I always come back it’s way to good not to. Easter holidays this time, I’ve surfed so much the last two weeks. It’s been so good I’m grateful for all the waves, sunrises, creativity, laughs, the people, new and old friends. Surfing in torrential rain and heavy thunderstorms. Waking up in the middle of the night by a shaking earth. Being so close to nature. The rhythm of live. Practicing yoga on my porch in the tropics, body and muscles so warm. Aduh! Thank you universe! Landed back in Sydney this morning feeling I’m in a bubble.
When the swell gave you a sore neck leaving you stuck on the beach for days. When you’ve made non ocean related plans for the next four days (seriously who does that). When your next trip to Indonesia is months away. Yep that’s when the surf itch kicks in – you all know the feeling right 🙂
Got off the plane on Sunday night in Sydney and went to pick up our boards. Pax thought the board bag looked a bit dusty and it did have a few holes in it so we opened it up to have a peek. Just to find out both surf boards were snapped in half! How is it even possible? We’ve seen from the plane window when they offloaded our luggage placing the board bag sideways in the carriage with one part sticking out so they must have driven into something to small, smashing the part sticking out to break I reckon. Anyways we headed over to the Qantas service desk just to be met by a grumpy lady that just said that since it’s fragile baggage Qantas takes no responsibility and we’ve signed the waiver and so on.
I’ve traveled so much with surf boards on different airlines for the last few years and a ding or a dent yeah that’s fair enough – it happens, but both our boards snapped in half?! That’s just not cool especially coming from an Australian airline that you would assume would be used to handling surf boards. We’ve sent a complaint through to the Qantas baggage claims so let’s see what they say. On the bright side I’m glad it happened on the way back and I guess we need to shop for new boards now.
This is what Piha looked like this morning when we where driving off to drop the kombi and make our way to the airport. Fins and wetties all packed away…
Now we’re on the way back to Sydney, see you next time NZ maybe in a split screen. Some photos while waiting for our airport lift earlier today.
Back on the west coast, the Kombi is getting a good run. I love this place, so beautiful!
The west coast side , Taranaki was windy, rainy, choppy and just to messy to surf so we cruised over to the east coast trying to find some waves. One really good thing with being on an island, two sides of coast. How much fun can you have driving the kombi?! Ha ha I’ve lost the gears so many times, but everyone want’s to be your friend. I say let’s get one in Australia.
Nice sunny weather on the other side, perfect little offshore wind, waves where so clean and yeah pretty much no swell, we had a quick paddle but just to small. Wish we had a longboard with us. I want to come back and explore this side of the coast some more next time.
Walked up the mount instead, look at the lines of swell coming in… but not happening.
We ended up bringing the left overs of the cyclone Isa with us from Australia to (weather was saying rain and wind for the week) so after picking up the rental Kombi in Wellington we decided to skip inland to see Pax’s family in Whangamomo… yep you try to spell or pronounce it. Muddy mission which included driving a golf car over the saddle (kiwi for big hill) and having way to many drinks with the locals… I also found a horse outside my window one night.
Our new home – a 1979 VW Kombi with pop top and all
In the Republic
New truck anyone?
Mert, Pax and me on a mission, not sure who is driving.
M&M is Pax’s Mum ans step Dad
Yeij! Finally we’re at the airport, just traveling light with 2 surf boards, five cameras, two wetsuits, two lap tops and a couple of smurfs. See you in kiwi land in a couple of hours!