#RideForALo­cal cam­paign aims to aid those dis­placed by the Knysna fires

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Gy­sen: “He is so lucky. It’s such an in­cred­i­bly long wave. It could have been at a to­tally un­pop­u­lated sec­tion.”

Olson yelled for help. His friend Josh Mu­niz and South African Matt Brom­ley, and oth­ers, rushed into the wa­ter. They got washed down the point by a big­ger wave, but Olson had Dreyer in the C-Spine lock, sup­port­ing his neck through his shoul­ders.

They got him gen­tly to shore, and care­fully packed sand around his head to sta­bilise him. A Bri­tish surfer came up. By chance, he was an ER doc­tor. He took over. Paramedics ar­rived. Dreyer was stretchered to Walvis Bay.

From hospi­tal in Walvis, he told friends: “Dit was ‘n bom! Am­per niks wa­ter gehad nie en my kop eerste, hard ge­boor.” (It was a bomb. There was just about no wa­ter and my head went first, and got drilled hard.)

On Thursday, he was air­lifted to Panorama Hospi­tal, where he is in sta­ble con­di­tion, at­tended to by friends and fam­ily, in­clud­ing wife Corne and lit­tle daugh­ters Karli and Janke­who.

Van Gy­sen warns that pic­tures of bar­relling waves al­ways give dan­ger­ous places a ro­man­tic as­pect. It be­comes a myth­i­cal at­trac­tion to visit places like G-Land and Skele­ton Bay, but they’re in­tense waves that need to be re­spected, no mat­ter your ex­pe­ri­ence.

One should al­ways have backup med­i­cal aid, friends watch­ing you and emergency numbers at hand.

It could mean the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death. Tube­wave at Melk­bos pro­duced huge storm surf for the first two days of the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro pre­sented by O’Neill. How­ever, it did not de­ter lo­cals and in­ter­na­tion­als from rip­ping the in­side re­form wave. Spon­sor Jordy Smith is also surf­ing. The QS1,000 women’s and JQS1,000 ju­nior men’s and women’s events run to­day. You have some tough choices of things to do this July. There is the Bal­lito Pro Women ( 1- 2), Jordy Smith O’Neill Su­per­grom pre­sented by Sea Har­vest (Dur­ban, 1-2), Bal­lito Pro (3-9), J Bay Win­ter­fest Fes­ti­val (10-23), Sea Har­vest Surf Chal­lenge (Port Al­fred, 15th) and the big one the Corona JBay Open (12-23). In­cluded in the Win­ter­fest are the Cold Wa­ter Swim Clas­sic, Kite Fes­ti­val, Skins Fish­ing Comp, Fun­duro, JBay Wind­farm MTB Clas­sic, JBay Log­gers Clas­sic, En­durade JBay X-Trail Run, and the Oak­ley X-Over. More de­tails at www.jbay­win­ter­fest. com Af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing Knysna fires, the Mo­men­tum Knysna Cy­cle Tour will go ahead with its 30th it­er­a­tion of­fer­ing new routes and a cam­paign called #RideForALo­cal to aid dis­placed Knysna lo­cals. Those at­tend­ing the Pick n Pay Knysna Oys­ter Fes­ti­val (7-16 July) will be helping lo­cals. The Cape Town Cy­cle Tour has en­cour­aged cy­clists and fam­i­lies to en­ter var­i­ous road, MTB and kid­dies’ rides at www.knys­na­cy­cle. co.za The swell still looks 4-6’ in mod­er­ate SSE winds. Muizen­berg looks 2-3’ in mod­er­ate on­shores. By to­mor­row, a pow­er­ful SSW groundswell ar­rives.

A 3-4’ swell po­ten­tially fills up False Bay, but in fresh on­shore SSE. To the west, it looks solid 4-6’ or more but the south swell sug­gests in­con­sis­tency. Fol­low me on Twit­ter @spike_ wavescape

CHOPPY: South African surfer Dale Sta­ples in the chunky storm swell at the Jordy Smith Cape Town Surf Pro at Melk­bos this week.

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