Mojosurf Spot X Surfcamp

 

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It was finally time to do what I had been looking forward to the most on my Australia trip which was surfing. I had picked the Spot X surfcamp by Mojosurf as my base as they are one of the biggest surf camps in Australia with a capacity of around 350 surfers. I had heard only good things about it and it absolutely lived up to my expectations.
The accommodation is basic where you either sleep in big Indian style tipis, classic Australian swags or some nicely done container apartments, all right on the beach. There are daily activities going on for the guests like kangaroo golf, kayaking and ocean rafting and it was always a good atmosphere with tanning on the camp grounds, volleyball on the beach and food and drinks in the common areas.
Arriving there on a late Saturday afternoon there were already lots of people playing games with their “goon” in the camp “sweat box”, the camps noise isolating party room. It was a great way of getting to know the people at the camp, who woke us up for surfing at seven am for surfing the next morning.
The waves around the camp were not very big,  but really clean and predictable, which was great for the learners and good for me to play a bit around in. Tomorrow I will be heading up to Byron Bay to try the waves up there as well.
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Surfing the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Our stay here in Sri Lanka has been all about one thing, namely surfing. The places we went to surf changed daily due to the conditions, but they have all been within just half an hour drive from our camp in Ahangama, All were between the cities of Unawatuna/Galle and Mirissa. We had tuk-tuks with surf board racks taking us everywhere we went, which was included in our surf course package at Lapoint. Sometime the winds, currents etc changed quite fast so that the we had to change spot mid day to stay where it was best, like moving in and out of the bay of Weligama.

We were up early every morning, sometimes to have a surfing session at 6am before breakfast. Then we had our surfing lessons in the late morning and into the afternoon, rested for a few hours and went back into the water to surf a couple of hours before sunset.

I had previously said that I did not like paddling and fighting my way out through waves and that I therefore was not too fond of surfing, but here it was different to all other surfing I have done before. Especially in the early mornings and late evenings the waves were big, predictable and green, and the current (especially at South beach) helped us to get effortless out to the waves. That made everything a lot more fun! Even in the daytime when the wind caught up and it got more choppy and rough it was all worth the effort when we at the end would catch a good wave back to the shore.

Living the Good Life in Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki is the most touristy city, in the most touristy island in Hawaii and is located directly by the beach just half an hour from Honlulu International Airport. The city is not that big, and Waikiki beach can easily be walked several times in a day. All these things describing a place that I normally would get sick off, restless from and eager to get away from, but for some reason Waikiki still manages to hit it off as a really laid back place and after spending five days here at the beach, could easily hang around on for another few days. The fact that the beaches are crowded and that international conglomerates have heavily penetrated the beach city market with chain restaurants and brand stores does not bother me at all. It makes it quite convenient, as all their offers are not shouted at me by pushy beach sellers and people handing out flyers. It is all just there, in a neatly organised city that it is comfortable to live in.


We spent our first night at Polynesian Hostel, located right in the middle of everything. It was our choice of accomodation since all accomodation in Waikiki is pretty expensive for backpackers, and since the other hostel right by was not open for after midnight check-ins. Since the rooms were really simple, being just a double bed, with a shared bathroom in the hallway we chose to switch to Hostelling International Waikiki the next morning. Both these hostels could not have had a better location with just one block of walking to the beach, to the restaurant area and the shopping area. They also had a daily schedule of free activities, like yukulele and hula dancing lessons, lay making classes and various cultural shows.

What we spent most of our time on was simply laying on the beach and surfing. The water is shallow far out from the beach, so even though the waves were pretty small, they stayed for long, making them fun to play in. We did have a littlebit of a swell when we were here and it is usually more waves in the winter, so I don’t quite understand how the surf board rentals manage to go all year round though.

One of the days we also took a taxi up to the strating point of the Diamond Head hike trail, not far from the Waikiki beach. Even though locals had told us that it was a steep and really tough hike that would be a full day trip, we managed to get to the top, take some pictures and get back down in just over an hour! Being well ahead of our time budget we jumped into a taxi again to see the 27th annual Great Hawaiian Rubber Duckie Race, where 20 000 rubber duckies were realeased into a narrow canal, racing for the entertainment for some and for the charity causes for others.

We also got to spent some time at Ala Moana Beach Park, more commonly known as Magic Island. Being just a walk away from Waikiki Beach, it was quite different. It seemed like a place where more of the locals were hanging out and relaxing at a more quiet beach and having barbeques that we also got invited over to. Instead of having a chartered beach holiday experience that I feared, I have found a place that I have gotten pretty fond of and that I easily would come back to if I was ever given the chance.