This is it – the day we have been most looking forward to since arriving at Bazil’s Hostel in Westport. Murals of The Evolution of Surfing, surfing kiwi birds, surfing pukeko, painted surf boards telling us to do our dishes… All of this has been teasing us with the promise of surf. That’s right, today we are going surfing in Westport.
Steve, the hostel owner and surf instructor, and Tom, another surf instructor, gather up the hostel’s WWOOFers and few more guests to join on a surf trip down at North Beach. We have a great mix of experience and nationalities all pumped to spend some time surfing/splashing in the water.
The closest we’ll surf to Antarctica
There is a surf break at the tip of North Beach just before the it reaches the exit of the Buller River. We all help unload the surf boards off the trailer then squeeze into our wetsuits in a grassy area with much needed picnic tables for balance… The wetsuits are pretty Goddamn warm, which they need to be! This is probably the closest to Antarctica that we’ll ever go surfing! The booties really help too.
Recapping the surf skills
A couple of hostel guests have never done surfing so they are getting the full beginner surf lesson, while the rest of us are having a quick recap from Tom before hitting the water. The noses of the surfboards are in a perfect semicircle pointing at Tom, while he teaches us how to get up on the board.
Two German lads run into the waves as soon as they can, and the WWOOFers are perfecting their skills – just one of the perks of WWOOFing at a surf hostel, we guess!