Here are some snaps from the weekend, Muizenberg Beach. Don't know about you but they give me this sense of sheer lust for life - there are some real classic, colourful characters that hang out down there. I took some photographs with a friend's splash pack, which was crazy fun though I couldn't push out of my mind the thought of a little shark coming and nibbling on my feet.
Nusa Lembongan finally offered the peaceful sanctuary I was looking for. Just a short boat trip away from the hustle and bustle of Bali's mainland, Lembongan feels like what Bali must have once been like: untouched, overgrown, rural and incredibly peaceful. It was fairly uncrowded and some parts of the island felt almost undiscovered (which they of course aren't, but one can pretend right). The waves were super consistent and playful and every now and then we snuck in a surf with only three others out. I both surfed and read excessively and snapped some of these pics in between.
I have little to say about this time in Bingin, other than that I enjoyed the landscape, the food and scooting about much more than the overcrowded surf. You should definitely stay at Mertasari Bingin and have your portrait painted by Eggman (he works at Mertasari) or at the very least buy a painting from him. They are beautiful and he sells them for a pittance.
Long days at the office add fuel to the burning fire of desire for waves. And then sometimes when the weekend rolls along, the swell dies and the wind picks up, killing any hope of something that can classify as a decent surf. This was not one of those weekends.
This weekend was perfectly windless and on a whim we decided to go up the coast (and actually did it). We threw together the bare necessities, stopped for some sandwich ingredients on the way and cruised on to Cool Bay - a spot on the eastern side of False Bay, Cape Town. It's a heavily shark-infested surf spot that has claimed one or two lives, but on this particular day it's resemblance was closer to paradise.
We left all our stuff on the beach (something one can only do at very few beaches in South Africa, but it's a real luxury when it is possible!) and went for our first surf. I struggled a little initially, mostly due to a lack of confidence because I assumed that everyone in the water was a local. But once I figured out that some guys were kind of average, I got it together and had one of the best surfs I've had in a while. We had a couple of surfs, getting out only for a snack and to re-apply sunscreen and had a all-together fantastic day.