Blame the bad run of surf on Carpark John. He got his new board last week, and we all know that new boards chase the surf away. Everyone will be relieved to know it goes it goes like a bomb and he's stoked as nuts about it.
Coupla lil waves about during the week if you were prepared to scratch around. Sherwin Andrews hooked this lekker shot at Fence early in the week. Summer's here, so it's definitely time to lower your expectations if you're keen to get wet in the bay. Find a fish, grab a longboard, buy a handgun and bodysurf, or just learn to love surfing the onshores. Specially looking at the charts - beasterly easterly bows all week til Thursday.
Blame the bad run of surf on Carpark John. He got his new board last week, and we all know that new boards chase the surf away. Everyone will be relieved to know it goes it goes like a bomb and he's stoked as nuts about it.
Not much arrives in a post box these days, seeing as the modern world is all about emails not mail. Normally it's just my surf mags and the odd bill. So was pleasantly surprised to find a lil brown bag containing a bar of home-made wax cooked up by Millers local longboarder Mark Gerharty. Says it's special Maldives formula - pity it didn't come with a free air ticket over there to test it out!
Slack surf is bad for your health. In the absence of decent waves, PA mini-grom Kye MacGregor was boggering about on the jungle gym at school and learnt Isaac Newton's theory of gravity first hand. 'Cept it wasn't an apple falling from the tree, but Kye falling off the gym. Eina. Poor lightie has a bust arm and had some pins put in. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
Still plenty of wildlife about in the water, with the whales still hanging around on the wildside. Luc Hosten got this classic pic of one out in front of his possie - looked like someone was trying to blast the passing chokka boat from the Schoenies cannon, but nah, just a whale bomb.
Did a lil blog post on Knowing your fins (the pointy kind that belong to dolphins and sharks etc) and asked Luc if he had any shots of raggie fins. He found this in his archive from a few years back. Guy caught a raggie at Avo's and pulled it in on the lil beach there - measured up nicely against a surfers board!
New lifeguard stand up at Hobie - looks like a lil space capsule that you can jump in and take off to Mars. Might need to use it in summer to go search for surf when the bay is looking like a lake. Nice wave at Pier in the background. Maybe all the easts will finally bring some sand back to our beaches and Pier, Hummies and Avo's will start breaking properly again?
Kelly is still King. He might be bald and the wrong side of 40, but he goes and stomps a 540 during a layday surf in Portugal. Pro surfing is gonna be boring once he leaves. Read an article by Derek Reilly where he points out that the World Tour losing Kelly will be like a marine park losing it's orca whale; all you're left with is a pool full of jumping fish - and who wants to come watch that!? Interesting times ahead.
Cool new product on the market for those peeps trying to keep the water out their ears. Called Surf Ears. Stop you getting surfers ear and other annoying ear infections. Seems like a pretty high tech ear plug for sure. The big difference is that with these puppies in you can still hear exactly whats going on around you, as they let sound in but keep the water out. So don;t throw off your balance either. Come in a bunch of sizes so you should be able to get one that fits nice and snug. Dave at Surf Centre is looking to stock them - so if you're interested then drop him a mail. email@example.com
Medina dropped the ball in Portugal, handing Kelly a golden opportunity to capitalise - and then Kelly dropped the ball too. Medina cried, Kelly probably banged his head against the locker in frustration. It all came down to Gabe bailing on his heat against Simpo with 2 minutes still left of the clock, and only needing a 5.78 - absolutely do-able in the conditions and with the time remaining. But he had a mind blast and bailed. Kelly was up next against Aritz, not normally viewed as a giant killer in any shape or form. But for some reason Kelly couldn't buy a wave out there. He did have a super deep long barrel, which had he made it it all woulda been different. But he didn't. And he lost his heat, and things stay very interesting for Pipe.
Nup, not the one's on your board, the one's that you suddenly see out the corner of your eye, and go "Oh shit! What's that!!?" Here's a quick guide to all the pointy things you could encounter whilst having a surf. So now you'll be able to identify the one's you can breathe a sigh of relief for, and those you should kak in your wettie for. Thankfully most fins we see are not the kak-in-the-wettie-say-your prayers variety....so let's start with those:
Definitely the most common fin you're gonna see in the bay. Easy to ID cos of the rake of the fin. That means it's shape - kinda like the fin on your board, with a curve to it and the pointy bit angling backwards. These ou's cruise with plenty mates, so normally that's the quickest way to get your heart rate to calm down - just look for another fin! More than one fin means they friendly fins. Mostly. Unless you're Shannon Ainslie and have 2 very unfriendly fins ganging up on you.
