One foot on the ground
SETTING THE COURSE
Last weekend we watched Miranda's nephew (Fiona's son) Monty Tait, competing in the Pro Surf qualifiers for the World Series, which took place in Maroubra, a ten minute walk from where we are staying. Out of 128 entrants he came in 3rd! (the picture above was shot during the comp by a pro).
It was the first time I've watched the sport live. It was really exciting and pretty tense. Each heat lasts 20 minutes. During the heat there are a few rules governing the 'priority' of who can take a wave. But the bottom line is that you can surf as many waves as you like, each is scored our of ten and the best two combine to give your score, taking the winners through to the next heat. A key judgement is choosing the right waves. The most powerful ones are the result of 'ground swell', a series of waves that have travelled from their source in a distant storm, and that break once the swell reaches shallow enough water. 'Wind swell' also creates waves but they don't have the same power.
As well as being the local hero (he's seen as one of the 'three wise men of Maroubra'), Monty walked away with a chunk of prize money to help fund his next two months touring in his camper van from one event to another around the coast of Australia. Now how cool is that?! Oh, and he's got the warmest, super sensitive heart too - just like his Dad, Dan (below left and right).