A good week of swell last week - but the usual wind issues plagued the bay. Reckon one of these chop reduction systems that windsurfer legend Bjorn Dunkerbeck designed with his Red Bull team could work pretty well here! Any local engineers out there wanna give it a go!? Would definitely give us plenty more surfable days, and gotto be cheaper than building a wave park?
The comps held over the weekend had to do some wildside missioning to find waves, and that they did. Both the CYOH Surf Off and the Billabong EP Trials found some decent surf - despite the weather being pretty damn nippy. Nothing that a few fires can't help though.
Most wildside surfs have the locals dropping in on you, and this weekend was no different. Not wanting to feel left outta the comp, one lil guy boosted a big air - which saw him get the first perfect 10 of the comp.
The JBU Supertrial was held on Thursday - and local JBay lightie Dylan Lightfoot took top honours - and with it a wildcard slot into the main event of the JBay Open. Here's hoping he can smoke a few top seeds!
With the wind playing havoc with conditions in the bay plenty of guys have been making the missions west to catch some surf without the chop. Big Dave reports that ou's keep on dropping in behind him! Photographic evidence suggests the ballie has been ripping on his new "shortboard" despite having to share the odd wave.
As long as you went west you could escape the wind - didn't even have to be as far as JBay. Not only did you get rewarded by fun surf, the water was like an aquarium. Meant you could smile for the camera underwater...
Reports of plenty whales along the wildside at the moment. Seems a bit out of season for them to be there now - but always a good sign to have them about - means our sea's are still fairly healthy. Unfortunately one washed up along the Sacramento trail - so better not to surf anywhere nearby, as there're be a few toothy friends in the vicinity. Luckily the "Whale Demolition Squad" is on it - so hopefully pecked away soon.
Let's help out local surfers Bruce Campbell and Tracey Admiral - support their fund raiser to raise some money to get them to the ITU Cross-Triathlon World Champs in Zittau Germany. Some of the Eastern Capes best artists will be performing: Wayne Kallis /Cotton Fields / Alan Kozak and Claire Ven, cash bar available, borrie rolls for sale, a raffle and lots of fun. Tickets will be R80 each and all you need to do is deposit the money into the account below and send proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door.
If you can't make the event you can still make a donation, cos every lil bit helps!
Date: Friday the 27th of June 2014
Venue: Summerstrand Lifesaving Club
Account holder: Terry Almirall
First National Bank
Account Number : 62279975612
Branch Code: 211417