Makai and Ryan were renting a small hatchback for themselves, but their car was not capable of driving on soft sand in order to reach the secret spot. A 4x4 vehicle was urgently needed for our little surf trip in this dry desert land.

It was actually difficult to find a cheap 4x4 to rent as Namibia was on a big holiday over this week. We frantically searched for any 4x4 vehicles available on the Internet and found one in Swakopmund for NAD950.00 per day (about JPY9,500). It would be almost NAD320 for each. Expensive! Nevertheless, as decent-size swells were predicted to arrive here over the coming weekend, we had no other choice.


The heavy-smoking mama at Loubser's B&B (the hostel we are staying in now) made lovely breakfast for us this morning. We ate it as quickly as possible and drove off to check the secret spot.


Despite our high expectations, the secret spot didn't look good at all due probably to the lack of swells. We only saw tiny shore-breaks running beautifully. Or else, as the photos below show, we saw a few dead seals and one young jackal eating the carcass....
It looked like there would be no surf here for the rest of the day. We decided to drive up to Cape Cross, about one and a half hours north from Swakopmund.



The road to Cape Cross was just straight. Very straight but quite rough. It was a real gravel road in hot dry conditions. I was extremely careful of driving our shinning 4x4.


It took us about one and a half hours to Cape Cross and we paid NAD10.00 for our vehicle and NAD40.00 per person to enter Cape Cross. The photo below shows Ryan on the left and Makai on the right.


There are basically three spots in Cape Cross for surfing. From further south; Main Break, Graveyard and Factory Point.

We first had a look at Factory Point and saw 3ft waves breaking with light offshore winds, but we weren't sure if this would be the best spot for the day, so we drove up a bit to see the outside section of Cape Cross - Main Break.


When we drove up to Main Break, we were just stunned to see an astronomical number of seals swimming or crawling on the ground or simply sun-bathing. And beyond this seal colony was where some nice left-hander waves were clearly visible and they were at least one-size bigger than the waves at Factory Point! It was definitely surfable to us. However, there was one huge problem here.


It was these seals .....


They were everywhere and so stinky because of their poos, carcasses, etc etc. Some makable waves were breaking out there without any doubts. But this whole spot didn't look inviting to us at all except for one guy.


Despite this outrageous number of seals in sight, Makai somehow became crazy and was so keen on paddling out there, while Ryan and I repeatedly said to him "Nah! Definitely NOT here!"
After convincing Makai with a hundred reasons why he should not paddle out to Main Break, we decided to surf at Factory Point instead (The middle section - Graveyard - wasn't looking good).


The sun was out and it was very warm outside, but the water was frickin icy and quite murky at Factory Point. I didn't sense that it was sharky, but it was clearly "sealy" if you know what I mean. Seals were often jumping out of the water as if they were trying to tell us that there was something bigger in the water.

Waves at Factory Point were a bit soft but clean-face today and nobody else was around except three of us in the water.
I had a little uneasy feeling while sitting and waiting for a set to come in this murky water. Yet, waves kept coming one after another, so Makai caught one, Ryan caught the next and I caught the following. We scored quite a few nice long left-hander waves and we were really happy at the end of the day.



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