Wow what a weekend. A massive low brought massive waves to the East Coast of Australia last weekend. The forecast for Saturday was around 10ft…Hmm not necessarily the best conditions for a Venus Gidget Surf-away down South, which involved teaching a group of beginner gidgets how to surf.
So I drove down South Friday afternoon to scope out the best spots for the aspiring gidgets. I had a look at Bendalong first thing and wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it that big. Actually, I could not tell how big the waves were because they were breaking too far in the distance. It was just whitewash as far as I could see. Next checkpoint…the semi-protected corners and I could not believe what I saw…out of the wind…in fact offshore, there was a perfect wave breaking…barreling. My first reaction…awesome…where’s Ranga…where’s my wetsuit?…But then my brain got the better of me and went something along the lines: “hang on a second…why are there only five people out and why are all the other locals just watching…hm maybe I watch a bit longer…hmm ok that’s a big set…ok maybe it’s bigger than I thought…wow it’s barreling…is that a rock shelf? Hmm that looks like a pretty shallow rock shelf to me….ye that explains why there are not so many people out…but it looks so perfect…maybe I should just try…but it could be dangerous.. and you are out there by myself…oh noooo wow what a stack…that looked like it hurt…hmm maybe not for me…”
Long story short, it looked amazing but I chickened out and joined the line up of observers ohhing and ahhing about some great barrels and pretty big wipe-outs. I then resumed my quest to find an appropriate surf spot for the gidgets. One of the beaches that is usually flat like a lake was breaking and turned out to be the perfect beginner spot.
Saturday morning was a shocker. It was pissing down and really not very pleasant outside. I was really, really, really very proud of the motivated ladies to come out for a surf lessons despite the shocking weather. Well, I guess once we were in our wetsuits, it did not matter so much anymore that it was bucketing down. The girls were so motivated that after a delicious lunch and a bit of a nap, they were ready for round 2 despite the consistent rain. In the evening, there were seven out-surfed but happy gidgets all rugged up with tea (ok and despite the healthy surfweekend some chocolate and a little bit of wine) in front of the telly watching ‘surfer dude’ (the worst surf movie ever made only watchable due to the fact that Matthew MacConnaughey is only wearing boardshorts sans shirt rocking his sixpack for 98% of the movie). All in all, a great day after all.
Sunday, we were all quite excited because the sun was out. The swell had settled down a bit but it was still quite wild out there so we did stick to our protected corners which were tiny by then. I was super happy that the beginner gidgets could experience the surf in sunny conditions too. Unfortunately, there was no surf still for the intermediate gidgets and myself. Too small in the small corners and too massive everywhere else. Nothing in between. Oh well next time. We finished off the Venus Goes Gidget Surf-away with a delicious lunch and headed back to Sydney in the afternoon.
Thanks to all the gidgets who came along and made for a great surf weekend. And special thanks to Dripping Wet and the beautiful Mr Dan for lending us their boards for the trip, gorgeous Anna for providing the four wheels (I would have had a great difficulties to transport all those boards on the scooter) and our chef extraordinaire Supriya who made sure that the gidgets were well fed with delicious, healthy meals. Looking forward to the next one.
By the way, this week’s surf is looking good. Now that the big swell has settled a bit, we are left with some clean fun waves. This morning was a cracker. Just hoping the swell does not drop too quickly. I reckon Tuesday and Wednesday should be great. See you out there.