Surf's up in Heaven
Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
152Trip End Dec 05, 2011
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All this professional help and on the water advise gives you great confidence to do things you perhaps would not otherwise do. Thankfully for us, when we were there the wave at Nihiwatu was not quite as large as the photo on the left would suggest. But, it was still up to 8 foot, and when the water "sucks" up the face and you can see the reef down below its still pretty daunting.
But clearly the tution is great, and lets be honest, when there is a pro surfer is out there pushing you on to the perfect take off point on the wave even someone like me can look ok.
Given the size of the waves the kids were restricted to riding tandem which hey loved. Basically Ben would paddle out a massive board with one of them on the front, effortlessly catch a good sized wave, and then let Jamie or Zach stand up in front of them and ride the wave in or even catch a ride on his shoulders. This still meant ever once in a while the kids got a huge dumping in some pretty big waves, but they bobbed up and asked to go again every time!
The water based activities were not limited to playing in the waves. They had a chance to try diving in the pool with scuba gear. The BCD is semi inflated so the tank sort of floats of its on accord with the breathing regulators in the water and the kids got to try out breathing under water which they loved. They were so confident in the pool that Ben took both of them out on to the reef at low tide and down about 3 or 4 metres, breathing from the spare regulator on his gear while he ensued they never strayed too far. All of this I might add observed by Dad who was snorkelling above, but again the boys just loved it. This sort of thing, breaking the rules and letting them do some really adventurous stuff for a 5 and 6 year old has really improved their confidence, not that it was lacking to start with.
The whole family loved the water sports and there were still so many things we did not get to do as we ran out of time. All in all a huge hit and one we all want to repeat. And further, anywhere that has a room full of surf boards that they call the board library has got to be worth a return trip.