Yay the sun’s back today. According to today’s Coastalwatch surf report, we had 15 days of rain in a row. You can straight away tell how much happier people are when the sun comes out. Everyone’s smiling this morning. And I can’t wait for the tide to come in a bit for my first surf in the sunshine in ages.
I have to admit it has not been easy to motivate myself to surf during the ‘rainy season’. Saturday, however, I was keen to get some exercise in. Quite desperate I tossed up between surf or swim. There was a bit of onshore slop, it was pissing down rain and the water was green. The water did not look quite as toxic in the pool at the Icebergs. Also, a little sauna session for some detox after a hearty and slightly boozy dinner the night before felt like the right thing to do. So I headed to the Icebergs instead of the ocean. It felt so good to be in the water although it was a bit chilly without a wettie. The cold water made for a fast swim before I sought shelter in the hot sauna. Well, kind of hot sauna. The sauna was more lukewarm because the door got opened every two seconds. It was packed like the Bondi line-up on a hot summer’s day after a flat spell. You could not even find a seat. You gotta love that sauna anyway. Apart from the great views (I did watch the surf by the way, it seemed like I made the right choice), it’s highly entertaining. You can find every Bondi stereotype from speedo man to Russian with wooly hat (apparently it keeps your head cold). It’s hard not to tune into any of the slightly amusing conversations. I did feel a bit bad about that at first but then I guess if you are gossiping on top of your voice in a sauna packed with 50 people within 5 square meters, you are not exactly exchanging secrets. So funny I swear, you could fill the MX overheard section for a whole year. Either way, it felt really good to do some exercise and sauna detox. I was also quite pleased with myself that I got my bum out of the cosy apartment despite the rainy weather.
Sunday, we went to the Northern beaches. I almost bailed though when I saw the surf at Curl Curl. It was 2-3 foot semi clean and even though the sun started to make an appearance it was still quite grisly. Once I got in though, I had no regrets. Ok, the water was still a bit fluro green (I thought I might glow in the dark after a surf…I checked …I did not) and it took me a while to get into the swing of things. I had not surfed in almost a week and my arms were a bit tired from the swim the day before. It was also bit rippy and shifty. At first, I was struggling to find the right spot but after the first couple of waves, I was right into it again and happy as a pig in sh.. to be back in the water.
I felt so energised as the common hippie would say (maybe there was something in that green stuff after all). It only goes to show, it’s up to you to have some fun. You can stay inside being grumpy bum because of the rain or just go for it and feel soooo much better for it.
And there are good things about the rain too. When do you ever get so excited seeing glimpses of the sun? Only when it’s been raining for a looong time. When do you get an empty line-up in 3ft fun surf in Curl Curl? Rarely. And, when do you get to see a beautiful double rainbow? Only when there is a bit of rain too.
But for now enjoy the sunshine. Have a great week gidgets and friends of gidgets. The surf for the week to come is not going to massive but there is some swell hanging around for some fun waves. Yay!!!