Photo of the week
A few weeks ago a friend suggested that we learn to surf, so we found a surf school that took us north of Sydney to Seal Rocks to surf camp for the weekend. We left Friday night and had a long bus ride north arriving on a large farm that served as the base camp for Waves Surf School (their website is down at the moment, I will update this with a link when it comes back online). We arrived at just before midnight and I noticed that the fog was hanging over the paddocks and combined with the full moon for a very eerie feel. I wanted to capture that feel and strange light in this photograph.
The next morning we got up and headed off to the beach for our first lesson. I had surfed before so I took photos of our group of friends learning on the beach first, and looking cool doing it.
After some the land practice everyone was sent off into the water to practice catching the wave. Eventually we were encouraged to try standing up in the white water, that’s the part of the wave when it has already broken and it just has enough power to push the surfer gently. This makes it much easier to catch and stand up than a wave that has yet to break. Here are a few attempts at standing up.
Rob the instructor was supplying a push to make it easier to catch a wave and being generally supportive and encouraging, even when things didn’t go exactly to plan.
By the end of the day all of us could catch a wave and most of us managed to stand up. That evening we had some drinks back at the surf camp before going to bed.
The following day we got up and went for another lesson and a morning of surfing at another beach. By lunch time everyone had managed to stand at least one time.
Unfortunately around lunch time the weather closed in and it started raining very heavily, so we called it quits and went to a pub for a debrief. It was actually quite interesting to listen to Rob describe the rules of surfing and how not drop in on other people’s waves. He also explained how rip currents worked and how to look for them.
The weekend was very nice and we all enjoyed it. The instructors were very friendly and knowledgeable, and made up for the poor and inadequate food. I think we will do another day or two of surfing this summer.