They tend to swim then surface pretty frequently so you should see the fin pop up again soon. The bay has a resident pod of dolphins that generally cruise south to north in the morning (from Pipe towards Kings) and then north to south in the arvo. Most of the time there's at least 20-30 of them but sometimes they bring extended family and there can be upwards of 100 of them shunting past.
Kak-off rating: Starts at 8/10 cos obviously it's a fin but quickly drops when you spot his mates
These guys are mostly around in summer. They tend to travel in really small groups - normally only 1 or 2, and mostly won't come to close by as they seem to be kinda shy. Easy to ID cos of their smaller stubby fin sitting atop a hump on their backs.
Kak-off rating: 2/10 cos it's not a very scary looking fin
Great White shark
Ah, this one you don't really wanna see. Although supposedly the one's you see ain't the one's that are gonna nip you. Cos if they were in attack mode they tend to come at you from under the surface. The fins pretty distinctive - the classic triangular shape up into a pointy tip, hardly any rake at all - straight up. Generally you'll see the fin staying above water in cruise mode, whereas dolphins tend to bob up and down. So, very triangluar fin that is staying above the surface.....feel free to kak in ya wettie!
Whilst trying to stop your heart climbing out your mouth, re-assure yourself that whites hardly ever attack humans. And most of the "attacks" that take place are investigatory more than predatory. Meaning that the sharks don't have hands, so in order to see what you are they give you a lil nip. You have a good chance of surviving an investigatory bite.
What to do? Keep calm (easier said than done). Keep your eye's on it at all times, whilst you slowly make your way back to the beach. Flap around like a demented kook and he's only gonna get more interested in you. Keeping eye contact is supposed to help, as apparently they prefer the surprise attack. Plus it means you can see what it's up to and can give it a shove or poke in the eye if need be. All very nice in theory....
Kak-off rating: Off the charts. Wash your wettie with soap n water when you get home.
Seals wanna be sharks when they grow up. Often they'll just float out there sticking up one flipper which at first glance looks exactly like a fin. Then you realise the fin isn't moving, it's just sitting there. For ages. That's a seal.
Kak-off rating: The minute you realise it isn't moving you're cool
This things HUGE! You're gonna know straight away what it is. They can be between 1-2m tall. However there are very few cases of wild orca's attacking humans, so you should be OK. Just recently a huge guy did a lil swim-by of the Ulu's line-up in Bali. Any wave is his wave. Don't drop in.
Kak-off rating: You're too busy being amazed to kak off.
This one's gonna confuse you for sure. He has a legit looking fin, and it can be a good size, up to 1m high. You're gonna look twice for sure. The fin tends to be long and narrow, which helps with the ID. He's actually called a Mola Mola. Not common around our bay, but they are there.
Kak-off rating: 3/10 cos it has you guessing for a bit
So now you know how to ID your fins it should make for less panic in the water when you see one cruising past! But when in doubt - GET OUT!!!
Well done to our lighties! The EP Junior team came 2nd in the SA Junior Champs held at Point last week, just getting pipped by KZN. The team had an amazing spirit, and all the kids surfed outta their socks. Props to Kai Woolf who won the Girls u13 title. The other EP finalists were Angelo 2nd u13 boys, Ashleigh 3rd u15 girls, Joshe 3rd & Sebastian 4th u15 boys, Matt 2nd u17 boys and Dylan won a new surfboard for excellent surfing.
Thanks to the EP management team of Willem van Rijswijck, Annie van der Merwe, Louisa Lightfoot; coaches Grahan Hynes and Etienne Venter; and our on the spot reporter and photag Sany Coffey. Big up's to sponsors Boardwalk and Billabong. Local is lekker!
Want proof that the world's a small and random place? Brendon Booth-Jones was browsing through a book shop in London when he saw a travel book about South Africa. Picked it up and flipped it open, it landed on the Port Elizabeth page, and guess who he saw staring back at him? None other than his boet James and mate Gabriel Steyn Botha.
