Free ladies Surfing clinic

Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Atlantic Surf Co is running more ladies surf clinic this September at Eden on the Bay – for free!

Our first clinic was so much fun and the ladies grew in leaps and bounds. We decided to continue doing the clinics for our ladies so keep and eye out on social media about the days that it is happening.

The surf clinic for women is the perfect introduction to wave riding and the surfing lifestyle.

The group setting makes the ladies Surf Clinic a really fun activity to share with friends, colleagues, family or to join in on your own.

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Ice breaker clinic

The Icebreaker course has the lady who has never surfed before or has a fear of the cold or the on known in the ocean.

If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect course to get your feet wet!

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What you’ll Learn:
You’ll learn everything you need to feel comfortable and competent in the ocean.
We will cover from ocean safety and surf etiquette to paddling, pop-ups and wave riding skills.
The emphasis is on fun. It is the best way to learn and grow your love of the ocean and the beach culture.
Equipment
Boards
Atlantic Surf will supply Surf boards and Body boards but please pre-book.

Wetsuits
It is best if you have your own proper wetsuit but wetsuits can be rented from Atlantic Surf for R60 for the clinic.

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Please feel free to contact us for any info or if you are interested in a clinic like this but you can’t make it on this date.

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When
Date:  Wednesday 9 September 2015

Monday   14 September 2015

Time: 09.30am – 11.30pm
Where: Eden on the Bay Beach, Big Bay

Book Now – LIMITED SPACE
021 557 4532 or 0832842422 or Anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

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Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Free Atlantic Surf Ladies Clinic

Atlantic Surf Co is running a ladies surf clinic this September at Eden on the Bay – for free!

The surf clinic for women is the perfect introduction to wave riding and the surfing lifestyle.

The group setting makes the ladies Surf Clinic a really fun activity to share with friends, colleagues, family or to join in on your own.

If you have never surfed before or you want to refresh your skills, this is the perfect course to get your feet wet!

What you’ll Learn:
You’ll learn everything you need to feel comfortable and competent in the ocean.
We will cover from ocean safety and surf etiquette to paddling, pop-ups and wave riding skills.
The emphasis is on fun. It is the best way to learn and grow your love of the ocean and the beach culture.
Equipment
Boards
Atlantic Surf will supply Surf boards and Body boards but please pre-book.

Wetsuits
It is best if you have your own proper wetsuit but wetsuits can be rented from Atlantic Surf for R60 for the clinic.

Please feel free to contact us for any info or if you are interested in a clinic like this but you can’t make it on this date.

When
Date: 3rd September 2015
Time: 09.30am – 11.30pm
Where: Eden on the Bay Beach, Big Bay

Book Now – LIMITED SPACE
021 557 4532 or 0832842422 or Anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

Spring Holiday Club for kids

Spring Beach Holiday Club

Spring holidays is around the corner and it can be great to have the kids at home, but it can also be a challenge to keep them entertained in a healthy way ,instead of watching television or playing computer games.

 

Atlantic Surf will be hosting a spring beach holiday club in the October holidays, teaching children about surfing and introducing them to the beach culture, while you Advertare at work.

 

The camp is for children from the ages of 6-14

  1. Beginners

We will teach them the basics of surfing/body boarding while having fun on the beach and in the water. The crew has great passion and experience to entertain your children.

 

  1. Intermediate Surfers

We also cater for the child who is currently surfing at the back line and catching clean waves. This group will be part of the club, and will be joining in with some of the activities but they will be doing more advanced surfing.

 

Dates:

Monday 5 October – 8 October 2015

 

Times:             9 am – 1 pm

Where:           Big Bay

Ages:                         6 – 14 years

Cost per child
Days Booked RATES/CHILD
1 DAY   200
2 DAYS   360
3 DAYS   500
4 DAYS   600
Package rates:(only apply when pre-Booked and paid)

 

Equipment rentals:

We do rent equipment to children who don’t have their own. Feel free to contact me or look at our Atlantic Surf co Website for more info. www.atlanticsurfco.co.za

 

Planned activities:

Surfing/ Body boarding.

Swimming in rock pools

Beach games

Short hikes

And lots more….

