Well what can I say about Greg Emslie. He has won another contest…. If he wasn’t such an absolute legend I would’ve been over him winning almost every contest he has entered this year (3 out of 4). I couldn’t think of a more deserving winner of the O’niell CWC Cape Town. He had the hardest half of the draw and dominated every heat. His trophy looks amazing too!! I’m kinda jealous of that thing….. I was happy with my 5th finish, although I felt I should’ve made my heat, catching a wave with seconds to spare and not being counted for “standing up after the siren”. Whatever… Well done Emmo’s!!!!!
Me earlier in the day….
Won my round 0f 64 heat at O’Neill CWC contest yesterday. Also happy that my BB team manager Ryan Payne progressed with me. Check out live action on the O’Neill website.
Tomorrow is round of 32……
No, these are not my photo’s….. I really do want to be able to take photo’s like this with my Lomography Camera. I might just go buy a new one while in Cape Town just to make myself feel more capable of creating such art! I’ve got a bit of a film camera fetish….
The year is halfway through….. So it’s almost like starting over…. There is a grueling schedule ahead, but I’m ready and exited! New goals are being set after the mid-year cut-off, some people’s expectations have risen, while others have lost some hope…. I just want to carry one having fun……
I really like Ozzy Osbourne. He dropped a new album recently called Scream, which I really enjoy. MTV made my day the other day by playing his single Let Me Hear You Scream on the Rock Chart.
This is almost the most excitement since the Billabong Pro ended, Jordy and his crew pulled in for the night, but have left again, because there are no waves.
Action aplenty at the Pro.
Holmsey does again !!!!
Jordy no. 1 !!!!
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Lots of action on day 1. Beautifull day. Waves firing. Life is good.
Dale Staples won the VZ super trial to qualify for the main event.
I surfed against Kelly – eeech – the King is too good – could not stop his charge to a potential 10th world champion crown!!!!
Lost against Adriano da Sousa in round two. Bummed.
Looks as if we are going to jump into a start on the first day…….according to predictions the swell will start building during the night and the call is for an early 07h30 start.
First to surf will be the VC wildcards…….then round ONE……PSYCHED….!!!!!!
Check out the action live at Billabong Pro website.
Three things that we associate with J’Bay…the perfect Wave, the Aloe’s and the Boardwalk.
The Wave is a gift from nature…….but the rest is through the hard work from The Supertubes Foundation.
“The Supertubes Foundation was put into place to maintain the natural beach environment. With 10,000 spectators at the annual Billabong Contest, the beautiful sand dunes and the aloes were becoming highly endangered. So the Foundation, which is sponsored by Billabong, employs teams of local people to plant aloes, to erect wooden boardwalks, to eradicate non-indigenous plants and to keep the beaches clean from Albatross in the north to Kitchen Windows in the south. The Foundation was initially started by three trustees: myself, Brad Davey and Koffie Jacobs. Cheron Kraak is also a member and she has been very generous in funding much of this project” says Tyrone Smith, who was the Chairman of the J Bay Boardriders Club for a passage of seven years.
So, support them, visit their site, respect nature…….stay off the dunes !!!!
This photo is not in Jbay, it doesn’t even resemble Jbay. This, though, is Cape St Francis Bay, where most pro’s will be seen free-surfing on the off days. Some crazy stuff goes down at this beachy, hopefully there are some banks so some of the best can strut there stuff out there……..
Photo by Craig Coleske
This is a photo of me and Adele taken with Matta’s “old school” Mamiya m645J medium format film camera – it is a classic !!
By this time next week this spot will be crowded by towers, judges, media, marquees, spectators and the world’s best surfers – the World Cup and football stars will be gone – and it will be time for the surfers to shine – can’t wait.
It is time for a SAFFA to win this thing – I don’t need an octopus to predict a winner – the 2010 trophy is going to stay in Africa !!!!
This is what 2 x World Champ and 2 x J’Bay Billabong Pro winner Mick Fanning had to say about the special wave : “J’bay is one of the fastest waves on the planet. It always takes a couple of surfs to get your timing down. The trick to J’Bay is to set your top turn up from strong, driving bottom turns. As you come around the sections you have a split second to pick a turn and set your feet” (From his book Surf for your life, Mick Fanning, World Titel Edition)
Once a year, coinciding with the winter swell, the “big boys” arrive to surf the J’Bay Billabong Pro. Me and my buddies used to run around like crazy to catch a glimpse of Kelly, Mick, Parko…….or maybe a signature……..or the best of all, to sit in the line-up and catch a wave or two with our idols……
This year I get to surf the contest.
Got a wildcard entry from Billabong.
Can’t wait….it’s the best.
Gonna keep a photo diary – check it out !!!
The Bali Bombings on 12 October 2002 were tragic. Everything is fixed, the bombers are killed and imprisoned, but it will probably never be forgotten. Visited the memorial today. The parking lot is where the massive explosion went of at the Sari club, 20 seconds after the one at Paddy’s club. Hopefully this never happens again……