We are now back from our holiday that was so relaxing. The part of New South Wales where we were staying (the mid-north coast), receives the highest rainfall in the State and I have mentioned before in several posts how up until this holiday I had never seen the sun shine in this region. I thought the residents all made up the fact they had rain-less days, blue skies and sunshine.
But on our recent one-week holiday we didn’t have a drop of rain and almost no clouds. We had beautiful blue skies every day and don’t you fall in love with an area all the more when you can see it at its best (in full sunshine!)
One of the things we had packed into our 7-seater was Carl’s massive 9-foot plank he calls a surf board. A few days ago we again woke to perfect blue skies with a promise the day would see temperatures in the high 20′s (82F). ‘Perfect beach day’, said Carl. We put the surf board onto the roof of the car, drove to Sawtell Beach, put a wetsuit on Alfie and told him he was having his first surfing lesson. The private lesson started on the sand with Carl showing Alfie how to go from lying to standing and then it was down to the water that was 24C (75F) where the swell had died down and the waves were now perfect for beginners.
Riding a plank is the best way to learn because you have a lot more stability (or so I’m told because I’ve never surfed), and from the very first wave, Alfie was ‘surfing’. With the wet suit he managed to stay in the water for over an hour.
When he’d dried off it was time to explore and we waded through a channel of water to explore rock pools and climb to the summit of a little hill where we saw a stunning view of the coast and Pacific Ocean.
Then it was off to the cafe at the Surf Club for burgers and a coca cola spider. A great day for an eight-year old boy.