We caught Twiggy on a solo surf at a heavy Weskus reef

Graham Howes and Darryl Partington were driving along a dirt road up the Weskus (wild stretch of coast North of Cape Town) searching for waves, when they spotted Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker standing on a big dune watching some heavy bombs detonating on reef Continue Reading →

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:

R550 per unit per night

Reservations: Kitta Burger on   027 432 2720   or cell   073 179 6433

https://sites.google.com/site/steenbokfontein/

 

 

 

Westcoast Boardriders results and pics

Westcoast Boardriders event #2 went down this weekend with a bang. Day 1 saw some clean 2-3ft glassy conditions, and some epic surfing. We saw some of SA’s top surfers putting a a huge display including the likes of Shane Thorne, Ryan Payne, Diran Zak and Brandon Benjamin. On day 2 the swell dropped off a bit and we moved down to Derde’s for some fun wave’s and good surfing. The contest was however put on hold when organizers had to remove a man (Justin Kemp) while attempting to surf the contest in his ‘tiny winy pokerdot bikini’ (the bikini was later returned to it’s rightful owner)

The level of surfing in this event was amazing to see.  The public and brand support was fantastic  and of course seeing a surf community ‘Weskus’ putting their heads and hearts together to take our sport and lifestyle to the next level. Thanks to everyone involved.

All funds raised went to the Shark Spotters Program to ensure our playground is kept as safe as possible for all ocean users.

Results

Open Pro:

1st Ryan Payne

2nd Shane Thorne

3rd Diran Zakarian

4th Jochaid Salie

Jeandre Blignault

 

Open Plate:

1st Gareth Moyes

2nd Jason Neeleman

3rd Arron Heldsiger

4th Luke Venter

Tristan Lev

Juniors:

1st Brandon Benjamin

2nd Tristan Lev

3rd Greg Visagie

4th Adin Masencamp

Masters:

1st Adrian Fields

2nd Nikkie Venter

3rd Steve Gadd

4th Leon vd Merwe

Brandon Benjamin

Girls:

1st Chantelle Rautenbach

2nd Anoush Zakarian

3rd Krystal Tavenor

4th Caylin de Reuck

5th Lindi Louw

Jochaid Salie

VZ expression session:

Power turn. Shane Thorne

Best Move. Adin Masencamp

Best Air. Diran Zakarian

Best wave. Jochaid Salie

Jeandre Blignault

 

Weskus

Retro Heat:

Best noseride. Tyrone Jensen

Best Move. Tristan Lev

Retro Craft. Herman Oosthuizen

Style master. Greg Visagie

Legend award. Ted Preciado

Robbie Schofield

Extras:

Most Improved. Ben Alheit

Sportmanship award. Justin Kemp

Raw deal award. Rafael Gomes

Mom of the day. Shannon Masencamp

Dad of the day. Nikkie Venter

Youngest competitor. Christian Venter

Froth award. J ulian Zens

Freedom of Expression. Tyrone Jensen

Diran Zak

 

Westcoast Boardriders Leader Board

 

Diran Zak

 

Westcoast Boardriders

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