Ysss, we on a bit of a run here. Another week with plenty of waves in the bay. Monday was a cracker with some solid east swell pulling through. Good size at Humewood and Pier, and even some decent sets at Millers. Lotsa peeps bunking work.
Here's hoping this run of good surf is a positive omen for a cracker winter, cos El Nino has diddled us the past 2 years, so we owed a good one.
The cyclone swell pummeled the Durbs coastline for days. ou's getting shacked off their pips. Stand up hands free barrels were the order of the day. St Francis local Richy Basnett did a duck back to his old home town and scored some booooombs.
Besides getting good waves we had good days too. Sure, Cape Town has it's mountain, but we ain't half bad either.
Tuesday Thunderstorms! Was a cracker literally and figuratively. Normally PE storms can only muster up the odd growl and one bolt and it's done. Tuesday's sky show saw Schoenies looking like Armageddon and the poor chokka boats kakking off as bolts were hitting the sea all over the show.
After a bit of a breather midweek the swell returned, water temps had dropped a bit, enough to realise that summer is nearing it's end of days..
Early birds generally get the worms, specially true in PE. Where early morning winds behave themselves and stay pretty clean til about 8-ish - when the land breeze comes up and goes all NW wonky.
You can only imagine how decent the surf out west has been if the bay's been getting fun waves. Usual story - spend the petrol money and score the goods.
The groms kicked off the 2017 Billabong Grom Games at the Pipe on Saturday in some good surf for the lighties - clean and overhead for most of the gremlins. The comp finishes on Monday.
Stoked with the custom cap I ordered from local artist Ryan Allen. Long story short is that partner-in-crimes nickname is Spongebob. So gotto have a Bob cap. Tune Ryan here if you'd like to get a custom design, cos #localislekker #supportlocals
Friday had some really good waves. It also had some crazy crowds. probably amplified cos was the start of a long weekend. Still some waves to be had early Saturday morning before the wind got on it.
Owen Wright pulled off a miracle return to competition by winning the Quik Pro at Snapper, taking out fellow goofy Wilko. Owen suffered a serious head injury at Pipe back in Dec 2015 and had a long, slow recovery to full health - literally having to learn to surf again. Seems he did a pretty good job of it!
Jordy is looking pretty sharp which bodes well for the season, and Slater also seems to have got some froth back. Judging was a bit odd at times with the panel seemingly preferring the 10 windscreen wiper turns to the beach by the goofy's vs the inventiveness of the regular footers.
When the winds go bad for the bay you gotto get behind the wheel and go searching. Luc Hosten grabbed this cool shot of local logger Dean Simpson heading through Schoenies on a wave hunting mission.
Pretty damn good week all in all. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like our luck will hold for 4 weeks in a row of good surf - as the coming week looks pretty small and mostly onshore. Time to catch up on some work again everyone!