Staying in Back to the Future mode, was sorting out some old mags during the week and came across PE's Duncan Scott on the back cover of a 2007 issue of Surfers Path, a UK surf mag. Duncan was a sponno'd surfer back in the day, then became team manager for O'Neill Europe for many years.
Not sure how many mags in my total collection - but there's over 600 here, and it's a just a small section of the overall pile. Almost every Surfer, Surfing, Tracks, Surfing Life, Waves, Zigzag, Surfers Path, Transworld Surf and Carve from the early 90's onwards. Long live print!
A new Billabong store will be opening in Walmer Park 1 Dec. It'll be stocking core surf gear, so there'll be boards and wetties etc. Reckon if they gooi up a big screen TV and show some surf movies it could turn into a husband/boyfriend creche for all the ou's getting dragged to the mall on a Saturday. Ou's be smiling to have a store to lurk in instead of having to check out lipstick colours and shoes....
Summer's here, and it's time to start thinking grovel board. Here's a kiff lil mini-Vetkoek by Dennis Ellis at the Boardroom, with Tristan - a very happy looking new owner.
How's this for a neat GoPro shot. Don't try this at home though! Not a fan of shark cage diving for various reasons, but it's still a pretty scary damn shot nonetheless.
Wasn't much surf this week til the weekend which delivered a coupla lumps, and things not looking very exciting for this week in the bay. Summer's here. Gotto start driving out the bay to find the waves these days.
Yss, kiff waves most of the week. But let's start at the beginning:
The week started off with some serious beasterly easterlies. The pomping wind meant there were some onshore chunks at Humewood. Carpark John is a frothing grom at the best of times, and he ended up with plenty of froth to play with. Big chunks of the stuff were blowing down the beach like candy-floss soccer balls.
Bit of a sideshow drama in between crunchy bombs, when a bodyboarder lightie came flying out the surf tripping over his flippers in the process. Turned out he's spotted a skabanga making off with his backpack (and R6k phone) and gave chase. No luck, so John called his phone in the hope the muppet who stole it might answer and maybe we could negotiate buying it back. No answer - but not before John left a message on the voicemail vloeking the thief in his moer! About 30 min later the lightie came back to say a passer-by had spotted the scumbag running off with the bag and yelled at him and he dropped it, so he ended up getting his stuff back. Lucky.
Moral of the story. Don't leave your stuff on the beach, and if you do, then try put it right in the middle of the beach where everyone can see it. If it's up against a wall or near an access point it's too easy to grab & go. And definitely leave the phone at home.
The persistent east can make ou's go a bit mal. Ryan Allen was in serious need of a barrel - so in the absence of any waves he decided to make his own one. Threw in a WWII gas mask just for fun.
Gotto love a photo bomber. Normally it's Kye McGregor wangling his way into everyone's shots, but this time it was this ou decided to lift his leg whilst Emma Smith smiled for the camera with her u20 SA Champs trophy.
This was the week that delivered the typical September cut-off low, sneaking in just before the end of the month. Rained cats and dogs, and there were ducks on the Boardwalk. Enough water on the roads to stoke out the 4x4 owners who could hit the puddles with glee.
Thankfully wind guru got the wind forecasts a bit off, which meant most mornings delivered some kiff easterly waves in glassy conditions. Humewood was the pick of the bunch all week. Good to see it starting to come back to life. Now if only we could get more sand back to make it break in the west swells too.
Check Latest Shots for all the pic's.
Watch out for the gnarly lil reef that's been exposed in the middle of the beach - right about where you normally prone in after a wave. Perfect positioned to take a fin off, or cut a toe. Double points if you manage to do both.
Such a memorable week for EP Surfing - the lighties got their new EP blazers awarded to them at a function at the Boardwalk. Props to the Boardwalk for coming on board and sponsoring our Junior team and re-igniting the proud tradition of an EP team being kitted out with blazers. Thanks to Brett Hoppe from the Boardwalk for making it happen. Give the ou a few waves in thanks next time you see him in the water.
Check out the full story on the blazer handover and all the shots here.
Good timing for the east swell, cos the groms at the Billabong Junior Series finale at Seals were only too amped to have some super contestable waves for the event.
Will get the full comp wrap and results up soon.
Gonna make a tenious connection and credit local surfer and funny-man Gino Fabbri with the Boks beating the Kiwi's. He was up on Joburg making Bok captain Jean de Villiers laugh - so reckon that's why we won the game. Flipping awesome game of rugby too. Thanks Gino!
