After getting back to camp yesterday after the drive we all just dropped our stuff and went straight out for a surf. It was lumpy but pretty big and good fun, plus it was just great to be back in the water after a few days..
We had our lesson at 7am and waking up was a real chore! The weekend has started to catch up with everyone.
I had a really good surf though - it was about 3-4ft and clean. To start with I just fell off every wave I caught but after half an hour or so I was back in the swing of things. Linton was videoing and I think he might of caught me on a couple of really good ones, we will see in theory later..
It's half 11am now and everyone is super lethargic so just looking forward to lunch..
After lunch we had an instructor theory lesson which was actually really useful. We covered all the introductory/safety talk stuff we need know for Wednesday when we have our assessment. I seem to be relatively confident with it, but could definitely do with more practise..
After theory Lenny, Dan, Garry and I went off to surf 'Back Sandys' as it was absolutely awful at Arrawarra. The left hand point at Sandys was breaking pretty well, about 4ft and quite heavy. As it was low tide though it was a really long paddle out, especially when taking big sets right on the head.
We had been surfing for about an hour when Garry paddled up besides me and said 'mate, I have just seen a massive fish, we need to get out of here'. I didn't think much of it as I turned and looked out to sea, where I saw a really, really big grey/black shark fin cruising down the beach in our direction about 10m away. After managing to control outright panic we signalled to Lenny and paddled back to the beach as hard as possible. I managed to paddle into a wave and body board it right to the beach a bit shaken up.
It turns out Dan, who had been surfing further down the beach, had actually seen 2 fins about the same size and distance away. He had shouted to us and got to the beach, but we hadnt heard him..
There were only 2 locals out with us, one of which came into the beach when we shouted to him. The other didn't come in, but we arnt sure if he just didn't hear us, or decided uncrowded waves were worth it.. We watched for a while and think we saw it again further out, but the guy was fine.
On the way back to the car we bumped into a couple of locals - 1 of which had been watching, and also saw the sharks, but had seen a lot of thrashing around in the water so thinks it was eating fish near us. The other said that he had been down the same beach yesterday and also seen sharks about, so we guess there are just a lot of fish about.
After coming back to camp and having to tell the story about 5 times we just chilled out before dinner.
It's Ross's birthday today too may well be a messy night..