Today’s posts from our featured Port Elizabeth Blogger:
Week #2 in Indo by Millerslocal.co.za – Millerslocal’s Blog:
We always end up buying a few things from them as a way of saying thanks for letting us surf your front yard. However, we normally hold off until the last week of our trip, cos Indo logic differs from Western logic…..in that, OK, we’ve bought something now, we’re done, is interpreted as: “Great, they’ve bought something, now we can sell them even more stuff!!”
I reckon these ou’s would make the most epic tele-sales dudes ever, they just don’t take no for an answer, just keep smiling and asking you if you’d like something, no matter how many times you politely decline. Tele-marketing companies should come over here and recruit ‘em for sure!
Gunwale clearance doesn’t seem to be a big concern over here, most boats only have what looks like about 10 cm of freeboard above the waterline. There’s an extensive system of waterways between many of the islands which are like huge canals – they don’t get any wave action whatsoever and look more like big rivers.
?The calm waters mean they’re popular “highways” for local transport, but given how close above the water the sides of the boats are it means the resort boat has to come to almost a dead stop and putter past them really slowing to avoid swamping them with boat wake.
That lurchy lil right goes by the name of Ranga’s. Have got a love/hate relationship with the place. It has the most mechanical barrel, but it scares the crap outta me as is super ledgy, fast and shallow. You have to take off deep, make the drop and pull in straight away, else it’s a visit to the rock garden.
?Guys get the most amazing waves there – I get to see all of em close up cos I’m always sitting out on the shoulder, too chicken to go deep to the proper take-off possie. Arg, hate being a wussy!
I just scuttle in and try get the teeny one’s, which also isn’t the safest approach cos have about 30cm of water under me there. Thankful for my Billabong Surf Capsule wettie leggings cos feel a bit safer reef bouncing in those!
?They confused the hell outta everyone cos the ou’s were trying to work out why I was surfing in my jeans! Took a bit of convincing to explain they were actually 1mm wettie leggings!
Middle of the week and back down to my fave spot for some perfect right peelers. Had a few days of good size, but as luck would have it, the shot of my biggest wave was all blurry. So used to that happening now, just laugh it off. The camera-gods have a good sense of humour!
?Just so lucky to have the surf guides taking pics, cos normally I’d have to sit in the boat and shoot if I wanted to get some. Gotto say the guides here are top-notch, get you into good waves and take plenty of pics, and are all-round lekker ou’s.
An arvo of Christmas Olympics – a bit of golf, coconut jukskei, snooker and beerpong, followed by a huge Xmas dinner, fireworks and everyone ending up getting chucked in the pool fully clothed rounded off a good day.
And so ended Week #2. Hopefully Week #3 brings more of the same. Can never get tired of warm water waves!
?And yip, this is a week overdue, but been surfing all day every day and getting home knackered so no time for blog posts!
Read more here: Millerslocal.co.za – Millerslocal’s Blog
Supers mussel research by Millerslocal.co.za – Millerslocal’s Blog:
Most surfers have a love/hate relationship with mussels – we know they’re important critters for the ecosystem balance, but there’s nothing funny about having to negotiate a reef packed full of them when you making your way into or out of the surf.
If you’ve seen ou’s wondering about on the rocks at Supers at low tide, with pegs and tape, they’re part of a crew helping out with some Intertidal Reef Research between Boneyards and Lower point. They’re sussing out the health of the mussels along this stretch of reef. Cos happy mussels generally means happy reef.
Mussels are important dudes and play a key role in aquatic environments and are considered to be “ecosystem engineers” cos they modify aquatic habitat, making it more suitable for themselves and other organisms.
The lil black feet-shredders shlurp up organic matter from the water column which they siphon, processing it to build their body and shell, and then flush out any left-over nutrients – which are then immediately available to nearby plant life, fish and invertebrates to chow. Mussels feed entirely on plankton, and have to filter up to 65 litres of water a day to get enough food for themselves.
During this feeding process, the mussels “clean” the water they live in by removing phytoplankton and the bacteria and fungi that are attached to the non-living organic particles they have removed from the water column. Other not-so-lekker particles and chemicals are then bound in the mussels’ poop and deposited on the sea floor.
The mussel’s shells are a nice possie for algae and insect larvae to attach to, so when mussels are present in large numbers, they may become like underwater gardens that in turn attract fish to feed in the area.
Reefs with healthy mussel populations will be cleaner and more attractive, so it’s important to understand their distribution and population numbers, identify what impacts them and to evolve our knowledge of them. Tiaan Hoeben, who is conducting the research, is a Nature conservation student from NMMU-George campus who’s busy with his final year of practical at the Supertubes Surfing Foundation.
The one’s Tiaan is keeping an eye on are the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) and Brown mussel (Perna perna) on the inter-tidal reefs.
Tiaan’s research will cover the reef from Boneyards down to Point, a distance of 1.5km. Measurments will take place on 6 week cycle, every spring-low tide.
The next Survey will take place on 25 and 26 November 2015.
So the next time you see dudes with sticks and tape and clipboards clambering around the reef throw them a shaka to say thanks for looking after the health of your surf spot.
Read more here: Millerslocal.co.za – Millerslocal’s Blog
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