Shew, a small respite from the unrelenting east. Sunday dawned with a light west.....and hardly a dribble of swell. But hey, if it's west, I'm going to surf regardless. Need the saltwater through my gills.
There was a teeny peak in the corner of the beachie, which usually wouldn't warrent getting wet for. But after no surf for 3 weeks standards of what qualifies as surfable had dropped appreciably. Luckily local knowledge ensured that I arrived with hoodie and booties, as after weeks of east the water temp plummets. And I wasn't wrong, ice-cream headache stuff.
News spreads quickly in these parts and within half an hour of the peak coming to life it was crawling with 30 peeps of varying ability levels and on all sorts of craft - including some kayaks! After 45 minutes I'd had my fair share of hip high peelers and decided to call it quits.
We've been trying to fish a bit seeing as the waves aren't cooperating. However, the Krom during December is completely overrun with highly testosteroned Vaalies and their monster 250hp's. A friend has a great saying which perfectly sums up what they're all about, he calls it "Meer geld as verstand", which basically means more money than brains. And nothing is more evident than when you mix the Joburg boytjies and boats.
I don't have an issue if you want to race up and down the river like maniacs, each to their own. Maybe those guys just don't operate on anything other than 5th gear, a throwback to living life in the fast lane. But darn, at least get to grips with basic boating etiquette. If guys are fishing don't moer past at 100km/h 2m away from their boat when the rivers like 200m wide and there's plenty of space to get past without showering us with spray and wake.
Not to be outdone, the next knucklehead coming by decided the perfect place to pass us was between our boat and the bank - a mere 5m gap. Despite much gesticulating on our part he happily continued on his chosen course, and promptly rode over our lines and stripped them completely. Waving as he went! Guess we'll just have to stick fishing in the sea til they all go home...