 

Please feel free to contact us if you need more info.

 

Anton Fourie

Cell                            0832842422

Email                           anton@atlanticsurfco.co.za

Website                     www.atanticsurfco.co.za

 

 

Surf board Repairs

One of the realities of surfing is the occasional surfboard ding repair. Surfboard dings are as inevitable as they are problematic

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What Should You Do If You Ding Your Surfboard?

  • Get Out of the Water: If any water gets in the ding, the board will pick up weight which affect the performance of the board, and weaken the foam.

 

  • Dry Out Your Surfboard: Set your board with the ding pointed down so water can drip out.

 

  • Clean the Surrounding Wax:  This will make the next step easier, no matter what method you choose to repair your board.

 

  • Don’t use wax to seal the ding. Rater use a sticker or duck tape if you surf with the ding.

 

  • Beware of rail dings or Creases. Damage on the rail or a crease affect the structural strength of the board, and could lead to a snapped board if you don’t repair it properly.

 

  • Get a professional to repair your prized board. Bad repair jobs looks terrible on the board and could lead to a snapped board.

 

At Atlantic Surf we know what it is like to be out of the water when the waves are cooking, so we pride our self on doing good repairs to keep the value of your board and to do it as fast as possible so you can get back in the water.

 

Please pop your board into our shop or give us a call if you need someone to pick up the board if you can’t get it to the shop.

Winter Beach holiday club

 

Winter Beach holiday club

Atlantic Surf will be hosting 2 winter beach holiday club in the winter holidays to teach your kids about surfing and the beach culture while you are at work. The camp is for kids from the ages of 6-14 and they have a lot of fun while learning to surf and to enjoy the beach lifestyle. We will be catering for the total beginner kids as well as the more advanced kids who want to take the next step in there surfing/Body boarding.

 

Intermediate Surfers

What do we see as intermediate surfers? This is a kid who is surfing at the back line already and is catching clean waves.

These kids will be part of the camp but they will be surfing at the back line with a crew member. They could also be introduced to other spots next to Big Bay.

Please contact me if you need more info about this

 

Dates  :

First camp                Monday 29 June to Friday 3rd of July

Second camp            Monday 13 July to Friday 17 of July

 

Times : 9 am – 1 Pm

Where: Big Bay

Ages  : 6 – 14 years

 

Cost :

1 Day             R180  per day

Package deals:

4 Days           R600

5 Days           R750

6 Days           R850

 

Package deal prices only valid if pre booked and pre paid and kids with their own equipment.
We do offer rental equipment for kids if you don’t have your own.

 

We will be there for a total of 10 days but kids can join for any number of days.

 

Equipment rentals:

Surfboard                             R50 per session

Body Board                          R40 per session

Flippers Wetsuits                  R20 per session

 

What to bring?

Own well fitting full warm wetsuit. NO SHORTIES please.

Own surf / Body board,

 

Please feel free to contact us if you need more info.

Tripping the SA Coast: Cape Town to Mozambique

The Soccer world cup was a great experience and a fantastic party,  and we just like most South Africans, really enjoyed it  and made the most of it when it was here. It was during this time that I realized that I haven’t been on a surf trip for quite some time and really needed it to make the surfing blood flow through my veins again.It was during this time that Ian Freemantle, Charles Standing and myself  got together over a beer or 3 and decided that we needed to get back to our roots again so we decided to do a road trip to Mozambique.  The planning was light and the packing was heavy. We packed clothes, camping stuff a lot of toys including our surfboards, kiting, diving and fishing equipment.

Our wheels for the trip: Ian’s Trusty Land Rover Defender with snow covered Mountains in the Back Ground

VIC BAY

We left Monday morning after the World Cup final with Vic bay being our first stop.  There was heavy snow on all the mountain tops which should have been a tell tale sign for what was waiting for us. We pitched our tent waxed our boards and went for a lekka warm up surf. Ian was using his brand new 6’ Gerathy board while Charlie used Ian’s  6’4 while I used my brand new epoxy long Board.  The waves were a fun 3ft and hardly anybody out.  Needless to say we had a joll. The temperature dropped close to freezing after sunset, and we really froze our butts off during the night.

