simunye's photo of Cape Town


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Cape Town

Spot Location: South Africa > South Africa > Cape Town

Date Taken: 12th April 2011. 30150 page views since 5th July 2011.

Swell Rating Primary Swell Secondary Swell Wind (+ Gusts) Weather
4ft 11s 231.17° 2.5ft 12s 2ft 4s 11 18 mph Mostly Clear 65°f
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Stranded In Taiwan Jul 8, 2011 Rating: 0

I dig the rocks more than anything. They make the wave look so small. Beautiful break!

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Potjiekos Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 1

How did a pic of such an awesome wave become a discussion about African / South African politics, crime and society? Maybe the wrong page for this discussion! But since we're on it: South Africa has a history of: - Violent political and racist struggles - Political corruption (yeah that's right everything our government currently does was learned from the Nats, they just haven't quite got censorship done yet... oh did you say Protection of Information Act?) - A huge gap between rich and poor (how far apart exactly are Houghton and Hillbrow?) And today we have violent crime (major motive being gain) and corrupt politicians. Fact number 1. Fact number 2: anywhere you go in the world, society is always changing. So whether you choose to stay here and be part of the change, or go to a place where these things have already been overcome with time (yes first world, you were like us once), or you end up somewhere utopian that suddenly has a revolution you didn't bet on sending it to the stone age, is an entirely personal choice and you can't criticize that. Blog back to surfing, that is a truly epic moment in time...

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Baboon Barrels Jul 8, 2011 Rating: 2

Stop Apartheid!! Bodyboarders are real people just like me and you!!

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soutie Jul 8, 2011 Rating: 0


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tube ninja Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 3

In the words of Neslon Mandela, It is up to every South African to make it a better place for all. Running away doesnt help a situation. 30 years in SA and never been mugged. I have 2 South african friends that were stabbed in London. And i just got robbed in Russia. Crime is everywhere humans are. The mix of cultures in south africa is awesome and the endless amount of amazing waves!!!

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novocainer Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 1

True man. The problem with South Africa is that too many look at the mess as the government's problem, when it's actually OUR problem. So we stay and we help make shit better!

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JohnnyPee Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

Piss off with your political nonsense, toughen up?, hide and run?, who cares!!! go get some waves. Things are hard all over, different ways. Amen.

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MarkH Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -2

cold water poop hole!

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funnerz Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 1

sorry for mugging everyone needed £$ for travels.

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simunye Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 4

Such a wave rich country and the locals are all time, loved every minute of my trip down there. Thank-you SA!

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SunshineK Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 2

Leaving SA next year... heading to Australia, can't say I'm gonna miss it here. The crime is becoming more and more violent and senseless. Have lost and almost lost way too many mates... sad, beautiful country, awesome surf...

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tube ninja Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

To turtleman thats what the majority of the world is like, doing the ostrich and putting ur head in the sand doesnt make it go away. But in the mean time barrels ahoyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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turtleman Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 0

Love ostriches. Especially well seasoned and dried properly with just the right amount of herbs. I live in Devon now and surf a lovely, old man, shark free, longboard wave. One side of my family landed in Grahamstown in 1820, the other side landed in Mombasa in 1900. Generations later no matter how much we might love and how patriotic we might feel to our adopted homelands being of European origin we will always be unnatural aliens. My mother's cousin, even after becoming a full Maasai blood brother now lives in Dublin. The Tanzanian Maasai even asked him to lead them in a full revolution against Nyerere soon after Tanzanian independence. I believe that Africa needs a few generations of isolation from western and chinese influence to develop a new identity and place in the world.

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soutie Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -1

toasted tube ninja turtle walker. squatting dragon shooting tiger.

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Toasted! Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

I forgot to add: awesome shot simunye.

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Toasted! Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 3

Tube Ninja I totally agree. I was mugged 3 times in my 1 year stay in London. 25 years in SA and Ive been lucky so far, no muggings to date. Crime is everywhere. Its just the way the world is these days. Toughen up.

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mindwalkr Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -1

Yep... you don't realise how much less stress is in your life until you stop looking over your shoulder for hijackers when you are walking your shopping to the car ! On topic: Llundudno on a blown out evening with only 'die Gat' working. Icy cold, very shallow and with a nice thick lip!

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turtl3 Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -4

No mate, no no no. I left SA for the UK and can leave my doors open, no burglar bars, alarms, dogs etc. In London nogal. Life is easy here, the way it should be.

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Rich666rd Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 2

I've seen waves like that at Colwyn Bay, but never Llandudno. Wow!

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Philshoz Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

Looks more like Penmaenmawr

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Dutchess Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 3

Makes me wonder why part of humanity ever bothered to walk out of Africa? What a beautiful place (and picture) this is!

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mambo man Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 2

mate, your boring as fook!

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Dutchess Jul 7, 2011 Rating: -6

I will in a minute let you to your beautiful waves, no worries. I am just rolling my eyes at the fact that all you lot think I am talking about you personally, while I said: Africa as in the CONTINENT, had I wanted to talk about south africa specifically, I would have talked about SOUTH Africa, and I talked about HUMANS (sapiens sapiens, and yes, it is arrogant, AS A SPECIES to call yourself twice knowing when you look at our history. Sorry to be a tad gloomy folks!) Not everything in this world is about you personally, sorry to burst your bubble, but its a post on a surfing website about a picture. It wasnt about you or your personal circumstances. It was in general, and yes, when talking about a continent, one gets quite generalising as a rule. Now stop whining about that and get to that damn surf then!!!

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markdbn Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 5

Oh yeah, its soooo dangerous here, no one lives beyond 35, everyone gets stabbed at least 10 times in their lives, we're all gangsters, we have no education system, we all have pet lions, we have no government, no interwebz (dont ask me how I'm posting this), no nothin. Please! Now piss off and leave us to our waves!

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Pompies Jul 7, 2011 Rating: 6

WTF?!?! I've been living in South Africa all my life and I love it here. It's not this shit hole all you people all over the rest of the world make it out to be. And Dutches, I have a proper education, an awesome job and get to surf every day after work, and I don't even consider myself arrogant or tough.

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Dutchess Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -4

Hey Francois, if Africa had a tad less political turbulence, not to mention the corruption that kills everything, then it's people would have a tad more: Prosperity, peaceful lifes, better education, better jobs (and then more surf!) less fear, famine, sickness, etc etc etc. Toughness just brings you to your grave faster and your fellow countrymen nowhere. I was, btw, referring to the move of the early man (who calls himself arrogantly sapiens sapiens, as if one even can be twice knowing)out of africa into europe. I admit, thats a bit far fetched a thought to put under a surf pic, sorry.

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soutie Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 13

wow francois, you're so tough.

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Francois Bouwer Jul 6, 2011 Rating: -8

Because they are pussies and can't take some political turbulence. Learn a martial art and deal with it. If it comes to it, fight for your country. Unless you are leaving to protect your children, it is nothing but fear. Africa is wild, and it will always stay wild, don't try and tame it. If you want tame, you have no business here.

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Wavedancer Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

31 years ago I left for a new life in Canada. Apatheid was in full force and the secret police assassinated anyone opposed to it. I'm not sure if it's worse there now or then.

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turtleman Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 3

I walked out of Africa after 19 years of endemic corruption, disease, violence, political suffocation and quality of life denied. I finally walked out after being held up at knife point one morning in Green Point. This cat had used up his last life.

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DoAPooAndGambole Jul 6, 2011 Rating: 0

babarbarelldy haroldydeeee ooo!!