All of a sudden there’s just one more weekend left for us in Sydney and the one after we’re leaving and oh yep this is my last working week for a while. Playing a bit of tetris with time and logistics – oh well Saturday we headed over to Manly because I wanted to see the Australian Open in surfing live on the Sunday and we got to catch up with Sofia and Dan for some curry to on the Saturday night.
Manly vibes always makes me happy – love it – Steph is hanging out with the WV 🙂
Another hipster coffee shop
Andy and James came by to check out some surfing to!
Tyler Wright in the Semi final making the chunky waves look so easy
Winner of the event – Miss Laura Enever
After the final we had some other business to attend to.
These crazy cats (not Pax) had to get married before the big bang in Thailand next month! Not a bad way to end the weekend 🙂
When Pax realised that Team Argentina (Steph and Fred) had never ever been to the greatest pie shop known to man the weekend surf trip quickly turned into a pie trip… I’m not complaining they do a good coffee and the staff knows our order even though we live three hours away…
Before hitting the coast I had a cruise down the beach to check out the final of the Australian Board riders Battle where the local surf clubs around Australia compete against each other. I walked down just as Tyler Wright was surfing. I left before she put it all on the line and went left – left at the Alley means straight for the rock pool…
Uh no not me – so we went down the coast on Saturday morning looking for some leftover swell. There wasn’t much left so I settled for some cheese & spinach rolls, a pod of dolphin and some little ripples at sharkies beach.
I’m at the airport in Melbourne waiting on my flight back to Sydney (it’s pretty boring and I’ve had to much coffee). I’ve been here for work so nothing to exciting. My newest taxi driver friend and I was talking about where you’re from and how you define where your home is. And about languages, he’s from Punjab – the Indian side he reckons that Punjabi changes it’s accent every 10k. Like people in the north of Sweden have a hard time understanding the most southern accent maybe. His kids are already so globalized having gone to school in both Australia and India and speaking three languages.
We’ve just done 14 days on the road over Christmas and New Years. Back in Sydney and it’s time to start planning for the big one as in the big trip. The year of 2015 is going to be a travel year. Ever since me and Pax met we’ve talked about doing a big trip together. “If haven’t killed each other living together for a year it’s time to go”. We have a wedding in Thailand on the agenda in March but other than that the road is pretty much open 🙂 Welcome 2015 – we’re going surfing! Where?! Maybe Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Central America….
Some photo’s from the road below.
Pedro our trustworthy van is staying at home this year.
But he fits 4 surfboards, 3 camping chairs, a gas stove, 10 liters of water, two hammocks, cooking stuff, camera gear, lap tops, skateboards. Pretty much anything, it’s so nice not having to pack and travel light for a change.
Australia must be the best country for road trips, you’ll find toilets (with paper), out door showers close to every beach almost, outside free BBQ’s and why not a little picnic house when the sun is to strong.
Guess what I got for my birthday?! Oh yes a new GoPro the version 4 – I’m so spoilt, ha ha! Anyways it’s already Day 10 of our Christmas/New Years roadtrip on the South Coast and here’s some water shots from the last few days. We’ve got so many photos and videos but not to much internet. Waves been pretty small and the summer seems to be hiding somewhere 🙂 Anyways enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you next year 🙂 Lot’s of love <3
This is one of my all time faves on the South Coast – Green Island or Cunjurong point.
Let’s go surfing Paxito!
Water was even nice for body surfing…
Did you watch it? I think I’ve said it before, I’m not a big sport fan at all. I’ve manage to surprise myself – I’ve been watching the asp women’s pro surf tour religiously this year! This morning I got back from my yoga class and was sitting down with my breekie just to find out that the event was back on and that Courtney Conolouge knocked out Stephanie Gilmore in the Quater finals and before I had time to finished my coffee Bianca Buitentag won over Sally Fitzgibbons in the third quarter final! The president of the Sally fan club on Croydon Street (me) felt a bit down but hey that left only Tyler Wright that could take the title from Stephanie Gilmore in a surf off (meaning Tyler would have to win the event) Ha ha it’s been such a nail biting morning and all the girls have been surfing so amazingly! Ah what an inspiration. So congratulations to Carissa Moore to the win and Steph to her sixth world title!
& me I just really want some small fun waves for the weekend 🙂
Not much going on the last few weeks. I’ve been away for work and now it’s almost December – end of the year… We had a nice visit from the Gold Coast over the weekend – Kumi came down so we went for a drive. Not to many waves around but ocean is getting warmer and it was so hot on Sunday so nice for a paddle 🙂 I got a wrist strap for the GoPro and figured I’d take it for a try – it’s a bit to big for me but worked alright. Let’s see if I can get a wave with it next time 🙂
I’m pretty sure I’m suffering from some sort of post holiday trauma by being back in the office and not eating enough nasi goreng…
So Friday at 5:15 PM – here’s my pick up!
Heading south on the M1 – just flying through traffic and watching the sun go down.
Woke up to this, photo’s might not show it but the Golf Course looked pretty much the best I’ve ever seen it. Just that there was a bloody longboard competition on so we decided to keep looking for waves.
To messy/small/windy/wrong swell direction/ugly/not feeling it – you name it – we found it.
So back to the drawing board = keep on heading south…
We probably would have paddled out here but then skippy said locals only and scratched his nose and I’m not sure what that means so back on the road. Again.
This looks like a brand new spot for us – and only two people out? We would have paddled out here if it wasn’t to crowded?
Here we go – did not find waves but Noel, Billy & Takea!
