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The South and Me

Back in Sydney it’s getting colder and darker and I’m just spending to much time in the office and there’s not enough daylight left. But then she comes the weekend – weekend warrior number one and two gets up just after 5. Load the van up with the last things and off we go. I know where I want to go, no need to check somewhere else this morning. I can feel it’s going to be good. And yes we’re slow, the drive takes three hours with a coffee stop or two. When we get there there’s no rush just 10 odd people out and the sun is starting to heat up. We get ready and then it’s two hours of fun in the sun, crisp cold but so much fun. It’s clean oh so clean – thank you south, you always deliver πŸ™‚

An open letter to you summer

Hello summer time, I’ve been waiting for you, yep I’m looking straight at yoooou! Thank you for bringing on the heat, yes have a look at me putting that seal skin some people call a wet suit way back in the closet. & even better I’m so stoked about this daylight hell yeah so I can squeeze in a surf before work and another one after if i feel like it. I’m pretty excited about the next months which is quite an understatement.

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Then comes Tuesday

Weekend crowds at my local beach. We escape it all by going south. South is always a good idea, but still all the weekenders was sharing the one break that was working within an hours drive. It’s alright the crowd is mellow, lot’s of surfing dads, mums and grommits. Just smiles and fun. Monday we had the wind coming for a short visit, it happens. Tuesday I wake up early, have my coffee giving the early dawn patrolers some time to get to work. I walk down the beach and my favorite peak has no one on it. No one. For maybe 30 minutes it’s just me and magic. It’s so clean and clear – we did not have any rain for a long time. I can see all the fishes swimming beneath me. Waves are small but fun, I can see straight through them when I’m playing on the face. I love this time of year it’s getting crisp, no wind and the water is still warm(ish).

A Day Underwater!!!

Now that the days are getting longer and a lot lot LOT warmer, it time to get the gang and start playing in the water with the underwater camera ( Its been in hibernation since 1982 haha feels that long anyway). So i got the gang together (anyone that would come with me) and off we went. When we where there we made friends with a cool little dude called Mitchell who ended up taking the best photos of the day, NICE WORK MITCH !!!! Here’s what happened (see photos below)

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The Nole Master Looking all sexy with his goggles πŸ™‚
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xx-12 The next 4 photos are taken of me (PAX) by my new friend Mitchell Love them all great JoB !! πŸ™‚xx-11 xx-10 xx-9 xx-8 Falling from the sky about to hit the water in about 1 sec HELPPPPP
xx-7 High Flyer !@#$%^&*()(*&^%$#@!@#$%^&*()*&^%$#$%^&xx-6 After a long day in the water its time to hit the road and go find some food.. Thanks to the gang from a cool day out !!!!xx-14

Lazy Sunday ocean dwelling

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 πŸ™‚ I got a wrist strap for the GoPro and figured I’d take it for a tryΒ – it’s a bit to big for me but worked alright. Let’s see if I can get a wave with it next time πŸ™‚

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Weekend stuff and a 9 feet log coming this way?

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!the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2515

Heading south on the M1 – just flying through traffic and watching the sun go down.
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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.
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To messy/small/windy/wrong swell direction/ugly/not feeling it – you name it – we found it. the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2525

So back to the drawing board = keep on heading south…Β the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2527

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.
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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?the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2529

Here we go – did not find waves but Noel, Billy & Takea!the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2531

& this guy wanted to join to…the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-2534

So now it looks like we might have found some surf but not to sure, so just doing some board drumming…the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-0023

Really looks like we’ve found something?the-sidewalk-secrets-photo-blog-travel-road-trip-cronulla-south-coast-0028

Oh yes when in doubtΒ – let’s surf the pond!
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(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. )

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Sampai jumpa nanti Sydney

the-sidewalk-secrets-photography-cronulla-sydney-airport-3Here we go finally on our way, see you later Sydney can’t wait to wake up in Bali tomorrow πŸ™‚ 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.Β  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. image

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Sydney is HOT HOT HOT!

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. Β 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…sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australia-pax-sara-cronulla-2334

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