SURFING: Shallow Reef + Keep a First-Aid Kit in the Car!

So the other morning I was looking at a popular surf spot in Cape Town. It was pretty good, but a bit small and super crowded by our standards. It also looked very slow, easy and a bit lacking in power... better suited to longboarding and SUPs. Why not leave it to them?

I then got to thinking about my New Year's Resolution: I want to surf or bodyboard at least one new wave every month this year. This is probably going to require some bravery and pushing the boat out on my behalf - either surfing bigger waves or shallower waves, or a few of each. So I thought, why not practice the shallow wave aspect?

I saw a little reef nearby. Ideally the tide should have been much higher and the swell a little bigger, but why not give it a go? I can't call this spot a new wave for me, because I remember trying it once or twice over ten years ago, but in more suitable high tide conditions!


Bam - ouch! I hadn't even got into the water yet - this was from me slipping on the rocks before I'd even jumped into the water! Luckily I was carrying my soft-top surfboard, and it didn't even get a crack on it when I dropped it onto a rock as well, but my hand was pretty sore!


So, if you're going to play stupid games (and win stupid prizes), it's good to have plasters, tape and other first-aid goodies in the car!


Never mind a bit of blood in shark-infested waters... let's paddle out - the waves are small, shallow and unusually glassy for summer!


The wave is warping over shallow rocks...


"Look carefully and you can see that the rocks, that the wave is breaking along, are nearly exposed..."


Here I am committed to the take-off, right next to an exposed rock on my inside...


Hmmm, maybe time to get off the wave!


I started to surf the slightly more outside section that broke on the last shallow part of the reef and then faded a bit into deeper water...


But even that got me pretty close to the dry rocks soon enough, haha!

So, as you can see, the madness of the SurfHive chargers like @luizhadad and @lucasrocha94 has inspired me to push myself just a little bit... but I'd better make sure I carry some first-aid kit in my car for places like this, even if it's just for the challenge of walking along the shore! Hahaha!

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Ouch - I hope that gets better soon ! On the upside, isn't saline water supposed to be a disinfectant ? 😉

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Hey hey! Well maybe clean salt water, but there are plenty of places that have suffered sewerage spills in Cape Town where the municipality have even had to close the beaches temporarily... so you never know! At least we are not Durban, where the water has been badly polluted for some time in places apparently.

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loved it brother! Shallow waves breaking on a reef are my favourite. Gotta pay the price to play though, I would recomend going for the shallowest ones when it gets a bit bigger, this way there's more water moving around the reef and you have more space to avoid hitting the bottom when in a wipeout. When it's smaller, it looks under control but any push given by a small wave can drag you on a rock and it sucks 😂 great post @jasperdick 🔥

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Hey hey! Where have you Brazilian chargers been? You need to work hard and accumulate HP in this bear market BEFORE the HIVE price recovers so you can weep tears of joy as your little bit of crypto increases in value! Hahaha!

I'm trying to post quite often at the moment - luckily I also enjoy making music and HIVE has a lot of ways to post about that!

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