Although Kauai is a great place to call home, we found ourselves missing Australia upon our return. What a great trip! I was so stoked to fly away with some great SUP as well as life results. First place in the SUP surf, 2nd in the SUP race, and some new blingJ
If you ever want to travel Australia renting a campervan is the way to go! It is your transportation and housing all in one. We had a mini refrigerator, stove, microwave (which you need to be plugged into electricity at a holiday park to work), kitchen equipment, and storage space. Our back seats transformed into a dining table as well as a full size bed! We stayed at holiday parks where the facilities were extremely clean and comfortable. Or we stayed with friends or family, showered at friends house and slept in our van! haha. If you have any questions about it please don’t hesitate to ask me! I love helping and inspiring people to go on adventurous trips!
Although the ultimate goal of a surf trip is to score epic waves, it is not the soul indicator of the successful enjoyment of your journey. When I take a trip for surf, soccer, or paddling, of course I’m hoping to score the best conditions relative to the sport. However, the other benefits of traveling is embracing the culture by indulging in food as well as new friendships.
The ALOHA spirit is so heavily associated with Hawaii for good reasons. However, it is a life style and culture that is felt worldwide. Australians truly embody and exude the Aloha spirit, Aussie style that is! We were fortunate to experience the concept everywhere we went as new friends, mutual friends, and complete strangers welcomed us in the lineup as well as into their homes.
I can’t wait for the next trip! Till now it is back to the grind of substitute teaching by day, waitressing by night, and paddling from one job to the next! On the horizon are the Quicksilver Paddle Festival on Oahu May 5 &6, and the following weekend Olukai Race May 12 & 13 on Maui.
Mahalo for all the support from my Sponsors (C4 Waterman, Kona Red, Maui Jim, Hinano, and Kona Brewing), as well as Dukes Canoe Club Kauai for enabling me to travel and compete in these great events! Thank you for reading my blog!
Unfortunately there wasn’t much surf action in Forster but it was a beautiful area with an amazing coastline and white sandy beaches. We decided to stay in Forster for the night and continue our drive the next morning. On our way to New Castle we were hoping to score some waves along the way but it was either completely blown out, or by the headlands it was flat. However, once again we drove through and stopped at some unbelievably beautiful uncrowded beaches. To name a few, Seal Rocks and Treachery, which we could see it’s potential, but was flat.
Our trip is winding down as we only have two days left! We’ll make our way through the Central Coast either tonight or tomorrow and checkout some surf spots & sites in Sydney before returning our mobile we called home for two weeks:)
After driving past a ton of pastures and “fruit and veggies,” “jams & pickles,” herbs for sale” (i.e rosemary;) signs in front of homes with cute little grandmas sitting on the porch, we arrived at Crescent Heads!! It was a little cold but the wind was offshore and there were long rippable right-handers pealing across the bay! I was out there! Just as I came in Kainoa paddled out and while he was surfing, go figure, I made friends!