South African winters are legendary!
The dotted line ups begin to empty and the first swell of winter separates the fare weather surfers from the madly devoted. The additional neoprene accompaniments are once again unpacked…hoodie, gloves, booties and your warmest suit…all in the feeble attempt to avoid claw hands and the onset of mild hyperthermia. The smell of resin permeates through the boardbag as new winter boards are the business. The calls are coming in fast…EBay is firing, Dungeons is breaking at 30ft, J-bay has been classic, Durban is going off its head…so much choice!
For me Cape Town tops the lot as the oscillating winds swing from Northerly to Southerly with both coastlines providing a multitude of waves if you are willing to bear the cold. You need to be a certain kind of crazy to bear the cold and an even more crazy to be doing what Cape Town Local and Big Wave World Champion Chris Bertish is doing as we speak … He is going for attempt #3 to set a new world record: 24hour 170km open ocean distance SUP paddle off the marine sanctuary in Vilanculos Mozambique. His last 2 attempts have been treturous to say the least and has had me glued to my mac tracking his route through the night! He has 4hours left to go before breaking a new world record! (www.chrisbertish.com/projects/24-hour-world-record)
If you aren’t planning a trip to warm water Durbs this week then open another tab (www.theballitopro.com) and check out #TheBallitoPro where unfortunately our top South African contingent have been knocked but there are some big internationals throwing around perfect 10point rides.
So what is Cape Town looking like this weekend…pretty awesome to say the least. There is a new ground swell pulsing through over the weekend with an increased swell period and a light Southerly blowing …the Atlantic should provide a smorgasbord of surf, so wax up that new beauty, bring along your thermals and I will check you in the water!