Damn. It's pretty much impossible to settle into some productive work when the day is an absolute pearler. Gave in eventually and grabbed my board for a quick skate down to Pipe. The excuse was that it was exercise. That's almost like saying surfing is exercise. On both points you'd be deluding yourself. Unless of course you're surfing at say 6-8ft Supers, then that definitely counts as a bit of effort on your part.
Took the GoPro with just to take some random shots. Sad to see my neighbours and fellow Millers Locals, the Elliot clan, are finally selling their prime possie. Be sad to see the guys go, as well as the old landmark house, cos no doubt whoever buys it will smash it to the ground and build something big there. Pity.
Stopped and had a chat to the dude that makes the wire thingy's on the boardwalk just behind Millers. Ended up getting him to make me a Millerslocal key ring and a surfboard fridge-magnet - so will head back tomorrow to collect em. At R30 a pop it's worth a chance. Did try and see if he understood what a surfboard looked like, so he said yes "those things that the people use to stand on the water with the 3 spikes underneath!?" Well, there you have it!
The first bench overlooking Millers is dedicated to Nolan McSkimming. For those of you to young to remember Nolan was an ex PE local that had moved over to San Diego. He was in Hawaii on holiday testing his surfing skills on the Rock, when he suffered a heart attack in the water at a spot called Tunnels in Kauai.
Despite signalling to the lifeguards that he was in trouble he'd already lost consciousness by the time they got him to the beach. He didn't make it. He was just 31 years old. So I reckon Nolan was enjoying the view from his bench today. No wind, warm sunshine, sheet glass sparkly sea. RIP.