I've had a really good day today. Our lesson was at 9:30 so I got a lay in this morning, which is always a good start to the day here!
There was barely any swell around what so ever so we had to go to Mulawarra. Got to the beach and it looked tiny so wasn't expecting much, especially when I saw Joya and Paul had ditched their short boards for academy long boards. Having paddled out though there were some really fun 1/1.5ft sets coming through breaking really well. That combined with it being a beauuuutiful day and the sea being as clear as a swimming pool lead to a really enjoyable session.
We came back just in time for lunch, then after just sat around talking in the sun again for an hour until theory.
I know it's bias as everyone im surrounded by is here because they love travelling, but it makes me realise quite how many options I have. The more I think about it and talk to everyone, the more I realise there is no rush to go home and follow the crowd through uni etc.. I know it is only the very beginning of my travels and everything can change very quickly, but I think a lot is going to centre around my ability to get a surf instructing job. A gap-few-years could be the way forward.
I have also found out more about Indo - e.g. You can live in Bali basic but comfortably for about $600 a MONTH. Compare that with Australia which could very easily be $600 a week.. Maybe earning a healthy sum of money here and going to Indo is the way forward.
I have done some basic calculations about working at Mojo as an instructor (as the rumours are some of the current ones are off soon) and you can SAVE Atleast $1000 a month if you do an average of 2 lessons a day. Only problem is you are stuck at one of the few MoJo camps and don't see any of Aus..
I have also found out as much as possible about fruit picking - it's very easy to save anywhere between $1000-$2000 a month...but you can't last any more than a month as the work is hard and horrible.
Anyway that's just a few of the ideas floating around at the moment..after just a month away from home! Joja and I discussed it's nothing to complain about, but there are just so potential options it's impossible to settle on anything, let alone plan a number of things at one time.. I guess why that is why some people travel for years and years..
The theory lesson was really useful, more in depth analysis about the techniques for turns etc. just itching to get some decent waves I can try and get some practise in!
After theory a whole bunch of us academy crew and most the instructors got involved in some promotional videoing for a company linked with Mojo. Basically involved bay watch style running around with surf boards and catching knee high waves on foam boards. All very good fun. Have to see how much of the footages makes it on what ever website it was for!
This evening I played an epic game of Monopoly with 4 others! I eventually won, with over $5000 cash, and every single property on the board excluding the Reds. Pretty funny and chilled way to send an evening over a few beers.
I then sat around the camp fire talking to one of the swarms of Dutch people here. Some of the Dutch laws he was telling me about to do with the 'Cafes' in Holland were eye opening to say the least..
Anyway it's now 1am and my lesson is at 7am. Buzzing.