Vic Bay:Freezing but fun.

The next morning we had to go for a surf to thaw out.  We were in a rush to get out of the cold Cape Town winter and cold water,  and was really looking forward to the warmer temperatures and warmer water of Natal and Mozambique.

Next stop J-Bay.  Arriving there Ian and Charley went for a fun surf at Boneyards. I ended up watching Jordy surfing at Supers. I was really impressed at what I saw, because he was surfing so fast and were so controlled, I thought that he was going to be tough to beat during the up and coming Billabong Pro.  My prediction was right because he went on to win the contest and headed the pack in the championship rankings.  The preparations for the Billabong were in its final stages and it looked really impressive. I thought to myself. What a great country we are living in. The world’s attentions were on SA for the soccer world cup and now the attention of the worlds surfing fraternity is back on us for the 2010 Billabong Pro.

That evening some of the locals gave us some suggestions and tips of spots on the coast. We really got amped  up when we heard  about the epic surf at Mdumbi (Transkei). This spot was supposed to be better than J-Bay, but it came with a warning. Johnny long fin country, but after  quite a few beers everybody was brave enough to surf, even if there was a whole pack of sharks in a sardine run in the line up.

The picturesque Port Alfred was our next stop, were we had a fun 3 foot surf with 2 or three very welcoming locals. I understand now why all the locals are so friendly. Having some other people in the water just make your odds a bit better when Johnny come around.  That evening we stayed in East London where we had a braai with a very interesting couple. Peter and Kim Van Kets. Peter is an adventurer who has just finished a race across the Atlantic Ocean.

Peets rowing boat he used to cross the Atlantic

No not in a sailboat, but in a rowing boat.  Yes he rowed across the Atlantic.  The boat he used looked like a very small sailing boat, with oars on it. His stories were just incredible and awe inspiring. He also told us about Mdumbi but also warned us of the possibility of sharks in the Transkei especially since we were going to be smack bang in the middle of the annual sardine run. We left East London in high spirit in search of the fantastic and uncrowded waves of the Transkei.

TRANSKEI

Driving through the Transkei is an adventure on its own with the tar roads being bumpier and holey than the gravel roads and you have to dodge everything from goats, sheep, cows and people, but we were on a mission to get to these amazing waves of Mdumbi so we weren’t going to let these things slow us down.  We finally arrived at Mdumbi with a howling offshore and a fair size swell only to hear. “You should have been here two years ago mate, it was going off its face”. We found out that the wave hasn’t really worked for the past two years. The river has washed away the sand at the point so the waves weren’t really breaking properly.  We were really bummed because this place had so much potential.  So we had to go back to the drawing board.

Mdumbe line up with loads of potential

We checked the point out again in the morning but with no luck, so we decided to leave and to look for some other waves in the Transkei. The road was even worse than the previous day but the scenery was absolutely amazing. We stopped at Port St John’s hoping to get a surf to wash the dust off, but we were warned by the locals not to risk it, and if we did we were guaranteed to loose a limb or two, if we were lucky. Someone was bitten by a shark just a few days before we got there.  Sanity prevailed and we decided not to risk it, and moved on.  It took us 10 eventful but interesting hours to cover the 300km from Mdumbi to the South Coast.

SOUTH COAST

The Natal South Coast is blessed with loads of great waves, with a number of points, reefs and some beach breaks to choose from.

We stayed on the South Coast for a few days were we had some good sessions at South Broom and St Mike’s.

Indo? No South Broom

South Broom is a right point break that packs a good punch but there were a killer rip pulling you away from the point, on the days we surfed it. I used my long board here and thought I broke it on a few occasions. It was time to take my short board out again after about one and half years of long boarding.  Next morning we went to St Mike’s.  It is also a right point break. The sun was shining and the waves were 3-5ft and running down the point, with a added bonus. Warm water… I made the mistake wearing my 4/3 wetsuit for the morning session, and was boiling after half and hour and had to go in to change into my shorty wetsuit. It was great to surf in warm again after so long. It had a bit of an Indo feel to it with the warm and clear water . We had a cool surf until the wind picked up, and normally you will be bummed when this happens,  but we were prepared for it and had a ace up our sleeve.  Kiting time. Heeeha….Ian and I had a great kite at Scottborough after which we traveled to Durban were we stayed for the night. Next stop Mozambique…

Mozambique.

