What an eventful weekend…surf comps, whale incident, Rugby game (must have been a big event if even hear about)…and have I mentioned the fun waves?
Where to start, where to start, well, it’s got to be the whale story even though chances that you are over it by now. No, you have not heard about it? Where have you been hiding over the weekend? The whale-hitting-surfer-incident in Bondi made it even into the Austrian news half way around the globe. The media really milked the whale headline. It even trumped the plane crash headline. Actually, thinking about it, if I was into conspiracy theories… one could think the whale was released just around the corner by the Australian Rugby Union. Yes…maybe the whale was planted there to distract from the bad headlines the Wallabies would have gotten after the – well, let’s call it average – game the night before? Either way, Wallabies you better thank the whale for taking over the limelight after your performance.
Anyway, I watched the whole thing unfold and here is the Venus Goes Gidget eye witness account in case you just came out from under your rock: The whale popped up and everyone got quite excited. I certainly was. I’ve never seen a whale so close to the beach. I was contemplating for a while if I should get in too. Everyone got so close to the whale and then we could see the head pop up and then from far you could see the tail coming up and a surfboard flying up in the air. From where we were you could not really tell that the whale had hit someone but we could see other surfers sending distress signals. In the meantime, I’ve suited up and ran down to the beach because I wanted to get in on the whale action…well, not the get hit with the tail part (which I did not know at that time) but the get close up with a whale part… By the time I paddled out, the whale was clearly over all the attention and had disappeared behind the headland. By then also news had spread in the line-up about the incident and I was not so upset anymore that I missed out on the close-up action…I would have been probably stupid enough too to get really close too and god knows what would have happened.
Now enough about the whale and back to other surf related events. Saturday, the Bondi Girls Surf Riders competition was on. The girls meet in Bondi once a month and come together for a fun comp. It was not so much about the competition than an excuse to get together, get a bit of a surf in with other gidgets and chat about surfing. Everyone was super lovely and welcoming. And what I really liked about it was that everyone’s welcome…no matter if you are beginner or you rip. There are heats for all levels …from beginner to advanced. So don’t be shy…no matter if you are a gidget or an aspiring gidget, I can only recommend to drop by if you are around in Bondi next time around at the beginning of August. You can find all the info here >> Especially, if you are a newbie it’s a good way to get involved in the local surfing community with like-minded gidgets. Admittedly, it was a perfect day for hanging out at the beach with waves around two foot and the sun out.
Sunday was another picture perfect day…that was the day when not only the whale did his thing but when the Bondi Boardriders had their comp on. That’s the boys comp but they do have a girl’s division too…Well, most of the time anyway. I was the only girl this time and after last month’s cancellation due to shit weather, I’m wondering if it’s a sign to stick to the girl’s club. But then again…lots of the surf peeps from around Bondi are in that one and again it seems like it’s more about hanging out with other surf crazies rather than winning heats. No heat for me anyway (can hardly surf against myself) but I did sneak a surf in in the comp area in the South corner with the fun bank despite the comp being on. There had to be one benefit to rocking up. Waves were heaps of fun once more. Only 2 foot but great shape in the corner. And then there was that whole whale thing happening that morning too. Never a dull moment in Bondi…
Weather and waves are forecast to be ace all week. Hope you get some waves in. Have fun gidgets and friends of gidgets.