Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy happy

Sorry for this very delayed blog post but I have been at Stil bay for the past week. Had good times, unfortunately no surf but nothing wrong with that either.

The new year has started and how better to start it than a trip up the coast? I might be hitting the west coast for a day or 2 this week which should be sick.

I do not have any new photos for you but here are some from the archives

Here we have Sheldon Keyser on a wave while Vlooi Botha goes nuts on the shoulder. Onrus guys are full on legends. The wave itself is just as big of a legend having offered me plenty ramps and barrels in the 3 short years that I have been surfing there.

Yes a similar photo of this wave has graced the viewing on this blog plenty times. But to be honest I dont think anyone of you realise what this really is. A 6ft open running reef, all unsurfed. Exploration is the key to survival with crowds growing. Just as a comparison look at the boat in the upper left corner of the photo and compare it to the wave.

This is a photo taken by a friend of mine, Jandre Coetzee. This was my first time surfing at this wave and I have been hooked ever since. Still one of the more protected spots on our coast it secrecy is quickly been uncovered. And for that reason I will give no further information.

Winter is a powerful thing. Brings in numerous cold fronts one after another beating on the coast and where the swells meet with a well constructed piece of reef crazy things occur. This wave is one of the better big wave spots in South Africa, whens its on it often resembles padang padang. It was not on this day.

Rivers mouths. They create these dark, polluted looking water colours that might scare off many contenders but is at the same time one of the weirdest looking things I have seen. With the water almost pitch black it creates an eery vibe in the water but makes those barrels even more epic.

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