West Coast Surfing

Pics: Koos Steyn / Graham Howes      Words: Dirty Habits
How many times have you been at a braai, and after a few six packs and a bottle or 2 of Old Brown later, you find yourself making wild plans for trips that you talk about at every braai, with guys you’ve just met. Well 7 days later I found myself standing at the exact spots with the exact guys who help me finish the 2l bottle of sherry. (Didn’t see that happening) How better way to start new friendships than over an empty barreling reef, alongside a long dusty road, with a Sedrick’s babalas.

Jaco Steyn, Bjorn Larsen, Philip & Greg Visagie and Gareth Moys or definitely no new faces to me. They have always been hardcore surfers, but just as natural progression has it, they all added kite’s to their quivers this summer. Now i regularly see them shredding Karma’s when the wind too much to surf.

This trip was a shot in the dark, the forecast wasn’t that great, lots of rain foretasted (we were sleeping in tents) and the SA Bodyboarding champs were on at the same time. So there was a good chance half a Somerset West Drop Knee team would be up there invading the waves. Luckily Elands keeps all the kooks at bay, and we had these pits to ourselves all morning.

Wes Fokken Kus.

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Jaco Steyn self portrait – GoPro 3 Black edition.

 

 

Bjorn Larsen

Bjorn Larsen – Pic: Koos Larsen

 

 

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Bjorn Larsen.   Photo: Koos Steyn

 

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Hjalmar Larsen

Hjalmar Larsen

 

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Greg Visagie. Photo: Koos Steyn

 

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Jaco Steyn – Photo: Jaco’s Dad

 

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Philip Visagie

Philip Visagie – Photo: Koos Steyn

 

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Kyle Hanekom

 

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Bjorn Larsen

 

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Weskus Lunch

 

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Gareth Moys

 

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Wakeboarding with Smoke Flares and Flashes

Flares and Flashes.

After seeing Bruce Irons in a glowing barrel with flares strapped to his board, we’ve been dying to strap some onto a wakeboard. The only problem is at R250 a flare (that last 30 seconds) and a photographer sitting on a boat in pitch darkness, 200m away; the logistics become a night mare.

We headed to Blue Rock Cable Park with one of Cape Towns best Photographers, Bianca Asher and a Nice Budget from Liquid Force Cape Town and ofcourse some of the best cable riders in CT. Bianca Managed to get these amazing images in a very limited 1 hour window. We are all stoked with the outcome and the surreal experience.

Cape Town Cable wakeboarders: Craig Eygenberger, Gregor Reichmuth, Sky Keller, Graham Howes, Candice Bacon, Sean Bacon, Craig Howes, Hjalmar Larsen, Nick Cattelan,

After all it was a proper shot in the dark… literally

Thanks to LiquidForce Cape Town, Bianca Asher Photography, Blue Rock Waterski.

 

Gregor Reichmuth

 

 

Craig Eygenberger

Craig Eygenberger

 

 

Candice Bacon

 

 

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Craig Eygenberger

 

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Gregor Reichmuth

 

Sky Keller

 

Candice Bacon Flaring

 

Sean Bacon

 

Craig fully flared

 

Sky Keller Christ Air

 

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Bianca Asher Photography

 

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Blue Rock Cable Park

 

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sky keller

 

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Graham Howes

 

Candice Bacon

Candice Bacon

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West Coast Surf Trip

 

 

 

Jaco Steyn making the most of a fun beachie

 

– Wesfokenkus –

Words and Pictures by Graham Howes

 

Road tripping up the West Coast is always a gamble, especially when you have a time restraint. We all know the the chances of scoring the wave of your life and of course the reality of getting ‘skunked’ all to well. Yet we put ourselves through it time and time again in search of the perfect ride. The drive is all too familiar, the train tracks, the red dirt roads, the yellow potato fields. It’s like dejavu all over again.

 

We rocked up at Elands greeted by a packed line up of euro kooks, SUP’s and and the stench of rotting kelp. This place isn’t what it’s cracked out to be, and quite frankly they can keep that wave. Before the dust has time to settle at the foot of the Elands baai koppie, we say good bye and good riddance! Greener pastures lie ahead

 

Darryl Partington

 

 

We wake up on the farm, the steam from my coffee cuts the through the cold air, we stand outside, watching the the orange breaking through the darkness of the sky, we can hear the wave’s hissing from over the dune, we know there will be waves, we can feel it in our bonesl as the icy offshore breeze bites our necks.

As we sip on another cuppa java we are warmly welcomed by the Weskus legend himself, Albert Burger. He generously takes us all to his home spots’ on his doorstep, the swell is Westerly 3-4ft clean and a strong offshore, Weskus as good as it gets. The coast is like an amusement park, ranging from mellow reeling point breaks to gnarly shore-breaks with bantam size barrels, and slabs that make your balls retreat faster than you can dial your mum’s number.

 

The boys feeling a little fragile from the night before, trying to find the energy to paddle out.

 

We surf it all, the boys hit fun right-hand beachie to work off hangover and sweat out the brandy, then we move over to the hollow left point, were Darryl (the only goofie footer) has spend the past hours surfing it alone, maxing out on tube rides. By lunch time the tide drains and changes everything we paddle out to a right hand point with a little ledge section throwing a solid little barrel, the shape of the reef seems to make the wave bend and the wave just keeps on wrapping at you. As the westcoast goes we surfed it with just the 3 of us out. With more set waves than we could handle.

We had one more surf on the cards before the long trip back to motherland, but our plans had a drastic twist. When we arrived at Yoyo’s a surfer was knocked off of his board by a great white, and it wasn’t a small one either. So we did what any sane people would do, we packed our boards and headed back to Cape Town, back to the shackles of conventional life. We hadn’t even left the dusty roads before we forgot about the shark encounter and started planning our next trip back the the land of barrels, brandy, and bonfire’s.

Till next time my dear friend.

 

Hjalmar Larsen

 

Yet another left goes unridden

 

 

Albert Burger aka 'Farmer Burger'

 

Darryl getting more than his share.

 

 

Darryl on yet another bomb

 

Hjalmar Larsen a frequent visitor to the weskus.

 

Surfer: Darryl Partington

 

 

 

Bjorn Larsen

 

Hjalmar, too fast for the camera

 

In the green room

 

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For accommodation, we stayed on Farmer Burgers farm, lekker 5 sleeper, self catering weskus units, situated between Elands and Lamberts bay.

Steenbokfontein Accommodation:

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