Oz's answer to Cancun
05.08.2010 - 06.08.2010
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Morning! Michelle here!
We arrived in Surfers yesterday afternoon and headed straight to the beach. It goes on for as long as you can see and the backdrop of sky scrapers really does make it an unusual setting. Simon was keen to surf here. I was keen to dip my toes in the cold water and no more. However, we found a former world surfing champion, called ‘Cheyne’, typically, so we booked in for a lesson.
The guy teaching us was very patient and on the sand I was magnificent on my board; I could stand up, twist and even somersault without a problem! However, in the water it was a different story. The waves looked quite small from the shore and we were assured that they were perfect for beginners, but once you were out there it really was a workout. I managed to catch a few waves lying on my tummy, but only really with the coach’s help. Simon was really good! His claims of stardom after his surf lesson at Niall’s stag in Donegal were taken with a pinch of salt, but I have to admit that he actually took to it quite well. After 2 hours and several mouthfuls of salt water we got out feeling refreshed and I was glad that I tried it.
I’m glad we stopped in Surfers Paradise to take in the stereotypical Aussie surfing experience, but Byron Bay has been my favourite beach so far. Next stop Brisbane to cuddle a Koala!