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Wavescape - Surfing in South Africa

Sat, 16 December 2017

East London has many surf spots that deliver when the known breaks fail. Waveski guru Bruce Viaene and photographer Dalton Burton find solace in a Slumtown slab.

Plan A

Nothing is more of a stoke than scoring waves as the sun kisses the horizon at the start of the day. Photographer Dalton Burton and I headed to one of East London's finest point breaks, 20 minutes from town. However, the sun never materialised, and we were left with a light drizzle, and a less than preferable east swell. It wasn't even 6am yet, so I decided to paddle out at the empty line-up in the hope it would improve. After 45 minutes, with less than five waves under my belt and an increasingly frustrated photographer on the rocks, I pulled the plug and came in.

Plan B

Living on East London's East Coast I know the not-so-popular waves that work in different conditions. So, we packed up our stuff, trekked back to the car (hoping windows were still intact) and made our way to a lessor known left that breaks over a shallow slab with a touch of sand. And, as the WSL would say, Its ON! From siff, wobbly wave to a grinding, tight barrel was just what we needed to get the job done. Dalton settled into his perch and nailed the shots while the waves pulled in.

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