The road to the border is quite good, but it disappears as soon as you go through the border. The road turns into soft sand tracks and there is absolutely no sign boards for directions. Ponta da Oura is about a hour’s drive from the border, and we would have landed up in Timbuktu if it wasn’t for Ian’s GPS on his phone showing us were we had to go to

Mozambique Autobaan…

Ponta Main road

Ponta Da Oura is a amazing spot offering a wide range of opportunities to all visitors.

Jacques Cousteau and his appi

There is a world class right hand point break for surfers, great snorkelling and Scuba diving, fishing, excellent beaches for families and a great party vibes for the party animals. We did not score the best Ponta, but we still had fun waves. We made the best of the non favourable surfing conditions by partaking in all the other activities on offer. The snorkelling was a amazing and one of the highlight of the trip for me was swimming with a whale shark for about twenty minutes and while I was with it, a big tiger shark arrived on the scene.  I had to wait two or three minutes for the boat to arrive before I could get out of there, but wow what a great experience.

The beginning of the end.

Partying here can be quite dangerous because the local drink is the R&R(Rum and Raspberry) . They serve the R&R in a beer mug and it consists of half rum and half Raspberry.  The red colour should have warned us already. RED for danger…needless  to say that the next morning we missed three hours of cooking surf because we spend the morning looking for the lost car keys. We looked everywhere and started planning a way to get a extra set of keys send up to Ponta.  Charlie and myself realised that we could not do any more and went for a surf. Man the surf was so cooking. The water was warm, crystal clear and glassy with 3-4ft glassy waves running down the point. Happy days…  Ian joined us later and told us he found the keys in the fridge. We were so stoked.  We screamed and shouted like we just won the world cup.

Moz glassy sunrise conditions

Moz Culinary local

The waves picked up the next day, but the wind was not great for the surf, so Charlie first had a quick kite lesson. He had good kite control and started body dragging after about 30 minutes. I am sure the men in grey suit were very interested in this lunch dragging through the water like a rapala lure. The wind picked up and a local invited Ian and me to do a kite down winder with him. Charlie and another local were the designated drivers. It took us about an hour to cover the 20km to Malangaan in Ian’s Landy.

20 km Kite downwinder Malangaan to Ponta da Oura

We used big kites because the wind was quite light, but the waves were glassy 4-5ft and peeling. The water was a turquoise colour and warm, and the coast line was amazing. Flip, I had to pinch myself to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. Charlie and his local navigator had an adventure of their own. Warrick’s directions was not much of a help to Charlie  since he was so stoned and did not know the way himself so Charlie had to try to figure out how to get back by himself.  Warrick would just tune. “HEY BRU, JUST KEEP GOING, ALL ROADS COMES OUT AT THE SAME PLACE MAN.” (and eventualy they did). Well they made it back before dark… We had a great time in Ponta da Oura but the time had come for us to say our good bye’s and started heading south again. We realised that we would be going into colder water and temperatures  the further South our travels was taking us . Not a nice thought after enjoying the warm water and weather of Mozambique.

Sadwana Bay

We stopped over at Sadwana Bay but it was nothing like I imagined.  I thought it was a small spot with only a few people scuba diving, but boy was I in for a surprise. The beach was a hive of activity and was full of diving operators, their clients; fisherman with their 4 x 4’s and loads of other beach goers. We stayed over for the night and went out on one of the scuba boats in the morning. We had a great snorkel seeing all sorts of species of fish in all shapes, sizes and colours, some Morey Eels and turtles to name but a few amazing things we saw.  After the dive we had a cool surf at the light house after which we made the call to carry on with our journey.

South Coast

 

We stopped off in Durban but the waves we pretty small so we decided to check the South Coast out again. We ended up surfing South Broom again. The waves looked pretty mellow from the beach so I decided to use my Long board again. The waves were  3 – 4 ft  and was predicted to pick up.

