Aaron and Beckys Surfari!
Well, its been a long time since we've been able to get to a computer, so theres quite a lot to update. Unfortunatley the computers arent letting us put up photos, so you'll have to wait a while for them! Here goes: Santa catalina. After our last update, we got our boat to the offshore island of Cebaco, a surfing guide said it had the heaviest wave in central america, which has been compared to the Box in Australia. Well, luckily for our insurance, that wave wasnt working, but there was a good 1 and a half overhead beach break there which was sucking up like waiimea. The island is inhabited by 1000 totally self sufficeint hippy folk, so as surfboards arent made of bamboo, we had the beach to ourselves. The waves were pretty heavy, and it was only really I (aaron) who enjoyed getting beating into the sand. But i was rewarded with the best barrel of the trip so far, a real sand dredching beast, i cleanly shot out of the monster with my arms in the air and let out a scream to boot, reckon it must have looked like i d just won the pipe masters to the onlooking coconut trees! On the way back from the island, we stopped off for a spot of snorkeling, didnt see a great deal, but it was nice anyway. The next day, me, Becky, Aurelie and Mark made our way to the Azuero peninsula, where we stayed for 9 nights at Playa Venao. During the week we had a 2 mile long beach completley to ourselves (well apart from Eric the ducthman). There wasnt much here. Infact, there was nothing here, just a bar, where the few locals always got drunk, and the Eco lodge we were staying in! So we surfed and surfed and well, surfed!! The waves got real good at times, and it was what we'd been waiting for. Whilst here we also took another boat trip, this time to an island called Isla Iguana, where there is excellent snorkleing. Me and becky went out to the depths of the reef and saw loads of cool fish, some really weird ones, and 2 big bad turtles which were 3ft long, and excellent to follow around (photos of this will follow). We came back in, and boasted to some others about our find, so sent some cautious americans out to the spot where we saw the turtles. Well, they came back pretty quick as they saw a 8ft hammerhead shark!!! Talking of sharks, we were surfing the other day, and at the weekend over easter there was a few more people, some guy told us he'd just seen an 8footer, but we thought we was trying yo get us out of the water, so we laughed in off. Turned out it'd been spotted by a few chaps!! Dont worry mum, beckys a tastier catch than me so i'll be ok!! We ate some excellent fish in venao, we had a 2ft long yellow fin tuna for $4 which lasted days!! So we are pretty fished out now (along with the rice and beans!) We left Venao and mark and aurelie yesterday to make the long journey over the picturesque mountains to the caribbean coast. and the offshore islands of bocas tel toro. Its out of surf season now, so excellent snorkeling is the name of the game, but having just checked the swell forecast looks like a juicy swell is coming to give us some treats!! We will spend the rest of the week between the main island (colon) and a smaller one called Carenero, well thats the plan anyway. Its reasonably touristy here, so we should be kept well entertained, and may even have a beer! Next wednesday, we are excitedlly looking forward to flying to hawaii! Right, im off now to find a rasta to say "man" to . Hope everyone is really well and had a good easter. No egss here, but we did manage to find a Mars Bar to share!!