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saturday paddle

21 August 2010 1,545 views No Comment

There was so little surf today I was almost embarrassed for poor Manly beach. I mean, it was gorgeous. But nada.
Some persuasive and logistical texts later and I had Jess & Fernando in tow to go paddling on the harbour. Naturally given that there was no surf or swell on the east side, the harbour, west side was blustery and choppy. Not ideal paddling conditions. Especially if you were hoping for a fun, easy, chatty time out. So much for that.

We battled out of Manly harbour but Fernando got smashed by a six foot skiff – which was hilarious for all the wrong reasons. So we stopped at a tiny beach – one we never stop at – to laugh, moan about the cold, bail water, regroup.

It really was choppy, and the swell was messy. So of course it was great fun; totally challenging, had to concentrate so much to keep from going the bonkers wrong way (including backwards!). We piled straight towards Store Beach – the most sheltered of the options. Jess, sensible boy, was wearing something like a wind breaker, so he strolled around the beach trying to chat about the history and nature of the place. Fernando and I were basically freezing so we did running races, hopping competitions, general shaking, and eventually Fernando just got in the water.

We tackled on to Quarantine Station. Despite the wind and waves it was a beautiful, crisp day, wouldn’t have changed a thing. We walked around Quarantine a bit; I got busted by the staff a few times warming myself on brick walls and tarmac.

We bashed it back to Manly, as usual the return trip wasn’t nearly as bad as we thought it would be. And of course the kayak-hire boys did us proud ‘the conditions got too bad for us to hire out kayaks after you left’. That’s right, hard core.

It’s good to be back.

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