home town on the west coast of Oz for half the year (when Hawaii's flat), and hunts down barely rideable ledges.
The 2nd annual Cobbles Classic went down over the weekend. Still waiting for the wrap & results to drop in, but loved this shot from Luc Hosten of Grant Beck splitting the peak with the Eagle. Reckoned the ship called he was going left so Grant had to go right!