Jason van Greunen
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Greetings to all in the Bay.
I was offered a job at an Architectural Firm in Cape Town back in April 2007. Just the thought of the variety of surf that existed in the deep south and the mountainous locations surrounding them made the decision to move an easy one and I have been here ever since.
The western seaboard of the Atlantic is the wildside of the wildside. Those west swells you see flying past the horizon while standing at the Avo's car park hit this coast square on with unforgiving power.
In winter, the general trend is for the cold front
to arrive with howling North West winds. The next day the pressure begins
to rise and the winds back off, lighting up the big wave spots like Dungeons or
The Factory. The swell usually holds its size for days but with the pressure rising,
the wind clocks more to the south, fanning Giant Sunset in offshore winds.
In the next few days the swell begins to drop and all the beach break spots go
offshore in true SE and the waves cook until the swell disappears or the next
The summer cycle is generally SE everyday and smaller swells arrive without the associated weather. It’s common to have 2 weeks of 4-6ft sandbar tubes that just become hollower & and colder as the season wears on.
I got dealt some serious lickings at Giant Sunset that have forced me to rethink what I enjoy in surfing and thus now days concentrate my time at tubing sandbars rather than the outside cloudbreaks.
I can recommend travelling up the West Coast to any surfer that's searching for the unknown. It’s a brutal desert landscape with perfection hiding in in-hospitable locations; nature here does not yield her secrets willingly.
Venture into this land and you may never make it back!
Jason van Greunen