Let's Go Surfin' Now
Trip Start Jul 10, 2010
65Trip End Sep 17, 2010
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After a restless night's sleep where we thought the van might blow over (might be an idea for a future blog), we awoke to chilly temperatures, overcast skies, strong winds and a few spots of rain.
Undeterred we made the most of what Byron Bay had to offer. I made the journey up to the lighthouse for my customary sunrise expedition followed by a beautiful bike ride on quiet country roads to Myocum and Goonengerry, a 60km round trip.
Meanwhile, Wendy and the kids walked up the light house track before venturing to Tallow Beach for some surfing lessons, Wendy happy to watch Courtney and Mitchell do their thing from the shelter of the beach tent
With the theory lesson beginning at 9am, they did not actually get in the water until after 10am, by which time I was back from the ride and armed with the camera proceeded to catch a few shots of the children having their first surf.
Confidence is a wonderful thing. At the beginning of our trip Courtney was petrified of open water, a bad experience last year at Lindemann Island where in her mind she became 'fish food' well and truly dampening her spirits for the ocean.
During this trip her confidence has grown remarkably. Slowly but surely she has overcome her fear. It began with her snorkelling experience in Cairns where by day's end she was swimming in 15m open water, and has continued since unabated, with today's surfing experience further reinforcing her confidence.
By the end of today's lesson, not only could she surf (in fact she was a natural, her gymnastics skills making standing on the board a breeze, to the point where she was 'dancing' on the board by her final foray), but she was also happy to be taken to the rip by the instructor and shown how to get out of it
Mitchell has never had the fear, and he just loves the water. Throughout our east coast adventure, Mitchell has been the first in the water, grabbing the boogie board, happy to be thrown around by the waves, getting up with a smile every time.
For the second half of our day, we were joined by Nana and Nonno and enjoyed lunch at the Beach Hotel, (Mum smuggling in a surprise birthday cake for Wendy for next week), followed by a wander through the Byron Bay shops.
Rounding out the day with a trip up to the lighthouse for sunset, me under strict instructions to leave the 'bloody' camera back at the van, it taking all of my restraint to do so. In the end I half complied, bringing along the little digital camera but choosing on the whole to leave it in my pocket, happy just to soak up a beautiful end to the day with my beautiful family.