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Day 3-7 Surf Boards, Broken Head and Mt. Warning

Written on: Wednesday March 23rd, 2011

A journal entry from: Down Under Surf Safari

On Wednesday Jova headed to campus and in exchange for letting us stay at his place we did an oil change to his car. And then we took it and hit the Billabong and Quicksilver outlets. I was nominated 'designated right-hand side driver' which was fine since I'd driven that way in Namibia. After stocking up on board shorts and rashies we met up with Jova and headed to the Miami Boardroom and bought Big Red and Big Blue, rounding us off at a board each (Jova had one we could use). We headed down to Coolangatta and surfed at Rainbow Bay in the afternoon. In the evening we hit one of Kelly Slater's fav restaurants, Bread and Butter in Kirra.

Pulled up to Simmerz driveway and they had 3 beds set up for us. In true Simms style we woke at 5am the next morning to surf at Mermaid Beach. Guillotine closeouts! This means the surf is really dumpy, breaking all at once. After breakfast we loaded up and headed down to Byron Bay where we surfed at Watego's and the Pass. We would end a surf session by going into town (5 min drive) and getting an ice coffee or a kebab for lunch. Byron is a backpackers town - lotsa travelers, many surf bums. Simmerz had booked us a cabin at Broken Head and we headed there for an evening surf and to settle in. After a sausage, salad and suds dinner we played some dice (Zilch) and slept amazing in our triple bunker!

We followed a similar program the next few days with early morning surfs at Watego's and checking out some new spots during the day. Friday we drove down to Hidden Beach, Sharpe's and surfed at Lennox Head. Lennox was BIG and Curtis and Simms made it out past the break. Curtis went big on a wave that closed out on both sides. We retreated back to Watego's that evening for an amazing sunset surf, a truly die-happy moment shared with friends and family.

After some surfing in the rain on Saturday we spent the night at Hidden Creek, one of Simms' TSS camps. We had the whole family with us by now; Wendy and the kids and Wendy's parents, Rick and Barbara. We had a big 'family' dinner and slept in the camp's accommodation. The next morning we had a 4am wake up to gain Mt. Warning by sunrise. We made it to the summit in record time but were caught in the clouds the whole time. Nevertheless it was a cool hike with the top pitch being chained with notched out footholds. We headed back to the Gold Coast on a windy country road and met up with Jova to watch the Formula 1 race (held in Melbourne) and have drinks out in Surfer's Paradise.

 

 

From David W. on Apr 15th, 2011

Wicked that you guys got to watch the aussie GP, while down under!