A surfer in your life having a birthday soon? Well, think this would be the cake and cookies that would make 'em smile. Malcolm Bailes making sure his grom grows up to be a surfer like his old man!
Yewee - EP won the SA Champs in Mossel Bay! JBay lighties Dylan Lightfoot & Emma Smith won the u20's and Steve Sawyer hooked the Zag Blow Up award (and 2nd spot in the u20's). Great surfing by the whole team saw us get our grubby hands on the trophy. Shot to Billabong for sponsoring the team. Local is lekker!
Check out the full comp wrap, results and shots here.
Not so rad were the kids on the beach at JBay who terrorised a juvenile Great White that was dragged out of shallow water at Main Beach. They beat it with a golf club and tried to gouge it's eye's. Thankfully a surfer finally stepped in and pulled the shark back into the water. Tsek.
One of the original Saffa big wave legends celebrated his 60th bash at the Seal Point Resort this weekend. Johnny Paarman is still renowned in Hawaii as one of the best big wave surfers our country has ever produced. He competed there back in the 70's, where he placed fourth in the 1976 Smirnoff Pro, and fifth in the Duke Kahanamoku Classic, which took him to 15th in the international rankings.
Four time world champ Mark Richards rates John Paarman riding Sunset back in the day as the best that Sunset has been ridden. Ever.
Attended the Coastal Forum meeting last week and raised the issue of the broken steps going down to Millers. Hopefully some money will be found in the maintenance budget to repair these soon. There is a new Coastal Management plan being drawn up for the bay at the moment, and one of the issues it will raise is that often capital projects are approved but allowance for the maintenance thereof isn't factored into the annual budget....which is why it can take a while for things like the missing steps to get fixed. Holding thumbs the new plan will rectify this.
Another area fallen into disrepair are the fences which prevent access to the dune area's between the beach and boardwalk. They were there for a reason - to stop peeps just missioning over the dunes wherever they wanted to. The hiccup with ou's making their own paths over the dunes is that it creates a break in the dune and accelerates sand loss. The dunes are important to help stabilise the beach, so we really need to protect them. If you have enough vooma in your legs to surf, then you have enough vooma in them to walk the extra 50m to either end of the dune to check the surf. Go round not over!
Same applies in the Pipe area. The new fences are up, so stick to using the boardwalk access and don't moering over the dunes wherever you feel like. Things are looking super rocky on the beaches at the moment, so despite hating the beasterly easterlies, we really do need some serious onshores to deposit some sand back again. Speaking of which - looks like east most of this week...bleh!
Found a classic shot of Seals back in the day whilst looking for an image for Throwback Thursday. Turns out it was taken by Clive Barber in around '68. He dug the slide out from under his shaping bay, and thankfully JBay's Garth Robinson has the original and has got the shot available on canvas and paper print at The Surf Art shop at Supertubes. Go check out the shop for plenty of awesome vintage JBay & Seals shots & other cool surf stuff.
Apparently plots were on sale around that time for about R3000. Lotsa ballies still kicking themselves today for not laying down the cash.
The week started off slowly surf-wise, then Friday saw decent swell if you could find a corner outta the wind. Even Jbay had some serious ridges to start with. The weekend had some lekker weather and a coupla good 'un's here and there, specially if you traveled west.
Jordy won! Yay!! FInally. But shew, not without making us stress our mielies off first. He started with a bang and a 9.33, and then proceeded to bog on every single wave until he caught his back-up wave about 2 minutes from the buzzer. Shattered nerves!!
Props to the Boardwalk for coming on board to sponsor the EP Junior team. What's so cool is they'll be kitting our groms out with EP blazers. Last time our any of our teams rocked those was the early 70's. Here're the ou's back in the day - gotto dig the big wave thingy on the pocket. Great to see so many of these guys are still in the water. Surfing is for life!
Plenty of sealife about at the moment. Gina Smith made a buddy in JBay. Octopus are such cool critters. 8 arms and 3 hearts, blue blood (cos it's copper-based instead of iron) and a beak like a parrot. Don't mess with 'em! They're kinda lizzard-like in that they can lose an arm if it means escaping an attacker, and then just grow it back later. Oh yah, and it sucks being a boy-octopus. After mating, it's game over. They die about 3 months later.
