South African Best Surfers in Action

Last week the Quicksilver ‘Get Free’ surfing competition was held at Bronze Beach here in Umhlanga, and we just happened to be there to capture some of the action. These fantastic photos were taken by hubby, who unlike myself, is able to hold the camera as steady as a rock.

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Umhlanga Rocks is well known for having some of the best waves for surfing in the country.

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I marvel at how these guys manage to stay on their boards. Maybe they’re super-glued to their feet. 🙂

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I was wondering how long ago it was since man discovered surfing as a sport, and was amazed to read that way back in 1779, after Captain James Cook had been killed by Hawaiians, Lt. James King who assumed command of his ship ‘The Discovery’, wrote two whole pages in Capt. Cook’s journal, describing surfboard riding as practised by by the locals at Kealakekua Bay on the Kona coast of the Big Island. Surfing was already an ancient Hawaiian tradition, and is thought to date back to the 4th century AD.

photo courtesy of Bishop Museum archive.

photo courtesy of Bishop Museum archive.

This post is linked to this week’s ‘Photo a Week’ challenge, which calls for action shots.

Wishing you all a great action-packed weekend.

 

 

 

Lifeguards at Bronze Beach for Gilly.

Following on from my post yesterday, here are a couple of lifeguards as requested by Gilly of ‘Lucid Gypsy‘. I’m afraid it’s not really Baywatch stuff, and David Hasselhoff wasn’t around at the time.  I spotted these two, some time ago at the Bronze Beach Lifeguard Tower. It was a Sunday afternoon, and one of them looked to be having a snooze. Hopefully they take it in turns to keep watch, and don’t both nap at the same time.

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