Last night i managed to find a really quiet little beach car park, and actually had a really good sleep. I woke up when the sun was starting to heat the car up about 7am, and rolled out the back, much to a bloke in the car parks amusement! I had a chat with him as he was a surfer and Lennox main beach was about half a foot and unsurfable. He said he had checked some of the other spots a bit further south and they had a wave, which he told me how to get to, so I thanked him, sorted the car and off I went.
I ended up at 'Sharpes Beach' about 10 minutes south, which sure enough had a wave and about 5 people out. It very much reminded me of watching standard messy 3ft surf at Rest Bay, with the difference being here the locals were ripping it apart, and Rest Bay is often just full of middle aged longboarders!
I paddled out and it was actually marginally better than it looked, but you had to be really good to surf it well.. Sure enough 3 kids about 15 years old paddled out right next to me, and before the 2nd two were outback, the 1st had caught a wave and done a huge air reverse. Everywhere you go your shown to by flipping kids!
I was out for about 2 hours, then came in when it start to die off. Being a Saturday morning and the only real break with a wave, it was packed with locals so I didn't get as many as I would have liked.
There didn't appear to be anything else to do there and it was blowing a gale down on the beach, so I set off south again. After about 10 minutes I stumbled across a Macca's as I hoped I would, so dropped in for a 30cent Icecream cone, and more than 30cents worth of free WiFi!
Having communicated with home and been on Facebook etc I set off again, heading for 'Evans Head', about 45 minutes from Lennox.
I got there about lunch time and parked up at the Surf Club (where my little wave finder handbook mum got me said the best waves were. I must thank mum for that, it's brilliant!). There had been some sort of event on for Disabled children, so there were heaps of people around, but unfortunately the surf was pretty crap due to the onshore wind.
I slapped on extra suncream, as the sun just seemed crazy intense today, combined with being about 35 degrees (according to the radio) and went for a walk around. I ended up on the break wall watching the 6/7 longboarders who were out in what appeared to be a 3ft whirlpool/washing machine cycle of randomly appearing and surging waves, fighting to get to the shore against a mental rip. Anyway a local woman was sat there doing the same, who turned out to be really nice, so I found out a bit about the local area. She told me about a good walk around the headland the opposite side of the creek estuary, so I might try and hit that tomorrow.
For the rest of the afternoon I basically just faffed about doing not much. Laying in the sun listening to some music, driving around the town a bit to see what's there, and going for a swim. About 2:30/3pm the strong onshore easterly winds died, and were immediately replaced by an equally strong westerly. However the wind which was now blowing from the outback out to sea was scarily hot. Driving a long with my hand out the window instead of a cool breeze, actually felt like the rush of air coming out of an oven! The hight of summer here must be unbearable.
By about 6pm it had cooled down enough for me to go for about a 4 mile run down the beach. The wind had eased off a bit fortunately, so it was much more productive than yesterday.
I it back, showered, sorted the car for the night and then cooked some dinner. I'm ashamed to say due to be tired from the run and just down right lazy, I resorted to 2 packets of 3 Minute Noodles...and an apple to ease the unhealthy-ness guilt! It definitely brought back memories of Mooloolaba with the guys..
About 8pm when it was pitch black I went off and found somewhere to sleep for the night. Although its still in the 20s so it's going to be a stuffy night in the car..
(Photo - There is actually predicted to be some swell for the next week or so! Although some of it is so Southerly it will more than likely miss the coast almost entirely).