Rocking up to the contest site this morning before that early bird grazed the worm, again, there was a slight nip in the air. Perhaps due to the fresh morning offshore or maybe it was a sign of things to come. Day 3 of the men’s would no doubt be the day things really started to get interesting here at the Ballito Pro pres. by O’Neill.
The first heat featuring Joan Duru, Jake Marshall, Jackson Baker and Wesley Santos was played out in a pretty, yet lackluster ocean. The tide still full with the predicted swell not yet showing its face. However, there were some signs of something more promising coming through on the odd set. It would be a waiting game, remember that angler fish reference? Well, patience would be key once again with the biggest issue being wave consistency, it just wasn’t there. Fingers crossed, the dropping tide would provide some rippable sections for the likes of Davey Van Zyl and Matty McG coming up in back to back heats.
Heat 1: Beyrick De Vries, Noe Mar McGonagle, Jadson Andre and Ezekiel Lau. With tukka smashed and the belly full, we were headed into Round 7. With the beach almost at maximum capacity, Beyrick hit the sand to stretch the legs before paddling out. The crowd started to purr, never mind hum. Following Beyrick’s heat, the crowd would be treated to another crowd pleaser in the form of Mikey Feb. As for me, I was pretty much at full froth waiting in anticipation to see what the man from Umhlanga was gonna throw down.