A slow week in the bay as far as surf goes, but certainly not activity. The beachfront was abuzz with ironpeeps. All sorts of very fit looking ou's running and cycling around and the usual bits of traffic mayhem that accompany the event. Certainly worth it for the value it brings to the city though.
If you traveled a bit west you coulda scored some very decent sessions. Just a pity they didn't swing round Cape Recife and into the bay.
For what we lacked in swell we did at least still deliver sunrises and sunsets. And they really do just seem a whole bunch better when viewed over a watery horizon.
You could of course just drive round the corner instead of down the N2 and you might be just as well rewarded.
Plenty of dolphins about this week. As usual they are by far the best surfers in any line-up. And make duck diving look like a breeze. Maybe it should be called dolphin-diving instead?
The Ironman World Champs enjoyed some awesome weather for their last traning week and right up until the mens event on Sunday, when it decided to rain. It took a whole day of drizzle before it finally stepped up a gear and the heavens opened. First it looked like this...
But then that lil purple patch decided to get in on the action...
And the clouds started to build, until a torrential downpour, complete with thunder lightening and hail entertained (and drenched) everyone for about 10 minutes.
Unfortunately there wasn;t much swell on the weekend to take advantage of - given the road closures meant only the locals got to surf. It was teeny weeny scratchy longboard kinda stuff. But it's always those days that seem to be the most dangerous in terms of getting random injuries.
Low tide on small days at Millers has a few rather drainey section and Shane Pyke got munched by one. You know those waves where suddenly the bottom just falls out and you disappear below sea level. Poor Shane got slurped by one of those and ended up head butting the reef, and the reef won.
Luckily the Ironman medical tent was right at Millers, so a check up and some clean-up and all was fine, other than a nice hole in the head, a black eye and concussion!
Looks like some more heavy weather this week, with teh possibility of a cut off low developing. So batten down the hatches and get the gumboots out - hopefully some much needed rain. Might even be some swell too!
But until the storm clouds loom again, enjoy the good weather whilst it lasts!