The Corona Coastal Cleanup continued their southward mission, as they headed for Jeffreys Bay, the froth in the car was palpable. Frank Solomon and the crew, with Corona on ice, arrived to 40-knot gusts of wind that threatened to strip the flesh from their bones, as exposed skin was sandblasted to hell and back.
Wind, the unofficial theme of the trip, showing up uninvited every dam day along the tour. One could argue the trip was cursed by the air based element from Scottburgh where a member of the Eyeforce crew bought a banana on board the Blue Wilderness dive boat. A big no-no as far as maritime folk law is concerned. Never the less the second Beach Cleanup, this time at Kitchens Windows, went down better than expected.
The turn out was phenomenal, great to see the Jbay surfing community banding together, taking time out of their afternoons to exchange staplers, pens and laptops for a different type of hard work. Swarming the beach like a zombie apocalypse, members made their way from all angles of Da Gama street to assist in the cleanup. Shout out to the boys and girls from Billabong and RVCA for their support on the day.
Following a pep talk from the man on a mission, with Frank Solomon dropping truth bombs about marine pollution, campaign style, the cleanup party slapped on some sunnies, fashionable bibs and got cleaning. In next to no time they were able to fill an entire silo bag with everything from shoes, decapitated baby dolls, earbuds, broken glass, car parts and some other unmentionables.
The final hurdle saw a serious struggle take place, where traps lats and tris were put to the test in efforts to get the beach bag of shit up to the parking lot and into a municipal dump truck. With good Karma exuding from the cleanup crew it was time to pop some ice cold Corona baby, gooi us a lime there!
“The conditions on the day were less than ideal. And the fact that guys from the surf shops just off Kitchen Windows stopped what they were doing and came down to show the tour some love, was inspiring. Interestingly enough, the overwhelming majority of the guys cleaning were young members of the community. That’s exactly where the difference we want to see stems from. Solid effort Jbay, can’t wait to see what Cape Town produces”, – Frank Solomon