Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Aussie Surf Titles 2013

 Gold Coast : Aussie Surf Lifesaving Titles 2013

You may have noticed that I disappeared for a few days. We went to the Gold Coast Queensland to watch my son Ben compete for his club Brighton at the Aussie surf titles. It was kind of a last minute decision to go and watch but we are very pleased we did. He won a Bronze medal with his mates in the ski team events for the under 17 age group! With 55 teams competing in that age group they did a grand job and definitely not to be snuffed at.
They were right characters on the beach, one of the mums having made them beach towel throw overs in the form of animals, my son the owl, Josh the duck and Will the penguin. Ben actually wore his back on the airplane as part of a bet that if they got in the first five for ski event then he would would wear it home on the plane.
The above photos are of the activity in the under 17 area. Plenty of bodies around and lots of craft. The red caps are the Brighton boys. They all have to wear high visibility vest since the death of the young competitors over the last few years. Makes you appreciate the up and coming youth of Australia and our Iron men to be in the making. Wonderful effort by all competitors
Winners are grinners. A Bronze medal for Ben Will and Josh (1st photo)

We were very fortunate with the weather whilst away, many of the locals saying that we had the best of summer. We drank lots of coffees and lattes from starbucks, a shop just being across the road from the apartment. Got to watch lovely sunrises from the apartment building. Long walks into Surfers Paradise and dress shopping for Jordy. Picture 7 is a view across the road on the Aria building, a  poster by Claire Bridges : After the Bath. I really enjoyed looking at it from  the balcony. The last 2 photos (above) are taken at Snapper Rocks near Coolangatta  People attach locks to the fencing to commemorate death  or marriage at the Captain Cook Lookout.

 1. Gelati to eat, mm... coconut flavour won my attention. 2. The Pool below 3. Brother and sister enjoy the win 4. 5. 6. Snapper Rocks 7. Dragon at Snapper Rock 8. Captain Cook Lookout with David and his Dad 9. Proud Father 10. Snapper Rocks 11. Evening sky - wavy 12. Highrise
Koalas on the Gold Coast and one slow moving turtle!
Glad to be home but had a great time. Got a tan and an empty bank account!

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