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Eastern Cape Trip PDF Print E-mail
Written by Basil Cambanis   
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 08:46

I just returned from a quick trip to East London, Port Elizabeth, Plettenberg Bay and George.
The trip was work motivated and I spent most of my time at client sites thereby missing the best wind and waves, but I still managed to visited many famous spots. 

While in East London, I surfed Nahoon reef in the morning on an 8-10 foot day; conditions were near perfect with a light offshore breeze. To my surprise there was not a surfer in sight. This made me nervous as I'd never surfed there before and it's got a sharky reputation, but the surf was too good to pass up.
I played it safe and launched halfway in the bay, which meant I had a long paddle around the outside of the break zone. 
I sat near the take off zone for a few minutes sizing up each wave and seeing if any of them closed out. After this I paddled towards the takeoff zone with a few butterflies, and launched on my first ride.
The waves were smooth and powerful, and remained open throughout allowing several cutbacks and off the lips. 

Nahoon Reef
Some beauts rolling by on Nahoon Reef

Nahoon Reef Wave
Great waves to be had, and not a soul in sight

A couple of days later I drove to Jeffreys Bay (known as J-Bay) in the morning, this was a day after the Billabong Pro tournament and they were still busy dismantling the signage and scafolding.
Despite the drop in swell, I still had a lovely session on the fabled righthand break.

J-Bay
The world famous righthand break, not at it's best, but still well worth a ride

J-Bay
Small swell, but still in good form

Next on the agenda was Victory Bay (known as Vic Bay), which is a classic spot near George. It's a small scale equivalent of J-Bay, and I caught some awesome waves in the early morning.

Vic Bay
Taken later in the day after the swell had dropped and become more ragged

I spent a few hours in Knysna scouting around on a calm day, and found a few spots with some potential, but without any prevailing wind on hand, it's tough to judge.
Water access to most parts of the lagoon is restricted, so I'd envisage having to kite to most spots.

Knysna Lagoon
Possible speed spot in a SE, but the wind in Knysna seldom gets strong enough

Knysna Heads

Knysna heads

Buffelsbaai 
Buffelsbaai from above which is a decent righthand break that needs a S-SE swell

Swartkops River
Swartkops River, near the mouth. Some nice spots, but has dirty wind

 

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