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24 Aug 2011

Hout Bay Webcam is live!

Hout Bay Webcam is live!

Click on the “Beachwatch-Hout Bay Webcam” icon below left to see a live view of Hout Bay beach. Link supplied by www.beachwatch.co.za

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24 Aug 2011

Hout Bay has some clever people!

Hout Bay has some clever people!

This image is for a patent by a Mr Wilson from Hout Bay.  The invention allows for multiple high-speed images to be captured a single piece of negative. Unfortunately with the advent of high speed digital cameras, the patent is pretty archaic.

 

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24 Aug 2011

People of Hout Bay, here are the words to the National Anthem

People of Hout Bay, here are the words to the National Anthem

Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.

Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,

Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

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23 Aug 2011

Some weirdness from Hout Bay!

Some weirdness from Hout Bay!

…and I am not talking about TSG!

Cthulhu takes on the Sentinel sent in Don Taskwhy.

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23 Aug 2011

Have there been any shark sightings @ Dungeons, Hout Bay?

Have there been any shark sightings @ Dungeons, Hout Bay?

In the wake of today’s fatal shark attack in Plettenberg Bay, 790Tv has asked the question about sharks near Dungeons.

With so much surfing having taken place there over the last few days and its close proximity to Seal Island, has there been any record of shark sightings at the break? Here is the answer:

Taken from surfervillage.com:

May 23  June 2001

Huge shark harasses Big Wave Africa surfer

Durban’s Jason Ribbink today made a hasty exit from the surf at Dungeons, venue for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa extreme surfing event, when a six metre (20 foot) Great White shark appeared while he was out practicing for the event.

“It was the biggest thing I’ve ever seen in the water, said Ribbink, a renowned and widely traveled big wave rider who placed third in BWA 2000.

“My heart was beating like this, he added, pounding his chest repeatedly, “And the adrenalin was really flowing. It came back four or five times before we could climb into the boat and get out of there. Its dorsal fin was so big it seemed like it was bending from the weight!

Ribbink and fellow Durbanite Gigs Celliers, the four time world kneeboard champion who is one of the water safety crew on the event, decided to go out and improve their knowledge of the inaccessible surf break under the cliffs of the Sentinel mountain at Hout Bay in Cape Town after the event was put on hold due to the waves not meeting the minimum size required to stage the contest.

After about an hour in the line-up each had ridden a clutch of three to three and a half metre (10-12 foot) waves each before sighting the huge shark. Great Whites are known to frequent the area to feed on the seals from the nearby colony at Duiker Island, which is adjacent to the surf break that produces the biggest rideable waves on the African continent.

With R100 000 in prize-money and the prestige of being crowned the BWA 2001 champion at stake, the 16 invitees are selected for their ability in the biggest waves the ocean can produce. The event has a holding period of 18 days, until June 10, to wait for the optimum conditions. While May and June are deemed to be the prime time for big surf at Dungeons, there is no guarantee that the event will run in any given year.

The criteria for Big Wave Africa sets the minimum wave size at five metres (15 foot) before the contest will be started and the format comprises two heats of eight surfers each with the top four in each heat advancing to the final.

“Of course I’ll be in there, said Ribbink when asked whether he still intended to compete in the event. “With eight guys in the water you’ve only got a 12,5% chance that the shark will be interested in you, he reasoned, with a nervous grin.

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