19.01.2009 - 22.01.2009
Surf camp was amazing!! I did a 4 day camp in which we were taught to surf correctly.. I met the three Norweign girls (from my first week) again on the Monday morning and off we headed towards Gerroa.. The guys who work there are all completely nuts and proper 'surfer dudes!' to the extreme (although they weren't too happy about being called typical surfers!).. Each surf was 2hours long and each day we did morning and arvo (afternoon - Aussie lingo).. My instructor was Chris, or Chris-o as australians all seem to put O's on the end of names and shorten any word they can!! He was pretty cool, I later found out he was just 19years old!! I couldn't believe it.. Alot of the instructors I thought were older than they were.. It must be the sun!!
The first morning surf was very frustrating.. I knew what I had to do but catching the waves was extremely hard and then trying to stand up aswell was just impossible.. The arvo surf didn't get much better although I did manage to stand up 3 times (well, sort of anyway)!! A few games of cards to round off the day made apleasant evening..
The next day was so hard.. Everyones body was aching all over.. I couldn't lift my arms properly and trying to practice the movements to stand on the board, on the sand, was just too hard!! Morning surf wasn't too bad though.. I forgot about the pain after a while and I was getting the hang of things.. Unfortunately lunch came and the break turned my surfing around and it went terribly in the arvo :o( I didn't have the energy at all to pick my upper body up, and having not recooperated from my northern territory travels by then, I retreated to the beach and watched everyone else nose diving!! That evening we all walked up to a pub which overlooked the whole beach and we watched the sunset which turned into lightening very quickly!!
Wednesday was much better.. I was still aching but the waves were nice.. That arvo continued well and me and Karoline (norweign girl) were being smart and trying to catch a wave side by side but it didn't quite work!!
Last day of surfing and we were up and in the sea by 6:30am!! It was so amazing though.. The water was gorgeous.. The waves were perfect.. I was standing up pretty much all the waves!! Karoline and I even managed one side by side.. The morning was so fun and I couldn't wait to get back out there after lunch.. Unfortunately the arvo was not the same.. The waves were plunging waves which pretty much made you nose dive the whole time.. It definately put my spirits low as I didn't manage to stand even one properly :o(
Throughout the last four days we had a professional camera man who had been taking photos of us all learning, falling over and crashing into each other.. We were able to purchase a CD of all the images (over 50 in total!) which was pretty cool even though they aren't too attractive (not in a wetsuit anyway!).. I did get mine for the memory though..
We drove back to Sydney for a free pizza and a pint which turned out to be one slice of pizza and a schooner (less than a pint!).. Oh well, frees free ay!!
Didn't stay out too late.. Plans for Taronga Zoo tomorrow!!
Kim x x x