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Tsunami Hits Indo

Tue, 26 October 2010

Mentawais Islands: At least 160 people, including an estimated 10-15 surfers and crew on a surf charter boat, are missing after a tsunami pulsed from an earthquake off the southern end of the island chain yesterday evening (late morning South African time).

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Jordy ankle injury 'just a strain'

Sat, 23 October 2010

The surfing world got the jitters on Friday, when Jordy Smith tweeted: "Just rolled my ankle playing dodge ball, think I'm out of this comp", reports Paul van Jaarsveld.

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Rogue Wave Explained

Click to enlargeThu, 14 October 2010

We have had some light thrown on the strange glitch that appeared in the CSIR Waverider buoy off Cape Point earlier this week, when a sudden spike appeared in the data, which looked suspiciously like a rogue wave, although guys surfing at around noon on Monday, when the surf was pretty big at 20 feet or so, certainly did not report a massive wave of any kind.

Clarification came from Pieter Truter from the CSIR yesterday, who told Wavescape: "It was not a rogue wave. At about 12:00 on Monday the 11th of October 2010 the waverider bouy was hit by something, most likely a ship, and broke free. The bouy was recovered the same day and should be back in the water by the end of next week."

The information explains the totally bizarre jump to a pulse measuring around 100 feet at 25 seconds, which of course would make this one of the strangest rogue waves ever recorded by science.

Rogue Wave off Cape Point?

image001Tue, 12 October 2010

Did anyone see any signs of this crazy spike in the CSIR Cape Town buoy off Cape Point yesterday? According to the graph, a 25 metre pulse came through at an outlandishly, never heard of, 25 seconds. So are we talking a 100' wave coming through on the Cape Point physical buoy at lunchtime, or are we talking about someone at the CSIR dropping a piece of quiche into the keyboad of their laptop? There have been no reports of rogue waves, or other unusual wave action on the coast, but perhaps this really was something? Tune us what you think, or if you know of a George Clooney fishing crew who lost their lives and boat climbing up a water wall like a microscopic bug.

Money Meets the Mouth

Tue, 5 October 2010

Calling Cape Town's surfers, ocean users and all round casual philanthropists and good people. Your city's development surfers need you!

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Mammalian Dive What?

Tue, 5 October 2010

Chris Mason chats to Mike Schlebach about the effect of the breath-hold training on SA big wave surfing, and asks Hanli Prinsloo what the Mammalian Dive Response really is. Pics by Annelie Pompe and Jacques de Vos.

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Earthwave Bid Falls Short

Mon, 27 September 2010

It was close, but the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding the same wave remains 110 set at the 2009 Earthwave Beach Festival at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town after today’s best effort at the same venue came in at 93. See the slideshow

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Surfing Heritage Milestone

Thu, 23 September 2010

Surfing history in South Africa has taken a positive leap forward with the news that the eThekweni Municipality awarded Surfing Heritage South Africa the landmark Pumphouse building at Dairy Beach in Durban, writes Spike.

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Earthwave Weekend

Mon, 20 September 2010

Muizenberg, CAPE TOWN: A bumper two-day Earthwave Beach Festival is coming up here this weekend, including the Guinness World Record attempt for the 'most surfers riding the same wave'.

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Cape Chargers New Wave

Mon, 20 September 2010

Spike finds it hard to describe an unusual ceremony held on a cool spring evening in a small game reserve in the deep south of the Cape Peninsula last Friday.

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Long Beach Raided

Mon, 20 September 2010

After a spell of hibernation, it struck again last Friday. The DVS Beach Raid landed unexpectedly at Long Beach at the beginning of the weekend, leaving many people sandal-clad, as well as making one lucky lad a grand richer. Cash. Chris Mason tells of how it went down. Surfing image by Simone Robb.

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