Posted by: Mandy | October 10, 2009

Surfing and Nimbin

Claire and I had our surfing lesson Friday morning.  The bus came to pick us up and we headed to the beach.  The first beach we stopped at was too rough because the wind had changed so we went to the Ballina river mouth.

We did some warm ups and then instructor taught us the technique for getting up on the board.  At this point I found out I am goofy footed, I was one of two people in the group who put their right foot out front on the surf board.  After practicing on land for a bit, we paddled out to the middle of the river and started practicing.

It was so much fun!  Claire was able to stand up pretty much right away, it took me a couple of tries, but I also stood up a few times.  It was a little hard to catch waves because there were about 18 people at the lesson.  There was one girl there who always seemed to be struggling right in front of Claire and I right before a wave came.

We both had a great time and plan on surfing some more in Sydney once it gets warmer.

On Saturday, we went to Nimbin, which is an interesting little town…We took a bus out there with the Grasshopper tour.

Our Bus

Our Bus

Nimbin is pretty much stuck in the 60s.  It was a really small town so we walked around and looked for awhile before heading out for a barbeque.

Nimbin 002

Instead of Billabong, they have a…

Nimbin 001

Claire and I saw this book in one of the shops in Nimbin 🙂

It's always good to have a cocktail while you're working out...

It's always good to have a cocktail while you're working out...

Today Claire and I are catching the Greyhound to Sydney, we won’t get there until midnight which kind of sucks.  But we did check into a hostel, we’re staying at 790 on George, which is right across the street from the bus stop so we won’t have to go far once we’re there.  Love and miss everyone!

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