Thursday, January 1, 2009
Last Days of 2008
What a fantastic way to finish off 2008. Two days of 30 degrees air temp, no wind and warm water at the beach with good sized waves (although not a clean shape). While most people packed-up and headed off on busy roads to over-crowded holiday spots i stayed home and got the best weather in the country right here. High tide was about 8 am which is perfect - surfed until i was totally buggered (perfect!)
Been using the paulownia paipo and its good - fast once you're on the wave but a little hard to catch a wave - could probably be a bit longer for my size and weight. It is just such a beautiful board to have in the water with you - its light, it looks beautiful, no wax required. No bout a doubt it Paulownia is the perfect wood for a board.
The weekend was enjoyable too. Perfect weather. Went to the Arts Centre both mornings and also to the city art gallery on Sunday and museum on Sat. Been painting lots in the late afternoon and early evening.
New Year' Eve i walked over to the beach @ North Beach just on midnight. There were a few young lads there with fireworks and 3 bonfires. The tide was fully out so there was a wide expanse of hard sand to frolic about on. There was just a gentle warm breeze that felt great on the skin. Not having partaken of alcohol or drugs i had a clarity of mind that allowed me to commit to some exciting but realistic NY resolutions. To end both the evening and the year I stripped off and went for a skinnydip in the dark waves. It was perfect!
A fantastic ending to 2008.
It has been a good year.