Category Archives: Sydney

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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Things I forgot about home

After nine months or so on the road I’m back in Sydney! Went for a walk to check the waves this morning and omg it’s more crowded than Kuta Beach or any Bali surf break for what looks like really average close out waves. The difference is that the surfers here can actually surf, ha ha ๐Ÿ™‚ I totally forgot about the weekend crowd though, there’s like a million of people in the water. Butย the ocean looks amazing, the water is so clear! No more murky river mouths for me. Also enjoying flushing toilets and hot showers, ha ha, it’s good to be back for summer, hope it heats up a bit to!

Just another weekend, wedding, surf contest and some samosas

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 ๐Ÿ™‚sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0018

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Andy and James came by to check out some surfing to!sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0040

Tyler Wright in the Semi final making the chunky waves look so easysidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0044

Winner of the event – Miss Laura Eneversidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0047

After the final we had some other business to attend to.ย sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0053

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australian-boardriders-battle-cronulla--0092

Pax’s pie addiction and the Australian Boardriders Battle

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…

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On my way home! Where is home?!

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.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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 !! ๐Ÿ™‚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

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…ย 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

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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 doubtย – 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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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. ย 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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A 6″2 super pink monster + me

Friday after work we went to pick up this little thing from our friends at PCC surfboards in Cronulla.ย ย the-sidewalk-secrets-travel-blog-surf-australia-2318

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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Stephanie in the water – screening in Australia

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 herย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

SYDNEY – GERRINGONG – BENDALONG – MILTON – MOLLYMOOK. RETURN.

We’re back on the road, or at least we where for the weekend. Drove down to Gerringong on Friday night, Pax watched the game (uhmmm the AFN, NRL or whatever it’s called) ย at the bowling club while I lost my money at the pookies. Saturday morning we headed for Bendalong and Green Island hoping the waves where gonna be alright. Uhhh not quite was just a 30 minute non stop paddle, every time I stopped paddling it was like the island was moving forward.

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Welcome to Sydney’s only private beach – Boat Harbour

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 youโ€™ll get to Boat Harbour. Thatโ€™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. Thereโ€™s no electricity and the people who live thereโ€™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. boat-harbour-image

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Lighthouse walk in Kurnell

Weekend weather has been so nice, cold but sunny and sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to enjoy what’s around. We did a walk up to the lighthouse in Kurnell earlier today. Except for the dumb as people dumping their rubbish on the road there it’s an amazing walk and just around the corner. It’s also whale watching season and we spotted some big things very far away out at sea.

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Winter Magic from the Mountains

While many of my Swedish friends and family celebrate midsummer we’re doing the opposite over here. Back home it’s the longest day of the year and the sun doesn’t set until long after 10PM in most parts of the country. Here on the other hand it’s the shortest day of the year so we headed up to the Blue Mountains to join in on the annual Winter Festival that’s held in Katoomba. It’s a community driven event with street performances, live music andย  one kick as parade and other happenings all through the day. The participants are encourage to dress in costumes to so we brought fellow vikings Sofia and Dan with us to! Magic day in the mountains I tell you, more parades and costumes for the people.

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blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014

blue mountains winter magic festival 2014