I had a work thing in San Diego last week. It was a blast. Really grateful for the opportunity again to meet up with the global teams, and the different people that we otherwise only see on Zoom. Lots of quality time together, from Monday evening through Thursday afternoon. After, Jeff and I went up to La Jolla with a few of my coworkers to explore the area and get in a cheeky dive.
Grateful for this life. My company gave wellness day and birthday leave, so a couple of coworkers and I took a long weekend trip out to Bali to properly learn surfing.
As far as hard core holidays go this isn’t it. We surf a couple hours a day (though I added an extra hour of private lesson today because yolo), then chill the rest of the day at a cafe and beach club.
But this has been rejuvenating. Exactly what we needed after a stressful past few months. And surfing has been exhilarating, especially since I feel like I’ve gotten a much better understanding of the theory and the appreciation of the waves. Not to mention of course, I have that much more confidence going out and trying to catch my own baby waves.
I haven’t yet managed to show Jeff the beauty of Dee Why at sunrise (or any of the North Sydney beaches really), but when our friends from the States were still here last weekend, I managed to convince E and M to come out with me.
I wasn’t sure what to expect really – since the forecast said only 1-2 feet of waves – but by the time we arrived at 630am there were already more than a dozen surfers out in the waves. And the surf certainly looked larger than 4 feet.
By the time the sun started to rise above the horizon at 7am, E counted 36 surfers.
Fun morning out – and it inspired M to cram in another day of surf lessons in the time that he was here. And me too actually!
All hail the queen! Thanks to her birthday, we got to enjoy a long weekend. We spent it at Avoca Beach with a couple close friends. Good food (S whipped up first rate salmon and steak), wine, and fantastic company. We managed to get some reading and work done, watched four different movies (in four different languages to boot – German, English, Korean and Japanese), catch one sunset and two sunrises, and even tried surfing again (um, not very successful at that score).
I’ve started to check the wave swells now, daily on magicseaweed.com, which is a little silly since I don’t surf (although, I’m starting to get the urge to!). But really, I’m checking out water conditions to decide which of the quality beaches I should best go to to catch surfers in action.
On Thursday, the forecast predicted the beginnings of bigger swells, so I drove over to Narrabeen Beach to see some of the action in the afternoon. Doesn’t it look like a blast?
Just my luck. It was finally a clear morning when I could make it to a sunrise. But – the tide was low and the water calm. None of the dramatic crashing waves we’d seen when we were out doing the Bondi to Maroubra coastal walk on Saturday mid-morning. And I had accidentally dialed in my ISO to auto mode; no wonder the pictures looked so grainy on the screen.
Nonetheless, it was a serene morning to be out by the waters on the otherwise packed Bondi Beach. And I marveled for the upteempth time how we ended up living this side of the world, with easy access to these stunning beaches and golden sunrises.
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