Charlie’s arm after being clapped by a powerfull wave

South coast casualties

The three of us had some fun waves, but you could see and feel how the sets started picking up in size and in power.  I was caught out of position on one of the wider sets. I had to make a quick decision whether to duck dive or to bale the board. I decided to duck dive the wave. The wave hit me with some power and I could feel the board snapping under water. Bummer… The onshore started blowing again and we decided to head south through Transkei to East London.

Coffee Bay.

The golden rule for travelling in the Transkei is NEVER DRIVE IN THE TRANSKEI AFTER DARK. So what do we end up doing?  We only entered the Transkei at dusk and had to go through Umtata at night. Shu you think the taxi’s are bad here in Cape Town. It is survival of the fittest or the most forceful here. I think the Umtata traffic gives the indo drivers a good run for their money. Charlie had the dubious honour to drive through the Umtata madness, and I think each of us said our own private prayers.  We finally made it out of there in one piece.

The tar road has more holes than the gravel road!

Transkei quick spar

Going through this cauldron we decided to check out Coffee Bay instead of going to East London. The road down to Coffee bay was terrible but it turned out to be worth our trouble. It turned out to be a fat joll. We booked into Coffee Shack. The Coffee Shack is a backpackers run by Dave Malherbe and his wife. It is a very impressive organization and people from around the world get together and become an instant family overnight. The place was pumping when we got there. We had a few drinks and met people from all over the world. The next day we went on a nice hike with quite a few of the guests and that night the party was even better than the previous night… Beware… You can pick up Pondo Land fever here, and can get stuck here very quickly. I think I would still be there If it wasn’t for Ian and Charlie. Man, I was so bummed when the time came to leave.

Hiking to Cofee Bay

East Coast surf Genie

Just loved this place

Morgan Bay

Morgan Bay was our next stop. It is a beautiful sleepy coastal town on the border between SA and the Transkei.  The swell was still too big and washy, but I must say it also looked pretty sharky to me. No surfing and I was still pretty bummed that we left Coffee bay, but I got over it.

East London
After Morgan bay we drove to East London were we pitched camped at Yellow sands. This is also a very beautiful place with a beautiful campsite right on the beach with a river mouth just next to the camp site. It can have some great waves on the low to pushing tide. Charlie and I went for a surf in the river mouth. The surf was 2-3 foot and crap. I don’t think I have ever been so uncomfortable in the water. EVER. The water was murky and it was in a river mouth with the sun was setting. Just a perfect time for a shark to have a snack time.  The waves ware crap and I thought to myself, is it really worth risking life in limb for these waves. Both of us were grateful to make it safely back to the shore. The next day we went to the famous Nahoon Reef were we got great 3-4 ft waves. It was warm and sunny with only a few locals out.  Needless to say we had a great time.

Plett

The swell and wind forecast for the last week of our trip wasn’t great, but we were hopeful when we pulled into J-Bay. Maybe the phantom swell might hit and we would get 4-6 ft Suppers with just us in the water. Ja right. Supers was 1ft and onshore, so may be, just maybe Seal Point would have a wave…. So we raced there hoping the wind got influenced by the contour of the Bay and be off shore. Ja right again…One foot and onshore. Bummer. We were so keen to get some good waves around here. We weren’t ready to go home yet but by the look of the swell forecast and the mood of everybody I thought we would be sleeping at home that evening.

It was pretty quite in the Landy when we left Seals. We decided to check out Plett on the way down. Plett was always a place to grab a bite or a drink, and never really as a great surf spot, so I wasn’t holding my breath for surf at all. Our first sight off lookout was mind blowing.

The super bank doing it’s thing.

3-4 ft glassy waves reeling 200-300 meter down the super bank with a only a few locals in the water. Some of the locals were a bit miff when the out of towners paddled out, but there were enough waves for everybody. We just smiled because we could not believe our luck. We drove 4000km to Mozambique and back and got the best waves of our trip just a few ours out of Cape Town in one of the most unlikely spots. The water was very cold for Plett so most people stayed in the water only for about an hour. I had so much fun I could not get enough. I thought I would go in after 2hours but everybody left the water and there were only 3 of us left in the water. So I decided to take a few more waves while the going was good.

