Before all the current craziness of Covid-19 took over and forced the world to go ON HOLD. I was lucky enough to experience a boy hood dream of surfing a perfect wave, albeit a mechanical version. Before my trip to Melbourne I wasn’t exactly sure how to feel. I’d watched more Youtube footage of the pool than anyone I knew and I was frothing, but I did still have that question in my mind, is surfing in a pool really as good as surfing in the ocean?
My question was answered as soon as we arrived at the pool!
F*#% yeah it is! There’s a thousand reasons why I loved the wavepool but to keep it short I’ll give you my top 5 –
- Consistency of waves
I’m the same standard of surfer as most people in Australia and around the world. I have my days where I think I’m ripping and I also have my days where I’m a flat out kook. To be able to surf in an environment where you know that if you do kook a turn or bog a rail, you know you’ll get another chance in roughly 2-3 minutes is a game changer. It also allows you to try some things that you might not try in the ocean. When you sit out at one of Australia's more 'crowded' breaks, like Noosa for example...you might be waiting for up to an hour or more for a quality wave and hope to god you don't get dropped in on by an overzealous local or a kook with no idea what they're doing. You’re probably not going to try a big fin blow snap on your first turn are you?