After confirmation that i would be going on an antarctic expedition, i sat back and began to think about where this opportunity would lead me.What was in store for me in the next few years?, where did i want to be? and what where my goals? I came to the conclusion that i was going to leave my day to day life and commit myself to pursuing adventure, experience and knowledge. This is not a soul searching mission, it is a mission to open my eyes to the world and hopefully shed some light back.
So it starts in the bubble, Byron Bay. Its called the ‘bubble’ because once you go in, the outside world can appear very distant and its difficult to get out. It is a hub for many including myself, you just don’t want to leave! Byron has amazing cultural diversity, thriving activity and of course consistent surf which attracts almost 2 million tourists every year!. Hearing amazing tales of people”s travels and backgrounds during my time there couldn’t help but be inspiring. So 3 weeks ago after an epic farewell I left Byron.
I planned to have a few weeks on the road heading to Victoria for a surftrip before commencing training for Antarctica. So i picked up my good mate Patty in my home town Bowral and Camped, Fished and Surfed down the coast stopping in Bendalong and Eden for a night before heading to Torquay.
In Torquay we where greeted by Adam Stanley, a mate and amazing artist who told us the surf down south was going to be pumping the following day! We set off early the next morning, after arriving at the spot and bashing our way through the scrub we stood on the cliff face to find perfect empty head-high Barrels, clinically pulsing down the bank with lines backed to the horizon! We where jumping out of our skin to get down there! (Id be shot if i disclosed the location) After surfing for 5 1/2hrs we dragged our crusty, aching bodies back up the cliff face and we sat there mind surfing every unridden barrel for an hour before the thirst and hunger pains became too much.
We headed back up to Melbourne after a few days to check out the buzz of the city and meet up with our good friends Rhys and Coral. Melbourne is my favourite Australian City. It has the coolest vibe with bars, restaurants, street performers and art on every corner, we even got up at the casino! After the weekend there we travelled back up the highway towards Bowral, camping on Lake Hume and fished at Sanctuary Point on the way home.
After 3000km’s it was nice to get home without breaking down, hitting a single Roo or receiving a speeding fine. Its now time to start preparing for the Deep South, training begins in Hobart next week. Living in Tasmania for 2 1/2 weeks is going to awesome, Im looking forward to tapping into what this isolated state has to offer.