Shewee! What a week! The JBay Open started off with a bang. Some pumping waves funneled down the point and the ou's went ballistic. Jordy looked like a man possessed, and local boy Dylan Lightfoot surfed like a champ against the champ. Nothing quite beats surfing heats against Kelly and Medina in a single day.
Round 2 is now done & dusted, and there looks like a coupla days of good swell still left in the waiting period. So we'll be sure to see some more great surfing go down. Keep up to date with all the daily news, results and shots on the ML Comp News page.
Don't forget to get your entries in for the ML Fantasy Surfer competition - pick the winner and stand a chance at scoring a great Billabong hamper valued at R1600.
Most of PE made the mission down the road to check out the world's best in real life. It's also a great opportunity for the lighties to meet their surf heroes. There was a huge turnout for the autograph signing at the Billabong Magna's store on Saturday evening, with ou's getting to meet Taj, Parko and Occy.
It's not only surf action at Jbay - the JBay Winter Fest is in full swing too. A whole bunch of skating went down on Friday & Saturday with the Sector 9 Poker Run and the Sokkie jol. There's been crazy ou's braving the 11C water of the canals at Marina Martinique for the Cold Water Classic swim, and plenty of trippy kites at the kite festival on Kabeljous.
The sunrises and sunsets have been putting on a show for the foreigners - just so they know there ain't no place quite like Africa. Luckily there haven't been any sighting of the man in the gray suit, but Luc Hosten did spot another strange creature floating about in the line-up!
Kai Linder forgot Rule #2 at Seals (Rule #1 being don't ride into Full Stop). Don't stick your feet in between the rocks! There're some locals who live there, and like to stick your toetsies stukkend if you let 'em. They're pretty impossible things to pull out as mostly they just crumble when you try yank em - so drizzle some lime or lemon juice over them. Dissolves the critters. Add a some salt, suck your toe - and then down the tequila. Probably make you feel better.
As much as JBay overflowed with action, not a helluva lot went on in PE during the week. Basically cos most of PE had gone to JBay! The odd lil surf here and there for those who just wanted to get wet.
Stoked when my new Garmin Virb Elite arrived - had applied to be one of their official testers and lucky enough to crack the nod. So get this schweet lil puppy to test drive. It's an action cam, with a twist. It has GPS built in - so can measure your speed, G-Forces, heart rate etc and track where you've been and overlay this info onto the video file. Super keen to hook it up to some of the skaters and surfers to see what sort of speeds they reach!
The Indian ocean is having one of it's best seasons ever. The Maldives and Indo have been getting klapped but some incredible swells. PE local Brad Beck is fresh into his first season as a surf guide in the Maldives. Looks like he's having a terrible time....