There ain't nothing like when your local truly turns on. And that's the story coming straight out of Durban over the last couple of days—a solid local crowd exploiting the hollow effects sent by ex-Cyclone Enawo, (now, Tropical Storm Enawo) on Sunday and Monday.
This system, which had unfortunately passed straight through the heart of Madagascar early last week, was responsible for 38 deaths and the displacement of 53,000 people. The aftermath however, pulsed swell in the direction of Durban, maxing out at 7.5ft@14 and lighting up the shallow sandbars of the famed New Pier.
"Having waited patiently for the swell of Cyclone Enawo to reach our shores, by Sunday it had reached a reasonable size but mid-afternoon on the spring high it became un-rideable on cross-shore winds," photographer Nic Aberdein tells us. "It doubled in size closing off the piers and flooding the promenade. There were still a few brave souls testing the ocean on the spring high though.
"This morning, the 13th, with the wind calming down and the ocean settling somewhat, it can be said these were the best waves we've had in a long time. Light winds, shallow sand banks and fetching lips. The whole golden mile came alight—best Monday in Durban."
Sample the two sessions below: