Surfing with a Volleyball

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
Trip End Dec 22, 2007

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Thursday, October 4, 2007

22nd - 23rd September 2007.

I hadn't surfed since June. So a snap decision was made to drive across France to the Atlantic coast for one last shot at some European waves. The surf reports looked good and the weather was expected to be fine. We dropped Mick and Sofia off at Toulouse airport and took off for Bordeaux then straight west to the coast. The previous three months out of the water had left me in less than ideal shape. Way too many pizzas and too much beer had taken its toll.

We found accommodation a bit hard to come by as the official summer season had finished a few weeks ago and most of the rooms and apartments simply close up their shutters and remain that way until June next year. We found a room in a 2 star hotel for the three of us (side by side in three single beds) for 100 Euros.(A$160) Sounds expensive but the location was awesome. Just a small café between us and the beach. After settling in and catching up on the Rugby scores it was time to break the drought.

I scrambled into my wetsuit and waddled down to the beach for a few stretches ...oooowww I haven't done any stretches for a while and things have stiffened up somewhat. I slid onto my board to paddle out and thought for a moment that someone had hidden a volleyball down the front of my wetsuit, but no, it appears that the volleyball is internal. My first three attempts at standing resulted in three graceful face plants as I can't seem to get my front foot past my volleyball.

Things improved slowly from there and I actually got a pretty good wave to come in on an hour and a half later. Mum and Mandy spent the afternoon cruising the streets and shops and found some great end of summer bargains so the decision to come to Lacanau had paid off already.

The next day we "skyped" home to the rest of the Hutcho's who were celebrating Gran's and Robbie's birthday. It was good to catch up with everyone after being away for so long. Then girls took off for the shops while I went back to surf school. A better start this time and things continued to improve but there was still a long way to go to get back to my best.

The weather turned for the worse the next day and our next destination was right up on the English channel so we packed up the Citroen and hit the highway. Not long left in Europe now before we fly out to Mexico in a couple of weeks so that's when the diet and fitness regime begins. For now though, more food and drink and fun times in Europe...
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