OK, so this is lank late. But did a quick runner over to Maldives for 2 weeks and the surf was pumping and had no time to do blog posts! But here's a quick wrap of all that went down the last 2 weeks. Cos despite everyone ripping poor 'ol PE off, stuff actually does happen in our dorpie!
Some solid ground swell wrapped it's way round the coast of South Africa on 18th April - as in 22 second period kinda solid. Don't see that too often. JBay lit up like Guy Fawkes day. PE managed a few good one's too.
A few clicks west of JBay was pretty fun as well....
Overhead surf is a state of mind - anything can be overhead if you just bend those knees a bit - meaning you can get overhead barrels at Pipe with a bit of effort!
In preparation for the coming winter surf CarPark John got spoilt with a kiff new stick from Dennis Ellis at the Boardroom. Lightweight epoxy shred-machine designed to gobble up waves. So expect the ballie to suddenly start paddling rings around you in the line-up and up'ing his wave count by 500%.
From new boards to new fins. Beyond frothing on these amazing Hanalai fins which will soon be wending their way over to me from Aus. Ex-PE local Lance Pearson is hooking me up with a customised set of Q2's, which look insane. Have been riding Hanalai's for over 3 years now and absolutely love them. Totally unique fin concept, leveraging a lot from sail design, with a slightly concave interior foil.
Finally available locally in SA - tune Mike from Dust Surf in Cape Town and he'll hook you up - and change your life!
The kiff sunrises are getting easier for everyone to appreciate thanks to the onset of winter and the sun getting up later. Here's a collection of what we were blessed with in the past 10 days.
Seems hat the skollies just refuse to give up. Reports of a sketchy white bakkie scoping out Pipe car park lately. So please keep your eye's peeled. Cops have been called a coupla times about it so are also aware to be on the lookout for it.
If you do park at Pipe do consider giving Elvis the car guard a coupla bucks to look after your cabbie - he is pretty on the ball and does a decent job of keeping tabs on the skelms and keeping your stuff safe.
Plenty of wildlife activity at the moment - with a paddleskier in Plett getting a free heart rate acceleration when a great white breached up under his ski and took a bit chunk outta it. Luckily the guy got to shore in a flash and didn;t meet the finned fellow himself.
Aerial footage from around Robberg recently has shown plenty of sharks cruising about, and even snacking on hapless seals.
The SA Longboard champs took place up the west coast in Lamberts Bay. Some good results for the Nelson Mandela Bay Surfriders (aka NMBS):
Steven Sawyer won the Men's Open, Mike Hill 2nd
Mike Hill won the Masters
Ryan Lightfoot 4th in u18 boys
Michele von kempen 3rd Senior Ladies
Faye Zoetmulder 3rd Open Ladies
Kye McGregor 2nd u16 boys
OK, sunset time - PE never disappoints...sometimes it even throws in a rainbow just to really make it next level.
Nice short week this week thanks to the public holiday. Some swell about but some wind issues which may mess things up. Joys of living in the "Windy City"