Durban's Been Cooking Thanks to Tropical Storm Enawo

Craig Murch

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Updated 158d ago

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.

Leap into sunset chaos.

Leap into sunset chaos.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

"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:

Sunday 12th
Snagging early before the breeze went bad.

Snagging early before the breeze went bad.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Cyclone Enawo making landfall mid last week. It was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after but winds reached up to 185mph while around 12 inches of rain hammered Madagascar's north east in just 12 hours.

Cyclone Enawo making landfall mid last week. It was downgraded to a tropical storm shortly after but winds reached up to 185mph while around 12 inches of rain hammered Madagascar's north east in just 12 hours.

© 2017 - NASA

But you had to take a few chances...

But you had to take a few chances...

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Grant Twiggy Baker:

Grant Twiggy Baker: "I had a blast today surfing North Beach and the Bay and watching an amazing barrel riding session go down at the New Pier. As always Josh Redman was a standout but I think Brandon Jackson got the wave of the day...Or was it Ricky Basnett or Reg Macdonald , so many good ones!"

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Tropical Storm Enawo sets up to pump swell towards South Africa having already passed over Madagascar.

Tropical Storm Enawo sets up to pump swell towards South Africa having already passed over Madagascar.

You can't get much closer, but it wasn't long until the piers were off-limits.

You can't get much closer, but it wasn't long until the piers were off-limits.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

A difficult opening day summed up.

A difficult opening day summed up.

Monday 13th

Oh but Monday morning...

Oh but Monday morning...

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Josh Redman, aka The Enforcer from Let's Be Frank, was ripping all day long.

Josh Redman, aka The Enforcer from Let's Be Frank, was ripping all day long. "Feels really good to be surfed out again," he says via Insta.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Let rip a roar of joy.

Let rip a roar of joy.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

 No time for turns, no shortage of cover.

No time for turns, no shortage of cover.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

Let the conveyor belt run.

Let the conveyor belt run.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

An enviable position.

An enviable position.

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein

© 2017 - Nic Aberdein


Craig Murch

MSW Content Editor