As waves go, this weekend was quite a tremendous affair. The giant surf (some forecasts called it 40ft on the wild side) combined with spring high tides, a southerly shift in swell direction and a 19-second swell period culminated in severe wave damage up and down the coast. 

For some local video coverage, check out ST FRANCIS BAY – The Official Community Group and scroll down. Quite a few videos are in the comments sections. 

Here are a few of the top headlines over the weekend, as well as a selection of reading material regards the storm damage up and down the coast

Jeffreys Bay: ‘Freak waves’ claims one life, washes up skull

Wilderness freak wave victim was retired mathematics teacher

Those Waves Were Hectic

Huge Waves In Southern Cape Kills Woman

Two Dead After Wild Seas Wreak Havoc

Cape Town and Eastern Cape Rocked by Freak Waves


PS: Thanks to all those who helped yesterday at Bruce’s after I slipped on the jump-off rock, missed the jump and got hurled over the rocks underwater at quite a ferocious pace. Apparently, it was pretty funny, but I only saw the funny side of it after the doctor at Greenacres gave me some of that proper pain medication.