“ALL IN!”

Somewhere on this big rock the summer is creeping in to warm the sea. We’re glad it’s made it’s way down here to Tasmania. But I feel for our mates up north. Sort of. Yeah I hear you, winter is coming but so too are those swells and the some that grumble are drowned out by the heave of seas upon their seething shores. I’ll trade you my sunburn, barbecues and all-too-near seal colonies for your frost-embrittled grass down the cliff tracks to another crowdless winter point-break.

Compromise. You can’t have everything but you can choose to make good with what shows up. You and I both woke up this morning… that’s a start we’ve gotta smile and be thankful for.

Come down to the sea and awaken into an inflatable dream
Come down to the sea and awaken into an inflatable dream

We got sunshine and few feet of sand-bottomed wedges for lunch over the weekend. There’s enough surfmats down here now to share around and offer to the oceanic-uninitiated an experience that will blow their minds. The warming water helps as does the chilled out conditions – for many who are spooked but the thought of being clattered by a hard board, the inflatable craft offers an ‘in’ that is nonthreatening, a bit goofy and a load of fun.

Sharing waves with a loved one is golden
Sharing waves with a loved one is golden

We’ve been loaning out the mats to friends, friends-of-friends and random folks. There’s a lot of interest in the surfmats when they’re extracted from a backpack on the beach – four or five mats rolled up with a few sets of fins. How can you fit a quiver in a bag? A collective few breaths and there’s a crew ready for the ridiculous…

Sunshine and clear water sliders make for big smiles
Sunshine and clear water sliders make for big smiles
Getting a group of heads together on surfmats just multiplies the fun
Getting a group of heads together on surfmats just multiplies the fun

I was hoping you were going to run into me…

I gotta say I’ve not heard that too often in the surf. The chaos-call of “ALL IN” on a set rolling in rallies everyone regardless of ability and results in a maelstrom of cross-overs, run-overs and mow-downs. How serious are surfmats? Sure, they can offer experienced air-pilots brain-boggling speed-runs, unhinged slip-drifts through the pocket, technical tube tweaking and, and… but for many it also provides shore-pound shenanigans that are as frightening as a pillow fight.

Chasing down microwaves is always super fun
Chasing down microwaves is always super fun

Call me un-Australian but given the choice between this and the cricket…

Full throttle down the throat of a wee one
Full throttle down the throat of a wee one