September finally awoke from her slumber and after a very slow start to the week saw a weekend of super fun waves roll in. Later on this week is looking promising so the month might not end up being a damp squib after all.
Monday woke up with a hangover and there were some dribs and drabs lurking about if you made the effort to drive. Just lots of morning sickness thanks to the North Westerlies. Things stayed pretty scratchy through til Friday.
Mid-week saw a rather large finned friend cruise past the back of Humewood, so the lifeys raced out on the jetski to suss him out and he was a fair bit larger than the ski. So they hoofed it up to Hobie to clear the bathers out the water, and then buzzed up to us at Millers to say the large fin was on his way south. Given that the waves were barely knee-high a collective decision was made by all those bobbing about in the line-up that it would be rather stupid to risk having a leg nibbled on for the sake of midget-size waves, so everyone paddled in.
September is high season for shark sightings close to shore as the sharkies are cruising nearby chowing all the newly spawned guitar fish and other spring babies. So just be extra vigilant.
As usual our lil town continues to throw out some spectacular sunrises and sunsets, with Luc Hosten capturing this one out at Schoenies.
Climbers are meant to have the strongest fingers of all sportmen seeing as they have to get those digits in death grips on sheer rocks faces. But it looks like Dave Lippie might have some mighty digits as well. Anyone who can carry a SUP....I mean longboard....with one hand like that deserves a medal.
(OK, so it turns out it actually has a lil hand grip built into the deck...but it still looks impressively deceiving)
There were still a few lil nuggets about before swell hit over the weekend, with some new banks popping up here and there.
The SA Junior team headed off to the Azores for the Vissla ISA World Games, and ended up in 9th possie. Well done to all the lighties!
Yip - it was that flat on some days last week. You know if there isn't the slightest hint of whitewater on the harbour wall you may as well take the skateboard instead of the surfboard outta the garage.
Most of Friday was a grovel-fest, but then at about 5pm someone flipped the switch and some fun lines started pulling in just before dark. Those who'd waited patiently were rewarded.
A famous face was seen around local line-ups over the weekend. Newly crowned Trestles champ Jordy Smith pulled in for the swell. Seen here hanging with the Seals lighties on Friday.
Seals extracted it's pay to play price, with Jot de Lauwere just having returned from a month charging Indo unscathed only to be chowed by the Seals reef.
Luckily expert CYOH medics Josh Enslin and Jakes were on hand to patch him up and send him back out. Cos ya really don't wanna be floating about a Seals line-up with claret streaming outta ya foot.
For all those ou's battling to be part of the conversation out in the line-up cos they have prestick jammed into their ears - go grab a set of the new Surf Ears at Surf Centre Humewood - cos keeps the water out and let's the sound in. The new version comes with neat lil leash'es so if they fall out ya ear you won't lose them.
The annual Cobbles Classic went down in some lekker surf over the weekend. The event has grown in leaps and bounds since it's first one, and all credit to the Logger's Union for the sterling effort they out in to create such a lekker event and vibe. This years Cobbles King and Queen are Michael Hill and Mia Baard.
Saturday was braai day, and a coupla local surfers decided it would be a schweet idea to braai on top of the pillar at Hummies. Bro's Fernando & Martin Tallie, together with Quintin Potgieter and Stephan le Roux swam out their braai gear on their boards and then climbed up the pillar for some Wors with a View!
That's the wrap for the week. Good news is that this week looks like it should dish up some more surf, so get those boards waxed.