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by LeopardSkin » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:40 am

Ryan wrote:On the water crises. Cape Town has had low winter rain falls for three years in a row...


If it's yellow, let it mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down.
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by Adrian L » Thu Feb 22, 2018 6:56 pm

Lol
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by Adrian L » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:02 pm

Ryan wrote: Ben Profit (Mr Windsurfing TV), I didn't fan boy


Well shit! If ya see him again mention a few mates back in oh Canada want to share there local rendition of the pushloop head shave challenge yet to come...
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by C36 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:07 am

Feb 22 installment (and in particular the last shot of the backlight wave) brought more smiles. :D :D :D

Ryan wrote:...Don't flush for number 2...

:shock: Unless they use different numbers in SA I am pretty sure you might want to reconsider this approach.

LeopardSkin wrote:If it's yellow, let it mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down.

I am pretty sure Tony has the rhyme down.

Ryan wrote:...A load of laundry is probably 60 to 70l...

Amazing that one load of laundry is more than daily target of 50l. That seems like a lot of water for a few t-shirts and a couple of board shorts. :D ;)

Ryan wrote:...The city is also drilling into Aquifers where there is apparently a huge store of water. Pipelines from 1000km north are also being planned.

Many people are solving the situation themselves by installing rainwater capture systems themselves at their houses. Water runs off the roof into tanks which is then piped into the house. There is enough rain in some areas for 3000-5000l per month off a medium sized houses roof.

Funny how collectively society tends to gravitate to mega solutions (drilling into untapped reservoirs and diverting water thousands of kilometers in pipes) when simple solutions (like rainwater capture) on an individual level can provide so much benefit and local resiliency.
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by Ryan » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:15 am

C36 wrote: Unless they use different numbers in SA


Hey Dave, oops, I meant number 1 of course.

C36 wrote: simple solutions (like rainwater capture


Absolutely, if the politicians had any brains there would be tax incentives for installing capture systems, and any new developments would have to have rain capture and greywater capture built into the development plans. But of course there is nothing in place.
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by Ryan » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:22 am

Adrian L wrote:local rendition of the pushloop

I think that would require excessive beer money for Mr Profit to be interested. I'd take the bet if we actually had a pushloopable wave back home.
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by Adrian L » Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:00 pm

Ryan wrote:I think that would require excessive beer money for Mr Profit to be interested. I'd take the bet if we actually had a pushloopable wave back home.


Lol excessive beer money probably so yes.

When your back we'll sort out the pushloop challenge among some of us here.

Port tack doesn't count either btw...lol

Have fun keep those updates coming they are inspiring more travel... Right on!
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by Ryan » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:00 am

There was not much wind forecast for North Cape Town on Sunday so we headed to Platboom Bay Cape Point. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uQZdYTiGD8ZweLqQh2ti_P_RtVPCWNQn&usp=sharing

This is one of the few Cape Town spots where you can end up on the rocks and destroy gear. It works best at low tide, at high tide it can be mushy and the waves break close to the rocks.
I was on my big board 96 Goya Quad, definitely helps to have some float since the inside can be light and gusty.

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Jen Heading out.

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Looking out. Conditions were far from the best I've sailed here, but still fun.

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Me on a wave.

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A random person getting some air and landing it back on the face.

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Jen on a decent sized wave.

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Someone slogging out at the end of the day when the wind was dropping. Cape Point nature reserve closes at Sunset so one can't sail late.
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by Ryan » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:05 am

Adrian L wrote:Port tack doesn't count either btw...lol

I've been too sore to jump, wave riding has been OK, but the chest cannot handle hard landings yet, so no secret training for me.
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by C36 » Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:31 am

Ryan/Jen: Yet another another great CTD installment (is it just me or are they getting better and better). :D

Ryan wrote:...Platboom Bay Cape Point... ...This is one of the few Cape Town spots where you can end up on the rocks and destroy gear....

:shock: Funny, I looked at the map before I read and that is exactly what I thought (that and the risk of getting swept around the point - but silly me I was thinking in reserve - port DTL). Interesting to see how there is a river of sand back behind the iron shore north of the launch (might be a sign of how often if gets 4.5+ wind there).

Ryan wrote:...Looking out. Conditions were far from the best I've sailed here, but still fun.

:mrgreen: (that's green with envy) Looks pretty amazing from here (mast-high sets on the outside and clean faces inside). It was brave/polite of Jen to take on the rather-mean-looking-Pistol-River-like wave (in reverse). 8-)

Ryan wrote:...Someone slogging out at the end of the day when the wind was dropping. Cape Point nature reserve closes at Sunset so one can't sail late.

That's OK, likely best to get off the water before feeding time starts at the zoo. :D ;)

Glad you both scored yet another great session there! Hope the rain starts to recharge the water supply soon!
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