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.

 

 

 

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Fresh and Tasty for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

Ailsa has invited us to get ‘Fresh’ this week, for her Travel Theme. These fresh cut flowers seemed to nicely fit the bill.

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Of course, you might think it a bit odd if I didn’t include a few edible pics, so here are some fresh and tasty images. Let’s start with the healthiest ones.

Do you believe that saying,"An apple a day keeps the doctor away?"

Do you believe that saying,”An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”

Bell Peppers are loaded up with vitamins and anti-oxidants, and these looked very fresh indeed.

Bell Peppers are loaded up with vitamins and anti-oxidants, and these looked very fresh indeed.

A stunning fresh herb garden at a house in Johannesburg, where I went on a cookery course.

A stunning fresh herb garden at a house in Johannesburg, where I went on a cookery course.

Now for the not quite so healthy.

One of my favourite USA indulgences; a freshly made Starbuck's tomato, basil and mozzarella panini.

One of my favourite USA indulgences; a freshly made Starbuck’s tomato, basil and mozzarella panini.

How about a dollop of fresh cream with your chocolate mousse cake?

How about a dollop of fresh cream with your chocolate mousse cake?

Last Saturday, I had this fresh lox and bagel. Very yummy indeed.

Last Saturday, I had this fresh lox and bagel. Very yummy indeed.

Of course, life isn’t all about eating, is it? One needs some exercise too. These surfers were doing just great, but are having to tread water, because they are fresh out of waves.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my fresh images; a bit of healthy, a bit of not so healthy, and some exercise thrown in at the deep end.

To see more entries for Ailsa’s Theme, just click here.