& this guy wanted to join to…
So now it looks like we might have found some surf but not to sure, so just doing some board drumming…
Really looks like we’ve found something?
Oh yes when in doubt – let’s surf the pond!
(Actually we did surf and I borrowed Noels mini-mal and I had about a million fun waves so now I feel like I have to buy a long board. Like a 9 feet log. But with that comes a logistic issue since someone is very against having roof racks on top of the VW. )
3 days in Bali so far and we’ve been busy little bees. How crazy is the new air port? A lot of things changed here but a lot of things are still the same. We stayed the first few nights in Kuta just sorting bikes out and Pax had the very important Grand Final to watch. This morning we got up super early and made our way up to Medewi after having a quick look at the waves in Balian, and got here about eight or nine and not to many people out in the surf. Super fun 3-4 feet waves bit windy but not to bad. So much fun easy the best surf I’ve had all year 🙂 So stoked. My skin feels like it’s shrunk a bit. My sholders are sooo sore. And I’m so happy to be back 🙂
First night in Kuta, all that was left was a fan room with two singel beds, so romantic 🙂
We found long lost traveling friend Niki to come watch the game with us.
Saying hello to the best ding repair in Kuta, Narukis surf shop.
Bali style driving on the foot path 🙂 Thank you for the photo Niki.
Petrol stop on our way to Medewi, not kidding we finally found petrol at the forth petrol station we tried, the first three was all out.
We’re staying at Medewi Beach Inn, new since we where here the last time and they even have wi-fi! 200 000 RP per night – done deal.
Post surf eating Pax is snaking all my Beng-bengs.
This just in – Medewi beach now has a shower (where I manage to drop and ding my board)
Here we go finally on our way, see you later Sydney can’t wait to wake up in Bali tomorrow 🙂 We’re already at the airport in Sydney, early enough to have a few drinks. Both of us “randomly” screened for bombs and drugs as usual. And I’ve got some dollars back (the VAT) for leaving with my new surf board. Puss Puss
Pax taking the fins off, it’s really quick and easy if you have FCS 2 fins… If you don’t you shouldn’t pull them out, you have to screw… just saying. It’s not like anyone tried that this morning, no.
Someone said there’s a new September weather record with two days over 30 degrees in a row or something like that. Doesn’t matter it’s like summertime again – the last days has been so freaking hot here in Sydney! I’m loving on walking in thongs again and finally it’s still a bit of daylight left after work. Some photos from last night, we had take-away dinner by the beach down in South Cronulla after checking the waves on our way home. Wish I had time to surf after work because it looked so clean and fun, maybe after next week when we change the clocks. And it’s 2 days left until Bali…
Friday after work we went to pick up this little thing from our friends at PCC surfboards in Cronulla.
I’m soooo stoked, finally I have a surfboard again and she’s custom made just for me. So Saturday morning we packed the van up and headed for the coast – me pretty keen to find some waves to say the least. Brought some friends along and decided to paddle out at the beach break in Bendalong, it was a bit windy and bumpy but fun. Spent the rest of the weekend around Green Island, surfing, eating, chilling and that – such a hard life 🙂
“I’ve seen it/them/that somewhere around here” – Pax is making coffee for the weekend crew.
The documentary on Stephanie Gilmore, five times world champion is finally screening in Australia next month, in Sydney on the 23 & 24th of October, have a look at the website for more dates. Steph won her first world title at the age of 17 and the director Ava Warbrick has followed her since her third world title win. I love Stephs surfing style and that she’s into her retro boards, there’s so many cool clips of her riding that single fin out there. Stoked to get to see this docu at the cinema next month 🙂
Been trying to watch the Swatch Pro event online but I’m in the wrong time zone but this morning I watch the final on my phone while getting in to work. Stephanie Gilmore against my favorite Sally Fitzgibbons in the womens final. Steph just surfed so well and won with a 19.50 total and her 10 scoring wave was just so freaking good so well done Steph 🙂 Anyways Sallys good result put her ranking up so she’s currently number one in the world! I hope I’ll be able to watch the rest of the tour as it heads to Europe, 3 events left this year. Go Sally!
I watched the documentary Fed Up last night, about how much sugar there’s in processed food today compared to 30 years ago. Most of our groceries comes from the fruit and veg section of the supermarket (I’ve been vegetarian since I was 15 and trying to stay away from dairy as much as possible these days) but still it’s so hard to avoid sugar – it’s everywhere and if something has a package there’s almost always some sugar hiding on the label in one way or the other.
In 1980, there were zero cases of childhood type 2 diabetes in the US. In 2010, there were 57,636. That is scary figures. More people die from obesity than malnutrition. It’s just sad to think about. One thing that I found specially shocking is the food served in the school cafeterias (again in the US) – it’s a 100% junk food with no nutritional value whatsoever. I really believe that food that was made in a factory aren’t that great to eat. Have a look for yourself.
How a beach can be owned by a private company itself… well anyways if you follow the beach as far north as you can from the south of cronulla you’ll get to Boat Harbour. That’s what we did on sunday after – deciding the surf was too small and full, going back home to pick up something someone forgot. Boat Harbour is a tiny community with a few small beach shacks that reminds me a bit of Christiania in Copenhagen but a bit more low key or maybe a lot. There’s no electricity and the people who live there’s pretty much off the grid I guess and I always find that so fascinating. Let me see where I can sign up for my own shipping container. Before they bulldoze it all away and build a business park.
Photos below I snaked from the internet.