They're known to be really intelligent creatures, and what's cool is that two-thirds of an octopus’ neurons reside in its arms, not its head. As a result, the arms can problem solve how to open a shellfish while their owners are busy doing something else, like checking out a cave for more edible goodies. Neat, huh?!
Something old, something new. Let's start with the old - classic vintage Seaflight with original Surf Centre sticker. What's cool is that both are still about 20 years later. Love the spray job.
And the new? Clay is back. On the cover of the latest Surfing mag, nose-picking a West Oz right. Yes, West coast. The cold coast, where everyone else, other than Clay, wears wetties. Apparently Hawaiians are allergic to wetties to just man-up to chilly water temps to avoid the rubbery restrictions. Clay kinda disappeared off the map after being dropped by Quik a coupla years back, but shew, that kid can surf. With wild abandon. Still one of my favourite guys to watch. Just a pity we don't get to see more of him cos he doesn't fit into a brand sterotype. He now lives in Ry Craike's home town on the west coast of Oz for half the year (when Hawaii's flat), and hunts down barely rideable ledges.
The 2nd annual Cobbles Classic went down over the weekend. Still waiting for the wrap & results to drop in, but loved this shot from Luc Hosten of Grant Beck splitting the peak with the Eagle. Reckoned the ship called he was going left so Grant had to go right!
The week started off with a bomb. A photo-bomb to be precise. Jonno Coffey was happily going for his boost whilst a chick posed for her pic at the end of the pipe. Nice capture by Craig Potgieter.
Bit of a slow week again for surf in the bay. More action in the car park than the surf.
The new fence went up at Pipe after a coupla weeks of being able to walk where ya wanted. No more over-the-dunes missions now. Gonna be even harder to get Carpark John outta the car park now.
Plenty of PE surfers still on surf missions overseas, which is good timing given the absence of surf at home. Nic Flood and James Booth-Jones are at Lakey Peak in Indo at the mo and hooking into some lekker looking waves. Nic's been taking his GoPro out with him so expecting to see some rad shots soon.
No surf AND no electricity?? That's what happened to the peeps in JBay this week. Cool to see Billabong on the ball - organised their staff to do a beach clean-up whilst the power was off. Good stuff. We'd have lekker clean beaches if we all just remembered to pick up a piece of trash or two every time we came back in from a surf. Not hard. Keep ya beach clean!
Not every day you find out you're a breakfast item. Turns out Millers Local is on the menu for Something Good's new Get Fit menu. Thinking about asking 'em whether we can put in an "Add wave" item under the "Add bacon" option!?
Local photag Stan Blumberg was stoked when Ripcurl approached him to use his kiff shot of Mick Fanning ripping at Supers for their latest ad in the Zag. Inside page double spread. Lekker.
Staying in JBay. The surf mighta been slow, but the skies sure as hang weren't. Robbie Irlam was on the beach shooting when next thing this ou screamed overhead. Seen him buzz the PE beachfront a coupla times too. Rad toy to have in ya cupboard for when you need that adrenalin rush! If there's room for a board you could get across to Donkey Bay for a quick lunchtime sesh and be back for lunch!
Being Spring there's plenty of sealife about at the moment. Coupla whales lurking about, as well as a seal which has taken up residence on Devil's Reef just off Millers. Catches peeps out the first time you spot his outstretched flipper - which at first glance bears a striking resemblance to a fin.
Just to finish off a really nothing-muchness week, the ASP decides to gooi in a curveball and change their name. Goodbye ASP, hello WSL. Which stands for World Surfing League. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue now does it. No doubt paid a thick wad of greenbacks to the media-monkeys for that one. Maybe they should have paid extra to find out that the term "League" refers to a competition structure which involves teams?! Oh - and maybe a quick google search to see that WSL is already taken. No doubt the FA's Women's Soccer League will be stoked with the extra coverage they'll be getting. WSL?! Really. Kak name. Period.
Here's hoping Laurie Towner got paid plenty for taking a beating at Chopes this week. A swell similar to the Code Red monster of a coupla years ago smashed into Chopes and the ou's were on site to film a scene for Point Break 2. Laurie is a stunt double for the character Johnny Utah in the movie, and towed into an evil lil west bowl. Looked lekker to start with then went mutant and got him a broken jaw, some stitches in the lip an eye lid, whip lash and a couple small puncture wounds that went through his neck and into the back of his mouth, apparently just missing an artery.
