Surfing Poverty Bay - crocs off to Captain Cook!
It's the summer holidays here in NZ and we've been making the most of it by exploring a little further up the Eastern coast and returning to the sea for our first proper surfing session since moving to New Zealand. We drove up to the town of Gisborne, full of history and Captain Cook's famous landing.
We are living inland for the first time EVER (well, 40 mins drive to the coast) and it felt so good to spend time hearing the sea from our windows and pouring sand out of our shoes, hair and pockets each evening! We fully put the Crocs and Keen sandals to the test tramping up and down the beach, in and out of the sea. They were both awesome little sandals, sturdy and easy to flick on and off without the instability of 'jandals' (flipflops).
And of course, we returned to the waves! My last surfing blog post from the UK saw us all togged in winter wetsuits but this time the sun was shining and the waves were a perfect 2ft.
Ramona took to the water like the proverbial fish and is finally confident enough to be tumbled in the waves, toppled off the board but still climb back on, turn the board back out to sea and paddle on out. Squeals of delight from us all when she finally started popping up to stand and ride the waves in. Then there she was suddenly out back with me and we caught the same wave in together! Very exciting for her - and for me too as it suddenly opened up a whole other activity in which we can share.
Eomer spent his first day getting used to being in the waves again, exploring his nipper board but then braving up to lying on sea face level and paddling independently. It was such a proud couple of days to see how far the two of them had come in the water over time, and really brought home the importance of modelling activities and enjoyment and allowing children to advance as they feel confident to challenge themselves the next step rather than putting them off completely by "chucking them in at the deep end"!
Now, we have children that get the same stoke out of the sea as us - what a great feeling!
Captain Cook, we will have to find out more about your adventures and clashes with the resident Maori tribes in another visit. This time the beach called and we just had to follow. Until next time, Gisborne, we salute you and love your beaches!
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About Me & Mine
Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.
Favourite place in the world:
Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.
Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.