Stumbling out after marathon Session

Eventually after about three hours I decided to catch my last wave in. I got a set wave raced down to the end of the wave and sat in the current to pull me back to the side. Then I thought ok just one more wave. Got one another cooker and thought, just one more, after the next wave I thought, Just one more, Just One more…I eventually crawled out the water after a marathon 5 hour session. We finished off a fantastic day by having supper and sundowners on the deck watching wave after wave reeling down the bank. We stayed in the backpackers that night. The next day it was more of the same.

Eventually we had to head back to Cape Town.

It was more an adventure than a surf trip and on the trip we realised again how lucky we were to live in one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world. The trip was also extra special for me because my travel buddies, Ian and Charlie. They were so chilled and easy going and we had loads of good times and good laughs.  We met some great and interesting people, saw amazing places, and surfed many different spots. We got our best waves at the most unlikely spot, and swimming with the whale shark was definitely one of the many highlights for me.

I suppose all good trips must come to end, but I just booked my tickets for Bali and Sumbawa where I hope to find my next adventure with and some waves for surfing and kite surfing.  HEEEHA

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WOWees Woman on waves

Wowees

What or who is the WOWees?

It stands for Woman on waves. The Wowees is a group of ladies who have never surfed or bodyboarded before but decided it was time to brake the shackels and to get into the water. They started off catching waves in waist deap water, but now some even venture to it into the backline catching some of the bigger waves shouting and hooting as they drop into the waves. Together the ladies are having fun while facing their fears and pushing their boundries.
The ladies meet every Monday morning, rain or shine at Big Bay for their weekly fix.

A while ago I had the great privaladge to be invited to a WOWees sessoin and boy was I impressed. It was great to see how the ladies have progressed in a short time, as well as the  inthusiasm and stoke of these ladies.

This is a perfect group to join if you are a lady and would like get out into the waves.

Contact caroline@wowees.com to find out a bit more about this fun group.

Da Boys road surf trip/adventure to Mozambique: Part 2

This is the story of three friends who made the most of the 2010 World Cup, so much so that we did not surf enough during it. A decision was made to get back to our surfing roots and to go on a five week road trip from Cape Town to Mozambique. So the day after the World Cup final, we packed the Landy and headed North.

We had loads of very good times ….

and very few lows ….

or bad times …..

but we did get rid of our blues in all sorts of interesting ways …

and all in all we had an absolutely fantastic trip ! We saw many amazing places in the wonderful country of ours, surfed fantastic waves and loved every minute of our trip.

A more detailed article to follow soon in our next newsletter and on the website

Da Boys road surf trip/adventure to Mozambique

I haven’t been on a surf holiday for quite some time and have really needed it to make the blood flow through my veins again. We have done the soccer World Cup thing and it was a great party and a fantastic experience, but we needed to get back to our roots again so Ian Freemantle, Charles Standing and I got together over a beer or 3 and decided to do a road trip to Mozambique. The planning was light and the packing was heavy. We needed to pack some clothes and camping stuff but a lot of toys including our surfboards, kiting and diving and fishing equipment.

We left Monday morning after the World Cup final with Vic bay being our first stop.  There was heavy snow on all the mountain tops which should have been a tell tale sign for what was waiting for us. We pitched our tent and went for a lekka warm up surf. The waves were a fun 3ft and hardly anybody out.  Needless to say we had a joll. The temperature dropped to close to freezing after sunset, and we really froze our buts of during the night. We went for a surf in the morning again to thaw out.

Next stop J-Bay.  Arriving there Ian and Charley went for a fun surf at Boneyards. The preparations for the Billabong were in its final stages and it looked really impressive. I thought to myself. What a great country we are living in. The world’s attentions were on SA for the soccer and now the attention of the worlds surfing fraternity is back on us. We were amped up at that evening’s braai by some of the locals about some Epic surf at Umdumbe (Transkei). Supposed to be better than J-Bay but it came with a warning. Johnny long fin country, but after  quite a few beers everybody was brave enough to surf even if there was a whole pack of sharks in the line up.

