Oh dooooood!!

Trip Start Jul 27, 2004
Trip End Dec 21, 2004

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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Picked up Julie Andrews on Saturday (that's all I'm saying tune in next time for more).

Arrived in Byron Bay just south of the Gold Coast on Saturday pm to glorious sunshine & beautiful skies. Stayed literaly 2 mins from the beach at Clarke's Beach camping site - I know camping (of sorts). Just up the beach a bit from the site there is a lookout which we climbed and from there we saw 4 dolphins in the sea just swimming around right in front of us, they were jumping and playing it was amazing!!

Byron Bay is also like Camden by Sea with loads of hippies & 'alternative' eateries/health spa type things along with loads of surfers.

Not that much to do in Byron Bay in terms of distractions apart from sun bathe & surf so we decided to do both. From hence forth we are a surf chick & surf dude respectively. As such we have now to call everybody man, smoke dope, say dude alot, say wow, talk about the swell/the rip tide/the current/the south easterlys/right handers/left handers & how to avoid wipe outs. So here goes...

Oh man the surf was sooo sick this morning, though the rip was pretty spunky hey. Though doooooood those right handers! Man they rocked, but after wipe outs I'd had enough. Those south easterly playing up I reckon, hey...

Ok if you understand any of the above you did better than either of us two during our 2 surfing lessons!!! That's right dooods we went surfing despite the south easterlys & the rip. Had a lesson on Monday 10am & Tuesday at 8am. 8am! I know we were down by the beach for 8 & then catching some waves. It must be said we are both paying for it now muscle stiffness has set in & our injuries are starting to really hurt - Kerry = 1 severly bent back finger, a bruise on her ankle & a sore boob after a wipe out while riding a beaut of wave, Paul = 1 torn ligament in his foot (v.sore, thanks for asking) & strangulation marks around the neck from where the board cord caught around his neck (after traversing a particularly large & v. dangerous wave) - well it is an extreme sport you know & despite our injuries we picked ourselves up from the sandbank & carried on.

Our private coach (that's right private - i.e just the 3 of us, 2 baords & the Pacific)Jason from Blackdog Surfing School was v.impressed with our progress & actualy said that if surfing were an Olympic event we'd get gold medals! Kerry v. impressed that she stood up on her 2nd go & her stance was good, Paul's arse stuck out too much but man could he ride those waves.

Both of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience & want to keep it up over the next month (cash permitting). Also both have a new found respect for surfers - 1) it's really, really hard work physically & mentally 2) those surfers know there stuff about tide patterns, the wind, wave patterns, sandbanks, gutters (explain when we get back) & the ocean generally.

p.s There were sharks in that bit of the sea and someone had been bitten a month before, but he speared the shark first and our surf instructor said that he had never seen a shark in the sea in Australia and he has been surfing for 31 years.
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