South Africa is one of the worlds best surf destinations with 3,000km (1,900mi) of coastline split between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Despite better waves elsewhere in South Africa, Durban has become the country's surf centre because of a high population density of surfers and a great year round climate. South swells wrap around the Bluff Peninsula, and focus on the long piers and groynes that punctuate the coastline. When the conditions are right, then powerful, hollow beachbreaks are the result. There are a few reefs to consider including the world class tubes of Cave Rock. Most Natal spots are best on low to mid tides with light offshore winds, which unfortunately, are rare. Many foreign surfers coming to South Africa have sharks at the top of their mind, however Durban has not had a single attack since shark nets were put in place in 1962.
You would never know it,
The constant pain I feel,
Because in the light of day
It almost isn't real.
Sure, I'll play, I'll laugh,
I'll sing some songs,
But that pain is always lurking
Because it's been here all along,
And when the darkness comes
with its all-consuming power,
It slowly takes my soul
Hour by dreadful hour.
But they tell me that I'm strong enough.
They swear that it gets better.
They say, "If you can just hold out
and bear this stormy weather." They tell me, "You will be happy one day.
All you need do is fight."
But what they seem to forget
Is after each day comes the night.
And so I act along.
I play my part
While this crushing darkness
Slowly breaks my heart.
65 17668 hours ago
My heart belongs to the mountains but my soul resides in the depths of the ocean. I have spent the past three weeks island hopping and testing out the new @roxy#POPsurf collection( #ad), including this wetsuit made 100% from limestone and polyester made from recycled plastic bottles (a process that keeps plastic out of the oceans and reduces material consumption). The only real goal of this trip was to jump in the ocean daily. Some days this meant hours on beach towels eating snacks and catching up with friends both old and new until long after the sun set(or until it was time for pizza), other times it was a rainy cliff jump after a muddy hike and one morning it was a quick coffee run turned solo float in the world’s largest float tank. I learned to rock run, I surfed at sunset and even managed to free dive with manta rays.