My name is Ally.

The last couple of months have been epic, with great waves and wind. Many good sessions were on offer by our amazing city of Cape Town. The swell that we have gotten, with the added wind, has been super good for wave riding and some small freestyle mess-around-sessions in between.

I’ve been trying many different combinations of wave riding boards for all the different conditions; there are some decent boards worth adding to a person’s quiver including the C.O.T.A.N. It is a super fun board for some strapless jumps and wave riding. Some big swell came through earlier this month with two insane downwinders; one from sunset to big bay and the other being from Big Bay to Hakgat.

I also spent many sessions trying to land new moves and acting silly with my best mate Kimon Dos Santos. We were trying to ride on each other’s backs while flying both our kites. We ended up getting tangled in each other’s lines. Both of our kites looped non-stop and dragged us straight down the beach almost drowning both of us. Eventually, after about 30 kiteloops we reached terminus: the white sands of Big Bay.

Surf that really stood out was before school one day. We were the only ones out. We paddled out on our SUPs on a relatively sizey morning. After about 45 minutes, two dolphins joined me as I went over a wave. Of course at the time I had no idea that they were dolphins, so I got the fright of my life. I went into a huge panic and so did Kimon once he had seen them. The dolphins continued to circle us for about a minute and did not stop, as much as we wanted to think of it as an amazing experience we were both pretty terrified. We were a bit confused and asked a guy on the beach, who was watching us, what the dolphins were doing in all their antics. He said, “They were protecting you.” The dolphins must’ve obviously thought we were in some kind of danger. They circle you to protect you to get out of the situation. Kimon and I found this absolutely amazing that the dolphins may have protected us and that was by far the highlight to my month in the ocean

I would like to thank Cabrinha for giving me this opportunity of pursuing my passion. They give me endless motivation to do better and be better. These blogs will reflect my growth as a kiter, surfer and an overall person who loves the water, and who loves Cape Town. Stay tuned for more words, pictures and videos. These next few months are going to be amazing. Watch this space.

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