Water temps were a wee bit chilly out west thanks to the week of east causing some serious upwelling. And the week ended off with a huge fog bank sitting over the Seals/SF area for most of the day on Sunday. So even if there were waves you couldn't see 'em! Probably find some guys scored good waves in total stealth mode.
Local legend Mush Hide was spotted ripping at the Point. Ballie decided he was over rights so turned it into a left instead! Mushie's been ripping since the beginning of time. Check out Len White's shot of him getting shacked off his pip in Durbs circa 1971.
Since 2010 there has been 15 attacks, of which 7 have been fatal. The majority of attacks have
occurred on the NW and west side of the island – in close proximity to where the only fish farm on Reunion was located. It closed just over a year ago due to public pressure.
Whilst it is not possible to prove a direct correlation between the presence of the fish farm and the significant rise in human/shark encounters in Reunion over recent years (since the farm was built - and in that area particularly), the possibility exists that it could be a contributing factor.
It must be so hard to be a surfer in an area which such a high shark encounter rate - all you wanna do is go for a surf, but at the same time have to weigh up whether your life is worth the risk. Reckon a wavepool would do well there.
Must say, there are certain beaches where I start paddling from shin deep water and try to avoid putting my feet down at all costs. Avo's is one (plenty docile raggies there) and Anne's in SF another (biggest raggie in SA was landed there a few years back). Raggies only normally bite if you give em a fright by standing on em, so rather keep those feet off the bottom if you can help it!
The Masters will have their second trial in Port Alfred on Saturday 18th April. The SA Open Championships and SA Masters will be held at the beginning of August in Richards Bay. It will be run as 2 separate contests.