Pay to play...
I don't reckon surfers are generally superstitious people, but there are certainly a few things we say and do that can really hoodoo a surf....
#1 "I'm just gonna get a last wave in..."
Guaranteed to go totally flat for the next 20 minutes, whilst you sit there pondering on why you didn't get in on your previous wave. Most of the time your last wave in will be kak, cos you grow tired of waiting for the ocean to send you something, and you end up going on a marginal lump. This is normally followed by...
#2 As you set foot on the sand & turn round to check the line-up a kiff set rolls through
And you're left feeling cheated. Cos if you'd just waited that extra minute....Well done, you have been the official surf sacrifice of the day. Everyone gets a turn at this, so just shake your head and drag your feet back to the car.
#3 "Ysss, it's such lekker waves, I wonder where the crowds are?"
Never, ever, EVER say this whilst you're sitting out there enjoying an uncrowded session on a lekker day. Cos guaranteed within a few minutes 3 longboarders will appear on the deck, 4 groms will walk down the beach, and another few guys will come over the dunes. 2 peeps tp 20- in the blink of an eye. Repeat - never say the "c" word unless you want your peaceful session to go pear-shaped quick time. Informal rule is if you say it you owe the line-up 20 push-ups for every peep who paddles out after you've sworn!
#4 "You take this one, I'm gonna get one behind..."
It looks like your stars are aligning. A set pulls through and you're at the head of the line-up queue. First choice is yours. Wave number 1 looks OK, but yoh, that one behind it looks like a smoker. So you generously give up the first wave of the set....only to discover the 2nd one was a ghost, or it peaks further out that you anticipated and you collect it on the head...
#5 Whenever you get a new board, the surf goes flat for 2 weeks
Got your paws on the new stick, smelling that fresh fibreglass, rubbed on the wax, ready to roc, frothing to try it out and see how she goes. Keep frothing, cos you ain't gonna get a wave to try it out on. Welcome to the "new board no waves" curse. Afflicts most owners of new custom boards. Do shapers have a sarcastic streak, & check the swell charts to make sure you get your sled right bang on as a flat onshore spell hits?
OK, so the above technically isn't last week - but it's hard to ignore shots like this. Must be quite a crazy feeling to look over the ledge on one of these.
After a week of feast we got punished with a week of famine. Bogger all surf in the bay all week until the weekend, which then saw a few fun lines pulling through. Saturday was uncrowded thanks to all those ardent Bok supporters who live in hope that maybe we'll play better this week. Shoulda surfed instead guys....
PE peeps get out and about in search of waves - Grant Beck is over in Bali at the moment, and his boet Brad Beck & Hannah Bing popped across from their holiday in Sri Lanka to say Howzit - they then have to go back to work...in the Maldives. Some peoples lives just suck coconuts.
Faye Zoetmulder & Ari Kraak are over in Fiji, the surf's cooking - check Ari get a full on Cloud Break barrel. Luckily looks like a bump in the swell this week so should be seeing some legit cover-ups soon I'm sure.
Chris, the Pipe car guard, continues to upgrade his pirate's garb. Now he he has an eye patch and revolver - mess with this dude at your peril. Parrot next? From pirates to pirate boats. Ok, not really a pirate boat - John Davies set sail on Spirit of Millennium on Saturday morning, en route to Madagascar - guaranteed to return with plenty of stories, which should include the discovery of epic surf spots.
The ou's normally worry about GW's at JBay - well, looks like they have to add Killer whales into the mix too. An orca was spotted hunted a dolphin just off the back line. Kiff snap from one of the guest at the African Perfection guesthouse. How fast would you paddle if you saw him bearing down on you?
Surf grom Ryan Lightfoot showed some ingenuity for his schools Entrepreneur Day recently - Bomb the Surfer for a buck. Happy to sit there all day and get nailed whilst making some cash. Not nearly as scary as getting drilled by a big set at Supers.
Check who's back in town! Welcome home Pottie - aka Craig Potgieter. Popped over for September to come say howzit to his chommies, and get some Saffa waves. Tune him for a dop or tjop. Carpark John has his contact deets, so just buzz him at the Surf Centre shop.
Over & out.....Dale Staples dad, Daryl, taking a break from filming the boys and making use of a bust board as a sunshade. Best sunscreen you can get, guaranteed not to get sunburn.