Our sport is a young sport. So it’s not surprising that no-one batted an eye lid when, the second wave of the feminist movement in the 60's and 70's, saw the fairer sex swell our ranks in line ups across Australia. Women have an honoured place in the line-up, they seem to quell the crowd and change the atmosphere, and it’s probably an evolutionary thing. Whatever reason they’re a welcome addition.
We’ve had some great feedback from two ladies recently who returned from the always impressive Nusa Island Retreat. Noela and Christa sent us a few great images and a testimonial that definitely deserves a blog mention. The ladies summed it up so much better than we ever could so we’ll let them give you the run down.
Are you keen to head off? After reading the below you should even consider taking the other half in tow.
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Hi, my dear Friends.
Just got back from PNG on a surfing trip. What an amazing experience. The photo was taken on a reef break called Long Longs. I have never seen water so clean and beautiful. We stayed on Nusa Island, Kavieng for nearly two weeks and did snorkelling, diving, surfing twice a day ( if you were up to it ) and went for a couple of stand-up paddles as well. We had about a 20 minute boat ride out to all of the breaks to go surfing and naturally Christa and I were very picky where we surfed. Not going to get killed on a reef for anyone at my age!! Barry and the Guys ( 7 of us altogether) surfed everything but the lefts on the reefs were too scary for us two girls. We would snorkel or explore little islands or sit in the boat and take photo'. The local people in the village were lovely and have absolutely NOTHING so we took clothes, shoes, boogie boards and caps over for them and we left we left behind our thongs and clothes for them. They have great dignity and a presence about them.
Makes me feel like crap because we have so much. The children were fascinated with my hair and a couple of the little ones ran away from me. Must have looked like a big white witch to them.... Went to the local Markets a few times to buy bits and pieces and also went for a drive two hundred Ks down the coast to have a look around. Freaking unreal experience. Didn’t think I could jump off a boat to go surfing but after a few nervous moments I did and got into the rhythm of it. The High Commissioner came over to the Island one night with Sir Julius Chan and 40 dignitaries and had the Commonwealth Torch with them. The native people had their photo' taken with the torch and so did we. The Local tribes put on a show for us and we all partied for the night. In the morning, we all said & Did that really happen?
We had a great time at Nusa Island. Barry suggested to send you a couple of photos of us girls. The bigger wave was at Ral where we had a magic time. Best conditions for us ever...clean and glassy and peeling through 3-4 foot and bigger. Awesome. The other photo was at Long Longs where Noela and I also had a lot of fun with the little locals surfing with us. NOTE the World Surfaris cap!! As with any surf destination, you are subject to the conditions at the time, so while Noela and I enjoyed the smaller surf, the boys managed to get some of the bigger surf around.