Phase one of Red Bull Big Wave Africa 2005 has just closed.
I'll be sending daily journal digest via the 'ethernet' about the happenings of the Red Bull Culture in the Rainbow Country. (land of many people).
The ominous mountain, the Sentinel has been waiting for one year now for the BWA to return. And its returning with a vengeance, the invite list is growing, Flea is returning, Anthony Tashnick is coming down to dance at Dungeons and Ross Clarke Jones is going crack it down there.
And if that is one standard, then there is the local dominance wich certainly will slay and slander the swells. That would be the Komm and Sunset Krews. Chris Bertish is coming down from the UK to notch his quiver with heavy drops as usual. The big wave rider Jason Ribbink who won the Oakley 04' contest for sure has a strategy to win. There is a local PWC ban now that went into effect on the Cape, so I think we will be busy with some organizing and education while I'm on standby.
I got an email from the Contest Director, our beloved Gary Linden, he's already in Cape Town for this event.
Looks like he 'GOT GOOD WAVES' already and Pierre from Linden Surfboards said that he forgot his PFD, booties and gloves. Isn't the internet fascinating? Not a problem as I'm swinging by to pick up our new Team Liquid Militia towsurfing board that Gary shaped, been hungry for that board all season...so I'll stuff Gary's stuff in my bags and he'll have it before any ground shipping can sneeze.
This is my annual pilgrimage. I have family there. In fact my daughter is almost South Africa, I worked the contest pregnant carrying her, not letting the word out until the final event party. Nobody believed that I was pregnant, so that was pretty comical. Picture me trying to convince big wave surfers et al., who just laughed at me, but things do change and my body followed suit quickly, no denying the humor as nine months came and went.
Last year, Shaniah Oceania made her 4 month debut at the BWA. She went out on Grant Spooners Marine Scene boats during a few storms and definetly had her sea legs as she slept through each adventure. Here in 2005, Shaniah will be over a year old and she has all the leadership skills of a presiding doctorate and I think she can write a novel on her travels already, she is certainly good at making pesonal tatoos via ink pens I haven't found in time. She's covered over 50,000 miles for the first 6 months of her life, this trip is just another passport stamp in her travel log. We leave behind my 23 year old daughter, Kyla and her boyfriend Ryan whom we will miss terribly, the family being scattered to the southern hemisphere. Life will not be the same without them.
I'm packed, but the 2 bag limit isn't enough for woman power, the diapers are stowed, a rescue board, baby stroller, rescue gear, water safety team gear, and extra bags will make this part of the trip the adventure of a lifetime. Kim is bringing her towboard, a 9' and 10' guns and her spiritual convictions all wrapped up in a 45 year old dynamo, and yes, a mother.
Kim Hamrock arrives tomorrow for another pre event check, we have our 3rd meeting scheduled. Kim has already taken a K38 Open Water Rescue Boat Course, but she came up last week to Morro Bay and jumped in for a refresher. I went to the Billabong XXL awards to cheer her and Jamilah on, as well as the men, she took second place on the podium for her shot at Waimea. We've already shopped for lifejackets and other gear for training for towsurfing, and tomorrow we finalize what all women do rather well, the shopping list.
Only thing is, we don't have a 'girly girl' list, but a 'Good to Go' list. Please take note.
I just found the best gloves for towsurfing...the bomb...these wakeboard gloves are flick..they are the route. Handholds are a clinch, wind chill, and moving in the water, just like a mermaid - thank you.
Red Bull has been putting this gig together I think since last year's event, so the energy never quits. The first meeting was held for the water safety team on May 9th, RB takes this serious. So does the team. And for that I tip my hat off the boys of business: Nico Johansen, Ross Lindsay, Kerry Motherwell, Grant Spooner (fearless leader) Pierre du Plessis and Glenn Bee. There are others too. We'll be naming names shortly.
Liquid Militia has stepped up to the battlefield. They are sponsoring my team digs, and the trip to the land of many colors, the Rainbow Country. You'll be hearing about them as I plug each eventful day into the Ethernet. I can't wait to see my friend Fawzia Collier, and to look out at night over Hout Bay and watch and listen for the sound of the waves hitting the rugged South African continent alerting my senses to the potent day of surfing that everyone is so hungry for. And of course the crazy sounds coming from World Of Birds right down from our home, the perch of squwaky birds is music to my soul.
Looks like this year the event is sponsored by Sea Doo, so waiting to time underway with the new craft and get the rescue boards rigged. Billabong is sponsoring our Water Safety team with their wetsuits, that is just way cool. Well, that's it for today.