I was in no particular rush to get to the beach as the forecast was not too promising. When I checked nevertheless I saw a big pod of dolphins quite far out the back. I was watching for a while and contemplated if I should go out or not. Should I swim out or grab one of my boards? Are they still going to be there by the time I make it out? I then thought…f…it just go and see what happens. I ran home, changed, got a board and ran down to the beach at the speed of lightning. I paddled out to the headlands and they were gone!!! That’s what I thought anyway. So I almost turned around to get back to the beach. But then all of a sudden they came back to the surface. I think there were about a hundred of them. Playing in the water. Big dolphins, small dolphins, baby dolphins… dolphins everywhere. They were so close at times that I could almost touch them and you could see the markings on their fins. I followed them around for a while on my board (how about that for paddle training…try to follow the dolphin…they are quite fast). I did try to see them underwater too but that turned out to be quite hard because the water was quite murky. I could hear them though. There was heaps of noise underwater. They sound like guinea pigs I find. I stayed out there until they made their way past the headland which was a little bit far for me on my little board so I returned to shore happy as. What an amazing experience. And once more, the ocean was a great teacher too. Remember, I almost did not paddle out because I thought I would miss them anyway. Well, I’m happy I tried and it paid off…It only goes to show you only regret the things you don’t do…Don’t spend your time wondering what if…just do it…
The rest of the weekend, I spent surfing with friends, celebrating my birthday, surfing again and celebrating again. The surf was not amazing but there was enough swell to have some fun. Bondi was quite small and only really surfable on the low tide with a mal. Sunday, we went to the Northern Beaches and there was a bit of size to some of the sets which made for a fun surf. All in all, a very special weekend. Thanks so much to my beautiful friends (and the dolphins of course) who helped make it so special.
The week ahead does not look too special surfwise but there should be around 2ft waves most of the week from the East. Maroubra might be the go this week for the early morning surfs.
Have a great week everyone