The picturesque Port Alfred was our next stop, were we had a fun 3 foot surf with 2 or three very welcoming locals. I understand now why all the locals are so friendly. Having some other people in the water just make your odds a bit better when Johnny comes around.  That evening we stayed in East London where we had a braai wit a very interesting couple. Peter and Kim Van Kets. Peter is an adventurer who has just finished a race across the Atlantic Ocean. No not in a sailboat, but in a rowing boat.  Yes he rowed across the Atlantic.  The boat he used looked like a very small sailing boat, with oars on it. His stories were just incredible and awe inspiring. He also told us about Umsumbe but also warned us of the sharks in the Transkei since we are going to be smack bang in the middle of the annual sardine run.

O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards

O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Award winners announced : Grant Baker wins Biggest Paddle Wave

The winners of 2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards presented by theBOMBsurf.com were crowned in dual ceremonies at Long Beach and the Rioja restaurant in Cape Town on Wednesday with legendary big wave charger Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker capturing the premier Biggest Paddle Wave award and R20 000.

The annual awards honour and reward the courage, passion and commitment of South African watermen who take on the country’s biggest waves using only paddling power and more than R40 000 was presented to the winners and the photographers who recorded their feats in categories including Biggest Paddle Wave, Biggest Barrel, Balls to the Wall, PsychoFreak and Grom Charger.

“O’Neill as a brand is really passionate about big wave surfing,” said Paul Canning, Sales & Marketing Manager for O’Neill South Africa. “I really feel that South Africans are at the forefront of the sport and it’s great that we can present the O’Neill Raw Courage Awards to honour them.”

Baker’s winning ride was made at Dungeons in Cape Town and was photographed by Kimi Stewart who picked up R2 500 for the epic image.

The Biggest Barrel award for the surfer riding inside the most spectacular tube between 1 May 2009 and 30 April 2010 went to Sean Holmes while Frank Solomon won the PsychoFreak category for the surfer who produced the WOW factor on a huge wave.

Matt Bromley, 18, was recognised as the Grom Charger of the year, an award designed to foster and encourage big wave surfing amongst youngsters, while the Balls to the Wall title, decided by a poll amongst all the nominees in the Raw Courage Awards, went to the hard charging Simon Lowe for his commitment in every big swell that hits the SA coastline.

The unique awards ceremony started with a memorial paddle-out at Long Beach, Kommetjie for Cape Town big wave pioneer Pierre du Plessis who tragically passed away while swim training at a local gym last Friday. More than 100 friends made their way through the two metre waves to form giant circle behind the break where Pierre’s contribution to the sport was commemorated and wreaths were placed in the ocean in his memory.

The winners of the Raw Courage Awards were then named by MC Ross Lindsay with a medal and a flower lei presented to each by well known surfing personalities Tich Paul and Jonathan Paarman.

Everyone then moved to the Barocca Lounge at Rioja where the crowd enjoyed a Corona Happy Hour, a video show of the winning rides and over R10 000 in prizes, including two top of the line O’Neill wetsuits – a Psycho 2 and a PsycoFreak – were given away in lucky draws. All the nominees received poster-sized copies of their rides and the winning surfers and photographers pocketed their earnings. The revelry continued into the early hours.

All the results for the 2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Awards can be found at www.thebombsurf.com/pages/1437/

The O’Neill Raw Courage Awards has its roots in paddle-in surfing and while all awards besides the Biggest Paddle Wave also accept tow-in rides, the judging criteria favours paddling as the method of catching the wave. It takes more courage to paddle into and ride an 18 foot wave than it does to tow into a 25 footer.

A full account of the ceremonies for the O’Neill Raw Courage Big Wave Awards can be found at www.thebombsurf.com/blog.asp?blogsettingsid=1&title=raw-courage#450

2009/10 O’Neill Raw Courage Awards

Biggest Paddle Wave Award –

Surfer: Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker R20 000

Photographer: Kimi Stewart R2 500

Biggest Barrel Award –

Surfer: Sean Holmes R5 000

Photographer: Jeannie Holmes R2 000

Balls to the Wall Award –

Surfer: Simon Lowe R5 000

PsychoFreak Award –

Surfer: Frank Solomon R5 000

Photographer: Kelly Cestari R2 000

Grom Charger Award –

Surfer: Matt Bromley R2 000

Photographer: Kelly Cestari R1 000