Fake news? SA duo in ‘pool’ win

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ing her 30th birth­day. ing sideshow to events in the ac­tual ocean.

Lets hope so. I read ru­mours in the surf me­dia that be­cause it was so suc­cess­ful, there are big­ger plans afoot for more ubiq­ui­tous wave pools. You hear of con­struc­tion start­ing in sev­eral places. They are likely to start sprout­ing all over the show. Imag­ine pad­dling out at your lo­cal spot and there’s surfers from Vladi­vos­tok or San An­to­nio.

It seems, not­with­stand­ing the rap­tur­ous of­fi­cial line, that the event sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions. South African surfer Damien Fahren­fort was quoted as say­ing it was the best event he had ever been to “and that in­cludes the Su­per Bowl. It was like be­ing at the best fes­ti­val you could imag­ine with surf as the head­line!”

That might be a stretch, but it seems that some of the hype was jus­ti­fied. Wave pool events of­fer a car­ni­val at­mos­phere, with a much more ho­mo­ge­neous ag­gre­ga­tion of spec­ta­tors. Makes for great com­men­tary and in­ter­ac­tion.

Another point to have come up in the de­bate is that much of the crit­i­cism comes from peo­ple who haven’t been to or surfed in one of the new wave pools. For­get Sun City, this is a proper if small, wave that is me­chan­i­cally per­fect, and it bar­rels.

Founder of the pool Kelly Slater, who was over the moon last week­end, was his usual elas­tic self as cap­tain of the US team, but is listed as in­jured for the Oi Pro in Brazil, which started yes­ter­day.

We know that Slater doesn’t like the Brazil leg of the tour, which is known for small, mushy surf.

How ironic that an in­land ar­ti­fi­cial wave is more ap­peal­ing than the ac­tual ocean, but granted, it was an his­toric oc­ca­sion, no mat­ter your views.

If you’re in­ter­ested, Brazil took sec­ond, while crowd favourites the USA – de­spite

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fe­male all the arm-wav­ing en­cour­age­ment from Slater – took third.

Aus­tralia was fourth and Europe fifth. If they can just im­prove the wave, and make it a bit big­ger, we’d be in busi­ness.

Oops. Too late. We’re al­ready in busi­ness, lit­er­ally.

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Clean 3-4’ peaks run along open coast to­day on a beau­ti­fully calm day. No wind at all. The ocean looks like sheet glass.

The surf has dropped since yes­ter­day, but should be a few to be found all over the penin­sula and up the West Coast. Muizen­berg glassy and clean but small, 1-2 feet. To­mor­row, the swell has picked up with 4-5’ sets but plagued by mod­er­ate souther­lies, which is not a great wind for both sides of the penin­sula. Muizen­berg wob­bly and on­shore and small 2’.

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LIFE’S NOT A BEACH: South Africa’s Bianca Bui­tendag rep­re­sents the World Team at the Founders Cup of Surf­ing at the Surf Ranch wave pool last week­end.

REACH­ING HER PO­TEN­TIAL: Hur­dler Wenda Nel is reapin re­wards in the 400m event.

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