Ok, so does it get any better than this – beachfront location, own track to the beach and a great left surf break just off the beach mmmmm, nope! That’s why we get four friends from Christchurch, Timaru and Nelson come together every year and hang out at our place so they can keep an eye on the surf from their deck and when the surf is pumping, be on the beach in a matter of minutes and riding the waves.
We met Shane, Giles, Simon and Ken for the first time back in Easter of 2006. They were surfing the Nine Mile surf break and asked a local about a place to stay. Some kind soul pointed up to our place and said “you can’t get much closer than that”. Shane came up our track to enquire about accommodation and they’ve been coming back almost every year since then.
This trip the boys are here for the long weekend – Labour weekend and we’ve got them staying for two nights. The weather is co-operating for them as is the surf break. It’s not perfect but good enough to catch a few waves. They are dedicated surfers, up at first light to check out the conditions and as soon as possible they are racing to the beach to catch their first wave. Tides are working more for mid morning this weekend, so the early morning surf is really just a play.
Back at breakfast and Giles and Ken comment they were out in the water with around 7 Hector dolphins. Made the paddle worth while just for that.
After breakfast and a bit more of watching the waves, the conditions are finally good enough and down they all head to the beach. Giles and Simon swim each week for fitness so they find the paddle out the back much easier and quicker than Shane and Ken who don’t get out in the waves as often as they’d like. Eventually they are all out the back though and waiting for those perfect waves.
Stephen and I head down to the beach once we have the rooms all cleaned, Stephen with the camera and of course our “boys” Nico and Ziggy in tow. The pups love playing out on the rocks and amongst the mussel beds. Nice low tides so easy to get right out on the rocks, quite close to where the crew are surfing so Stephen can try to get some photos of the boys in action – both lots of boys that is, the surfers and the dogs!
Simon probably managed to get the best waves of the day and eventually it was time for everyone to head back to shore. All in all another good weekend at Nine Mile for the surfering mates from the East Coast.