Plenty of waves during the week. Some solid east swell pulled through and lit up all the usual spots that love a bit of that 160 degree angle. Lotsa chunky stuff at Humewood. And some decent runners at Pier, provided you didn't mind the backwash. If only the municipality would yank out those concrete slats between the pylons and let some of that Hobie Beach sand through to the other side....
Humewood was definitely the pic of the bunch for the week. Crowds went through stages of being thick as molasses to just a handful of your mates. Just had to time things well.
Plenty of action at Humewood, and even some world tour hotties blowing through. Carissa Moore was staying in town for a coupla days with Duncan Scott and was seen ripping the place to shreds. Plenty of stoked locals vying to a selfie or two.
When Hummies breaks you know for sure that another secret-not-so-secret spot further west will be doing it's thing. The locals were treated to the Jordy Smith Show - his first time out at the famed right point. And looking in top form for the upcoming JBay Open - here's hoping he can reclaim his title.
Go check out the Millers Local Facebook page to check out some insane drone footage that Nick Christy captured of Jordy's sesh.
PE also had it's share of barrels. Even Millers had some decent one's.
Pipe doesn't love the east swell as much as further north in the bay, but it still had plenty to work with for those who just wanna park n ride.
Relic surf shop in Baakens Valley hosted it's inaugural Sons of Ride event, which they plan to run quarterly. Some lekker vintage bikes on show, surf movies playing on the big screen, skate ramp, live music and food trucks. A kiff evening all round.
Really really sad to say goodbye to one of the regular Millers Locals last week. Mark Difford passed away after succumbing to an aggressive cancer which kept him out the surf for these last few months. He will be sorely missed in the line-up, as many of us enjoyed long chats with him whilst waiting for waves. After his funeral service on Monday a couple of the locals hunkered down under brolleys in the wind and rain to have a few beers for Mark at the Millers bench. Unfortunately there weren't any waves to ride, but we pretty sure Mark would have enjoyed the send off nonetheless.
JBay local Garth Robinson helped save the day during the Thursday swell at Bruces. He'd taken a drive out of town to go watch Jordy ripping the guts out of Bruces Beauties and decided to get some shots with his old Century 1000mm. After nailing some decent pics he then panned left and suddenly spotted a 23 year old surfer girl caught in a bad rip way out to sea. Garth called the NSRI who were there in about 5 minutes flat (out of the harbour) to pick her up. It was discovered later that she had paddled out at Granny's Pool, got caught inside and had her hair all tangled up in her leash and was then swept out to sea way down towards Anne Avenue and then out in the rip caused by the pumping east swell. Good spot by Garth and quick action from the NSRI and all ended well.
East swell means winds. Lots of it. It takes a special breed to brave those conditions and head over to Sardinia Bay.
The usual lekker sunrises and sunsets during the week to reward the early birds and the late sleepers alike. Charts look interesting for later this week. Say your prayers to the wind gods.