Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Transcript Six – Guest Blogger Tim Cox, reporting on some tomfoolery, groundhogs and waves…. Sent via satellite phone at 10:15 pm 6th of April 2010
“Woke up at 8 am with the boat rising and falling to a new long period 4 meter swell, I was still wrapped in sleep from the previous nights Cray fisherman Jamboree: Blokes with guitars, laughter, abalone and avocado toast dominated last evenings hi-jinks.
Back to the sounds of the morning; Dara was talking about waves, Dave was talking about waves, Matt was talking about waves. Looking over the rail I see the bay exploding with white water. The conditions looked perfect. We surfed a left that boiled forth and barrelled over kelp covered reef, while Matt and Sam surfed a right-hander 350 meters to the south. We all had a 2 hour session, getting plenty of waves before returning to the good ship Velocity for a muffin and a coffee.”
“For the last five days my life has been like Bill Murray’s in the movie Groundhog day, except that I am trapped in a surfing playground surrounded by the most amazing untouched wilderness I will probably ever see. Untouched apart from the 14 799 pieces of marine debris we have already collected on this trip…”
“Following breakfast we jumped in the Zodiac and hit the beaches for the daily cleanup. Matt kept things rolling like a well oiled machine as usual, employing some carrot and stick techniques to keep things moving. Once the Zodiac dropped the rubbish back to the boats, and returned with treats warm clothes and shoes, antics then ensued. The day ended with a scenic dinghy glide up a river whose edges were bordered by temperate rainforests. A hard day ends…”
The top image shows what 14 799 items of marine debris might look like on the deck of Velocity.
The lower image depicts one of the many secret treasures of this wild coast.