Pretty rad weather weekend. No wind - unusual. No swell - usual. But still awesome to be hanging at the beach. Despite much of the coast looking like a Vaal dam impersonation, there were still a few ripples to be had if you hunted about. Donovan Zoetmulder used a bit of petrol-assist to reach for the sun at Seals.
The kiff weather extended as far as Cape Town, where the windless conditions resulted in a rather icky aerial shot of a daily phenomenon that affects all our cities. Jean Tresfon captured this image of sewerage getting pumped into the ocean about 1km offshore Greenpoint. Happens in Algoa Bay too. Basically where do you put this stuff unless you stick it into the sea? Certainly not an ideal situation, but currently is how we deal with our waste. Might have made sense yonks ago, but am guessing with the exponential increase in population it is a method of disposal that maybe needs to be reconsidered?
Some new colour getting added to the already rad looking skatepark, with Nathan Sanan getting quirky with his spraycans. Much as we malign our local municipality for being pretty slack, this is one thing they did get right!
The dolphins are back en masse. Last week saw huge pods cruising the beachfront daily. Usually the crew pull past in the morning, and then head back in the arvo. But they were in full-on jol mode, maybe cos the red tide has finally buggered off, and were up and down plenty of times each day. Great to be out in the line-up when they come past. We're so lucky to have these locals.
Boogers showed that they are quite the romantics. Local drop-knee king James Jones did the ultimate DK when he proposed to his lady in style. Not to be outdone, PE's power king Dylan Stone got wed to his good lady. The guest list was a who's who of PE & JBay surfing. Carpark John reckoned there were some interesting threads worn by some of the crew. Surfers don't do suits....
The crew from the SABC environmental documentary program 50/50 were in town to take a look at the proposed fish farm just off Pipe. The CYOH boys met up with them to have their say. John's an avid fan, and was stoked to meet Bonne, the presenter. Teased him afterwards about he shoulda asked for an autograph!
Big drilling rig passed through en route to Singapore. Travelling on these big boys won't exactly blow your hair back if you're a speed freak. They clock only 4km/hr. Local tug-man Ryan Braunschweig pointed out that it can hitch a ride on mother nature and increase it's speed to about 5-6 knots if it can find some favourable currents. So it'll take about 2 months to get where it's going. Long haul that.
Surfers are pretty innovative at the best of times. Justin Bing came up with a clever way to raise some funds to get himself over to Nicaragua to surf in the ISA World SUP Games. They guys brewed up some local lager - Bing Bru, and are selling 4 packs to raise some cash. Lekker!
Brad & Grant Beck and Merrick Fairall were up in CT to do some judging for the Quik "Takes one to know one" comp and decided the best way to create an impression with the uber-cool Cape crowd was to go out wearing matching T's and drink cocktails!
Can't have been an easy comp to judge given the waves in the Cape were about as non-existent as back home.