All our Gidgets made it home safely after an invigorating surf weekend away on the South Coast. Judging by the grey skies today, it looks like we were lucky with the weather. We were blessed with blue skies and sunshine for both days of our Surf-Away.
We welcomed all gidgets to our gorgeous, little holiday house on Friday night. In anticipation of the next day, we all had an early night. On Saturday, while I was doing the rounds for an early surf check, Ali was looking after the ladies and ran a relaxing, “wake-me-up and prepare-me-for-the surf Yoga session” for the early rising ladies.
After yummy brekkie, it was time to head out for our first surf session. Everyone was excited about getting into the water on such a beautiful morning. And whilst the local surfers were frothing about the massive swell that was hitting down, our gidgets were blissfully unaware of the big waves. We found the perfect spot for the ladies to give it a first try. We spent our first surf lesson in a calm bay with little waves, which was just great for aspiring gidgets.
Even though some were a bit nervous about the unknown (none of the ladies had ever surfed before), any initial apprehension got quickly replaced by exhilaration and joy when they caught their first waves.
That feeling of catching a wave is just the best. A feeling that’s hard to describe but I can tell you no matter if you catch a small or big wave, if you are a beginner gidget or pro, that feelings stays with you through every stage of your surfing life and will give you the biggest smile every time.
Everyone had a great time in their first attempts to become a gidget and just when we thought it would not get any better, some dolphins paid us a visit. All smiles we headed back to our Venus Goes Gidget headquarters for the weekend where Ali was already waiting with another amazing dish to feed our hungry surf bellies.
After lunch, it was chill out time. We were hanging around on the deck and in the backyard soaking up the sun – some gidgets opting for a read whilst others took the opportunity for a little afternoon nap. You just got to love a good afternoon nap.
Mid afternoon everyone was ready to give surfing another go. Conditions were still pretty good, although a little bit bigger and the wind was in a bit. However, that did not hold our gidgets back from making remarkable progress. Everyone was super comfy catching waves by then. It’s so good to see ladies who never had much to do with the ocean, get confident in the water. I’m not sure who was more excited, the girls or me, when they started to not just catch waves but stand up on the board riding their first waves. I guess that’s what a mum feels like when their kids take their first steps ;-) Anyway, most importantly, the gidgets were stoked and enjoyed playing with the waves.
Tired but happy we got back to gidget headquarters late afternoon. Ali made sure that our tired arms and bodies got a good stretch and introduced us to a funny thing called partner yoga. I was test/demonstration bunny with Ali, which made for a good laugh. Some of the poses looked quite fun but best stretch ever… it’s really about a second person supporting your stretch and aligning you properly to optimise your stretches. We finished a perfect day with a perfect dinner. Once more Ali spoiled us with a fantastic dish. Tired but happy everyone was in bed by 10.
Sunday was yet another beautiful morning. The girls greeted the day with some more yoga. I think some of us were a bit surprised about those muscles they could feel. Muscles they did not even know they existed. Well, I guess that’s what surfing does for you. It so much fun at the time, that you forget that it’s actually a full body workout.
Despite some tired arms, everyone was still keen to give it another go in the water. Although, the sun was out again, the surfing conditions were a little bit more challenging as it was slightly bigger. However, our gidgets knew exactly what to do by then and we made sure they were comfortable and safe. And what started with first attempts of standing up in Saturday’s lessons, finished with actual rides in the whitewash and beaming faces. Yay. Go gidgets. So very proud of you of what you achieved in such a short space of time.
I think one of the gidgets was particularly excited as she did not only get to learn how to surf but as an expat in Australia she got introduced to a good cross section of Australian wildlife. Other than the dolphins, we visited the stingrays, a kangaroo mum including massive joey (really, how does a half-meter joey fit into that pouch??? Well I guess, it did not, with it’s feet sticking out of the pouch like twigs) came to see us, we saw a number of wombats (not all of them alive unfortunately), a naughty little possum that kept on visiting our deck and not to forget lots of colorful birdies. We’ve taken lots pics and sorting through them, keep an eye out we’ll post some soon.
We finished our October Surf-Away with a final meal together, which was as tasty as any of the others. Surfed out and happy we made our way back to the big city early afternoon on Sunday. Thanks so much again to our resident nutritionist and yoga teacher Miss Ali for being awesome. Thanks to the ladies for coming along. It was great having you.
The next Surf-Away is on the 22 November. Bookings are now open if you are keen to join the ranks of gidgets. Be quick, we’ve got a lot of interest for the November one. Find out more >>
Have a great week gidgets and friends of gidgets. Looks like we’ve got some good waves all week.