Good to have another winter's week that delivered a few waves. From Monday through to Sunday there were waves to be had. It also delivered some serious wind - which was only appropriate given that Saturday was Global Wind Day. Happy to say that the Eastern cape came to the party for that one.
The predicted storm delivered some serious surf to the more exposed breaks. JBay continued it's epic run, and even some lesser known beachies put on a barrel-fest for those in the know. Elevator drop straight into heaving barrel, and mostly makeable. Ou's were smiling.
Ou's were not smiling when in the midst of the kiff swell they got chased out the water by a toothy fiend. The man in grey cleared the line-up at Supers quicker than any gnarly local could. Deon Lategan came cruising through on a wave from Boneyards and couldn't work out where everyone had gone. Until frantic waving from those on the rocks conveyed the message pretty clearly!
The saying goes that the early bird gets the first worm. But this week it tended to be the those out at last light that got the bombs. Still, the sunrises were nothing short of spectacular.
The johnny at Supers might not have snacked on anyone, but a fin in the Kowie certainly caused some major damage. Mickey Witthuhn's session went from awesome to awful in a split second when a wipeout went bad, and his fin sliced right through the top of his foot. Thankfully prompt action by some locals saw him off to get some needlework done.
Always a good idea to sand down those fins peeps - they don't have to be sharp enough to slice ya limbs off.
Thanks to ex-local Jaryd Mason for letting my fins hitch a lift back from Australia in his grandparents luggage - beats paying courier and customs fee's! Got a set of Hanalai quads from Lance Pearson a while back when he was out in SA for a school reunion. Loved em so much ordered another set of them, so can stick em in my shortboard too. Current set lives in the Gobbler.
Have loaned em out to Bruce Campbell to test drive for a bit. Also got a set of the hammer side bites, which are super drivey and fast - see Bruce rode em over the weekend so keen to hear what he thought!
Speaking of fins, anyone spots a silver H2 in the reef at Millers....that'd be mine. Had a battle vs my calf on Friday and lost. Went fin searching at low tide the next day. Found zillions of sea anemones, a few pearlemoen shells and a fin - but not my one.
Brad & Hannah are over in the Maldives at the moment - and aren't missing out on any of the surf back home. Cos what hits us hits them a week or so later. Hannah's already creased her longboard and broken 2 leashes. Brad's broken one leash. Plenty of pits and beatings, and they're loving it.
Winter seems to be clicking in to gear - so lets hope it carries on rolling. More waves, more sunsets. Bring em on.