Cape Town week 2
BODYBOARD CAPE TOWN TRIP
I’m sitting in my room, I can hear hawaiian music and the sound of spreading wax on surfing boards. The rest of the crew sitting with laptops and also surfing…
There is wind for a week 20-35 knots. I swim on six. When wind gets stronger you can see also fours, dragging athletic silhouettes. Flips, kite loops, waves, falls and long highs. There were also injuries in international team. Karma is coming like whirpool after wave you didn’t make to this time.
Seven trinketed yachts from Volvo Ocean Race flowed away, while we went on down wind ( downhill ride with the wind)
While they were departing, six helicopters was circling around them. Backstage relation. At the same time there was ride with about 20 people, squeezed in T2 among with their boards.
We were exploiting the strength of the wind and we surfed away for seven kilometers.
Water is super cold, around 12 degrees. There are organized trips here, where you leave Hout Bay to the island inhabited by hundreds of seals. I met the seal, while catching the wave, she chased me when she saw my fins.
Today I learned why you need base coat. One of the most important thing if it comes to waxing the board. If you won’t put right supporting layer, wax will roll and then fall off. Bigger meaning it has for surfboards than bodyboards. However I feel the difference when I put the layer on noses sides. Surf friendly advice how you should pamper board, like a lover.
Currently there is low tide. I never understood what that is about because on Baltic it does not matter. It’s connected with moon phases. Across my room I have a painting which graphically shows how it works in Cape Town.
You can notice when there is high daily difference between tides. The phase when wave is growing just began.
The good alternative is kite. I had test opportunity for slingshot rpm 6m 2014 and local board Vanhunks 2014. Kite, super fast. I swam on it during 20-35, in squalls to 40.
Photo is from Shark Bay. On the ocean you can fly. Jumps are high and landing work, sometimes. Waves are up to 2 meters so you can practice jumping and do not be afraid you won’t make it to four meters. People, who came here for a real kitesurfing, are just getting started. Forecast for next week looks promising.
Hosts emanate good vibrations. When you look on the map you can’t believe how far you are from home. If it comes to culture it’s hard to feel that you are in completely different part of the world.
Mostly there are groups of Germans, French, Dutch, Swiss and Poles. This is most surprising thing for me. We live in a house with over ten dudes. Locals can be recognized by only one thing, the highest jumps. Republicans of South Africa are the people of various, international roots.
Fish food is not so easy to get as it turns out. Instead of exotic fruits.
We plan moving to Langebaan
One painting presents sausages, hanging above the kitchen sink. At the other one I can see spaceships. It is destroyed kite board. Mate got torned shoes from the board.