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Yesterday was the most crowded session at SuperTubes since I came to J-Bay two months ago. Most guys must've gathered here due to the forecast by MagicSeaweed which predicted 8 - 10ft solid swells for yesterday.
In fact, the swell was only 4 - 6ft on sets with about 30 guys out there. It was clean with offshore winds, but it was more crowd-management rather than surfing then.

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So that was yesterday. But there was a little twist this morning as the swell-size suddenly jumped up to 8ft while MagicSeaweed and WindGuru predicted that the swell for today was smaller than that of yesterday.

It wasn't only the actual swell-size which surprised me this morning, but it was also the number of surfers at SuperTubes, only 5 guys out there at 8am. Surprise! Surprise!! Freezing and shivering, but I had no hesitation to paddle out there.

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Waves were quite fat and wide. A few bombs came through at times and everyone was washed away then. A few more guys came out later, but it was never as crowded as yesterday. Everyone was waiting and taking their turn.

In terms of the quality of waves, the session I had this morning wasn't the best (the best one was on that Easter Monday. Refer to the previous article), but it was definitely the biggest swell I'd ever had in J-Bay. Moreover, all the guys out there this morning seemed happy about these unexpected swells. None of us had an ego or an attitude in the water.

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A surprise often comes when I least expect it.
Another great session to be remembered for the rest of my life.




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Since I came to South Africa early February I've been surfing almost every day. Now there is a small problem emerging - I have to get out of this country very soon due to the expiry of my current tourist visa for South Africa (maximum stay of 90 days).
Should I fly out of this country? Or should I travel to a neighbouring country such as Mozambique or Namibia by land??
Coincidentally, I met two Hawaiian guys at Ubuntu Backpackers and they were interested in exploring somewhere else other than South Africa for surfing.
Mozambique sounded very tempting to me, but Daryn (Ubuntu's owner) used to live there and told me that it was not the best season for surfing there.
Whereas, Namibia's best season usually starts from now on, and the best of the best would be from June and July till September.
A deal was made! Two Hawaiians, Makai and Ryan, and I decided to head to Namibia via Cape Town by bus.

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We took a Greyhound bus at midnight at a gas station located just outside downtown J-Bay (pictured above) and the bus dropped us off in Cape Town the next morning. It's been so long since the last time I travelled by the infamous Greyhound bus!

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Cape Town was cold and wet but quite beautiful. This city was nothing like Dakar or Bamako in West Africa. Cape Town looked to me very cosmopolitanised and vibrant. No wonder many European tourists flock into this city every year.

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It would have been fun for me to stay in Cape Town for at least a few days, but my current mission was to head straight to Namibia.
Makai and Ryan already left for Namibia two days before me, and I had to catch up with them in Swakopmund as soon as I could (Swakopmund is a small sea-side town on the coast of Namibia).

No time for me to have a cuppa in this posh town!




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The bus-ride from Cape Town to Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, took just over 20 hours in total and it was operated by Intercape. The fare was NAD920.00 (about JPY9,300) from Cape Town to Swakopmund via Windhoek. It was not cheap at all, but I definitely got what I paid for.
My seat on the bus from Cape Town to Windhoek was very spacious and comfortable, and the bus made a few stops for lunch, dinner and for our border-crossing between South Africa and Namibia. Furthermore, it wasn't packed like the Greyhound bus that I caught from J-Bay to Cape Town a few days ago.

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The only downside of Intercape was that the company and crew members on the bus were so religious! Every now and then they made an announcement with prayers. I personally have nothing against Christianity, but they just made me feel a little awkward.

In Windhoek I had to change to a small bus for Swakopmund. It was still operated by Intercape and wasn't as comfortable as the previous bus, but it was at least transporting me. I was enjoying looking at the scenery through the window.

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I arrived in Swakopmund at 14pm without any problems. It was sunny and dry with nice sea-breeze blowing through this desert country.
I'm here to meet up with two Hawaiian guys, Makai and Ryan who I met in J-Bay and should have arrived here a couple of days earlier.

Where the hell are they now???






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