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Posted by Ben, Jan 19 2008, 06:09 PM in Water Sports

I brought my nipper (junior trainee surf life saver) to the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club House this morning for the annual Dough Hatch swim. As I paid for breakfast a friendly club member encouraged me to join in. A couple of years ago I swam from Brighton Beach to Trigg Island but a lot of computer work lately on a VERY large, problematic site: "Accommodation Near", caused my level of fitness decline. The last time I swam in a swimming competition was circa 1966 in the pool at Guildford Grammar where I got my Bronze Medallion. I'd heard of old guys like me dying after sudden exertion so even though I was puffed out on the beach run to the finishing flags, I still held some energy in reserve because I didn't want to die in front of my boy. The good news is I came second :-) I need now tell you it was to a very fit lady and that we had a head start because it was a handy-capped race. Why I'm telling you this is because the main thing it was a lot of good fun, including the sociable breakfast where VERY fit Joe, Paul and friends came and sat with me. The food was nice too. If you're new to Perth, for a sociable time and great way to make new friends, I recommend you join an association in Perth, be it not-for-profit, sporting, business what ever you want to try.
http://www.wa.swimming.org.au

I met interesting Ken Vidler

who told me of his HUGE surf shop on the Gold Coast with some vintage surfboards and wave skis. His mother has lived in Scarborough for many years so I'm looking forward to some old photos Ken told me about on the historical page of the Scarborough website. They spoke of horse riding in the surf. Reminded me of a photo of my good step-dad horse riding in surf on a Perth Beach. He was captain of the Western Australian polo team. Growing up in Darlington with horses gave me a liking for riding too. Every now and then I take my nipper horse riding. Two days ago he stood up riding a surfboard for the first time at Trigg Point. I think it gave me nearly as much joy as it did him. Surfing is my passion but not his. I haven't been a pushy parent so I've waited till he was 11yo to suggest he try my light weight epoxy board which coincidently was imported by Vidlers. Another coincidence was a photo of a Vidler I took early 2007 on a surf beach near the mouth to the Walpole Inlet.


You can check out the surf cam on our Brighton Beach roof top via www.surfingaustralia.info



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