Sweet Vision

It seemed hope was all but lost for Africa’s darling of farflung shade. Rumours were rife, as the news trickled back of shifting sands and souring moods. With the influx of crowds came a reported rise in injury, particularly dire for South African bodyboarder Stefan Dryer, who was plucked from the brink by Eli Olson some weeks ago. He’s recovering now, but many feared the dream had long dashed. That was until The Search rolled across the burning dunes to gaze upon 2.1 clicks of evidently groomed perfection…

It still pumps, that’s for sure. (Grambeau)

Enter Louie Hynd, Tim Bisso and Gearoid McDaid, the three upstarts from Rip Curl who wasted no time tickling ribs on the cagey lefthander, giving us a 5 minute and 45 second vision to behold. However as the young searchers discovered, the wave does indeed have a bone to pick with visiting surfers. We’ll allow Tim Bisso to explain..

“The first wave I dropped into I basically broke half my nose. I was right in front of Ted and Paul Daniel, our videographer. I dropped in, way too late, I landed on my feet and then the lip came straight onto my head. I slammed into the sand and dislocated my right shoulder, while extending a few ligaments in the other.”

For the vision, comes the price. A desert mirage? We think not. Click ahead for a new lesson in lengthy cover.

Hugh Wyllie