Surfer Dudes

Trip Start Apr 10, 2005
Trip End Dec 09, 2006

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Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Surfers Paradise is just that if you're in to surfing, we felt more like we were in the Costa-Del-Sol surrounded by high rise buildings, huge shopping and hotel complexes, restaurants and tacky tourist shops set by the coast - not really our idea of paradise. This stretch of coast (The Gold Coast) supposedly boasts of 300 days of sunshine a year, so why did it rain for the 3 days we were here, can you believe our luck! Anyway this didn't deter us from hitting the waves and giving surfing a go, we felt we kind of had to considering where we were.

We didn't get off to the best start on the day of our lesson as we were hung over, going out and getting drunk the night before didn't seem like such a good idea at this point. So a little jaded, we began with the basic techniques, jumping on and pushing ourselves up the board, riding the waves, then progressing to standing techniques, well actually I didn't really progress at all - I was rubbish! I spent most of the two hour lesson either under the water or chasing after my board, at one point I nearly took out some old dude on the shore, glad he found it funny. The sea was really choppy and the wind strong which made it a lot harder to control yourself and the board, you certainly need strong arms. Matt picked it up really quickly, I could have sworn he's done this before, he looked like a pro. It was knackering but really good fun, it certainly cleared our heads and we even got a certificate as a memento, I might even frame it ha ha.

Trying to maintain a budget lifestyle is proving difficult especially when traveling in the peak tourist season, the cheapest bed we could get in Surfers was a 20 bed dorm, this was honestly worst then some of the grotty places we had stayed in Asia only with the added extras of 18 other sweaty bodies, slamming doors, lights on all night and people talking. Did we sleep, yeah after 2 bottles of wine. Worst still someone in the hostel had bed bugs ergh! Hoping to win the lottery soon.
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