Day 11 – 10 days of surfing does a body good

Day 11 – 10 days of surfing does a body good

With the expectation of a dropping swell many of us welcomed the break in action.  The attendance of watching movies in the galley became stronger and the mornings at sunrise most were still sleeping(and thats going to bed at 830 or 9).  We were at an anchorage that was in a very large bay/channel.  Once the sun was up I jumped in the tin and explored a nearby reef.  Many of the reefs are somewhat dead from a cold water surge about 10 years ago reckons Martin.  This spot still has large reefs head alive and well teeming with fish.  Going into that underwater world at sunrise in the middle of nowhere quickly brings back such a strong inspiration from nature.  Without much time I snapped a few images off and then had to get back to the boat as we were off to head north and look for some swell.  Once we arrived at Sharkys it was somewhat cloudy  and overcast, not a great condition for shooting.  The waves were still fun.  I paddled out and got a few at the right while the rest of the crew surfed the right.  Once I got my fill I went in and switched my board for my camera.  I swam with my wide setup on the shallow reeling right.  The reef went shallow extremely quick and my quick response time for sets and currents wasn’t nearly as quick from the days of swimming.  I was sparred from getting any poundings!  We went in for lunch and were all pretty exhausted.  Tim put up another stellar 5 star meal and from there most of us fell asleep as we headed north from there to start the trek back north as the trip is coming to an end soon.  Today was the second day in a row I had taken a nap.  Our bodies were beaten from the constant time in the water and over load of calorie use.  I was able to catch up on some work and organizing the days of shooting.  We traveled over 5 hours north before setting in to our anchorage just before dinner.    For dinner we had a feast.  Fresh grouper that Martin speared that day along with the latest from rod and reel that Tim caught.  Lamb, chicken, salad rice and topped it off with ice cream cones for dessert.  As usual I feel asleep long before 9!

Ben Hicks

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